Course Details

Public Company Mergers and Acquisitions

Public companies combine in M&A processes driven by individual and corporate ambition, shaped by the capital markets and governed by corporate law. Understanding how these drivers of M&A intersect (and often collide) is critical to a lawyer's success and this course seeks to provide legal and commercial foundations that will enable accelerated career growth for students who may choose to become M&A lawyers, or work on the finance or litigation teams that support complex M&A transactions. Through the lens of nine public company transactions the instructor led in his practice, students will study increasingly complex transactions including mergers of equals, take-private transactions by private equity, activist and topping bid challenges to announced deals, hostile bids, challenging tax and antitrust contexts for deals and cross-border combinations with national champions. The implications of case law, regulations and market practice for the pace, structure and outcomes in these transactions will be highlighted, providing an M&A context for the legal principles students may have previously considered in their business associations, tax and other courses. Students will also have the opportunity to consider the counseling of the companies and their directors by lawyers, investment bankers and other advisors. Business Associations is a prerequisite

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 737


Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Public Company Mergers and Acquisitions
Faculty: Gerstein, Mark D.
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25