Spring 2020 Course Schedule

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

Meets: 03:00 PM - 05:50 PM (Th) - Warren - Room NT08

Enrolled: 26 / Limit: 40

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This course covers the legal and financial aspects of structuring venture capital and private equity transactions, including early stage venture capital investments, growth equity investments in later-stage companies in preparation for an IPO or sale of the company, leveraged buyouts/acquisitions of private and public companies (including structuring the acquisition as well as the equity and debt financing to fund the acquisition), the use of partnerships and LLCs in structuring acquisitions and investments, equity compensation arrangements, the formation of private equity funds and other investment partnerships such as hedge 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 taking the company public (IPOs), company mergers and sales, and leveraged recapitalizations). VC and PE investments and acquisitions represent a broad range of transactions that a corporate lawyer encounters in a transactional practice, and emphasis will be placed on understanding the issues that commonly arise in structuring, negotiating and documenting such transactions.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The textbook for this course is Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Transactions (2019 edition) by Jack Levin and Donald Rocap. The publisher has offered us a substantial discount of about 85-90%. Instead of the list price of $566, you will be able to purchase the textbook from the bookstore for about $70-99. Please make sure you receive the discount.

First Class Readings

¶101 to ¶106 of textbook and materials posted to MyWCL in the Week 1 folder.


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