336.01 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.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

Business Associations (Law 210).

M&A is not recommended for students who have already taken Deal Skills for the Transactional Lawyer (Law 777).

Spring 2016

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Urska Velikonja
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.336.01.Sp16
Email list: LAW.336.01.Sp16@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD