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Spring 2022 Course


Prerequisite: For JD students, you must have completed Corporations prior to enrolling in this course.

For LLM students, Corporations or its equivalent is a prerequisite.

Exam Type: No Exam

Evaluation will be on the basis of class participation and a final paper or project.

This advanced negotiation course examines complex corporate deals. Many of the class sessions will be structured around actual corporate deals, selected for the complex issues of law and business that they raise. Students will research and analyze these transactions in order to present their most important aspects and lessons to the class.

Topics developed throughout the course include: how negotiators create and claim value through the setup, design, and tactical implementation of agreements; complexities that can arise through agency, asymmetric information, moral hazard, and adverse selection; structural, psychological, and interpersonal barriers that can hinder agreement; and the particular challenges inherent in the roles of advisors as negotiators. The course will also explore the differences between deal-making and dispute resolution; single-issue and multiple-issue negotiations; and between two parties and multiple parties.

Note: This course will be cross-listed with HBS and held at HBS. The class will be comprised of approximately an equal number of students from HBS and HLS.

This course will meet in the first half of the spring term.

This course is not available for cross registration.