Section Description Provided by Instructor
This is a basic course in corporation law. Some background in accounting and corporate finance is helpful but not required. Grades will be based on a final take home exam as well as in-class participation. No major or minor writing credits are available.
This 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, 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, including recent reform proposals.
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 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(b) of the Securities Exchange Act and relevant case law.
MW 1:50 –4:10 p.m.
Method of Evaluation
Exam (Take Home)
J.D. Writing Credit