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Mergers and acquisitions are the processes through which business organizations grow and restructure themselves for more profitability. Mergers and Acquisitions over the last 10 years have run at unprecedented levels. The deals cut across industry segments and in one stroke create conglomerates that have formidable market presence and reach.
Be it oil companies (Chevron Texaco and Unocal, 16.4 billion USD), FMCG companies (P&G and Gillette, 57 billion USD), pharma companies (Astra and Zeneca, 36 billion USD), media companies (AOL and Time Warner, 183 billion USD), computer hardware manufacturing companies (HP and Compaq, 25 billion USD), software companies (Oracle and Peoplesoft, 6.3 billion USD), athletic footwear and apparel companies (Adidas and Reebok, 3.8 billion USD) have all grown through mergers and acquisitions.
This course is designed to give students an insight into the legal aspects of mergers, acquisitions and restructuring, which corporate bodies adopt for streamlining and growth.
Beginning with an introduction to the relevant provisions of company law, the course moves ahead to focus on internal restructuring in which the concepts of share capital, employee stock options, buyback of shares and compromise agreements are discussed.
The course ends with a detailed discussion on the concepts involved in external restructuring where crucial concepts like due diligence and valuation of business are discussed. A look at de-mergers as a means of consolidation and streamlining clarifies the complex issue of restructuring further.
Law students and legal professionals will find this course extremely interesting and useful as it focuses on a very crucial area of corporate law whereas businessmen, finance and accounting professionals will find the course highly informative for the legal insight it provides into the hallowed world of mergers and acquisitions