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Corporate Finance (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-719
  • Class Number: 03407
  • Instructor: Michael O'Sullivan

Course Description

Money is the lifeblood of business, and a lawyer working with or against businesses cannot understand that world without understanding the language, the logic and the forms that money takes as it works its way through the system.


This course will teach you basic concepts like how to read a balance sheet, how to figure out the cost of capital, how to value a company and why the business world is filled with such a dizzying variety of capital structures. From this platform we will venture into the vast universe of practical applied finance, where we will examine the nuts and bolts of common stock, preferred stock and stock options, investment grade and junk debt, convertible securities and warrants, early stage venture investments, securitizations, and a few esoteric securities that illustrate the outer bounds of finance. Along the way we will ground our discussion in actual securities documents, discuss real world case studies, and explore the various roles lawyers play in the world of corporate finance.

This is a law school class, not a business school class, so it will be light on math and finance theory, and heavy on the concepts lawyers working in corporate finance actually grapple with.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 101
  • Exam: In-class, open-book exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: no
  • Participation: Points will be awarded