24 December 2011

Prof Larry Ribstein

Condolences to family, friends, and colleagues for the untimely death of Professor Ribstein, a (if not the) leading theorist on business entity structures that are not corporations. We were at most academic acquaintances who had met a couple of times in passing. Our politics did not match well, but our shared interest in the interface between individuals and their business interests led to some interesting exchanges over the years... and helped sharpen my thoughts on how authors and other creators of intellectual property should arrange their own business affairs.

This leaves a considerable hole in the theoretical and practical landscape of "uncorporations" — and leaving aside the personal issues, that's a bad thing in this day of proliferating llcs as the purported "solution" for everything.