Section Description Provided by Instructor
This course is offered jointly with the Business School, and is targeted to JD, LLM and MBA students who are interested in learning more about international corporate law and business.
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all registered students and for wait-listed students who wish to be considered for admission to the seminar, based on availability. Students on the wait list will be admitted to the course if space is available only by permission of the instructor.
This course is a survey-style course, designed to introduce the student to a number of the most frequently encountered types of strategic international business arrangements -- including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, capital markets transactions, project finance, intellectual property licensing, and international private equity and venture capital transactions. We will compare and contrast deal elements common to international transactions of varying types. In addition, we will look at how specific elements of the U.S. regulatory environment and foreign regulatory environments affect international transactions and will consider what kinds of barriers -- legal, financial, cultural, commercial, practical, and ethical -- businesses face in cross-border deals. What are the elements which make a transaction truly international? How do international transactions differ from purely domestic ones? What is the role of the lawyer in international transactions? We will be taking a decidedly hands on, practical approach to international deal-making, which will include close scrutiny and examination of actual deal agreements and related documents. The class is a basic, survey-style course, intended as an introduction to the world of international deal-making for the relatively uninitiated -- students with significant deal-making experience may find it insufficiently challenging. Students will be responsible for weekly reading assignments, class participation, preparation of an 8-10 page client memo, and a 25-30 page research paper on a topic of international business law, as agreed upon with the instructor. Select students shall have the opportunity to present their papers to the class at the end of the semester.
Waitlisted students will be selected by Professor Vecchio.
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (automatic) (LLM Writing Project credit granted upon completion.)
LLM Writing Project
(only upon consultation)