Levin College of Law

Cathy Hwang

Visiting Professor of Law


Cathy Hwang is visiting at the law school beginning in the fall semester of 2023. She has been a member of law faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law since 2020. From 2022-23, she was the director of the John W. Glynn Jr. Law & Business Program. Her research and teaching focus on business law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate contracts and corporate governance.

Four of her articles have been voted by business law professors as among the top 10 corporate and securities law articles of the year. 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.

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. In 2022, she was appointed a research member of ECGI.

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


  • National Security Creep in Corporate Transactions, 123 Columbia Law Review 549–614 (2023) (with Kristen Eichensehr).
  • Collaborative Intent, 108 Virginia Law Review 657–708 (2022).
  • Contractual Depth, 106 Minnesota Law Review 1267–1322 (2022) (with Matthew Jennejohn).
  • Comment on The Limits of Public Contract Law, 85 Law and Contemporary Problems 73–75 (2022).
  • Cleaning Corporate Governance, 170 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1–70 (2021) (with Jens Frankenreiter, Yaron Nili & Eric L. Talley).
  • The Social Cost of Contract, 121 Columbia Law Review 979–1016 (2021) (with David A. Hoffman).
  • Shadow Governance, 108 California Law Review 1097–1146 (2020) (with Yaron Nili).
  • Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism, University of Chicago Law Review Online (2020) (with Yaron Nili).
  • Value Creation by Transactional Associates, 88 Fordham Law Review 1649–1663 (2020).
  • The New Research on Contractual Complexity, 14 Capital Markets Law Journal 381–393 (2019) (with Matthew Jennejohn).
  • Faux Contracts, 105 Virginia Law Review 1025–1078 (2019).
  • Deal Momentum, 65 UCLA Law Review 376–425 (2018).
  • Deal Structure, 113 Northwestern University Law Review 279–330 (2018) (with Matthew Jennejohn).
  • Unbundled Bargains: Multi-agreement Dealmaking in Complex Mergers and Acquisitions, 164 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1403–1451 (2016).
  • Online Essay: The Value of Uncertainty, 110 Northwestern University Law Review Online 19–31 (2015) (with Benjamin P. Edwards).
  • The New Corporate Migration: Tax Diversion Through Inversion, 80 Brooklyn Law Review 807–856 (2015).
  • The Value of Uncertainty, 110 Northwestern University Law Review 283–298 (2015) (with Benjamin P. Edwards).