The Anatomy of Corporate Law: A Comparative and Functional Approach (Second Edition)

By Reinier Kraakman, John Armour, Paul Davies, Luca Enriques, Henry B. Hansmann, Gerard Hertig, Klaus J. Hopt, Hideki Kanda, and Edward B. Rock

{Oxford University Press: 2009}

Winter 2010

Following the success of the first edition of The Anatomy of Corporate Law: A Comparative and Functional Approach, Columbia Law School Visiting Professor Klaus J. Hopt and his co-authors recently released a comprehensive update of their highly regarded overview of corporate law.

In the book, Hopt and his colleagues analyze policies and practices across borders and corporations, as well as in a variety of contexts. Although many assume that myriad differences exist between distinct corporate entities, the authors argue that corporate forms are fundamentally similar. They also contend that, to a surprising degree, corporations pick from among the same handful of legal strategies to address the basic issues that affect all businesses.

In the most recent edition of the book, the authors also expand on their previous analysis of corporate practices to include consideration of matters such as enforcement in corporate law, and the continued convergence of corporate law across jurisdictions.

Hopt, who will begin his term as a Law School visiting professor in the spring, previously served as the managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, which is part of the Max Planck Society, an independent, nonprofit, research organization. Hopt is also on the board of the European Corporate Governance Institute and has published widely on German and European corporate law and capital markets, as well as on commercial, banking, and business law.