LAW-2051 Mergers and Acquisitions

Prof. Joseph Franco,

4 credits day; 4 credits evening.


This course uses acquisition transactions, including mergers, as a vehicle for exploring the intersection between legal constraints and business planning in completing transactions. It incorporates a variety of distinct legal disciplines – corporate law, contracts, and securities law – to understand how together these and other sources of law affect how deals are shaped. The relevant legal constraints are examined within the business context of acquisition transactions. As a result, the course will give significant attention to the deal dynamics of acquisition transactions, including the motivation of the parties and the underlying interaction between, and bargaining strategies of, buyers and sellers. Completion of Corporations is a prerequisite (i.e. Corporations may not be taken concurrently). Completion or concurrent enrollment in Securities Regulation might be helpful but is not required.


Faculty comments: This course is an advanced corporate law course that attempts to develop students’ understanding of legal analysis within the context of business transactions. The teaching style is primarily lecture-based with class participation. Students, however, will have two oral projects during the semester and some practical exercises. In addition to these projects, grading will be based on a two-part final exam (a take-home essay distributed before the exam period begins and an exam period multiple-choice test). There will be several guest speakers during the semester and we will also incorporate analyses of actual business transactions outside the confines of the casebook. The course credits have been increased to match the reading and workload of the course.


  Prerequisite: Corporations; Completion or concurrent enrollment in Securities Regulation might be helpful but is not required.

pointer    Enrollment is limited: 30 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Financial Services Concentration Requirements

pointer    Final Exam Required


<<Course Updated: March 14, 2016>>