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Euromoney Learning Solutions

Legal Issues (Corporate Finance School)

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Jun 10—14
5 days
Singapore
USD 5595
USD 1119 per day
Sep 29—Oct 3
5 days
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
GBP 4995 ≈USD 6445
GBP 999 per day
Dec 9—13
5 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 4995 ≈USD 6445
GBP 999 per day

Description

Enrich your knowledge of the legal issues surrounding M&A, LBOs and debt restructuring

Corporate Finance School: Legal Issues is made up of 2 individually bookable modules:

  • Module 1: Mergers & Acquisitions: A Legal Guide to M&A (Corporate Finance School)
  • Module 2: Private Equity: Legal Perspectives & Documentation (Corporate Finance School)

The Corporate Finance School comprises two modules, which together offer delegates a comprehensive and practical guide to the international sale and purchase of companies from a strategic, legal, commercial and financial viewpoint.

The School aims to give participants a thorough knowledge and understanding of the wide variety of skills that those involved in cross border acquisitions must possess – including the ability to read and understand financial information, as well as juggle a diverse range of commercial and legal issues from an international viewpoint.

As well as this, the School gives delegates the opportunity to look in detail at a closely related area to M&A, namely Private Equity or Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances (depending on course location).

Summary of course content for Mergers & Acquisitions - A Legal Guide to M&A

  • How to structure a deal and value the target
  • How to negotiate the preliminary agreements and understand other complex pre-contractual issues
  • The complexities of legal due diligence
  • Technical legal issues, including intellectual property (IP) rights
  • The different ways to document M&A transactions
  • Complex issues involved in acquisition and financing
  • Best practice in post-merger integration

Summary of course content for Private Equity - Legal Perspectives and Documentation

  • The total deal process and preliminary matters
  • Legal risk management in private equity
  • Key steps in a comprehensive due diligence
  • Development of strategic business plan
  • A holistic acquisition and investment agreement

Methodology

The School is designed to be highly practical and features hands-on workshop sessions and case studies.

Agenda

Day 1

Overview: Structuring and negotiating the acquisition

  • Context of the acquisition
  • The selling process
  • Valuation issues
  • Other pre-sale issues

Transaction management

  • Instructing counsel
  • Engagement letters
  • Contractual protection
  • Analysing accounts
  • Use of technology

Workshop: Drafting the preliminary agreements

  • Letters of intent
  • Heads of terms
  • Enforceability
  • Confidentiality undertakings
  • Information memorandum
  • 'Subject to contract'
  • Choice of law/jurisdiction
  • Lock out
  • Failed costs

Workshop: Confidentiality agreements

  • Dealing with confidential information
  • Types
  • Drafting agreements
  • What is confidential information?
  • Types of disclosure
  • Commercial confidences
  • Drafting a confidentiality agreement

Valuation concept for non-finance people

  • Process
  • Discounted cash flow
  • Return on investment
  • Price earnings ratio
  • Similar transactions
  • Net asset value

Day 2

Legal due diligence

  • Reviewing significant contracts
  • Regulatory compliance with laws
  • Insurance coverage and related issues
  • Litigation and claims
  • Understanding regulatory consents and hurdles to the proposed transaction
  • Dealing with specific cross border complications

Workshop: Drafting a disclosure letter

  • Vendor's approach
  • Purchaser's approach
  • Knowledge
  • How full and complete?
  • Example
  • Checklist

Intellectual property rights

  • Key IP rights
  • IP due diligence
  • Ownership
  • Warranties

Negotiating and drafting share purchase agreements - the general terms

  • General structure
  • Definitions
  • Purchase price
  • Closing procedure
  • Arbitration
  • Tax deed

Is it necessary?

  • Deed or warranty
  • Scope
  • Checklist
  • Drafting

Day 3

Key clauses – Comparative law implications

  • Letter of intent
  • Best endeavours, best efforts, reasonable endeavours
  • Confidentiality clauses
  • Penalty clauses
  • Force majeure
  • Hardship

Corporate governance

  • Codes
  • Directors
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Investors
  • Audit committee
  • Information flow

Warranty claims

  • Indemnities
  • Warranties
  • Making a claim
  • Damages
  • Misrepresentation
  • Limitation of liability

Workshop: Negotiating and drafting share purchase agreements – the specific terms

  • Warranties
  • Seller protection
  • Umbrella agreements
  • Conditions to completion
  • Goodwill
  • Post merger integration
  • Why bother?
  • Pre-merger preparation
  • Going for the real win - post merger integration that works

Case Studies

Day 4

What is Private Equity?

  • Fund structures
  • When is private equity used
  • The parties
  • Internal rate of return
  • Provider’s ancillary issues
  • Debt funders requirements
  • Management requirements

The Deal Process and Preliminary Matters

  • Overview
  • Engaging advisers
  • Engagement letters
  • Limitations of liability
  • Proportionality
  • Heads of agreement
  • Confidentiality

Principal Documents and Business Plan

  • Background
  • Contractual structure
  • MBO – principal documents
  • Acquisition - key documents
  • Debt v Equity
  • Loan v Debt
  • Business plan

Managing the Transaction

  • Preparation
  • Offer
  • Transaction management
  • International transactions
  • Completion

Due Diligence

  • Types of Due Diligence
  • Lawyer’s role
  • Process
  • Relevance to warranty claims
  • Accountants Due Diligence
  • Legal Due Diligence
  • Due Diligence Report

Valuation for Non-Financial People

  • Process
  • Discounted cash flow
  • Return on investment
  • Price earnings ratio
  • Similar transactions
  • Net asset value

Management Due Diligence

  • Managing expectations
  • Best practice
  • Deal structures
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Searches
  • References
  • Profiling management teams and chairperson
  • Evaluations

Day 5

Acquisition Agreement

  • Parties
  • Price
  • Risk allocation
  • Conditionality
  • Consequences of conditionality

Investment Agreement - Part One

  • Conditions
  • Mechanics of investment
  • Warranties
  • Investor controls
  • Issues raised by management

Investment Agreement - Part Two

  • Corporate governance
  • Minority protection
  • Syndication
  • Exit

Articles of Association

  • Share structure and core share rights
  • Voting
  • Dividends
  • Return of capital and allocation of share proceeds
  • Ratchet
  • Share transfers
  • Directors
  • Quorum
  • Class rights

Warranties

  • Warranties, guarantees and indemnities
  • Limitations
  • Knowledge and awareness
  • Disclosure letter

Exits

  • Exit planning
  • Due diligence
  • Share sale
  • Warranties and covenants
  • Completion accounts and locked box mechanisms
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Confidentiality
  • IPO’s

Takeaway: Checklists and Sample documents

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Arun is a corporate educator and international lawyer in private practice. As a facilitator, coach and consultant he focuses on Intercultural Management and Communication, International Leadership, Impact and Influence, Intercultural Negotiations, Cultural Due Diligence, and Country-Specific Advi...

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