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Spring 2023

5204 Commercial Finance Transactions - RANSOM- 23911

Professor(s): Todd Ransom (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Business and Commercial Law 

Time: 5:30p-7:30p  W  Location: 200 

Course Outline: This course will immerse students in practical business and legal concepts inherent in commercial financing transactions and demonstrate how those issues manifest themselves in the financing documents drafted by lawyers. Students will learn the provisions of financing documents, and, importantly, learn the legal and business issues behind the provisions. The tools and concepts taught in class lectures will be implemented by students in practice through negotiation and drafting of a commercial loan utilizing real world current forms of a syndicated credit agreement and term sheet. This course will provide the basic foundational legal and business concepts related to commercial loan agreements that practicing attorneys wish all first year attorneys were already familiar with.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Synchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Contrary to the UH information, some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. A physical classroom may be assigned for this course to give students a location in the Law Center to join the virtual class sessions. If the course has a final examination, the final and any other assessment for the course, such as a mid-term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.


Professor Ransom information is listed below:


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This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

The first half of the course will lay the groundwork for the principal provisions of a commercial loan based upon assigned readings from The LSTA's Complete Credit Agreement Guide, Second Edition, and lectures on commercial loan transactions. ISBN: 978-1259644863.