Professor Arthur Pinto, Brooklyn Law School
This course will examine how different countries deal with significant corporate governance issues primarily involving publicly traded corporations as compared to the United States. Issues that may be covered include formation, structure, allocation of power, ownership, shareholder voting, fiduciary duties, enforcement and other governance issues. There will be some comparisons of how some European countries deal with these issues. There will also be some discussion of the European Union harmonization efforts through Directives on Company and Securities Law. In addition, the issue of the effect of globalization and the question of whether different systems will converge will be covered.
Knowledge of U.S. corporate and partnership law is not a prerequisite since there will be a basic introduction and discussion of the relevant law.