336.01 A Practical Introduction to Mergers & Acquisitions

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 party and the target firm in negotiating an acquisition and the differing roles played by the various parties involved in a transaction; the different types of agreements and other documents an attorney will encounter and negotiate over the course of a transaction; the critical role of information in M&A deals; conducting due diligence; the elements, structure and key terms of a typical acquisition agreement; 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.

Spring 2023

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Final Exam
Group project(s)
Class participation
Caroline Bergman Gottschalk
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-336-01-Sp23
Email list: LAW-336-01-Sp23@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - JD-LLM-LE
Course Areas of Practice