LAW Venture Capital I
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Venture Capital I
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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] [ Transactional ] as a Related Elective for those interested in Venture : Entity formations and venture capital transactions often have important employee benefit plan considerations that are highly tax driven. This course follows the “start-up” process from initial formation through private capitalization, strategic alliances, and public offerings. It also explores the evolution of the private equity market, including VC funds, LBO funds, and hedge funds. You will get hands-on practical experience in drafting and negotiating a term sheet for a new venture.
General course Description:
This course introduces the operation of the venture capital industry from both a theoretical and practical perspective. The course follows the start-up process from initial formation of a new High-Tech venture through its private capitalization, the navigation of typical operational or strategic hurdles/milestones, and potential exit through merger or initial public offering. It analyzes each step in the process from perspective of the entity, of the founder-employees, and of the venture backers. It also considers the incentive mechanisms and control structures used at each step of the transaction (and alternatives to these structures), with a focus on both the underlying economic and financial theory, as well as on pragmatic considerations in structuring the transactions. Students are required to complete a term sheet negotiation exercise, offer a written analysis (in short pieces) related to speaker perspectives concerning the venture capital process, and sit for an examination. Speakers include visitors from practice with extensive experience in the VC, M&A, and the business formation process. QM: Finance (Law 467) (or a modest background in financial analysis) is a prerequisite for this class.
Course Style: A Substantive course teaches the law, theory, and policy in a particular area of law
Course Frequency: Offered once a year