American Company Law

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Doel vak

The purpose of this course is twofold. First, it aims to acquaint the
student with the company law of a jurisdiction that is highly relevant
for Dutch practicioners. Secondly, it fosters the students ability to
write and discuss in English.

TThe goals of the class are both doctrinal and policy oriented.
Regarding doctrine, students will have been exposed to some of the key
decisions and topics relevant to American public companies. In our
policy discussions, we highlight similarities and differences with Dutch
corporate law, so that students can more readily identify unique aspects
of Dutch law. We also challenge the simple view of “shareholder
primacy” that often informs commentary on U.S. corporate law by showing
some of the limits on shareholders’ powers in the U.S.

Inhoud vak

This course covers some core topics in law governing public corporations
in the United States, particularly those (the majority of companies)
that are incorporated in Delaware. We will study the process of
incorporation; shareholders’ rights; the interaction of federal
securities law and state corporate law; directors’ fiduciary duties; and
some emerging trends in the U.S., particularly hedge-fund and social
responsibility shareholder activism.


lectures (by an American professor)


Take home exam


Yet to be determined.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode R_ACLaw
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P6
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. J.L. Smeehuijzen
Examinator prof. dr. J.L. Smeehuijzen
Docenten prof. dr. J.L. Smeehuijzen

Praktische informatie

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