Spring 2021 Course Schedule

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

Meets: 03:00 PM - 05:50 PM ( TH)

Enrolled: 27 / 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 and start-up companies, 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 (structuring the acquisition as well as the equity and debt financing), hostile tender offers and other unsolicited acquisitions, the use of partnerships and LLCs in structuring investments and acquisitions, 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 and recapitalizing 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 dividend recapitalizations). VC and PE transactions represent a broad range of transactions encountered by a corporate lawyer in a transactional practice, and emphasis will be placed on understanding the issues that commonly arise in structuring, negotiating and documenting private equity investments and acquisitions in a transactional setting.

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

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The casebook for the course is Mergers and Acquisitions: Law, Theory, and Practice (2nd edition) by Hill, Quinn, and Solomon.

First Class Readings

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