Guhan Subramanian

H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law; Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business

Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at the Harvard Law School and the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard Business School.  He is the first person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments at both HLS and HBS.  At HLS he teaches courses in negotiations and corporate law.  At HBS he teaches in several executive education programs, such as Strategic Negotiations, Changing the Game, Making Corporate Boards More Effective, and the Advanced Management Program.  He is the faculty chair for the JD/MBA program at Harvard University and the Co-Chair of the Harvard Program on Negotiation.  Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company.

Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at the Harvard Law School and the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard Business School.  He is the first person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments at both HLS and HBS.  At HLS he teaches courses in negotiations and corporate law.  At HBS he teaches in several executive education programs, such as Strategic Negotiations, Changing the Game, Making Corporate Boards More Effective, and the Advanced Management Program.  He is the faculty chair for the JD/MBA program at Harvard University and the Co-Chair of the Harvard Program on Negotiation.  Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company.

Professor Subramanian's research explores topics in corporate governance, corporate law, and negotiations. He has published articles in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and the Harvard Law Review, among other places. Nine of his articles have been selected as being among the “top ten” articles published in corporate and securities law in their respective years, among the 400+ articles that are published each year, by scholars in the field.   The recently-published two-volume treatise Law & Economics of Mergers & Acquisitions, which includes 33 “seminal” articles from the field over the past 45 years, contains four of his articles, more than from any other scholar. His book Dealmaking: The New Strategy of Negotiauctions (W. W. Norton 2011) synthesizes the findings from his research and teaching over the past decade.  This book has been translated into Chinese (Mandarin), German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.  He is also a co-author on Commentaries and Cases on the Law of Business Organization (Aspen 4th ed. 2012), a leading textbook in the field of corporate law.

Professor Subramanian has been involved in major public-company deals such as Oracle’s $10 billion hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft, Cox Enterprises’ $9 billion freeze-out of the minority shareholders in Cox Communications, the $7 billion leveraged buyout of Toys “R” Us, Exelon’s $8 billion hostile takeover bid for NRG, and BankofAmerica’s $4.0 billion acquisition of Countrywide.  He also advises individuals, boards of directors, and management teams on issues of dealmaking and corporate governance.  Over the past 10 years he has been involved as an advisor or expert witness in deals or situations worth over $100 billion in total value.  He is a director of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ: LKQ), a Fortune 500 company in the automotive sector. 

Professor Subramanian holds degrees in Law, Economics, and Business from Harvard University.