Based on decades of experience as a leading national attorney, the author uses this book in teaching a course on The Legal Aspects of Business Transactions in the Auburn University Executive MBA Program, where he is an Adjunct Professor. Hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives have benefitted by the clear, concise, and understandable explanation of how statutes and regulations impact business organizations, financing, transactions, and governance. The book is incredibly informative and provides general knowledge of the intersection of law and business for fundamental principles such as contracts, business organization, equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection, antitrust compliance, and corporate governance and fiduciary duty. Users say that the book is of immense value and has daily practical use for any enterprise. The book also facilitates communications enterprises and their attorneys. You will find that your copy will quickly become dog-eared as you continually refer to the core lessons.
Thomas William Baker has almost 40 years of experience as a corporate and business transactions attorney and over 15 years of experience as an Adjunct Professor in the Auburn University Executive MBA Program, for which he wrote this book. He received his A.B. degree in political science from Syracuse University in 1972, his M.B.A. from Georgia State University in 1978, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1981. Mr. Baker: is the Managing Member of Coronat Services, LLC (www.coronatservices.com), which provides educational, strategic planning, business advisory, and corporate governance services; is the Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Boncrest Resource Group, Inc. (www.boncrest.org), a tax exempt organization dedicated to developing charitable opportunities for the benefit of the public through innovative organizational structures and creative financing; and continues to practice law in the Atlanta, Georgia office of Baker Donelson, a prominent national law firm.
INTRODUCTION: UNDERSTANDING APPLICATION OF THE LAW TO BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS 1
CHAPTER 1: UNDERSTANDING FUNDAMENTAL CONTRACT LAW: CONTRACTS 101 5
CHAPTER 2: EMPLOYMENT AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENTS 27
CHAPTER 3: FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 41
CHAPTER 4: FUNDAMENTALS OF EQUITY FINANCING 55
CHAPTER 5 FUNDAMENTALS OF DEBT FINANCING 73
CHAPTER 6: FUNDAMENTALS OF MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS 89
CHAPTER 7: UNDERSTANDING FUNDAMENTAL ANTITRUST LAW 107
CHAPTER 8: UNDERSTANDING FUNDAMENTAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW 127
CHAPTER 9: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND FIDUCIARY DUTY 151
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 187