This course will concern itself with the central issues related to private equity investing. Topics to be covered include the following: valuation, pricing and structuring of private investments; leveraged buyouts and other transactions involving multitiered capital structures; the structure and governance of pe funds; conceptual issues (such as option theory, asymmetric information and bounded rationality) relevant in this realm; and private equity as a distinct asset class. The primary pedagogical objective is to have students learn skills and tools used in the private equity arena including, inter alia, financial analysis, conducting a multipronged due diligence process, spreadsheet modeling and the crafting of legal documents. Case studies requiring the assessment of actual transactions will be utilized. We will have a number of guest speakers during the term, and will use various materials illustrative of what one would encounter in private equity deals and funds. Special Instructions: In order to enroll in Private Equity Investing students must concurrently enroll in PEI: Quantitative Skills Seminar (Law 721; 1 unit). In other words, no student may enroll in either Law 522 or Law 721 without also enrolling in the other. Elements used in grading: class attendance, participation and written assignments. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration) to the instructor. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline.