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15.4451 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Private Equity

Prereq: 15.501; Coreq: 15.402, 15.414, or 15.415
U (Spring)
9 Units

Discusses a wide range of topics in corporate mergers and buyout transactions. Covers the mergers and acquisitions market, including classic merger agreements, tax inversions, sale auctions, and hostile takeover law and strategy. Also touches on activist investing and shareholder contests for corporate control. Studies how private equity firms operate and how leveraged buyouts are structured, financed, and valued. Provides opportunity for group work, both in and out of class. Meets with 15.445 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria for graduate students will differ from those of undergraduates; consult syllabus or instructor for specific details.

N. Gregory

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Credit cannot also be received for 15.445