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Law and Economics: Corporate Governance after the Financial Crisis and Mergers and Acquisitions

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1670
Advanced bachelor level

Corporations and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) provide excellent case studies for Law & Economics. This special track deals with these two subjects. This is a very suitable course for students who are keen to appreciate an international, non-mainstream, multidisciplinary and interactive approach to Corporate Governance and M&A.

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A special track consists out of a number of courses, which have been successfully combined in the past. Registering for a special track is more convenient than for each course separately and it also often results to substantial discount.

During the first part of this course we will deal with the underlying causes of the financial crisis which were partly attributed to failures and weaknesses in corporate governance arrangements. Measures have been taken in order to stimulate boards and shareholders to pursue long-term strategies.
We will deal with the question whether these measures will work out and will prevent short-termism and excessive risk taking, both from an economic and a legal perspective.
In the second part of this course we will deal with the economic, legal and financial aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions.
This course aims to increase the understanding of merger dynamics, determinants, effects and merger policy. Is M&A a means to consolidate and expand the market position and to increase efficiency? We will explore the “merger paradox” extensively and we will participate in a negotiation training workshop following the Harvard Principled Negotiation method.

The special track consists of:
- Corporate Governance after the financial crisis
- Understanding and Managing Mergers and Acquisitions

Tags: corporate governance, capital requirements directive, risk management, integrated reporting, executive pay, bonuses, board structure, agency theory, shareholders value, mergers, acquisitions, take-overs, economics and law, merger paradox, value, share purchase agreement, due diligence, negotiation training

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Prof. dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder (professor Corporate Finance Law Utrecht University and attorney at law at Loyens & Loeff NV)


Ambitious bachelor students (from economics, management, business, or law backgrounds) who are keen to know more about Key Issues of Corporate Governance and who are keen to appreciate a multidisciplinary and interactive approach to M&A.

Students from other faculties with a keen interest in law and economics, Ph.D. students and in exceptional cases even academic professionals can be admitted.


To give advanced bachelor students (from economics, management, business and law backgrounds) an insight into the backgrounds and developments of Key Issues of Corporate governance and into the economic causes and effects of M&A.


Contact hours daily: 4-5 hours (lectures, group assignments).
Self-study daily: 4 hours (preparation and research).

A final written will be part of the course for students which need a grade. Grading is based on a 10-point scale on the weighted sum of different elements.
The other students will be required to present a short research paper on a notable actual case related to the subject of the course.


• € 1670 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 1320 - Course + course materials

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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


prof. dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder
T: +31 (0)622938313
E: w.j.oostwouder@uu.nl

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Deadline for registration: 15 July 2017

Application closed