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German and European Company Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Course Type
online course in the winter term 2020/21, no classroom teaching
Contact Hours
no regular class meetings The content of this course will be available online at every time. This course will run in the first half of the semester.


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


The course will be held in every winter semester.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Fremdsprachiges rechtswissenschaftliches Lehrangebot" in order to find out course hours and rooms.

Course Description

In every EU member state companies are essential market players. The course offers an insight into the basic legal rules governing the various forms of companies. Subjects include a general introduction to the common principles of company law and to the European legislation in that field as well as an overview on recent developments in the German company law.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • European Legislation on National Company Law
  • Publicity of Company Data
  • Capital Maintenance
  • Mergers and Divisions
  • Financial Accounting
  • European Companies
  • Private International Law
  • Golden Shares
  • German Company Law (Overview)
  • The German Public Limited Company (AG)
  • The German Private Limited Company (GmbH)

This course is recommended to Themis students

Restricted Enrollment

no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)

.Course Registration

via Campus Management

You will find this course under "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 1"

registration period: 1 October - 20 November 2020

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 1 October - 20 November 2020

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

There will be a written final examination.

Exam Period

The exam will probably take place in December or January.

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management