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261.1 sec. 1 - International Business Transactions (Spring 2014)
Instructor: Richard M. Buxbaum (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: W 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 240
Course Start: January 08, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49796
The goal of the course is to introduce students to the complications that might arise when a business transaction involves international elements. Typical examples of such transactions would be: concluding a supply deal with foreign providers, acquiring a foreign company, seeking financing from foreign investors, and financing a foreign company through the U.S. markets. The course will follow a structure that tracks closely the structure most often followed in transactional practice and reflected in most transaction documents. After a quick introduction about the parties’ discretion range on the issues of choice of law and choice of forum, the first part of the course will explore the preparatory work for entering into an international transaction: due diligence and risk allocation. It will consider various types of assets and their regulation (e.g., real estate, intellectual property). It will then turn to assessing the main risks associated with a cross-border transaction, such as foreign torts and dealing with foreign sovereigns, and discuss contractual devices used to limit these risks’ impact. The second part of the course will focus on specific transaction sets: trade and trade financing; intellectual property; primary and secondary transactions in securities (issues and trading markets); mergers and acquisitions; complex construction and infrastructure arrangements; and bankruptcy problems and their avoidance. transaction mechanics.
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