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Corporate Law in the European Union

The aim of the course is to give an overview of the level of harmonisation of company law in the EU and to discuss selected topics of EU company law. The course will begin with a brief introduction to the functioning of EU law and its relation to domestic laws of member states. This will be followed by an examination of the freedom of establishment of companies, which is the legal basis for EU company law harmonisation. The main part of the course will be dedicated to discussion of selected topics of EU company law, such as mergers, divisions, capital maintenance, financial assistance and safeguards for the protection of interests of shareholders and third parties. Future trends of harmonisation in EU Company law will also be analyzed in light of the “Action Plan on European Company Law and Corporate Governance - a Modern Legal Framework For More Engaged Shareholders And Sustainable Companies” released by the EU Commission in December 2012.