The Business Law Program is launching a new Learn@Lunch series for students as well as offering two new courses beginning Fall 2015, according to Director Omari Simmons.
“We are launching a Learn@Lunch program where students can hear from speakers on business law-related topics,” he explained. “I plan to use technology to access outside speakers. For example, I envision having a law partner at a D.C. law firm speak to our students during lunch via Webex.”
Professor Simmons will co-teach a Corporate Counsel Seminar with James Dinnage.
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the types of activity and skills required of in-house counsel. This understanding has value for students contemplating careers as in-house counsel or in private practice. The course will concentrate on the skills needed in an international business engaged in manufacturing and service activities, though many elements would also be relevant in other contexts (such as banking, consultancy, construction, education, not-for-profits, healthcare, and etc.). Topics include compliance, dispute management, business evolution (e.g., mergers and acquisitions), commercial relationships, and business regulation. Pre- or Co-requisite: Business Organizations.
And in Fall 2016, the law school will offer Introduction to Private Equity
taught by Arshad Ahmed & Abrar Hussain, Simmons said.This short course provides an overview of private equity funds, including their structure, fund raising process, evaluation and performance measurement, and the role they play as part of a diversified investment portfolio.
Ahmed is a partner and advisor to private equity and venture capital firms and enterprises around the world. In 2012, he co-founded Elixir Capital Management, a private equity fund manager. Before launching Elixir Capital, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco, where he focused on international corporate law, and a business counselor to private equity and venture capital firms. He has substantial experience in private equity mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, divestitures, corporate governance and business ventures, and has long been a proponent of financing strategies based on equitable profit and risk sharing. He is also recognized as a leading authority in and critic of Shari’ah-related investment practices and contemporary Islamic banking and finance, and he has taught and spoken widely on the application of Shari’ah law in contemporary transactions. He also teaches on the adjunct law faculties of UC-Berkeley and UC-Hastings. At Vanderbilt, he co-teaches Introduction to Private Equity.
Hussain is co-founder and managing director of Elixir Capital Management, a private equity fund manager focused on growth-stage emerging market investments. He is also a sought-after expert in venture capital investments in emerging markets, advising the Carlyle Group, Soros Fund Management and New Enterprise Associates. Before co-founding Elixir, Professor Hussain was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis’ San Francisco office, where he represented multinational companies, including Alcatel-Lucent Corporation and Blue Cross Blue Shield Ventures.
”In addition to these new business law offerings, law students will now have the option to take a 3 or 4 credit Business Associations course,” Professor Simmons added.