Professor Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics and Research Director of the Program on the Legal Profession, joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1997 after private practice at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. There he was a partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and the regulation of financial institutions. He teaches courses on Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Institutions Regulation, Contracts, Corporations, and the History of Capitalist Institutions. Before coming to HLS, he taught on the adjunct faculties of New York University School of Law and Boston University School of Law.