- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in a specific body of law, including major policy concerns
Section 001, Fall 2019
This is a basic course in corporation law.
The course examines the role of law in structuring the economic relationships among shareholders, management and other participants in modern business corporations. It emphasizes counseling and planning, resolution of disputes among corporate participants, the structuring of mergers and acquisitions, business background, statutory developments, and social and economic policy. The course briefly considers basic theories of the firm and their role in the economy. It covers basic principles of incorporation of an enterprise, and the agency problems associated with the corporation. We will then consider management and control of the corporation, actions of directors and officers, and generally, the distribution of powers within the corporate structure. The role of shareholders is examined, with emphasis on proxy regulation under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
A major part of the course is devoted to the fiduciary obligations of directors and controlling shareholders in general, with particular emphasis on the law of Delaware. The role of management in particular contexts such as executive compensation and changes in corporate control will be examined, including the permissible scope of anti-takeover devices, hedge fund activism, and shareholder remedies. The final portion of the course considers the basics of securities regulation including fraud on the market and insider trading under Rule 10b-5 and Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act and relevant case law.
TR 8:30 am-10:30 am
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
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