This class provides an overview of the main considerations involved in buying a business and the principal provisions included in the related legal documents. Acquisitions by way of stock purchase, asset purchase and merger are all considered, with differences among those transaction types highlighted. Differences in approach between
Topics to be covered include legal due diligence; the use of confidentiality agreements, exclusivity agreements, and letters of intent; and preparation of disclosure schedules. The structure and principal provisions of an acquisition agreement are also reviewed, with attention to the following: consideration (including earnouts and purchase price adjustments); representations and warranties; covenants (including both interim operating covenants and post-closing covenants); closing conditions (including required consents); Material Adverse Effect provisions; termination; and indemnification (including escrows).
I. Gain an overview of the process for acquiring or selling a business, from beginning to end
II. Identify the most important considerations in selecting the legal structure for a particular transaction
III. Understand the role and scope of the principal legal documents employed in acquisition transactions
IV. Analyze the nuances of key provisions of acquisition agreements
Margaret Isa Butler focuses her practice on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, including real estate, asset management and cross-border transactions. She also assists institutional limited partners with their fund investments and co-investments.
Margaret has broad deal advisory and execution experience, and she takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work, owing to her MBA and her experience as an investment banker. She has led the execution of complicated transactions and designed custom structures for investments, participations and business combinations. In the traditional M&A context, she has engaged in buy-side and sell-side representations, including public company takeover defense and shareholder activism.
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°The above representations were handled by Margaret Isa Butler prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
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Great program and very informative!
Very knowledgeable instructor. Course was very enlightening.
Very well done.
Easy to understand
Love her! So personable, so knowledgeable, so organized!
Very good materials, outstanding presentation!
Fantastic over view. Extremely difficult to synthesize the various aspects of M&A into a cohesive, comprehensive and clear presentation, and was done superbly!
Another excellent course. Thank you!
Very good program.
Superb, clear presentation
Excellent content! I received more than I anticipated, and I was riveted.
This facilitator was excellent---she reminded me of the checklists I used in M&A projects I worked on min the uSA is the early 2000's
Superb, comprehensive, and practical--with a downloadable presentation you can use in drafting M&A documents!
very informative and well presented.
Lots of material
Very good speaker.
Fantastic. Margaret made this straight-forward and easy to understand. What a pro!
Great presentation. Ms. Butler was extremely easy to follow.
Very informative and thorough!
Really excellent introduction to M&A transactions
Excellent course, very informative
Excellent course, great use of sample contract language to illustrate points
Margaret Butler was phenomenal! Best FLE I have listened to in ages. I’m not sure whether she has done any others for Lawline but I certainly hope so.
Very detailed and informative.
Loved the content and appreciated the passion for your career.
The presenter was extremely knowledgeable and presented very well, and the presentation was excellent. Thank you very much.
Great job! It was a good refresher and in some instances learning new material on a complex topic.
This offers a great basic overview of an M&A transaction and, in particular, agreements.
Very comprehensive program!
Very informative and well structured presentation for attorneys who are not M&A specialists.
Great course, great presenter.
Very well presented and informative. Great speaker!
Enjoyed the control of speed option
A broad overview- well done.
Kudos to the speaker - very well done.
An excellent overview of mergers and acquisitions.
Margaret butler was fantastic! Very informative
One of the best CLE courses I have ever taken. Keep up the good work. Your world class knowledge of M&A laws is evident.
This program was my first CLE with Lawline. I was hesitant. However, I thought the program was substantive and helpful in my practice. Thanks.
Very good info!
Ms. Butler's enthusiasm ignites interest in what might otherwise be considered a very dry, rote area of legal practice. Excellent beginner's level instruction on M&A deals for those interested in this area of the law.
Really good presentation, very informative.
Very well presented.
Great summary of material
Best course so far.
Eyeopening pointers re a merger or acquisition of a company !
excellent, interesting and comprehensive
Very good course. The speaker was very effective.
Ms. Butler's presentation was the best one for this CLE bundle!!!
great pace of lecture great substantive lecture, great reresher
This is a great course! Very comprehensive and substantive.
A lot of information presented in a clear and engaging manner by an instructor who seems excited to share her vast knowledge. Wonderful course and best instructor I've seen yet at Lawline.
Very nice presentation. Well researched, presented and noted.
She is excellent. I learned a great deal. Fantastic.
Covered a very broad range of issues on the topic. Not the most exciting of presentations, but was thorough.
I thought the presenter was excellent.
Excellent presentation! This may be my favorite.
She did a great job!
Good subject discussion.
One of the best courses on Lawline
Enjoyed speakers passion on the subject matter.
she made the topic not be as complicated as I expected it to be.
Wow, this course was GREAT! I might try to reach out to the presenter, Margaret Butler, since we are in close proximity (NY/metro area). Great slides, comprehensive and substantive content, a definite WIN for CLE participants!
Very good overview
Great overview , very informative. Well presented.
Excellent presenter; contagious enthusiasm for her subject; presentation was both broad and deep in certain areas.
Wow, what a really great and helpful course. Terrific delivery and excellent materials.
She was great!
Excellent CLE! The best, most informative and most practical CLE I have viewed and/or attended in over 30 years of practicing. Margaret Butler should think about becoming a law professor. She is knowledgeable, an excellent speaker and a born teacher. Thank you!
Excellent clear and full exposition.
excellent thorough presentation
Great, well-informed speaker.
It is my opinion that the presenter of this course was well-prepared. Thank you.
Instructor was very engaging and made a complex topic understandable.
Fabulous engaged presentation that added tremendous value to me. Thank you
Very good for a beginning practicioner.
Best M&A 101 class I've seen.
a lot of good information on M&A; thank you
Great instructor. Very knowledgeable and engaging.
excellent course, speaker was very clear and informative, thank you
She was great!
Very good speaker.
As someone who doesn't regularly practice in this area, thought this program provided a good general overview to get a good overall feel of M/A.
She is a great presenter. Well Done.
Very comprehensive and well put together.
She made an uninteresting subject interesting.
Incredibly difficult topic presented very clearly.
Very well organized - excellent presentation.
I've been a business and securities lawyer for 44 years, and this is the finest 90 minute CLE course ever presented on this subject matter.
written materials were very helpful
This was absolutely one of the best Lawline programs I have viewed. Thank you
Excellent presentation; I liked presenters humor
Instructor was solid. Very impressive. I learned a great deal.
Excellent presentation and easy for a beginner to follow.
Excellent 101 course!
The course provided a number of interesting nuances that I will be able to use in M&A transactions.
Fantastic - enjoyed the information and the presentation by someone who made it more interesting.
Appreciate her enthusiasm. Great teacher.
Excellent presentation. Engaged speaker.
Program and presenter were both outstanding!
Great presentation. She has lots of knowledge and shared it well.
Excellent presenter and material
Excellent course and instructor was great in her presentation of the material!
I thought this was on of very best programs I have watched.
Excellent speaker with personality
Good basic overview l
I really enjoyed the lecturer.
Best one yet!
Excellent presentation on different types of mergers.
Amazing knowledge and am impressed with this delivery of a most often difficult topic.
GREAT job by the presenter. Well-organized and easy to understand, even for a litigator like me!!
Long program but the speaker kept me engaged.
Really good presenter.
I usually do not make extended comments on lecturers, but this was done exceptionally well. The course materials are very well done and clearly delineating between buyer and seller purposes and protections.
Excellent. Well worth the time. She's liking (that means sometime to me) and covered the matter extensively!
I've always wanted to practice this area of law and this walked me through it. Hope I get to put to use one day.
Very good presentation.
Excellent and entertaining presentation
favorite presenter so far. personable.
The speaker's pleasant demeanor and positive attitude made the presentation much better.
Excellent and thorough.
I enjoyed Ms. Butler's presentation style and found the slides to be very thorough.
Dynamic and engaging speaker. Great course!
One of the best speakers and courses in my experience---terrific!
Plain speak was great
What a wonderfully enthusiastic person -- a superb spokesperson for her topic.
Great presentation to listen to more than once.
Great primer course on M&A transactions.
She was great, the best I have seen so far.
Easy, conversational presentation.
Very well organized. The speaker is very easy to listen to!
Good nuts-and-bolts lecture. And I love the cheerful and relaxed style of Margaret Butler. :)
I really liked that the speaker shared specific language from buyer and seller perspective. Nicely done!
an excellent course, and well presented in simple to understand language.
Extremely well done and informative.
Yay! Great, insightful, experienced presenter! Margaret Butler on Lawline M&As is one I will listen to again & again. Really liked her initial joke about how many lawyers it takes to change a lightbulb
This program was very well done.
One of the great things about this kind of CLE is that this course like many others really provides practitioners with the know how and background to be helpful to your clients and better informed on the nuances of the subject matter.
I thought Ms. Butler was outstanding
Loved your attitude!
Well organized and thorough explanation of Mergers and Acquisitions!
very clear and cogent presentation
This course was very informative.
Very informative. Thank you!
This speaker knows her stuff! Good materials for the course.
Excellent presenter. Appreciated the no-nonsense approach.
Great presentation! Speakers genuine interest and passion for the topic really came through
One of the best programs I've watched.
Best CLE I have taken! She was awesome and content was awesome.
Excellent speaker - she presented the information in a concise, but approachable format.
M. Butler was a delight to watch. Super engaging and informative.
Outstanding presentation. Great personality.
I really liked her analysis and examples used throughout the course.
Strong speaker -good points on a complicated topic
great program . Enjoyed the presenter!
The speaker is an excellent, thorough and approachable teacher. Very well done.
A great overview and refresher course. The speaker was lively and passionate about the subject matter!
This lecture was fantastic. A+ for the lecturer!
GREAT SPEAKER AND HELPFUL SLIDES PREPARED FOR PRESENTATION.
+good substantive presentation
I like the fact the speaker included contract clauses in her powerpoint for future reference by me when I need to draft an agreement.
Ms. Butler is an excellent presenter.
Wonderful speaker - great to listen to someone who knows the material and loves it as well.
Helpful in representing physicians in today''s healthcare world.
An excellent overview -- informative and well delivered
Very informative, professionally presented.
Good overview of subject matter.
A lot of great information on the M&A process.
very informative program and materials
Great overview - should probably bifurcate course for those who never do public deals and for those whose practice focuses on or includes public companies as buyer or target client.
An excellent speaker and communicator
Not exactly a "nuts and bolts" course, but definitely a good overview of concepts to consider.
The slides for this course were especially helpful in presenting the key information.
Knowledgeable speaker; topic very well presented.
One of the better presentations in regard to substance -- and sophistication level.
This is one of the best CLE courses I've taken. Excellent content, good presentation.
Great overview. Very helpful.
Great Program I highly reccomend for any lawyer doing M&A's
This is one of the best seminars I have taken in awhile. The speaker was great. the material was well put together and it flowed.
Thank you - very interesting.