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L9253 S. Deals Workshop: Mergers & Acquisition Transactions

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Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites

Instructor Co-requisites

Recommended Courses

Other Limitations
Attendance at the first class and completion of the first written assignment is a requirement for continued participation in the class.

Learning Outcome Goals

Primary Goals

  • Develop an understanding of the corporate law, securities law and other public law underpinnings of M&A transactions involving both private and publicly traded companies.
  • Become familiar with the life-cycle of private and public M&A deals from conception to closing as well as with typical deal agreements such as confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, bid letters and purchase agreements.
  • Understand the purpose and function of purchase price and stock and asset transfer provisions, representations, covenants, closing conditions, deal protection, indemnity and other contract provisions.
  • Appreciate the role played by boards of directors, CEOs, CFOs, General Counsels, independent accountants, investment bankers and others in M&A transactions.
  • Learn to think and act like a transactional lawyer in the real world, bringing legal knowledge, experience, judgment and skills to bear effectively and pragmatically in the context of clients' commercial and financial realities and objectives.
  • Gain practical experience with structuring transactions, communicating advice to clients, drafting contracts and negotiating contracts and develop a framework for continuing to enhance these skills over the course of your legal career.

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