Kent A. Coit

Director, Transactional Law Program

Professor of the Practice of Law

AB magna cum laude, Harvard College
MA, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University
JD, 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. Professor Coit serves as the faculty advisor to the Business Law Society and the BU Law Real Estate Association.


3 credits

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 revising and negotiating final terms of a merger agreement for the proposed transaction and preparing the related disclosure schedules. 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 such as in-class presentations and negotiation sessions, and individual class participation. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITE: Contract Drafting. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. The class will also satisfy the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. 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 2018: LAW JD 773 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Kent A. CoitAlan MacEwan LAW
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 773 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Kent A. CoitAlan MacEwan
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