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USC Gould School of Law

Venture Capital and Emerging Companies     LAW-801

Students are introduced to the unique legal and financial aspects of the venture capital industry and the practice skills needed to represent emerging companies, entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. They will analyze the start-up process from the creation of the new emerging company through the following stages: (i) formation of the new start-up company, (ii) the negotiation and funding of capital from investors, including angel investors, venture capital investors and strategic investors; (iii) the creation of equity compensation plans; (iii) the negotiation of key financing terms and agreements; (iv) issues related to multiple rounds of financing; and (v) liquidation events such as merger, acquisition or initial public offering. We also will explore the financing life cycle of the emerging company from the different points of view of the key stakeholders: founders, employees, angel investors, venture capitalists and other financial backers such as secured lenders.

Units 2, 3
Grading Options Numeric or CR/D/F
Exam Type In-class Exam
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement Yes

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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