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Monday, September 20, 2010

Ten Books for Transactional Practioners

Over at Truth on The Market, J.W. Verret lists the Top Ten Books in Corporate Law that he believes a practitioner would find useful in day to day practice.  This follows a prior post listing his top ten books in corporate governance, which reader comments led him to believe had (perhaps) too academic a focus.  As he notes, most of the entries on the new list are treatises. 

Acknowledging that corporate practices can vary widely, I have to say that, while I have consulted most of the books on his list, they are not the ones I turn to most often.  As a transactional practitioner I’m generally looking for books that give more concise, practical advice on how to actually do things.

So, here’s my list of 10 texts for the transactional practitioner (in no particular order):

  1. Corporate Finance and the Securities Laws, by Charles J. Johnson, Jr., Esq., Joseph McLaughlin, Esq.
  2. Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions, by Lou R.  Kling & Eileen T. Nugent
  3. Start-Up & Emerging Companies: Planning, Financing & Operating the Successful Business, edited and co-authored by Gregory C. Smith with  Contributing Experts
  4. Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate, edited & co-authored by Tina L. Stark
  5. Any one of: (a) The Section 16 Treatise and Reporting Guide, (b) The Section 16 Deskbook or (c) The Section 16 Forms and Filings Handbook, each of which is by Peter Romeo and Alan Dye
  6. Resales of Restricted Securities, by J. William Hicks 
  7. The Williams Act—Tender Offers and Stock Accumulations, by Arnold S. Jacobs 
  8. Legal Opinions: Drafting, Interpreting, and Supporting Closing Opinions in Business Transactions, by Donald W. Glazer, Scott T. FitzGibbon, Steven O. Weise 
  9. Regulation of Securities: SEC Answer Book, by Steven Mark Levy 
  10.  Regulation of Corporate Disclosure, by J. Robert Brown

In the interest of full disclosure, several have been written or edited by partners or former partners of mine and I’ve contributed to a couple of them.  I have excluded bar resources and pure form books, although often these are the things I use most frequently.  I also excluded any text that is over two volumes long.  And of course I've left off imternet resources, which I use quite frequently.

Thoughts welcome in the comments.

MAW

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