336.01 Mergers & Acquisitions: A Practitioner's Perspective

This two-credit course will consider and analyze corporate mergers and acquisitions 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 and the differing roles played by the various parties involved; the critical role of information in M&A deals; conducting due diligence; the elements and structure of a typical acquisition agreement; certain techniques for effective drafting of M&A agreements; the roles and responsibilities of management, Boards of Directors and shareholders in connection with transactions; securities laws affecting transactions; an introduction to private equity M&A; acquisition financing; and getting the transaction to closing.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

Law 210 Business Association is a prerequisite.   International LLMs may be permitted to take Law 336 Mergers & Acquisitions if concurrently enrolled in Law 210 Business Associations and with instructor permission.

Fall 2021

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Final Exam
Caroline Bergman Gottschalk
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.336.01.F21
Email list: LAW.336.01.F21@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - JD-LLM-LE
Course Areas of Practice