This course will provide an introduction to the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions from a practitioner’s perspective. The course will examine basic M&A structures, transaction processes, regulatory aspects including competition and securities regulation, contract drafting and negotiation issues. Specific topics of a current nature including business transfers (transfer of undertaking) and cross border mergers will also be examined. Students will be required to examine and present case studies upon conclusion of the course.
- Teacher: Zinta Jansons
- Teacher: Raimonds Slaidiņš
The course analyses at an advanced level the competition law of the European Union: the justification for regulation in a free market economy, the applicable rules and their operation. Throughout there will be comparative consideration of equivalent rules in national law and how the two layers (seek to) coexist.
- Teacher: Robert Lane
After a brief introduction of the significance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the global economy, this course discusses the forms of protection afforded to FDI. It covers the sources of international investment law such as bilateral investment treaties (BIT’s) and multilateral treaties, as well as interpretation of investment treaties and customary international law (CIL). It then moves on to define the qualification of “investors” and “investments” after which it proceeds to analyse the issue of “admission of investments”. It subsequently focuses on the various standards of protection afforded to foreign investment, i.e. fair and equitable treatment, full protection and security, protection against arbitrary or discriminatory treatment, national treatment, most-favoured-nation treatment, etc. The course devotes ample time to explore the issues of expropriation while also paying due attention to “necessity”, “state responsibility” and “attribution”. A substantial part of the course finally explores the important field of dispute settlement, in particular investment treaty arbitration and discusses a number of important cases.
- Teacher: Tjaco Theo van den Hout