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Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all registered students and for wait-listed students who wish to be considered for admission to the seminar.
This course is designed to introduce the student to a number of the most frequently encountered types of strategic international business arrangements -- including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, capital markets transactions, project finance, intellectual property licensing, and international private equity and venture capital transactions. We will compare and contrast deal elements common to international transactions regardless of type. In addition, we will look at how specific elements of the U.S. regulatory environment and foreign regulatory environments affect international transactions and will consider what kinds of barriers -- legal, financial, cultural, commercial, practical, and ethical -- businesses face in cross-border deals. What are the elements which make a transaction truly international? How do international transactions differ from purely domestic ones? What is the role of the lawyer and the business person in international transactions?
This course is targeted at MBA, JD, and LLM students who are contemplating a career in international corporate law or international business. We will be taking a decidedly hands on, practical approach to international deal-making, which will include close scrutiny and examination of actual deal agreements and related documents. Students will be responsible for weekly reading assignments, class participation, preparation of an 8-10 page client memo, and a 40-45 page research paper on a topic of international business law, as agreed upon with the instructor. Select students shall have the opportunity to present their papers to the class. Enrollment limited to 40: 10 from the Business School and 30 from the Law School.
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