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Christian Kersting

Born in 1971. Studied law in Bonn, Lausanne and Geneva, awarded doctoral degree in 2000 (Bonn) and LLM in 2002 (Yale). Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law (2002 – 2006). Received his post-doctoral qualification in 2006 (Munich). Visiting Professor at Lausanne (Summer Term 2007). Since 2007, Kersting is professor at Düsseldorf University (Chair of civil law, German and international business law, antitrust law). His research interests include civil law, German and European commercial law, company, accounting and capital markets law, comparative law, tax law, antitrust law.

The aim of the course is to give students an overview of European company law and related fields of European capital markets law. The course begins with an introduction to the relevant statutory provisions (provisions in the EC Treaty, directives, regulations, and recommendations). It then focuses on the European harmonization directives and tries to outline the main issues of European company law (registration, representation, protection of creditors and minority shareholders, merger and de-merger, accounting and auditing). The course also deals with the relevant decisions of the ECJ and takes a closer look at the European forms of companies (e.g. SE, SCE).

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