Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Venture Capital/Private Equity (LAW-874-001)
Michael Messersmith

Meets: 03:00 PM - 05:50 PM (W) - Warren - Room N101

Enrolled: 23 / Limit: 40

Administrator Access


Pre-requisite: Business Associations (LAW-611)


This course covers the legal and business aspects of structuring venture capital and private equity transactions, including early stage venture capital investments and start-up companies, growth equity investments in later-stage companies, leveraged buyouts/acquisitions of private and public companies, the use of flow-through tax entities such as partnerships and LLCs, the formation of private equity funds, the use of offshore entities in fund structuring and investing, and exit strategies for investors in private equity and venture-backed companies (including IPOs, company mergers and sales and dividend recapitalizations). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the issues that commonly arise in structuring, negotiating and documenting private equity investments and acquisitions. The course also highlights recent regulatory and policy developments affecting private equity firms and their investments.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

The required textbook for this course Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions by Jack S. Levin and Donald E. Rocap, 2016 Edition published by Wolters Kluwer. (approximately $59.93 per book when purchased at the AU Campus Bookstore).

First Class Readings

Not available at this time.


Use your MyAU username and password to access the syllabus in the following format(s):