Kent A. Coit
Director, Transactional Law Program
Professor of the Practice of Law
A.B. magna cum laude, Harvard College
M.A., Harvard University
Ph.D, Harvard University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Areas of Interest
Contracts, Corporate, Business & Transactional Law
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 of Law in 2012 after retiring 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.
While at Skadden, Professor Coit directed the firm’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 transaction, how an acquisition 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 firm-wide associate training programs.
During his career at Skadden, Professor Coit advised companies and board of directors in connection with a wide range of business transactions, including 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. While his practice was not limited to specific industry sectors, he developed particular expertise in transactions involving biotechnology companies and other health care industry participants, as well as companies in the communications and technology industries.
Professor Coit oversees the curriculum for Contract Drafting, the foundational practice skills course in the Transactional Law Program. In the Spring semester, he teaches Transaction Simulation: Auction and Sale of a Private Company. He is also responsible for the development of the School’s three other full-semester transaction simulation courses within the Transactional Law Program and the School’s participation in the annual Transactional LawMeet™. Professor Coit also serves as the faculty advisor to the School of Law’s Business Law Society.
Contract Drafting: LAW JD 788
This course is the foundational skills course within the Transactional Law Program. It teaches students basic principles and skills of drafting and analyzing commercial and transaction agreements, with a focus on recognizing, and addressing through contractual provisions, key business issues in transactions. Although the course will be of particular interest to students interested in a corporate or transactional law practice, since most practicing attorneys will need to work with contracts at some point in their career, the concepts and skills which the course conveys are applicable to virtually all practice areas and specialties. While the course utilizes lectures to introduce various contract concepts and techniques essential for drafting and reviewing commercial and transaction agreements, it requires that students complete in-class exercises and extensive homework assignments as a means of building basic drafting skills and a solid understanding of the structure and operation of contractual provisions in a business transaction. Grades will be based on the graded assignments, good faith completion of ungraded assignments, and class participation. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 students. NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list for a section are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.
FALL 2014: LAW JD 788 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 1st 2014
FALL 2014: LAW JD 788 B1 , Sep 8th to Dec 1st 2014
FALL 2014: LAW JD 788 C1 , Sep 2nd to Dec 2nd 2014
FALL 2014: LAW JD 788 D1 , Sep 3rd to Dec 3rd 2014
FALL 2014: LAW JD 788 E1 , Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2014
FALL 2014: LAW JD 788 F1 , Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2014
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 788 A1 , Jan 12th to Apr 22nd 2015
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 788 B1 , Jan 13th to Apr 21st 2015
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 788 C1 , Jan 14th to Apr 15th 2015
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 788 D1 , Jan 15th to Apr 16th 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 788 A1 , Aug 31st to Nov 30th 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 788 B1 , Aug 31st to Nov 30th 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 788 C1 , Sep 2nd to Dec 2nd 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 788 D1 , Sep 2nd to Dec 2nd 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 788 E1 , Sep 3rd to Dec 3rd 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 788 F1 , Sep 3rd to Dec 3rd 2015
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 788 A1 , Jan 11th to Apr 20th 2016
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 788 B2 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 788 C1 , Jan 13th to Apr 13th 2016
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 788 D1 , Jan 14th to Apr 14th 2016
Transaction Simulation: Auction and Sale of a Private Company : LAW JD 773
This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transaction Simulation Requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction is the auction and sale of a privately-held company in the single-cup coffee brewing industry. The course exposes students to the primary tasks undertaken by both junior and more senior attorneys in a private company auction and sale, and in doing so builds skills students will need as they enter transactional practice. Students will perform analytical, drafting and other legal tasks during each stage of the transaction from inception through closing, including marking up a form merger agreement, preparing the related disclosure schedules and negotiating the final agreed terms of these principal deal documents. Much of the course work will be done in teams representing the company being sold or a potential purchaser of that company. The course grade will be based on drafting assignments, contributions to team efforts and individual class participation. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITE: Contract Drafting. PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement. RESTRICTION: Students may only take one transaction simulation course during their time at BU Law. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 773 A1 , Jan 14th to Apr 15th 2015
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 773 A1 , Jan 13th to Apr 13th 2016