Professor Guhan Subramanian
Spring 2019 course
M, T 1:15pm - 3:15pm
4 classroom credits

Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Prerequisite: For JD students, you must have completed Corporations prior to enrolling in this course, and you must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the Negotiation Workshop. For JD students unable to take Negotiation, contact Dahnie Tran ( to inquire about waiving that prerequisite.

For LLM students, Corporations or its equivalent is a prerequisite, and the Negotiation Workshop is highly recommended.

Exam Type: No Exam
Evaluation will be on the basis of class participation and deal presentation.

This advanced negotiation course examines complex corporate deals. Many of the class sessions will be structured around recent or ongoing deals, selected for the complex issues of law and business that they raise. Student teams will research and analyze these transactions in order to present their most important aspects and lessons to the class. For many of these presentations (as well as some more traditional case studies and exercises), the lawyers, bankers, and/or business principals who participated in the transaction under discussion will attend class, listen to the team's assessment, provide their perspectives, and suggest broader negotiation insights.

Topics developed throughout the course include: how negotiators create and claim value through the setup, design, and tactical implementation of agreements; complexities that can arise through agency, asymmetric information, moral hazard, and adverse selection; structural, psychological, and interpersonal barriers that can hinder agreement; and the particular challenges inherent in the roles of advisors as negotiators. The course will also explore the differences between deal-making and dispute resolution; single-issue and multiple-issue negotiations; and between two parties and multiple parties.

This course is jointly-listed with HBS. The class will be compromised of approximately an equal number of students from HBS and HLS.

Note: This course is held on the HBS campus, with the exception of three meetings. On 2/18 & 4/15 from 1:15-3:15, and on 3/28 from 7-9pm, class will be held at HLS in WCC B015.

Subject Areas: Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance, Procedure & Practice