Business Associations II
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.
Business Associations II is a foundational course for the Business Law Certificate and an elective course for the Certificate in Energy, Innovation, and Sustainability Law.