American Corporate Law: What International Lawyers Need to Know


Organizing Businesses in the U.S. - Things you need to know

  • The importance of disclosure and transparency
  • Freedom of agreement and freedom of contract - the right to make bad decisions
  • Fiduciary responsibility
  • Regulating against harm - good faith and reasonable care
  • Protecting shareholders and the public - profit vs. public interest
  • Risk management

The Role of the Lawyer

  • Counsellor, draftsman and corporate planner
  • Advising the corporation and its directors - Duty to whom?
  • What does an ideal corporate lawyer look like?

Cross Border Issues

  • Problems of language and substance
  • Differences between jurisdictions
  • Is standardization realistic?

Duration: 75 minutes


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  • $80 - Non-member recorded
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About the Speaker

Stanley Siegel
Professor of Law Emeritus
New York University School of Law

Professor Siegel is a graduate of the NYU Stern School and Harvard Law School. Following three years with the Air Force General Counsel's Office, he joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty. There he was the draftsman of the Michigan Corporation Law and later served as a partner of a major law firm. He returned to the academic world as a professor at UCLA Law School, and came to NYU School of Law in 1986. At the Law School, Professor Siegel introduced the course in Corporate Finance, one of the first such courses centered on contemporary financial theory offered in a law school curriculum in the United States. In 1993, he joined the newly-established Central European University in Budapest as one of its founding faculty members. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford, the University of London, the University of Konstanz, and Tel Aviv University. As an active member of both the legal and accounting professions, Professor Siegel serves as the liaison on international accounting matters between the American Bar Association and the FASB.

About the Interviewer

Mark P. Smith
Director, Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law and Vice President, The Center for American and International Law

Mark Smith is Vice President of The Center for American and International Law. He serves as Dean of The Center’s Academy of American and International Law, and directs The Center’s Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law and its Institute for Law and Techology. He is also responsible for the Center’s programs on Actual Innocence. Mark previously was the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar and served as Assistant to the Executive Director of the American Bar Association. He has chaired the Dallas Committee for International Visitors and was President of the Volunteer Center of Collin County. He has taught public sector strategic planning and contemporary American conflicts at the University of Texas at Dallas and served on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Mark received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Yale University.

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