Corporate Financial Transactions
4 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 1999
Date Written: October 1999
This course is intended to provide a capstone experience in corporate finance for second-year MBA students, and for upper-level law students. Nicknamed "Doing Deals" by the students, the course consists of a series of simulations in which teams of students attempt to consummate corporate financial transactions such as a friendly bilateral merger, a reorganization in bankruptcy, and a hostile takeover. Grades are based on written documents and oral presentations prepared for the transactions, and on peer reviews and faculty observations of student contributions during negotiations. The interdisciplinary combination of law and business students on transaction teams emulates the real world, and challenges students in both schools to reach beyond their narrow disciplines to contribute effectively to the deal-doing process. Lawyers must focus on the needs of the clients. Business students must engage legal expertise to structure and consummate value creating transactions. Though challenging and time-intensive for the students, this course has been among the highest rated offerings at both schools since its inception.
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