An intensive summer programme designed to introduce students aged 19+ to the principles of Corporate Law.
A one-week programme, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.Apply Now
This course will introduce students to central issues in corporate law. It will start by showing students how to select the most appropriate type of entity for a company as companies in all jurisdictions share a number of legal attributes such as legal personality, limited liability, delegated management, transferable shares and investor ownership.
It will seek to answer the question ‘What form of corporate entity is preferable for the nature of a business, for example limited liability or a partnership?’. This selection process can be confusing and students will be supported in determining the most appropriate type of entity in the light of such considerations as taxation, desired management structure, liability protection and costs and students’ will be invited to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of different entities.
Following the 2007-2009 financial crisis there have been many major regulatory changes in the global corporate governance landscape with institutional investors taking an ever more active ownership role, so the spotlight will then turn to the basic governance structure of the contemporary corporation, including the powers of the board of directors and the shareholder meetings. This discussion and debate will be further extended into an analysis of the role that corporate law plays in the regulation of financial markets.
The course will finish off by looking at the issue of agency problems and relationships in a broad range of contexts along with the critical role of corporate law in cases of insolvency and mergers and acquisitions.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Choosing the type of corporate entity and company name|
|Seminar 1: How to choose the type of entity-critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of different business entities through legal case studies|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Corporate governance structures-minority shareholders and majority shareholder|
|Seminar 2: Discussion and debate on the types of company disputes that can arise between shareholders and directors|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: Raising capital for a business to operate-providing a framework for a business to raise funds|
|Seminar 3: Critical legal discussion and cases on the advantages and disadvantages of equity and debt financing|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: Agency Problems- motivating the agent to act in the principal’s interest|
|Seminar 4: Research and discussion in to the types of agency problem that arise in corporations. Identifying legal strategies for addressing these problems|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Dissolution – devising an exit strategy|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
An intensive summer programme designed to introduce students aged 19+ to the fascinating interplay between...
An intensive summer programme designed to introduce students aged 19+ to the principles of Commercial...