Do you know the components of a business agreement? Can you bridge the information gaps necessary to meet the needs of contracting parties? In this course, you will learn the laws, principles and guidelines to structure successful business deals to meet the needs of contracting parties.
About this course
Have you ever needed to lease a car, start a small business, or simply rent an apartment?
Deals are a part of everyday life. Understanding how to construct an effective agreement is critical, and yet, many people are unfamiliar with how an effective agreement is structured and what they can do to support a successful deal. This course features numerous examples of situations in which you may need to make a deal and provides practical information and resources to help you construct successful agreements.
In this course, we have brought three Cornell Law professors and several practicing attorneys together to provide you with a select range of topics that will serve as a foundation for structuring successful contracts. Together, they possess a wealth of knowledge and experience as legal scholars and distinguished law practitioners.
You will begin with a brief overview of the framework within which laws and contracts are enforced.. You will then focus on various kinds of contract provisions that enable and support successful agreements. You will gain greater familiarity with legal terms and concepts involved in deals, making collaboration with legal counsel more effective.
What you'll learn
Recognize the sources of law that govern businesses and society, and consider how lawyers construct legal arguments
Analyze the structure of contracts and embrace basic contract principles and guidelines
Evaluate how contract provisions address information gaps and assign risk in an agreement
Prepare for effective use of representations, warranties and covenants in contracts
Assess the benefits and challenges associated with post-closing price adjustments, in particular indemnification and earn-outs
About the instructors
Charles Whitehead (Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law at Cornell Law School at Cornell University)
Jed Stiglitz (Jia Jonathan Zhu and Ruyin Ruby Ye Sesquicentennial Fellow at Cornell Law School at Cornell University)
Robert Hillman (Edwin H. Woodruff Professor of Law at Cornell Law School at Cornell University)
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