Course Details

Structuring Transactions: Financial Institutions

This course will explore some practical aspects relating to the U.S. commercial banking industry. Banks perform a unique role in the economic sphere and unlike most other private enterprises, are subject to extensive and comprehensive regulation and supervision. As a foundation to the simulations/workshops listed below, this course will first serve to acquaint students with the fundamentals of the current regulatory systems governing the operation of different classes of commercial financial institutions. Attention will be given to the dramatic changes brought about in the industry by the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, which is the most significant banking legislation in the past fifty years, many of the provisions of which are now under assault. Simulations/workshops will include: * Two teams (organizers/counsel) will explore legal issues in the formation of a bank as they create and discuss a business plan * The unique characteristics of a bank's basic financial statements will be examined * Two teams (executives/counsel) will explore issues in the formation of a bank holding company * A number of sessions will involve drafting, structuring and negotiating a bank merger agreement and related documentation Prerequisites: Corporations or Business Associations. For International LLM students, Corporations or Business Associations (or equivalent prior experience) is a co-requisite. Course Materials: The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers, by Karol K. Sparks (Second Edition, 2017); Section of Business Law, American Bar Association. (ISBN: 978-1-61425-864-7). Some handout materials will also be available on the Course Management System website. Grading: Grading will be based on each students' drafting assignments, presentations and/or participation in one or more of the simulations/workshops, as well as on general class participation.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 633Z
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Structuring Transactions: Financial Institutions
Faculty: Freechack, John E. (courses | profile)
Fleetwood, Robert (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 13

Fall 2016
Title: Structuring Transactions: Financial Institutions
Faculty: Freechack, John E. (courses | profile)
Fleetwood, Robert (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25

Fall 2015
Title: Structuring Transactions: Financial Institutions
Faculty: Freechack, John E. (courses | profile)
Fleetwood, Robert (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24

Fall 2014
Title: Structuring Transactions: Financial Institutions
Faculty: Freechack, John E. (courses | profile)
Fleetwood, Robert (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 15