Cathy Hwang

  • Barron F. Black Research Professor of Law

Cathy Hwang joined the law faculty in 2020. Her research and teaching focus on business law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate contracts, and corporate governance.

Her work has been published in Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Northwestern University Law Review, among others. Three of her articles have been voted by business law professors as among the top 10 corporate and securities law articles of the year.

Prior to joining the Virginia faculty, Hwang was on the faculty of 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 undergraduate 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 was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in New York.  



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


“Collaborative Intent,” 108 Va. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2022).

“Contractual Depth” (with Matthew Jennejohn), 106 Minn. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2022).

“Cleaning Corporate Governance” (with others), 170 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1 (forthcoming 2021).

“The Social Cost of Contract” (with David A. Hoffman), 121 Colum. L. Rev. 979 (2021).

“Shadow Governance” (with Yaron Nili), 108 Calif. L. Rev. 1097 (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

Contract Design
Critical Perspectives in Business Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
Seminar in Ethical Values

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