Matthew Jennejohn

Professor of Law

Professor Matthew Jennejohn teaches and writes on topics relating to contracts, innovation, competition law, and corporate governance. His research explores the relationship between legal institutions and economic growth, with a particular focus upon transaction design and private ordering. Professor Jennejohn's current projects examine new forms of collaborative contracting in a variety of high technology industries, develop new empirical methods for studying the structure of complex contracts such as M&A agreements, and explore the integration of natural language and blockchain contracting. As part of his research on new developments in contract design, Professor Jennejohn participates in the Legal Working Group of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and is affiliated with the Accord Project.

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. He also organizes the BYU Law Winter Deals Conference, which gathers researchers and thought leaders in a variety of markets to Park City, UT. A complete list of his publications is available here.

Professor Jennejohn teaches classes on Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Organizations, First-Year Contracts, and Empirical Methods in Law, and he is currently developing a course on blockchain contracting based upon the Ethereum platform.

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 University School of Law, the London School of Economics, and Brigham Young University.


  • Contracts
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Data and the Law
  • Economics and Finance
  • Innovation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Courses Taught

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


  • J.D., Columbia University, 2007
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2004
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 2002


  • The New Research on Contractual Complexity, Cap. Mkt. L.J. (forthcoming) (with Cathy Hwang).
  • Deal Structure, 112 Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 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