Spring 2018 Course Schedule

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

Meets: 02:30 PM - 05:20 PM (Th) - Yuma - Room Y115

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 40

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Prerequisites: Business Associations (Law 611) or equivalent course.


This course covers the legal, business and financial 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 and tax havens in fund structuring and investing, restructuring troubled portfolio companies, 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. Prerequisites: Business Associations (Law 611) or equivalent course.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The required textbook for this course is Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions by Jack S. Levin and Donald E. Rocap, 2017 Edition published by Wolters Kluwer. The textbook can be purchased at a substantial discount (a discount of approximately 85%) at the AU bookstore.

First Class Readings

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