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Business Associations II

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

This is part of the “Business Associations” course series that surveys fundamental legal issues associated with the principal types of business enterprises. This particular course focuses on the control and governance of publicly traded corporations, white collar crime and securities litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. Among the issues covered within those themes are the roles and responsibilities of the directors, officers, and shareholders in corporate governance; federal proxy regulation; corporate social responsibility; securities fraud; insider trading; shareholder derivative and class action litigation; indemnifying and insuring officers and directors; and hostile and friendly takeovers and business combinations. Attention is given to recent corporate failures and the reform initiatives inspired by them, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. Relevant current events are also discussed. Although a number of issues covered are specific to publicly traded corporations—a key part of the business landscape in the Pacific Northwest and across the country—many others can pertain to any kind of corporation. It is recommended that students intending to take both parts of the course series take Business Associations I first, but the courses may be taken in any order, and students may take either course alone.

Qualifies as a Business Law Certificate Level 3 class.

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

From Nike to Intel to Umpqua Bank, publicly held companies are a key feature of the business landscape in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States. This course surveys the basics of the law of the public corporation, giving students an introduction to several issues likely to be encountered when representing such companies or their shareholders or other constituencies. Topics covered include the roles of the directors, officers, and shareholders in corporate governance; federal proxy regulation; the duties of corporate fiduciaries; securities fraud and insider trading; and mergers and acquisitions. Attention is given to recent corporate failures and the reform initiatives inspired by them, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. Current events implicating issues covered in the course are also discussed.

Qualifies as a Business Law Certificate Level 3 class.

Unscheduled Final Exam

Prerequisite: Business Associations I