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251.9 sec. 001 - Venture Funds: Structuring, Advising and Regulating (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Sean M Caplice  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 240
From January 13, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 13, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This course will introduce students to U.S. legal and regulatory issues relating to venture capital funds and venture capital fund managers. Among other things, the course will cover venture capital fund structuring and formation; the exclusions from Investment Company Act registration requirements on which venture capital funds rely; regulation of venture capital fund managers, including the Investment Advisers Act, ERISA, Pay-to-Play and their rules and regulations; private placement considerations; the impact of Dodd-Frank on the venture capital fund industry; disclosure obligations and confidentiality concerns; investment restrictions and liquidity options; and terms and conditions of venture capital limited partnership agreements.

Enrollment in this class is by application. If demand exceeds capacity, qualified law students will be randomly selected.

To apply, send your CV and a cover email of no more than 250 words to Sean Caplice: In your email, please answer the following questions about yourself:

1. Have you ever worked in venture capital, finance or with startup companies? If so, briefly describe your most recent such experience.
2. Have you interned (or will you intern) at a law firm that exposed you to legal, regulatory or business matters in the startup/financing arena? If so, briefly describe your internship experience.
3. Have you taken (or are you currently taking) any classes that are relevant to this field at Berkeley Law, such as tax, securities regulation, startups, business associations, corporate finance, financial accounting, IPOs, etc.? If so, please list those courses.
4. Briefly state what you hope to learn from taking this course?

Applications are due by November 12, 2021. Accepted students will receive course enrollment information on or about November 19, 2021 so that they may enroll during their second Cal Central appointments.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Business Law

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