Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

Justice Leo Strine Jr.
Fall 2017 course
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 1010
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: JD students should have already taken Corporations.

LLM students should have had a comparable basic business organization course, or relevant background and experience, or should be contemporaneously taking the basic Corporations course. Even students concurrently enrolled in Corporations should consider carefully whether to enroll in this class. The class assumes a knowledge of the fundamentals of American corporate law and without that, a student will be at a profound disadvantage. LLM students who have the relevant background but are not concurrently enrolled in Corporations should seek permission to enroll by emailing Chief Justice Strine's HLS assistant, Kathy Goldstein at

Cross-registering Business School students (whom the teacher very much welcomes) need not have taken Corporations; cross-registrants from other parts of Harvard should seek permission to enroll by emailing his HLS assistant.

Exam type: In Class

This course, taught by the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, will focus on the law affecting corporate mergers and acquisitions including both third-party and going-private deals. Though state corporate law will be heavily emphasized, it will also address laws affecting cross border M&A and expose students to key recurring issues of comparative law relevant to M&A practice. The course will also deal substantially with merger agreements, considered as contracts, and the important contractual principles and issues that are relevant in almost every M&A transaction. The course will have a practical bent and will address the real-world problems faced by parties contemplating, attempting, or resisting acquisitions, as well as the policy dilemmas faced by courts called upon to assess such transactions. To further this goal, several key classes will involve the participation of leading practitioners.

This course overlaps with Professor Coates' Mergers and Acquisitions Processes and Structures offering; students may only enroll in one of these courses.

Subject Areas: Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance