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255 sec. 01 - Venture Capital Law and Finance (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Ofer Eldar  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Meeting:

MW 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Law 132
From January 08, 2024
To April 23, 2024

Course Start: January 08, 2024
Course End: April 23, 2024
Class Number: 33084

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 30
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 81
As of: 06/17 10:36 AM


This class examines the law and economics of U.S. venture capital (VC) finance, the contract structures that are used to achieve these economics and the legal framework in which such contracting takes place. The course will cover topics relating to venture capital investments in start-up companies, the structure of VC backed companies, the allocation of cash-flow and control rights in these companies, and litigation arising from unique VC arrangements. The course will focus on how VC contract provisions are designed to protect investors from economic and voting dilution, how they allocate merger consideration in an acquisition of a VC-backed startup company, and how they can be used to incentivize subsequent investment by a company's VC investors. The course will also discuss various policy debates on the role of VC firms and the governance of startup founders.

Prior business law courses or business experience is recommended.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 4 hours
Course Category: Business Law

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  • Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
    Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson
    Edition: 4th ed., 2019
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    ISBN: 9781119594826
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: $49.95
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