Post Date: January 3, 2005

Following a vote of the Harvard Law School faculty, Guhan Subramanian has been promoted from assistant professor to professor of law — a tenured faculty position. A corporate law expert who specializes in deal making and corporate governance, Subramanian joined the HLS faculty in 2002 as the Joseph Flom Assistant Professor of Law & Business. Prior to this appointment, he spent three years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, where he taught courses on negotiations and business law.

“Guhan Subramanian is truly a rising star in his field,” said Dean Elena Kagan. “He is already an accomplished scholar, and his students know how dedicated he is as a teacher. He also does a wonderful job bridging the gap between academia and the world of present-day practice.”

At HLS, Subramanian has taught the basic 2L course on corporate law and a negotiation workshop in the winter term. This year he will be teaching a new course titled Deal Design & Implementation. A graduate of the JD/MBA program, he has co-taught the JD/MBA seminar with Professor Detlev Vagts.

Subramanian recently wrote an article examining the negotiations that take place between controlling shareholders and minority shareholders in “freeze-out” transactions. The findings of his article, which is titled, “Post-Siliconix Freeze-Outs: Theory, Evidence, and Policy,” have been covered in legal and business trade journals. He has also published articles examining the negotiations between targets and acquirers in the M&A marketplace, and on the nature of regulatory competition in the United States, among other topics.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be joining the tenured faculty at Harvard Law School,” said Subramanian. “I couldn’t ask for a better collection of colleagues and students to push me and challenge me in my research and teaching. It’s just a wonderful place to be.”

Subramanian earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College in 1992. While a student at HLS, he served as notes chair of the Harvard Law Review and was a member of the winning Ames moot court team in 1998.

Born in Rajasthan, India, Subramanian is the first Asian-American member of the tenured faculty. He currently resides in Brookline with his wife Helen Clement and their son, Samuel James Subramanian.