Harvard Law School


Faculty Disclosures re: Related Outside Interests and Activities

Name: John C. Coates

Institution: Harvard Law School

HLS Title: Professor of Law

The faculty member above engages from time to time in outside activities, some of which are compensated, some of which are ongoing, and also has outside financial interests that may relate to his/her scholarly activities. The disclosures below are intended to provide interested parties information about potential conflicts of interest from 2013 through the date of this report that might exist between the faculty member's scholarly and teaching activities, on the one hand, and his/her outside activities, on the other hand.
Client/Interest Role/Interest Issue/Matter Dates
Tecumseh and its counsel, Wilson Sonsini Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices September 2016 - ongoing
MetWest and its counsel, Ropes and Gray Expert / Consultant Mutual fund operations July 2016 - ongoing
Large global financial institution Other Corporate compliance June 2016 - ongoing
FDIC Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding financing of intangibles February 2016 - ongoing
Large construction companies and their counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Finance January 2016 - ongoing
Large bank Expert / Consultant US securities law, accounting standards, and relationship between them December 2015 - ongoing
W.R. Huff Asset Management and its law firm, Greenberg Traurig Expert / Consultant Customs and practices of boards of directors of public companies December 2015 - ongoing
Large corporate law firm Expert / Consultant Alleged malpractice in transactional matter September 2015 - ongoing
Large public company and its counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding mergers and acquisitions January 2014 - ongoing
Federally chartered institution and its counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group January 2013 - ongoing
Shareholders of Sprint / Nextel Corp. and their counsel, Grant & Eisenhofer and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices January 2013 - ongoing
Corporate Law Firm (confidential) Expert / Consultant Customs and practices for law firms working as M&A counsel to publicly traded public utility January 2013 - ongoing
Pfizer Inc. and its counsel Williams and Connolly Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding preparation and review of SEC disclosure documents January 2012 - ongoing
Federal Agency A (confidential) Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group January 2012 - ongoing
Private equity fund owned telecommunications company and its counsel (confidential) Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices January 2012 - ongoing
American International Group, Inc. and its counsel, Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP Expert / Consultant Regulation of financial institutions, Federal Reserve lending and supervisory authority January 2012 - ongoing
Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and its counsel Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices January 2011 - ongoing
Individual and his counsel (confidential) Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices and indicia and correlates of insider trading January 2011 - ongoing
Johnson and Johnson and its counsel, Kramer Levin Naftalis, & Frankel LLP Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding deal protection and antitrust divestitures in M&A transactions, and the economics of bidding and co-bidding January 2010 - ongoing
ExamWorks and its counsel, Wilson Sonsini Expert / Consultant Corporate governance, M&A transaction customs July 2016 - March 2017
Danaher, Sybron, and their counsel, Williams and Connolly Expert / Consultant LLC agreements, LLC governance, M&A transactions, earn-outs, buy/sell provisions June 2016 - February 2017
Danaher, Sybron, and their counsel, Williams and Connolly Expert / Consultant LLC agreements, LLC governance, M&A transactions, earn-outs, buy/sell provisions June 2016 - February 2017
Sovereign Wealth Fund Expert / Consultant Breach of contract claim November 2015 - December 2016
Beats Electronics Expert / Consultant Change of control provisions, LLC agreements, corporate governance, M&A, and fraud and related claims February 2016 - August 2016
Federally charted institution and its counsel (confidential) Expert / Consultant M&A and corporate governance customs and practices January 2012 - January 2016
Large insurance company and its counsel Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices April 2014 - December 2015
Tibco's directors and their counsel, Wilson Sonsini Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices August 2015 - October 2015
Mylan Inc. and related companies, and their counsel, Wilson Sonsini Expert / Consultant M&A and hostile takeover customs and practices May 2015 - September 2015
Consulting firm and its counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Customs and practices of independent consultants June 2015 - August 2015
Large public company (banking) and its counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group March 2015 - August 2015
Large construction companies and their counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Finance March 2015 - August 2015
Thomas Killeen, Trustee, and his counsel, Robert & Robert PLLC Expert / Consultant Corporate governance customs and practices involving multi-member LLCs December 2014 - August 2015
Ahmed Hussein and his counsel, Susman & Godfrey Expert / Consultant Corporate governance, margin accounts and prepaid forwards May 2015 - June 2015
Ahmed Hussein and his counsel, Susman & Godfrey Expert / Consultant Fiduciary duties of investment advisors March 2015 - April 2015
Barrick Gold and its board of directors Expert / Consultant Corporate governance and board of director processes and self-evaluation January 2014 - April 2015
Pfizer Inc. and its counsel, Williams and Connolly Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding preparation and review of SEC disclosure documents January 2012 - January 2015
Contract counterparties of GSI Commerce, Inc. and their counsel, Ropes and Gray LLP Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding corporate governance, M&A, and disclosures of public companies January 2013 - December 2014
Real estate investment trusts and their counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Corporate governance customs January 2013 - December 2014
Federal agency A Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group January 2012 - December 2014
Johnson and Johnson and its counsel, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding deal protection and antitrust divestitures in M&A transactions, and the economics of bidding and co-bidding January 2010 - December 2014
Large manufacturing company and its counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices and related insurance issues August 2014 - November 2014
Private equity fund owned telecommunications company and its counsel [confidential] Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group, fraudulent conveyance law, fiduciary duties, and related corporate governance customs January 2012 - January 2014
Corporate law firm [confidential] Expert / Consultant Customs and practices for law firms working as M&A counsel to publicly traded public utility January 2013 - December 2013
Epicor Software Corp. and its counsel, Wilson Sonsini and Kirkland & Ellis Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices January 2012 - December 2013
American International Group, Inc. and its counsel Reilly Pozner LLP Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group, fradulent conveyance law, fiduciary duties, and related corporate governance customs January 2012 - December 2013
Federal agency B (confidential) Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group January 2012 - December 2013
General Electric Other Executive education regarding ethics and compliance January 2011 - December 2013
MBIA and its counsel Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A transactions relating to assumption or transfer of liability within corporate group January 2011 - December 2013
Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and its counsel, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices January 2011 - December 2013
Mayer Brown and its counsel, Williams & Connolly LLP Expert / Consultant Customs and practices for law firms working as counsel to financial institution. January 2007 - December 2013
Shareholders of Sprint / Nextel Corp. and their counsel, Grant & Eisenhofer and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP Expert / Consultant M&A customs and practices January 2013 - January 2013
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz Other Continuing legal education regarding conflicts of interest in M&A settings January 2012 - December 2012
Large company (mining company) and its counsel (confidential) Expert / Consultant Customs and practices in M&A and financing contracts January 2012 - December 2012
Kanas, John A., and Bohlsen, John (individuals) and their counsel, Boies, Schiller, & Flexner LLP Expert / Consultant Corporate governance and banking law & regulations and customs and practices of banking operations and M&A transactions January 2011 - December 2012
J.P. Hyan (individual) and his counsel, Howarth & Smith Expert / Consultant Customs and practices of lawyers regarding negotiation and drafting of separation and severance agreements, including provisions relating to successors and changes of control January 2009 - December 2012
BCE and its counsel, Norton Rose Expert / Consultant Customs regarding leveraged buyouts, contents of agreements relating to such transactions, including reverse break fees and solvency requirements January 2009 - December 2012
Vivendi, S.A., and its counsel, Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding M&A transactions and related agreements January 2007 - December 2012
Counsel to large public corporation (media company) (confidential) Counsel Customers and practices regarding internal investigations January 2011 - December 2011
Large Public corporation (pharmaceutical company) and its counsel (confidential) Expert / Consultant Review and assessment of procedures for retention and operation of law firms working for company January 2010 - December 2011
Large Commercial Bank (confidential) Expert / Consultant Review and assessment of proposed modifications to collective investment vehicles to address liquidity issues January 2010 - December 2011
Ventas and its counsel, Jenner & Block Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding deal protection, topping bids, communications with shareholders regarding topping bids, and standstill agreements January 2009 - December 2011
Doffermyre, Shields, counsel to William Perkins, Bankruptcy Trustee for IMA Expert / Consultant Customs and practices regarding standard of care used by attorneys for investment advisers in connection with review of internal controls and compliance programs, preparation of offering memoranda, and communications with regulatory officials January 2008 - December 2011

Last Updated: July 30, 2017