Emerging Growth Companies and Venture Capital Financing: Principles and Practice

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 48/50
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1815-2015
  • WB102
08/30/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

In recent years, start-up companies that are privately financed with funds provided by angel investors and venture capital firms have become a dramatically successful source of jobs and of important new and innovative products, particularly in the areas of Web3, NFTs, crypto currencies, ecommerce, cyber security, software, semiconductors and biotechnology. This course deals with legal and business issues that arise in representing emerging growth technology companies, with a particular emphasis on venture capital transactions, liquidity events, intellectual property, corporate formation and governance. The course will provide an introduction to practice in this area through the eyes of an attorney who lives in the Washington, D.C. area, is active in the global technology market and who practices with a Silicon Valley-based law firm. Guest lecturers play an important role in this class and provide students with a real-world perspective on helping emerging growth companies. During the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to hear from prominent founders/CEOs, venture capitalists, an investment banker, an angel investor, and several entrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital and built companies.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex examination via EXPO at end of the semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course is scheduled twice per week, but the class will only meet one of the scheduled dates each week. Scheduling both dates gives instructor flexibility in scheduling classes and inviting guests from the emerging company ecosystem.

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM