Corporate Law


Course Objective

This course deals with the key issues of Dutch company law, mainly
concentrating on corporations (BV's and NV's). The objective of this
course is to deepen the participants' knowledge and insight of how Dutch
corporations work and problems related to Dutch corporations (Bridging
theory and practice - knowledge). In working with corporate law, you
will learn to improve your reasoning and writing skills (academic
skills; professional social skills). You will also learn to reflect on
legal responsibilities of organizations and their management (broadening
your horizon - responsibility).

After following this course, you:
- have knowledge and insight of how Dutch corporations are organized
- have insight of problems related to Dutch corporations
- have knowledge of the subjects listed above
- have worked with and discussed (real life) cases concerning Dutch
- are informed on current affairs of the NV and BV, including recent
case law of the Dutch Supreme Court

You should then be able to:
- give a reasoned opinion on questions concerning Dutch corporate law
- make an informed judgment about how corporate law applies in complex
- reflect on legal responsibilities of organizations and its management
- follow recent developments in the media concerning current affairs of
the NV and BV, including recent case law of the Dutch Supreme Court

Course Content

The course is organized around the following subjects:
- Introduction and basics of Dutch company law
- European company law
- Concern law
- Internal governance of companies
- Corporate governance
- Representation of companies
- Capital protection
- Liability of (supervisory) directors and shareholders
- Listed and non-listed companies
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Law regarding annual accounts
- Disputes
- Works Councils
- Legal aspects of IT
The subjects form a basic toolbox of corporate law. They are relevant to
your career in accounting and control. We will discuss the subjects in a
practical way.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, study group

Method of Assessment

Written examination and an optional midterm test for bonus points.
The grade for the written examination must be at least a 5.0.


- Huizink, J.B., Rechtspersoon, vennootschap en onderneming, Deventer:
Kluwer, most recent edition
- Wettenbundel Rechtspersonen, inclusief ondernemings- en handelsrecht
met toekomstige wetgeving. Kluwer, most recent edition
- Documents placed on Canvas, including but not limited to syllabus of
J.E. Brink- van der Meer

Additional Information

This course description relates to the Dutch-language version of the
course Corporate Law (E_ACC_CL). Please note that there is also an
English-language version (E_ACC_CLIS).

The Dutch-taught version of Corporate law is mandatory for all
Dutch-speaking full-time students and all part-time students from the
Programme Accounting and Control. The Dutch-taught course is recommended
to students from other Master programs who aspire to a career in which
elements of law play an important role (for instance corporate finance
and banking).

International students should follow the course Corporate Law
(International students), for which there is a separate course

Please make sure you register for the right course!

General Information

Course Code E_ACC_CL
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator mr. J.E. Brink-van der Meer
Examiner mr. J.E. Brink-van der Meer
Teaching Staff mr. J.E. Brink-van der Meer
mr. P.A. Ledeboer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

This course is also available as: