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FINANCE 317

Taxes and Business Strategy

Graduate School of Business

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[ Transactional ] Business Law: Tax Law

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[ Transactional ] as a Relevant Course outside SLS for those interested in Tax : ++ { HIGHLY RELEVANT } ++ Not only students interested in tax law, but any student aspiring to become a business lawyer, should understand something about the effect of taxes on business decisions. Tax planning is important in practice areas as varied as structured finance and executive compensation. Transactional lawyers should understand the tax consequences for all parties to a deal.

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Finance 317 develops a framework for (i) understanding the effects of taxes on business decisions and (ii) devising effective tax planning strategies. Compensation, investment, and financing policies are linked through the common fabric of the tax planning process. The course is divided into two parts. The first part develops several key concepts: we adopt a contractual perspective and emphasize the importance of considering the tax positions of all parties to contracts, both at the time of contracting and in the future. In the second part, we apply these concepts to specific business decisions. Many details of the tax law are covered along the way. You need not have taken a prior course to take this one. On the other hand, you will not be wasting your time if you have already taken a tax course. Finance 317 differs from traditional tax courses, which emphasize the rote application of tax rules to specific situations. Instead, Finance 317 focuses on the manner in which corporations and

Course Style: A Substantive course teaches the law, theory, and policy in a particular area of law

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