Yesha Yadav's research interests lie in the area of financial and securities regulation, notably with respect to the evolving response of regulatory policy to innovations in financial engineering, market microstructure and globalization. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2011, Professor Yadav worked as legal counsel with the World Bank in its finance, private-sector development and infrastructure unit, where she specialized in financial regulation and insolvency and creditor-debtor rights. Before joining the World Bank in 2009, she practiced from 2004-08 in the London and Paris offices of Clifford Chance, in the firm's financial regulation and derivatives group. As part of her work in the area of payments regulation, she was assigned to advise the European Payments Council on the establishment of the Single Euro Payments Area, an initiative that seeks to integrate the domestic payments markets across the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Since joining Vanderbilt, Professor Yadav has served as honorary advisor to India’s Financial Services Law Reform Commission and on the Atlantic Council’s Task Force on Divergence and the Transatlantic Financial Reform and G-20 Agenda. She is a member of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s Technology Advisory Committee and the Tennessee State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She earned an M.A. in law and modern languages with First Class honors at the University of Cambridge, after which she earned an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, where she focused on financial and capital markets regulation, payment systems and terrorist financing. Professor Yadav was the law school's Enterprise Faculty Fellow for 2017-19. She is a Chancellor Faculty Fellow of Vanderbilt University for 2019-21.
Professor Yadav teaches Securities Regulation, Corporate Bankruptcy, International Financial Regulation and Market Microstructure. She was honored in 2020 as a second-time winner of the Hall-Hartman Prize Outstanding Professor Award for excellence in teaching.