Cathy Hwang portrait
  • Associate Professor, College Of Law


  • J.D., Law, The University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., Economics, International Relations, Pomona College


Cathy Hwang joined the law faculty of the University of Utah in 2016. Her research centers on business law, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate contracts. Her most recent articles, Shadow Governance (with Yaron Nili) and Faux Contracts, are forthcoming in California Law Review in 2020 and Virginia Law Review in 2019. Her work has also been published in the University of Pennsylvania Law ReviewNorthwestern University Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. Her articles Unbundled Bargains and Deal Momentum were each voted by fellow business law professors as one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities articles of the year, and Deal Momentum was selected for the Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Utah,  Hwang was the resident academic fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative of Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the legal academy, Hwang practiced as a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, where she worked on a variety of corporate and securities transactions.

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 was managing editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. She teaches Business Organizations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Deals, Contract Design, and the Law, Economics & Business Colloquium, and coaches the College of Law's award-winning Transactional LawMeet Team (a national M&A contract-drafting & negotiation competition). In 2018, she was awarded the College of Law's Early Career Faculty Award, awarded occasionally to a pre-tenured faculty member for outstanding scholarship and teaching.