Cathy Hwang

  • Professor of Law

Cathy Hwang joined the law faculty in 2020. She teaches corporations, mergers and acquisitions, and deals. Her research centers on business law, including corporate contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.

Her work has been published in California Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Northwestern University Law Review, among others. Two of her articles were voted among the top 10 corporate and securities law articles of the year, and one of her articles was selected for Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum. 

Prior to joining the Virginia faculty, Hwang taught at the University of Utah, where she received the University Early Career Teaching Award and the College of Law’s Early Career Faculty Award. She has also served as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and was an academic fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative of Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of Business.

Hwang received her undergrad degree in economics and international relations from Pomona College and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as the managing editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. After law school, she practiced in the mergers and acquisitions group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in New York.  



  • J.D.
    University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A.
    Pomona College


“Cleaning Corporate Governance” (with others), U. Pa. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

“The Social Cost of Contract” (with David A. Hoffman), Colum. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020).

“Shadow Governance” (with Yaron Nili), 108 Calif. L. Rev. (2020).

“Faux Contracts,” 105 Va. L. Rev. 1025 (2019).

“Deal Structure” (with Matthew Jennejohn), 113 Nw. U. L. Rev. 279 (2018).

“Deal Momentum,” 65 UCLA L. Rev. 376 (2018).

“Unbundled Bargains: Multi-agreement Dealmaking in Complex Mergers & Acquisitions,” 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1403 (2016).

“The New Corporate Migration: Tax Diversion Through Inversion,” 80 Brook. L. Rev. 807 (2015).

Shorter Works:

“Value Creation by Transactional Associates,” 88 Fordham L. Rev. 1649 (2020).

“Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism” (with Yaron Nili), U. Chi. L. Rev. Online (2020).
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“The Value of Uncertainty” (with Benjamin P. Edwards), 110 Nw. U. L. Rev. 283 (2015); 110 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 19 (2015).

Current Courses

All Courses

Mergers & Acquisitions
Contract Design

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