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University of Pennsylvania U.S. Corporate Law and Strategy Executive Education Certificate Program

  • COURSE DURATION

June 21 – 25, 2021

  • REGISTRATION CLOSES

5th June, 2021

Course Description

U.S. Corporate Law and Strategy is geared towards allowing practitioners to meet the unique challenges of doing business in the United States. This five-day, live, virtual course will focus on several areas of corporate law as it relates to various stages of a business life cycle, including: founding and startup, formation and growth, governance, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganization. Using an interdisciplinary and practical approach, this program will provide participants with not only an understanding of the unique legal considerations as it relates to a business’s diverse life cycle, but also the skills needed to represent clients or provide legal advice on these matters.

Course Overview

Price

$ 2,850.00

ABR applicant discount rate: $350

LENGTH

5 days

LANGUAGE

English

LOCATION

100% Online

Who Should Attend?

This executive education program is intended for law students and lawyers trained outside the United States seeking to expand or grow their practices, or transition to a new, business-oriented practice. It is also well-suited for U.S. trained lawyers without a corporate background who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of business-centric practice areas of U.S law. It is well suited for lawyers intending to work in startup, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganization. Participants who complete the course will gain a broader understanding of the unique legal considerations relevant at different points in a business’s diverse life cycle and an introduction to the skills needed to represent clients or provide internal and external advice to businesses during those life cycles.

What will set you apart

  • World-renowned faculty will help you unravel complex global cross-border transactions.
  • Attorneys and senior executives from all over the world will be accessible so you can expand your professional network.
  • Through interactive lectures and workshops, you’ll increase your understanding of U.S. corporate law and various stages of a business life cycle, including: founding and startup, formation and growth, governance, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganization.
  • Identify and distinguish the legal and compliance risks for an organization or sector.
  • Ability to understand and appreciate the importance of Corporate Governance.

Course curriculum

Entrepreneurship and Early Stage Capital Investment

The initial focal point is on the beginning of a company’s life-cycle—the start-up venture. This topic will focus the legal, business, and strategic issues faced in representing a start-up venture, including entity selection, intellectual property protection, employee issues, raising early-stage capital, first steps in developing a business plan and platform for venture capital.

Corporate Governance

As a company grows and expands, and outside investors hold equity in the company and maintain seats on the company’s board, corporate governance issues become more prominent and complex. This topic will focus on fiduciary duties to shareholders, the business judgment rule, entire fairness standards, duties that arise in the context of sale processes, and defensive measures, through the lens of transactions and Delaware case law.

Mergers and Acquisitions

The pinnacle of a company’s life cycle is typically the merger or acquisition transaction—the change of control and monetization of the company’s value. This topic will focus on the different types of M&A transactions: public versus private sales, mergers versus acquisitions, solicited versus unsolicited transactions, and the agreements (and related obligations) that govern M&A transactions.

Corporate Restructuring

A company may face distress—financial, operational, or otherwise—at various stages of its life cycle. Some may additionally require financial or operational restructuring to maintain the go-forward business. This topic will focus on restructuring transactions under the framework of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, including Chapter 11 going-concern sales, plans of reorganization, and the rights and obligations of a debtor-company using Chapter 11 to restructure its business and emerge from bankruptcy.

*Topics and scope are subject to change.

Course Director

Michael Knoll

Michael Knoll

Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law; Wharton Professor of Real Estate;
Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy
– JD – University of Chicago – 84
– PhD (economics) – University of Chicago – 83
– AM – University of Chicago – 80
Michael Knoll is an insightful commentator on how income tax laws affect business and investment decisions and a creative proponent of how those laws could be redesigned. Much of his recent research involves the application of finance principles to questions of international tax policy, especially the connection between taxation and competitiveness. Professor Knoll’s recent research includes writings on sovereign wealth funds, private equity, international tax arbitrage, and the impact of the corporate income tax on the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry.

Sarah Pierce

Sarah Pierce

Legal Practice Skills Senior Lecturer;
former Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sarah Pierce brings more than a decade of transactional and courtroom experience to the Legal Practice Skills program. Prior to joining the Penn Law Faculty, Pierce was Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where she practiced for 13 years focusing on corporate and financial restructurings and reorganizations, representing companies, secured lenders, investors, and buyers. During her time in practice, Pierce also served as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law teaching Secured Transactions.

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