Guhan Subramanian, Vice Chair of Research, PON Executive Committee

Guhan Subramanian

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 negotiations, corporate governance, and corporate law. 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 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 of 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, Exelon’s $8 billion hostile takeover bid for NRG, Bank of America’s $4 billion acquisition of Countrywide, and Valeant’s $48 billion hostile takeover bid for Allergan. 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.

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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One Response to “Guhan Subramanian, Vice Chair of Research, PON Executive Committee”

  • Archana M.

    Dear Professor Subramanian, I am a Family Law Lawyer from Toronto, Canada. I attended the Negotiation and Leadership Program last summer and had pleasure of having dinner with you with other attendees. I was able to implement some of the negotiation techniques learnt during your presentation in one of my high conflict family law matter- involving complex corporate issues. I was able to reach a million dollar deal (literally) for my client and thought that I should contact you and specially thank you. I would like to connect with you via e-mail. Looking forward to your reply. Regards.


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