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251.5 sec. 1 - Corporate Finance and Law (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Eric Talley  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 4
Meeting Time: MW 8:00-9:50
Meeting Location: 100

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49645

This is a four unit course, and is offered on a mandotory C/NC basis. It explores “ from a legal perspective “ two inter-related questions that regularly confront business organizations: how does a firm generate capital in order to finance its activities? And, how do judicial actors, investors and other market participants go about placing market values on those activities? We will examine these questions from both practical and theoretical perspectives, drawing heavily on areas of law that increasingly involve financial methodologies. These include transactional law, securities law, corporate governance, tax, shareholder litigation, and financial regulation. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding for the greater expertise that financial economists have developed over the last half century to answer "real world" problems of legal significance. In addition, we will consider how (and why) both courts and regulators now place significant emphasis on financial methodologies pertaining to valuation, transactional fairness, market dynamics, and the ability to quantify / spread risks.

The course is appropriate for advanced law and business students, and does not require prerequisites. However, I highly encourage law students to have some familiarity with basic principles in corporate and securities law, and to be comfortable working with numbers (largely confined to basic algebra) and spreadsheet programs such as Excel. Some experience in an undergraduate or graduate statistics class will also prove helpful (but is not mandatory).

Exam Notes: P+
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Business Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Economics
Legal Theory and History
Tax, Estates, and Trusts

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