LAW Deals I
Employment Law: Employee Benefits
Business Law: Finance: Capital Markets, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance
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[ Transactional ] Employment Law: Employee Benefits
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[ Transactional ] as a Key Elective : Employee benefits lawyers regularly create a range of agreements and negotiate a variety of deals. Benefits lawyers will typically provide advice to their corporate colleagues on due diligence for a merger transaction to evaluate the extent of a target company's benefit plan obligation. This course gives students the opportunity to analyze different types of transactions and develop tools to use in different types of negotiations.
General course Description:
This course applies economic concepts to the practice of structuring contracts. The course extends over two quarters, meeting three hours per week the first quarter and two hours per week the second quarter. Students enrolled in the course must take both quarters. All or most of the first quarter will be spent in a traditional classroom setting, discussing economics articles and case studies of actual contracts that illustrate the concepts described in the articles. Beginning either at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter until the end of the course (the "deals" segment of the course), we will explore the connection between economic theory and contracting practice by studying specific current deals. Students, divided into groups, will study a deal beginning in the first quarter. Then, during the deals segment of the course, each group will give a presentation of its deal to the class. The following week, a lawyer or other participant in the deal will come to class and lead a discussion of the deal. When it works, the students' and the practitioners' analyses are mutually enlightening. We study new deals each year. Deals that we have studied over the years have included movie financings, biotech alliances, venture capital financings, cross-boarder joint ventures, private equity investments, and corporate reorganizations.
Course Style: An Experiential course is one in which students undertake tasks derived from or akin to those done by practicing lawyers.
Course Frequency: Offered once a year