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February 26, 2010

William J. Bettman, will be speaking at PLI's program "Drafting Corporate Agreements " scheduled for February 26, 2010 in Chicago


9:00 a.m. Introduction and Universal Issues in Drafting Corporate Agreements
  • The range of corporate agreements
  • Controlling the process
  • Understanding the client's goals
  • Identifying special issues
  Gerald T. Nowak
9:10 a.m. Letters of Intent, Confidentiality and Standstill Agreements
  • Deciding to use a letter of intent
  • Binding vs. non-binding terms
  • Confidentiality terms and exceptions
  • Exclusivity and standstill arrangements
Matthew J. Revord
10:10 a.m. Acquisition Agreements
  • Purchase price determinations and adjustments
  • Allocating liabilities
  • Representations, warranties and indemnification
  • Public and private deals
  • Auction contexts
  • Mergers-of-equals
  • Specific provisions; What is "market"?
  • "MAC"/"MAE" clauses
  • "Fiduciary outs"
  • Break-up fees
  Keith S. Crow, P.C., Curt A. Kramer
11:10 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m. Acquisition Agreements (cont.)
12:20 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1:20 p.m. Employment Agreements
  • Specific provisions: importance of jurisdiction
  • International Employment Agreements
  • Executive Compensation: complying with new federal rules and legislation
William J. Bettman
2:20 p.m. Credit/Indenture Agreements
  • Incurrence and maintenance covenants
  • Financial definitions
  • Typical, and not so typical, carveouts
  • The surprising importance of "administrative" provisions
  Gerald T. Nowak, Michelle Speller-Thurman
3:20 p.m. Break 
3:30 p.m. Enforcement and Ethics
  A. When the Deal Goes Wrong: Enforcing Corporate Agreements and the Importance of Boilerplate
  • Anticipating disputes and breaches
  • Litigation versus ADR
  • Choice of law and jurisdiction
  • Enforcement in foreign jurisdictions
  • Merger clauses
  • Notice provisions
  B. Ethical Issues in Drafting Corporate Agreements
  • Identifying ethical errors in contracts
  • What is the role of the attorney in drafting?
  David C. Layden, Gerald T. Nowak
5:00 p.m. Adjourn


Click the link below to visit PLI's registration site to learn more and/or register.

Practising Law Institute CLE Program Drafting Corporate Agreements


Feb. 26, 2010
University of Chicago - Gleacher Center-Chicago, IL


William J. Bettman