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Course Descriptions

Mergers and Acquisitions (Spring 2018)

  • Course Number: LAW-658
  • Class Number: 03322
  • Instructor: Mark Easton

Course Description

From Spring 2016

This course teaches basic corporate acquisition planning.  It emphasizes a transactional approach to many of the legal and business issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions, including corporate, tax, securities, regulatory and valuation considerations.  Students will study federal and state laws governing M&A transactions, review actual deal documents and disclosure forms, and consider relevant legal, policy and business issues from the perspectives of the key players:  target company, acquiring company, shareholders, management, employees and others.  The course will introduce the standard structure and terms of a typical acquisition agreement. Students will then examine why deal provisions are drafted in certain ways, what alternatives might be considered and how specific provisions might subsequently be challenged.

This is a three-unit course. Students may not opt for CR/D/F grading; this course must be taken for a grade. Grades are determined by performance on a comprehensive in-class final exam.  Business Organizations is a prerequisite/corequisite course.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical Only
  • Schedule: W 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 3
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Encouraged, but not required
  • Pre-requisites: Business Organizations is a prerequisite/corequisite