15.649 The Law of Mergers and Acquisitions

Spring 2003

Above the New York Stock Exchange trading floor.
The New York Stock Exchange. (Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Commerce.)

Course Highlights

To provide practice analyzing legal issues in a realistic context, several take-home writing exercises are available. Each class discussion is enhanced by the inclusion of a practicing lawyer who serves as a guest commentator, and by the study materials, including actual court decisions and press releases.

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the law-sensitive aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). In Module I, we examine the legal implications of key roles and deal structures, and walk through some of the issues that would typically arise in a simple and friendly transaction. We also give a class to the legal issues arising in LBOs and the legal concerns of financial sponsors more generally, and another class to employment-related issues, including those relating to managers facing unsettled circumstances.

In Module II, we look at a variety of complications, including those that arise in the friendly or unfriendly purchase of a publicly-held company; deals involving distressed and hi-tech companies; antitrust concerns; allegations of misconduct by management or board members; and deals involving non-U.S. companies.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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John Akula, Senior Lecturer in Law

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session