Course Details

Business Combinations and Antitrust

The Business Combinations portion of the course will focus on mergers and acquisitions from both a business and legal perspective. Students will learn the practical aspects of these so-called ┬┐change of control┬┐ transactions, from the initial motivations for business combinations and continuing through due diligence, negotiating the deal, and working towards the successful post-deal integration of management. Along the way, the course will address state law requirements for mergers and acquisitions, approaches for contract negotiation and drafting, fiduciary duties of directors and business managers, and federal securities law requirements. The course will also address strategies businesses use when trying to avoid hostile takeovers, and the inherent conflict between managers and business owners when considering possible business combinations. The Antitrust portion of the course will cover key issues in antitrust law including the economic and policy reasons underlying U.S. antitrust laws, regulation of monopolies, restraints of trade, and pricing. This portion of the course will also address the antitrust implications of various forms of business combinations, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property licensing, and joint development agreements. The course will also cover strategies for accomplishing business goals and combinations in ways that minimize antirust risks.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 945-0


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Business Combinations
Faculty: Reed, Stephen F. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 24     Actual: 13

Spring 2016
Title: Business Combinations
Faculty: Reed, Stephen F. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 24     Actual: 9

Spring 2015
Title: Business Combinations and Antitrust
Faculty: Reed, Stephen F. (courses | profile)
Loeb, Nancy C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 25     Actual: 8