Company Law


Course Objective

After successfully completing this course you:
• Can identify relevant provisions in regulation and court cases,
the understanding thereof and application of the law to management
decisions (Academic Skills)
• Can analyze the roles of law and self regulation in relation to
companies and to some financial institutions (Academic Skills)
• Can apply statutory rules to company law cases (Bridging Theory
and Practice)
• Can apply a legal framework to company and financial law cases
(Bridging Theory and Practice)
• Can evaluate today’s important company law debates (Professional
/ Social Skills)
• You can read the civil code on company law (Professional / Social
• Will be more familiar with legal reasoning (Broadening your
• Will understand how authorities exert control over financial
institutions (Broadening your Horizon)
• Will be able to rely more on your sense of justice in relation to
company law cases (Self-Awareness)`

Course Content

Company law aspects play an important role in todays business world: the
power play between shareholders and management, the regulatory
competition among countries; the restrictions imposed by national market
authorities on forming business combinations.
This course is an introduction to the most important company law topics
across four countries, US, UK, Germany and the Netherlands. After the
course you will have a general working knowledge on corporations, the
balance of powers of the shareholders meeting and the management; the
role of the supervisory directors; the workings of the corporations
through its articles; directors liability; the rol of the shareholders
and directors in making important business decisions; the obligations of
the management of financial institutions; and an introduction into one
of the most important legal risks, such as privacy regulation.
The teaching methods include general lectures, tutorials to practice the
knowledge and workshops to learn lawyer's skills: formulating and
While you are learning company law, the course will also provide a basic
knowledge of the relevant sources of law, by
explaining the role of European law with regard to company law in the EU
member states; contract law in relation to take overs and on the role of
regulatory authorities.
Recent events in the business world will be discussed from a legal point
of view.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of 12 lectures, 6 tutorials and 6 workshops; some
lectures may be
guest lectures. During the turorials practical cases are examined. The
workshops are designed for learning lawyer's skills.

Method of Assessment

1. assignments made during the workshops (3 in total) will be graded
2. written exam essay questions, open book or - as the case may be -
oral exam


Donald/Cahn: comparative company law 2018 or a more recent publication
Literature mentioned/uploaded in Canvas

Target Audience

***selected students only***

Additional Information

Restricted access!

Custom Course Registration

Only access to this course after admittance to the Honours Master

General Information

Course Code E_BA_CL
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
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. dr. B.H.A. van Leeuwen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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