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The Law and Economics of Public Companies

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Module Language


Module Classification

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

Module Type and Contact Hours

Lecture & seminar (4 hrs per week altogether in the first half of the lecture period)
both courses are mandatory!


7,5 (if exam in the seminar has been passed and both parts of the course have been attended regularly)

Course Organization
We hope for face-to-face teaching of this course in the winter term 2021/22.


This module will probably be available once a year, rather in the winter than in the summer term.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

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

You will find this course under the German course title "Kapitalmarktrecht und seine ökonomischen Grundlagen".

Module Content

Listed companies have been at the heart of the corporate governance debate for the past decades. These companies tend to be economically important and well known. But they also raise complex governance challenges because of their broad and diverse shareholder base. The course will look at these major companies and the inherent agency conflicts between company insiders (management, controlling shareholders) and outside shareholders. From a legal perspective, this raises important issues under corporate law and securities regulation. The course will look into both the economic and legal aspects.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

registration period for the seminar: 1 - 15 October 2021, 12 p.m. (noon)

Please register for the seminar under "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 10".

This course will be listed under the German course title "Kapitalmarktrecht und seine ökonomischen Grundlagen".

In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 16 October 2021.

As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 5 November 2021.

registration for the lecture: For technical reasons it will not be possible for students to sign up for the lecture. Once you have received a place in the seminar, the Examination Office will sign you up for the lecture as well.

De-Registration from this Module

via Campus Management

Please make sure that you drop two courses, the lecture and the seminar.

regular drop period: 1 October - 5 November 2021

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

Students will have to submit three reaction papers about the content of three seminar classes.

Exam Period

The reaction papers will be due during the teaching period. The submission dates will be announced in class.

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