Law 779 - Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence

Anthony Consoli

Anthony Consoli

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 2008
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2011
Course Description:

The due diligence process is an essential element of many M&A and other corporate transactions.  Prudent due diligence enables parties to a transaction to make informed decisions concerning their involvement in such transactions, including with respect to financial matters, key non-economic factors, risk allocation and post-transaction planning.  Understanding the due diligence process is also fundamental to a junior attorney’s professional growth in the context of an M&A legal practice and a thorough comprehension of the process is a necessary foundational building block of any successful transactional career.

The learning curve is understandably quite steep.  Inexperienced attorneys are often relied upon to analyze large amounts of complex contractual provisions and carefully weigh other material considerations.  Such analysis may involve interpreting significant amounts of legal or other technical terminology that most have encountered infrequently.

This course is designed to demystify the due diligence process and other elements of transactional law through hands-on, practical training.


Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the objective is for enrolled students to:

* have a deep appreciation for how the due diligence process plays a key role in an M&A transaction;

* be capable of executing certain due diligence projects at the competency level of a first-year M&A associate attorney;

* have developed skills to critically and efficiently review and analyze contracts and other agreements related to corporate law and various specialty legal fields, including with respect to real estate, intellectual property, employment and debt finance; and

* have formed an initial perspective of practical and business considerations relevant to certain types of M&A transactions, including those specifically relevant to the goals of certain types of clients.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Anthony Consoli 21S 779 LEC 1 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1.0 Yes No
  Course meets 1/27/21 - 2/24/21. Experiential enrollment through separate process; deadline: Noon on 11/6/20. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 1/29/21.