Fundamentals of Corporate Transactions (5 weeks) | Fundamentals of Mergers & Acquisitions (5 weeks)
Combined Program (10 weeks)
Learn at a personalized pace, absorbing lessons in short, easily digested segments, led by experienced practitioners.
Apply lessons immediately to solve real-world client scenarios, using transaction documents derived from actual deals.
Deepen learning in virtual review sessions with an experienced practitioner. Review model answer and ask questions.
Every lawyer needs to be an effective contract negotiator. Using a commercial contract, learn essential concepts such as contract structure, interplay of key provisions, "boilerplate" language, and practice tips from real-world deals. Practice by revising an agreement based on client objectives.
Master the essentials of entity formation. Learn the differences between entity forms, advantages and disadvantages, formation processes/procedures, and best practices. Practice by drafting formation docs for a new entity.
Master the NDA--one of the most common agreements in the business world. Learn key provisions, typical contexts, and how to draft and negotiate an NDA effectively to limit risk without over-engineering. Practice revising an NDA as both discloser and recipient.
Master LOIs to negotiate deals of all types. Learn the purpose, timing, format, advantages and disadvantages, and key elements of LOIs, term sheets, and MOUs. Practice by reviewing and revising an LOI in connection with a proposed acquisition.
Due diligence is a key piece of every corporate transaction. Learn how deal structure affects DD (and vice versa), what's in a standard DD checklist, issues to look for on both sides of the transaction, and practical tips on organizing and executing. Practice by modifying a DD template in the context of a simulated deal.
Master M&A concepts such as typical deal structures (SPA, APA, Merger) and key criteria for selecting a structure (including corporate, tax, and liability issues). Apply your new knowledge to real-world scenarios by drafting a client memo for a proposed transaction.
Manage an M&A deal with confidence--from inception to closing. Learn about every stage of the deal process, including practical steps, key considerations, and documentation. Practice by preparing a comprehensive closing checklist for a real-world transaction.
Master how to negotiate and draft an asset purchase agreement from the LOI or term sheet, including key provisions and typical pro-buyer and pro-seller terms. Practice what you learned by converting a term sheet to an APA.
Negotiate and draft a stock purchase agreement like a veteran. Learn the differences between an SPA and APA, the key provisions (e.g., operative provisions and reps & warranties) and common drafting techniques. Practice by converting a seller-friendly APA to a buyer-friendly SPA.
Negotiate and draft a merger agreement like a veteran. Master the regulatory and statutory considerations that affect the deal structure, and the key provisions involved. Practice by revising a merger agreement based on real-world client concerns and the business/regulatory context.
There is definitely a big need for this … Senior partners at firms are not spending enough time [on training] and most professional education out there is superficial."
After these courses, you could come into a firm on day one, start diving into the documents, and provide meaningful input to the deal team. While [other courses] focus on the theoretical or updates in the law, this focuses on the practical and gives you a toolkit to jump-start or refresh your practice."
I developed practical legal skills that went far beyond the legal training provided in law school. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work on corporate transaction assignments that were similar to what a law firm associate would experience."
AltaClaro’s courses hit the right mark between being challenging and yet manageable for someone who is working while taking the program…”
Head of Experiential Learning at AltaClaro, Adjunct Prof., Georgetown Law (xAkin Gump, xClifford Chance)
(Retired) Partner, Jones Day
Partner, Kaplitt Legal Consulting (xWeil Gotshal, xCalwalader)
(Retired) Partner, Chadbourne
Partner and Co-Founder at Acceleron Law Group (xSidley, xMorgan Lewis)