Corporate Transactions - Start-Up to Exit (SC)

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 18/25
Credits: 1
Day Date Time Room
  • F
  • S
  • F
  • S
  • F
  • S
  • 01/31/2020
  • 02/01/2020
  • 02/07/2020
  • 02/08/2020
  • 02/14/2020
  • 02/15/2020
  • 1540-1740
  • 0900-1100
  • 1540-1740
  • 0900-1100
  • 1540-1740
  • 0900-1100
  • WB103

Course Description

This course will concentrate on the business lawyer’s role in three significant stages of a company’s development with an emphasis on the practical elements that enable lawyers to contribute to successful client outcomes. We will first examine some of the issues relating to organizing and financing a business entity, and counsel’s role in helping early stage entities navigate the process of negotiating a venture capital financing. We will then turn to the choices companies face as they consider whether to become a listed company with public stakeholders, and focus on the advice and guidance provided by corporate counsel in balancing the benefits of access to additional capital and the added responsibilities of governance and disclosure in the public capital markets. We will conclude by discussing alternatives and structures available to established companies through non-organic growth, with a particular concentration on the benefits and challenges of executing M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic investments. This course will present a blend of the substantive law issues that arise at these three stages of enterprise development and the practical types of advice that a business lawyer and his or her team provide to clients as they navigate each stage.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only
Description: A take-home exam will be distributed by the instructors, and students will be on their honor to take only the amount of time stated on the exam to draft their answers and upload to EXPO thereafter. The answer document is due to be submitted no later than noon two weeks after the last class session.

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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Corporations (6103) OR Corporations (Law & Business) (6109)) LLM students with 2+ years of corporate legal practice experience may seek a waiver of the prerequisite from the Graduate Studies Office. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources:
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Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, February 05, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Monday, February 17, 11:59 PM