Guhan Subramanian

Joseph H. Flom Professor of Law and Business

H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law, Harvard Business School


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 Vice-Chair for Research at 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 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. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the American Lawyer, The Deal, and Corporate Control Alert. 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, and Exelon’s $8 billion hostile takeover bid for NRG. 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), the leading supplier of recycled and refurbished auto parts in the U.S. and the U.K.

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