Kent Coit is Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the School of Law's Transactional Law Program. Professor Coit joined the School in 2012 after retiring the year before as a partner in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he practiced in the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Department for almost 30 years.
During his career at Skadden, Professor Coit advised companies and boards of directors in connection with negotiated and hostile acquisitions, public and private financings, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, restructurings, joint ventures and licensing agreements. His representations also included venture capital firms, private equity firms and their portfolio companies in various transactions, including preferred and common equity financing rounds, leveraged recapitalizations and acquisitions. His practice focused on biotechnology companies and other health care industry participants, as well as companies in the communications and technology industries.
Professor Coit directed Skadden's Summer Associate M & A training program in Boston, in which law students in the office's summer program learned, through participation in a simulated auction of a company, how an acquisition transaction is structured, negotiated and documented, and how contractual provisions operate in the context of a real business deal. He also served as Attorney Development Partner in Skadden's Boston office, responsible for developing and implementing in the office the Firm's associate mentoring program, and was an instructor in Skadden's associate training programs.
In both the fall and spring semesters of the 2012-2013 academic year, Professor Coit will teach Contract Drafting, the foundational practice skills course in the Transactional Law Program, and expects to teach additional transaction practice skills courses in the Program, such as a full-semester transaction simulation, as they are developed. A guiding principle for the Program—in courses on contract drafting and in the Program's other transaction skills courses—will be to convey the real business context and teach students to recognize and resolve business issues because, Professor Coit explains, "clients want their attorneys to be business-savvy and provide sound business, as well as legal, judgment and advice." By bringing to the Transactional Law Program the experience and perspective of a veteran transaction practitioner, Professor Coit is confident the Program can help bridge the gap between what students learn in traditional law school classes and the practice challenges they face when they embark on their legal careers.
In joining the School of Law, Professor Coit is returning to his academic roots. In addition to his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, he holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvardís Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. His research and doctoral dissertation focused on constitutional developments in the original American states in the fifty years after adoption of the Federal constitution, and he continues to be keenly interested in American legal and constitutional history.