Matthew Jennejohn

Professor of Law

Professor Matthew Jennejohn's research analyses the relationship between legal institutions and equitable economic growth, with a particular focus upon mergers & acquisitions, technology alliances, contract theory, and corporate governance. Further details on his research are available on this personal website.

Professor Jennejohn's work has been presented at leading venues, such as the American Law and Economics Association's annual meeting, and published in top journals, such as the Stanford Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. He also organizes the BYU Law Winter Deals Conference, which annually gathers leading corporate law scholars and practitioners to Park City, UT to share cutting edge research on issues central to the operation of modern markets.

Professor Jennejohn teaches classes on Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Organizations, First-Year Contracts, and a seminar on New Market Infrastructure.

In autumn 2019, Professor Jennejohn served as the Justin W. D'Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business & Society at Columbia Law School. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Jennejohn practiced in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling LLP and served as a law clerk for Vice Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr. of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Professor Jennejohn is a graduate of Columbia Law School, the London School of Economics, and Brigham Young University.

Courses Taught

  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Empirical Methods in Law
  • Law & Entrepreneurship Colloquium
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


  • J.D., Columbia University
  • M.S., London School of Economics
  • B.A., Brigham Young University
  • Creative Ordering, J. Corp. L. (forthcoming).
  • The Transactional Dynamics of Market Fragility, 85 Law & Contemporary Problems (forthcoming 2022). [SSRN]
  • Contractual Depth, 106 Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022) (with Cathy Hwang). [SSRN]
  • Do Networks Govern Contracts?, 47 J. Corp. L. (forthcoming 2022). [SSRN]
  • Contractual Evolution, 89 U. Chi. L. Rev. (forthcoming) (with Julian Nyarko & Eric L. Talley). [SSRN]
  • Hidden Bias in Empirical Textualism, 109 Geo. L.J. 767 (2021) (with Sam Nelson & D. Carolina Núñez). [SSRN]
  • Transformation Cost Engineering, 2020 Wis. L. Rev. 573 (2020). [SSRN]
  • Braided Agreements and the New Frontiers of Relational Contract Theory, 45 J. Corp. L. 101 (2020). [SSRN]
  • The New Research on Contractual Complexity, 14 Cap. Mkt. L.J. 381 (2019) (with Cathy Hwang). [SSRN]
  • Deal Structure, 113 Nw. U. L. Rev. 279 (2018) (with Cathy Hwang). [SSRN]
  • The Architecture of Contract Innovation, 59 B.C. L. Rev. 71 (2018). [SSRN]
  • The Private Order of Innovation Networks, 68 Stan. L. Rev. 281 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Innovation and the Institutional Design of Merger Control, 41 J. Corp. L. 167 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Putting Stockholders First, Not the First-Filed Complaint, 69 Bus. Law. 1 (2013), Harvard John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business Discussion Paper No. 740 (with Leo E. Strine, Jr. and Lawrence Hamermesh). [SSRN]
  • Contract Adjudication in a Collaborative Economy, 5 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 173 (2010); Canadian Law & Economics Association Meetings Paper. [SSRN]
  • Collaboration, Innovation, and Contract Design, 14 Stan. J. L., Bus. & Fin. 83 (2008); Columbia Law & Economics Working Paper No. 319. [SSRN]
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, New York, Associate, Global Antitrust Group
  • Delaware Court of Chancery, Wilmington, Delaware, Law Clerk to Vice Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr.
  • Self Reliance Foundation, Beira, Mozambique, Vice President