Charles K. Whitehead is the Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law at Cornell Law School and a professor of law and director of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship program at Cornell Tech.
He specializes in business organizations, capital markets, financial institutions and transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Whitehead represented clients and held senior legal and business positions in the financial services industry in New York, London, and Tokyo before entering academia, including as a Managing Director of Nomura Securities International, Salomon Brothers, and Citigroup.
He was a Research Fellow at Columbia Law School (where he continues as a Visiting Scholar in Residence) before joining the Boston University School of Law in 2006 and Cornell Law School in 2009. Professor Whitehead was the first “foreign expert” visiting professor at Peking University Law School, is a Research Fellow in the Center for Financial Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt, and is the first honorary professor at Yaroslav Mudriy National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), and is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Cornell University.
High-Growth Corporate Transactions I
This course is designed to familiarize students with common issues that arise in startups, and how they are addressed by attorneys who structure high-growth (principally start-up) corporate transactions. It will address that portion of the transactional practice not covered in Technology Transactions. Going beyond the black letter law, it will draw on the expertise of lawyers and law firms with substantial experience in the area who will review the principal transactional documents in detail and how they address the principal issues that arise in high-growth corporate transactions. Although topics may be modified over each semester, a wide range of topics is expected to be covered, including: Choice of Entity; Founders’ Agreement(s); Terms of Preferred Stock, including Liquidation Preferences and Conversion Mechanics; Basic Deal Structuring; Tax Issues/Benefits for Entrepreneurs/Startups; Series A Financing; and Initial Public Offerings.Students who complete this course will have a strong foundational understanding of the principal non-technology transactions that arise around high-growth/start-up firms and how they are structured and documented. They will be able to think through the principal legal issues that are likely to arise and formulate strategies in response.
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