The purpose of the course is to introduce students from a common law background to international business and investment transactions with the People's Republic of China. The course covers all forms of commercial and investment transactions with China from international sales contracts to the formation of domestic businesses. The focus of the course is a detailed examination of the principal Chinese laws regulating such business.
Students will learn how one country, China, has moved from a State planned economic system to a system where the market mechanism plays the primary role in regulating commercial activities, while allowing a continuing role for the prevalent political forces in the country. The likely future course of economic regulation in China will be studied at the end of the term, including corporate governance reforms, stock market regulation, antitrust and bankruptcy law developments.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Knowledge of Chinese is not required, although students with Chinese language or a familiarity with China are encouraged to participate in order to enliven the debate.
In order to obtain credit, students must
- based on a list of assigned issues, write one short outline of negotiation points (two to three pages) to be used in a simulated negotiation of an investment transaction in China and present those points orally during the negotiation exercise; and
- sit a two hour examination during the examination period.
Please note that at the end of the term students will participate in a mock investment negotiation session at which you will practice your negotiating skills. The short outlines referred to above of negotiation points are due prior to the two classes during which students will negotiate a series of joint venture issues or acquisition issues.
The textbook for the course is O. NEE, Shareholder Agreements and Joint Ventures in China (Thomson Reuters 2014) or O. NEE, Mergers and Acquisitions in China (Thomson Reuters 2014). Copies are available at the bookstore. Additional reading materials will be distributed in a Course Pack.
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