Mergers & Acquisitions

This three-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.

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(a) Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law
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