Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Formation

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FRI 1:00 - 8:00 pm TNH 3.116
SAT 9:00 am - 4:00 pm TNH 3.116

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Taught by Eliot Cotton.

This course will have required readings and a paper due prior to the first in-class meeting. The only days this course will meet in person are Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23.

The process of forming and capitalizing private equity and venture capital funds is a foundational first step to an understanding of how private companies are financed globally. Over the course of the week, students will develop an understanding of each player in the fund formation process (e.g. limited partners, general partners, lawyers, placement agents, etc.), each party’s leverage points, and how each party is necessary for a successful fundraise. We will also walk through all of the necessary documents in a fundraise (e.g. limited partnership agreements, private placement memorandum, side letters, etc.) and, through the use of example provisions, learn the various negotiation points that each party is focused on.

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