Mergers & Acquisitions
This two-credit course will consider corporate mergers and acquisitions, the laws governing such transactions, and the process of initiating and completing a corporate acquisition. Topics covered will include the structures commonly used in M&A transactions (and the factors affecting choice of deal structure); strategies employed by the acquiring company and the target firm in negotiating an acquisition; the critical role of information in M&A deals; due diligence of the target firm; the roles and responsibilities of management, Boards of Directors and shareholders; hostile takeovers, poison pills and other takeover defenses; securities laws affecting public company transactions; and the rise of activist shareholders.
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.
Business Associations (Law 210); it can also be taken concurrently.
M&A is not recommended for students who have already taken Deal Skills for the Transactional Lawyer (Law 777).
Mergers & Acquisitions is a prerequisite for the following courses: