CREDITS 2.5 (LV) 3.75 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

The course is designed to give an overview on genuine EU company law and its interplay with domestic commercial and company law. So the course contains to a certain degree country reports on company law and its options from a Danish, German and Latvian perspective. Moreover, EU company law will be shown in its various forms and combinations.

The main part deals with all aspects of company law as they are regulated or reflected in EU law, with a special focus on the limits and requirements of domestic/EU company law before the overarching background of the right of free movement in the internal market. The course covers therefore the establishment, transfer, and dissolution of companies, as well as the rights and obligations of its key players and stakeholders, including the board of directors, management, supervisory board, (minority) shareholders and employees. The growing importance of Corporate Governance for investors and shareholders shall be put in perspective as well as the many legal facets of Mergers & Acquisition. Relations with public authorities are dealt with in relation to tax issues as well as audit. The lectures cover also partly competition law in dealing with mergers and divisions, and with transborder litigation in dealing with the recognition of bankruptcy. Case studies and student participation form an essential part of the course, that alternates between classic lectures and discussion based seminars.

Students┬┤ participation and preparation form an intrinsic element of the course.

The overall goal of the course is to give an in-depth understanding of the common European company law, the motivations behind its historical and ongoing development, the particular issues of establishment, mobility and merger faced by corporations within the European Union, and the inherent conflicts with Member State national laws. It also aims to give a good understanding of the common and comparative international company law issues.