Mike Harmon

Lecturer, Finance

Mike Harmon

Lecturer in Management

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Teaching Statement

Mike Harmon lectures on financial restructuring, bankruptcy, private equity, distressed investing, and negotiations. Along with Claudia Robles-Garcia, he teaches FINANCE 333: Financial Restructuring.


Harmon is the managing partner of Gaviota Advisors, LLC, in Manhattan Beach, CA, where he advises and invests in small- to medium-sized companies. Prior to that, he spent 21 years as an investment professional in the special situations and global principal groups at Oaktree Capital Management in Los Angeles. There he executed private equity and special situations transactions involving over 50 companies. Harmon has also held positions with CS First Boston, Price Waterhouse, and Society Corporation. Over the course of his career, Harmon has served as a member of the board of directors for 20 organizations in a broad range of industries and causes. He currently serves as a board member for KCRW Radio, a nonprofit media organization based in Santa Monica. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Stanford GSB, Stanford Law School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School in the areas of corporate restructuring, private equity, and negotiation. He holds an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School and a BA, with distinction, in economics from McGill University.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA with Distinction, Harvard Business School, 1997
  • BA in Economics with Distinction, McGill University, 1991

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2021
  • Guest Lecturer, Harvard Business School, 2018–present

Professional Experience

  • Managing Partner, Gaviota Advisors, LLC, 2018–present
  • Managing Director, Oaktree Capital Management, 1996–2018
  • Senior Consultant, Price Waterhouse, 1992–95
  • Analyst, Society Corporation, 1991–92


Journal Articles

Academic Publications

Stanford Case Studies

Service to the Profession

  • Board Member, KCRW Radio, 2018–present
  • Board Member, Surfrider Foundation, 2010–2015

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