Legal advice increasingly has an international component, which requires an understanding of the legal environment in which international business and investments are made; including the ways in which different legal systems treat corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other common forms of legal entities. The course will analyze and compare corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts and other forms of legal entities used for conducting business and making investments internationally, as well as the operational, tax and other reasons why one form of entity may be chosen over another in planning for a particular international business or investment. In addition, issues specific to joint ventures, both contractual and organizational will be explored, as well as the unique issues involved in structuring international investments in real estate. General knowledge of business entities, real estate and tax issues will be useful, but is not required.
Materials will consist of class handouts, which will be posted on Forums, and may include materials prepared by the professor, statutes, treaties, and various income tax and related forms and instructions.
Lecture and classroom discussion and analysis of problems
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Essay. The final examination is "open book" in the sense that students may bring into the final examination all course handouts and lecture notes.
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Final examination and class participation