Kevin R. Douglas

Assistant Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 327
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6929
kevin.douglas@law.msu.edu

  • Biography

    Kevin R. Douglas is an assistant professor at MSU College of Law, where he teaches Business Enterprises, Corporate Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Before he joined the faculty in 2020, Professor Douglas was a visiting assistant professor at Antonin Scalia Law School.

    Professor Douglas completed a dual degree program at Florida A&M University, receiving both a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Business Administration in 2006. After working as a mutual fund accountant for several years, he later graduated from Stanford Law School in 2013.

    He’s a member of the Texas Bar, and practiced in Dallas at Baker Botts L.L.P. as an associate in the firm’s Corporate Transactions Practice Group before transitioning to academia.

    Professor Douglas brings his backgrounds in business and law to the classroom by avoiding the technical academic language commonly used in casebooks and instead describing legal issues in a way that more closely aligns with practitioners and clients. He hopes to dispel any anxiety that students may have about taking business law courses.

    His research and scholarship focus on how moral principles motivate business organization law and securities regulation.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 2013, Stanford Law School; M.B.A. 2006, Florida A&M University; B.S. 2006, magna cum laude, Florida A&M University.

  • Courses

    Business Enterprises
    This course deals with issues relating to common forms of business organization, including corporations, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. The four credit version of Business Enterprises also includes an introduction to mergers and acquisitions.

    Corporate Finance
    (Formerly DCL 380) In Corporate Finance the principles of accounting and valuation and the basic financial environment of closely held companies and public companies will be examined. Building on this foundation, the fundamental issues surrounding common stock, preferred stock and debt will be analyzed. Finally, all these fundamentals will be applied in examining financial issues with mergers and acquisitions and tender offers and in understanding how "deals" are done. Students who have not taken Business Enterprises are permitted to enroll in this course if they are simultaneously enrolled in Business Enterprises.

    Mergers and Acquisitions
    (Formerly DCL 505) Overview of issues relating to business combinations. The course includes a transactional perspective on mergers and acquisitions, with some consideration of the social and economic significance of business combinations. Attention will be paid to relevant statutes, negotiation, acquisition documents, valuation methodologies, and characteristic problems in negotiated acquisitions, in addition to careful examination of takeover defenses and Delaware case law. Simulations and drafting exercises may be a component.

  • Bar Admission(s)

    Texas