Cathy Hwang portrait
  • Associate Professor, College Of Law

Education

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

Biography

Professor Cathy Hwang joined the law faculty of the University of Utah in 2016. Her research centers on business law, including mergers and acquisitions and deal contracting. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between contracting and contract design, on one hand, and in promise-keeping, performance, and contract enforcement, on the other. Her most recent article, Faux Contracts, is forthcoming in Virginia Law Review in 2019. Other recent scholarship includes Deal Structure (with Matthew Jennejohn), forthcoming in Northwestern University Law Review in fall 2018; Deal Momentum, published in UCLA Law Review, selected for the 2017 Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum; and Unbundled Bargains, published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, voted by fellow business law professors as one of 2017's Top 10 Corporate and Securities articles.
 
Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Utah, Professor 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, Professor Hwang practiced as a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, where she worked on a variety of M&A and securities transactions.
 
Professor 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, and Deals, and coaches the College of Law's award-winning Transactional LawMeet Team (a national M&A negotiation competition). In 2018, she was awarded the College of Law's Early Career Faculty Award, awarded occasionally to a pre-tenure faculty member for outstanding scholarship and teaching.