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2015/2016  KAN-CJURV7071U  European Corporate Law and Governance

English Title
European Corporate Law and Governance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Georg Ringe - Law Department (LAW)
Main academic disciplines
  • Corporate governance
  • Business Law
  • Globalization and international business
Last updated on 13-02-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: The course’s development of personal competences:
1. Enhance ability to apply legal analysis to critical business problems
2. Improve rhetorical, persuasive and other skills needed to argue successfully both in written and oral form
3. Increase experience in group work
At the end of the course the student should
• Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles and specific rules of European corporate law that affect business
• Intelligently discuss problems that may arise for business organization operating under EU law
• Thoughtfully select and persuasively apply the law in order to resolve specific legal problems encountered by business
• Thoughtfully reflect on the impact of the law on the business community
Course prerequisites
No previous legal training is necessary
European Corporate Law and Governance:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 3 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure

The course is designed to explore the implications of corporate law and governance at the EU level. The European Union is an unprecedented attempt to harmonise law across various Member States, and provides ample opportunities for business organisation. For instance, EU rules facilitate cross-border restructurings such as mergers and takeovers, but also attempt to create a level playing field for companies and shareholders alike.
Building on a comparative and functional perspective on corporate law, we will analyse the role of the European Union as a regulator in this field and the case for EU regulatory intervention. This includes the EU harmonisation programme in company law, the benefits to be derived from a system of regulatory competition, but also new ways in which genuine European corporate vehicles can be developed to meet particular policy objectives.

Teaching methods
The teaching will take the form of lectures, discussions of recent cases, and interactive forms of teaching such as presentations and discussion sessions. Detailed instruction on how to complete the final exam will be conveyed throughout the course.
Expected literature

The main textbook is Stefan Grundmann, European Company Law (2nd. ed 2012), which serves as a source of reference. Beyond this, students will be expected to read a number of European articles and cases.


The final reading list will appear in the semester plan.


Last updated on 13-02-2015