M&A Boot Camp training series

Welcome to the event page for Hogan Lovells' 2023 M&A Boot Camp, an annual introductory M&A legal training series for law students, junior lawyers, junior bankers, and junior corporate development professionals.

The series is a mix of live interactive webcasts and on-demand modules offering an intensive but basic introduction to the legal aspects of the M&A world. It provides a foundation in M&A terminology, deal structure, key acquisition agreement provisions (focusing primarily on acquisitions of privately held businesses), due diligence, and more.

The Boot Camp program utilizes innovative teaching methods, including illustrative interactive negotiations and semi-animated training cartoons, and includes a comprehensive set of M&A training materials.

The course will be taught by Hogan Lovells' market-leading Silicon Valley M&A team consisting of partners Rick Climan, Keith Flaum, and Jane Ross. Listen to the welcome message for law students to hear more about the M&A Boot Camp.

You will earn a Certificate of Graduation if you receive a passing score on the open-book final exam.

If you are not already registered for the M&A Boot Camp, apply to participate through the button below.

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Curriculum & materials

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M&A Boot Camp training materials

Live introductory webcast

Tuesday, 16 May
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

On-demand session 1:
Introduction to M&A

Reading for session:

  • Tabs 1, 7, 9, and 14

On-demand session 2:
Structuring the acquisition of a privately held business

Reading for session:

  • Tabs 2 through 8

On-demand session 3:
Introduction to the definitive acquisition agreement; negotiating and drafting representations & warranties

Reading for session:

  • Tab 10
  • Tab 12a (TOC and sections 1, 2, 6.1, and 9.2(a))
  • Tab 12b (TOC and sections 1, 2, and 6.1)
  • Tab 15 (pp. 5-9 and 39-43)
  • Tab 16 (pp. 1-17)

Live mid-term webcast

Thursday, 8 June
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

On-demand session 4:
Negotiating and drafting pre-closing covenants and walk rights

Reading for session:

  • Tab 10
  • Tab 12a (sections 1.3, 4.2, 5.1, 6.1 through 6.4, and 8)
  • Tab 12b (lead-in to section 2 and all of sections 4.2 and 6)
  • Tab 15 (pp. 23-35)
Optional: Tab 13

On-demand session 5:
Negotiating and drafting indemnification provisions; negotiation cartoons

Reading for session:

  • Tab 10 (pp. 14 to end)
  • Tab 11
  • Tab 12a (sections 6.4, 6.13, 9, and definition of "Material Adverse Effect")
  • Tab 12b (section 6 and definition of "Material Adverse Effect")
  • Tab 15 (pp. 23-32, 56-64, and 72-114)
  • Tab 16 (pp. 19-31 and 36-38)
Optional: Tab 13; Cartoon on "accuracy of representations" conditions

Live final webcast

Tuesday, 20 June
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Each on-demand module is approximately 1.5 hours in length. The total estimated time that Boot Camp participants should plan on devoting to the program, including time spent previewing materials to prepare for each on-demand session and time spent viewing all sessions, is 10 to 12 hours over the course of seven weeks.

M&A Cartoons

M&A cartoon

View the easy-to-digest cartoons from our quarterly M&A Forums:


Each session is expected to be eligible for the following CLE credit:

  • California 1.5 General
  • New York 1.5 Professional Practice
  • Texas 1.5 General
  • Universal credits 1.5 General

A numerical code will be shown during each session. Record the code on the CLE affirmation form for each session and submit to [email protected]. A Certificate of Graduation is not required to obtain CLE credits. CLE affirmation forms:

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By registering for the Boot Camp, you will obtain free access to optional M&A videos from Hotshot, a provider of digital learning for the legal industry. These videos provide supplemental information which you may find useful.

The Hotshot M&A videos are OPTIONAL. They are not a required part of the M&A Boot Camp curriculum. You will not be tested on them, and you do not need to view them in order to  receive a Certificate of Graduation. You may view the optional Hotshot videos via the Hotshot learning track. Learn more about Hotshot at hotshotlegal.com.

Questions? Contact m&[email protected].


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