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The Law and Economics of Public Companies

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Type and Contact Hours

Lecture (2 hrs per week) & seminar (2 hrs per week) in the first half of the semester
both courses are mandatory


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


This module is going to take place for the first time in the winter term 2019/20.

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 "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.

This course is going to take part in the Department of Economics which is in 2 minutes walking distance from the Law School.

Please note that the two parts of this course have course numbers from the Department of Economics (starting with 10) and not from the Law Department (starting with 09).

Course Description

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

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

Course Registration

via Campus Management

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

You will find the lecture under "Fakultatives Modul im SB 3". Please note that, for technical reasons, you will only be able to sign up for one single course unter this module.

Please register for the seminar under "Study Program Themis & Overseas - Module 10".

registration period: 1 October - 1 November 2019

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

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

regular drop period: 1 October - 1 November 2019

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 lecture period.

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