Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Busnss Transac in Latin Ame (LAW-959-001)

Meets: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM (W) - Room 500

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The objective of the “Business Transactions in Latin America” Seminar is to give students an overview of the practical legal issues involved in doing business in Latin America. The seminar will start by highlighting the main aspects of Latin American legal systems that influence doing business in the region, such as the role of the civil code, stare decisis, equity, and the role of the Latin American notary public. The seminar then will focus on corporate structures for the organization of business, trusts and secured transactions tools, the challenges of electronic commerce, and the current status of “vulture” funds in Latin America. The seminar will also touch upon the comparative aspects of insider trading and the recent integration of stock exchanges in the region, the protection of business representatives, and relevant consumer protection and product liability legislation. Finally, the course will examine the peculiarities of litigation in Latin American jurisdictions, the Calvo doctrine, and the practical consequences of the U.S. forum non conveniens doctrine.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Reading assignments are included after the synopsis of the topics to be discussed in each class, and they may vary at the Professor’s discretion subject to prior notice to students based on the students’ interest and time requirements. No textbook is required for this seminar. Students are encouraged to utilize electronic copies of the reading materials during class.

First Class Readings

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