Course Details

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions, as taught by Lutz, will examine merger and acquisition transactions from the perspective of the practicing attorney. Relevant legal considerations will be considered and discussed, but the emphasis will be on the real-world issues encountered by the practicing business lawyer. Lutz was involved in literally hundreds of mergers and acquisition transactions during his more than twenty-year career as a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis, and intends to bring his experiences and perspectives to the classroom. There will be a casebook for the course, but it is anticipated that it will be used to a much lesser extent than in similar courses. Topics covered will include the rationale for mergers and acquisition transactions (from both seller and buyer perspectives), deal process, the key to understanding M&A transactions (focus on the nature of the seller--private, public or division or subsidiary of Bigco), state statues and entity formalities, fiduciary duties, federal securities and antitrust regulation, deal documentation, tax and accounting issues, the role of associates in these transactions, financial (leveraged acquisition) and strategic buyers, negotiating strategies and techniques, and closing issues. A significant portion of the class will be spent examining documentation from the various types of deals. The course will be geared toward the student intending to practice transactional law, but should also be relevant for any law or business student wanting a better understanding of mergers & acquisitions practice and strategy. Evaluation: Students will be evaluated primarily by classroom contribution and performance on a final exam. Teaching method: Lecture and discussion Text: Osterle, The Law of Mergers and Acquisitions Prerequisites: None

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 638
Practice Areas: Business, Corporate,Trans Area
Additional Course Information: Business Concentration Elective


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Lutz, Karl E. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 65

Spring 2017
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Fiebig, Andre (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 61

Spring 2017
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: O'Hare, John M. (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 33

Fall 2016
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Lutz, Karl E. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 61

Spring 2016
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Lutz, Karl E. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 64

Spring 2016
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Fiebig, Andre (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 65

Fall 2015
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Reed, Stephen F. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 63

Spring 2015
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Reed, Stephen F. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 52

Spring 2015
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Fiebig, Andre (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 58

Fall 2014
Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Lutz, Karl E. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 65