You will rarely find a lawyer who doesn’t read.
Even the ones who didn’t read before law school end up becoming avid readers after they graduate. After all, law school imposes on you to read case laws that run in 100s of pages and reference books so heavy that they can be used for basic weightlifting exercises.
Today I am bringing a list of 5 books for corporate law aspirants that are recommended by Ramanuj Mukherjee, CEO and Co-founder of LawSikho. I am also writing what he learnt from those books and what corporate law lessons can you learn from each one of them.
Predators’ Ball by Connie Bruck
This book is a real story of Wall Street investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert and Mike Milken, who changed corporate finance in the USA and perhaps the whole world forever.
Predators’ Ball is about corporate raiders, hostile takeovers, leverage buyouts, investment banks, people who were shaking up the entire economy and changing the entire financial world.
Ramanuj says – “After reading this book, a whole new world opened up for me. I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to learn more.”
Barbarians at the Gate, by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar
The book is about a story of the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco, a massive old school american company.
This book sparks your curiosity about hostile takeovers.
Tonight before hitting the bed read a bit more about hostile takeovers and if there were any in India in the past.
The Polyester Prince by Hamish McDonald
The content of this book was so sensitive that it was banned in India.
The Polyster Prince is an unauthorised biography of the Indian business tycoon and founder of Reliance Industries Limited Dhirubhai Ambani by an Australian journalist and author.
After reading this book Ramanuj commented “Dhirubhai Ambani is probably single handedly responsible for forcing SEBI to come up with more than half of its regulations today. If India had its Mike Milken (I say it appreciatively, only with a lot of admiration), it was definitely Dhirubhai.”
This book is a must read for every corporate lawyer or securities lawyer aspirant.
King of Capital by David Carey and John Morris
This book talks about raising private equity. You will learn more about private equity from this book than you can learn by practicing as a private equity lawyer for a year or two.
It is about the journey of Blackstone to become the world’s biggest private equity firm in 2007, when it emerged as a whole or part owner of 55 companies that together employed over half a million people.
The book recounts Blackstone’s evolution through fits and starts, disastrous early investments and internal clashes. It not only reveals the personalities behind the firm but also the larger forces at work in the corporate and financial worlds that transformed private equity from a handful of upstart investment boutiques in the 1970s and 1980s into a mainstay of the financial world, backed by billions from public pension funds and other institutional investors.
Zero to One, by Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel, a billionaire credited with creating two unicorn companies of our era: PayPal and Palantir. If you don’t know what Palantir is – it’s a company that works with governments to strengthen surveillance. It is often credited with finding out where Osama Bin Laden was hiding.
Thiel writes about how new age businesses are built, how zero to one is achieved. It is a business bible of the new digital economy, explains capitalism better than anything I read, and a corporate lawyer or aspirant who is yet to read it is yet not ready to face the brave new world.
Ramanuj says, “So when I appeared for my law firm interviews, I knew stuff that thoroughly impressed my interviewing partners. I could say very wise things in my interviews that they could hardly expect me to think up, but fortunately I was standing on the shoulders of giants.”
If you have read so far and are interested in making a career in corporate law then join us for a 3-day FREE online bootcamp on How to kickstart your career as a corporate lawyer from 12-14 June 2021, 6-9pm Indian Standard Time.
During this bootcamp you will learn some important work done by a corporate lawyer such as:
- How to draft bylaws of a Delaware C-corporation?
- How to support a US lawyer in the event of a transfer of ownership in a C-Corp?
- How to prepare the agenda, minutes and resolution for a US C-Corporation Board meeting?
- How to convert an LLC or S Corp into a C-Corp or vice-versa?
- How to perform legal work for a merger of a US corporation in one state with a company in another state ?
- How to draft a convertible note for an early stage investment transaction?
Day 1: Bylaws of a Delaware C-Corp, Checklist of actions for transfer of ownership of a US company
Day 2: Templates of agenda, minutes and resolution for a US C-Corporation Board meeting
Day 3: More than 10 giveaways for the 3rd day:
- Checklist of registrations needed to incorporate and kickstart a US company
- Checklist of annual and periodic compliances for a Delaware C-Corp and S-Corp
- Articles of incorporation and bylaws for an S-Corporation
- Articles of organisation and operating agreement for LLC
- Templates for Agenda, minutes and resolutions for a US C-Corporation Board meeting
- Template for Stock Certificate of a California, New York and Texas C-Corp
- Memorandum and Articles of Association of an Indian Company
- Template of agenda, minutes and resolutions for the board meeting of an Indian Company
- Template of agenda, minutes and resolutions for the shareholders meeting of an Indian Company
- Checklist of Registers and Annual and Periodic Compliance Requirements for an Indian Company
- Convertible Note Template
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