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

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level
Advanced Bachelor

Corporations and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) provides 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. In this track the effects of the Covid-19 Crisis on Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions will also be dealt with.

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 the economic, legal and financial aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions will be addressed.

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 the two courses: Corporate Governance after the Financial Crisis Understanding and Managing Mergers and Acquisitions.

E14 Understanding and Managing Mergers and Acquisitions 2023_0.pdf
E15 Corporate Governance 2023_0.pdf
Course director
Dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder

Aim of the course

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. Master and PhD students ánd young professionals can also apply.

Study load

Contact hours daily: four to five hours (lectures, group assignments). Self-study daily: four hours (preparation and research). A final written exam will be part of the course for students who 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.


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Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Contact details

Dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder | E: | T: +31 (0)622938313


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