Kent Coit

Professor of the Practice of Law, School of 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 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.