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Deals Curriculum

In addition to Cornell Law School's core business law curriculum, the Institute is introducing students to a different way of thinking about deals and lawyering in an effort to expand their practical skills.  The Institute sponsors one core Deals course and a number of Deals seminars each year, taught by expert practitioners, each focusing on a different specialty.  The Deals course is taught by Professor  Raymond J. Minella '74 and Professor Charles Whitehead.  It is open to law and business students alike, and introduces students to complex deal structuring.  The course provides readings in economic theory, models and mechanics, and describes the tools that transactional lawyers use to address the problems presented.  The course includes deal-related documentation from actual transactions that student teams dissect using tools they study in class.  The teams present the deals to their classmates, describing what the deal was intended to do and how it was structured.  The lawyers (and clients) who actually negotiated the deal then explore it during the following class.

The Deals seminars being taught in 2013-2014 are:

  • Emerging Growth Companies and Venture Capital Financing: Principles and Practice taught by Stephane Levy and Babak (Bo) Yaghmaie, Partners in the Cooley Business department.
  • Bank Loan Transactions, taught by Charles Fox of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
  • Law and Investment Banking, taught by Neil Radey of Credit Suisse, General Counsel division.
  • Europe and the United States: Fiscal and Political Choices and Economic Consequences, taught by Ray Minella, JD '74, Director, Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute.
  • Private Equity:  Issues and Documentation in Complex Private Equity Transactions, taught by Steven A. Flyer '91 of AUA Private Equity Partners and Eileen T. Nugent and Lou R. Kling of Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
  • Capital Markets Transactions:  Legal Issues and Documents Used in Capital Raising, taught by James J. Junewicz of Winston & Strawn LLP.
  • Corporate Governance in Practice:  Advising the Board of Directors, taught by Mark Underberg '81, formerly with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, who was also a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence in 2012.
  • Real Estate Transactions:  Structure and Preparation of Commercial Real Estate Transaction Documents, taught by Robert J. Wertheimer and Nathalia A. Bernardo of Paul Hastings.
  • Financial Derivatives and CEA Seminar, taught by Greg Scopino '05 and Gary Barnett of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Scandals taught by Gina-Gail Fletcher '09, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, formerly with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
  • M & A Transactions:  Strategic and Private Equity Deals, taught by Steven A. Flyer '91 of AUA Private Equity Partners and Eileen T. Nugent and Lou R. Kling of Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
  • Drafting and Analyzing Corporate Agreements, taught by Arnold S. Jacobs, Partner, Proskauer.