255 sec. 1 - Business Law Seminar: Venture Capital and IPO Law (Spring 2014)
"Venture Capital and IPO Law"
Instructor: Herbert Fockler (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 141
Course Start: January 07, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49748
This practice-oriented business law seminar is designed to provide students with an understanding of the legal issues that arise in advising venture capital-backed and emerging growth companies through typical stages of their development and various common transactions. The seminar will cover selected business, corporate, securities and tax issues in areas such as business entity formation, venture capital financings, acquisitions, initial public offerings, and corporate organization and governance, with an emphasis on practical solutions and business realities. The goal of the seminar is to provide students with a window into the daily life of a typical Silicon Valley-style corporate attorney.
Herb Fockler is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a leading legal advisor to technology and emerging growth enterprises worldwide. Mr. Fockler has been with WSGR for almost 30 years, representing entrepreneurs and their businesses at all stages of development - from newly formed companies seeking their initial venture capital funding to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. He has worked with hundreds of public and private companies across the technology industry, from computers, software, Internet and semiconductors through biotechnology, medical devices and clean technology. His clients over the years have included Dolby Laboratories, Autodesk, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, WordPerfect and Philips Microelectronics. Outside of law, he has considerable experience as a computer programmer and holds an undergraduate degree in physics.
It will be helpful for students to have taken Business Associations and Securities Regulation as a background for this class.
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