Guhan Subramanian, Vice Chair of Research, PON Executive Committee

Guhan SubramanianGuhan 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, Managing Negotiators and the Deal Process, and Making Corporate Boards More Effective. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company in their New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. offices.

Professor Subramanian’s research explores topics in negotiations, corporate dealmaking, and deal process design. 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‘s “Heard on the Street” column, the New York Times, the American Lawyer, The Deal, and Corporate Control Alert. His new book Negotiauctions: New Dealmaking Strategies for a Competitive Marketplace (Norton 2010) synthesizes the findings from his research and teaching over the past decade.

Professor Subramanian has been involved in major public-company deals such as Oracle’s $10.3 billion hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft, Cox Enterprises’ $8.9 billion freeze-out of the minority shareholders in Cox Communications, the $6.6 billion leveraged buyout of Toys “R” Us, and Exelon’s $8.0 billion hostile takeover bid for NRG. He also advises individuals, boards of directors, and management teams on issues of dealmaking and corporate governance.

Professor Subramanian holds an A.B. in Economics (magna cum laude) from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School; and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a winner of the Ames Moot Court Competition. He is formerly a Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project and an Olin Fellow for research in law and economics, both at Harvard Law School. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and the American Law & Economics Association.

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Courses Taught:

Corporations – Harvard Law School

Program on Negotiation Negotiation and Leadership – PON Executive Education Seminar

Dealing With Difficult People and Difficult Situations – PON Executive Education Seminar

Research Interests: Empirical Analysis of Dealmaking and Corporate Law/Corporate Governance Issues

Select Publications:

Subramanian, Guhan. “Go-Shops vs. No-Shops in Private Equity Deals: Evidence and Implications,” 63 The Business Lawyer (2008).

Subramanian, Guhan. “Go-Shop Provisions in Private Equity Deals: Evidence and Implications,” 63 Business Lawyer 729 (2008).

Subramanian, Guhan. “Post-Siliconix Freeze-outs: Theory and Evidence,” 36 Journal of Legal Studies 1 (2007).

Subramanian, Guhan. “Board Silly,” New York Times, February 14 2007, op-ed. Online. <>

Allen, William T., Reinier H. Kraakman & Guhan Subramanian. Cases and Commentaries on the Law of Business Organization (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2nd ed. 2007).

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