Corporate Innovation and Abuse

16 April 2014

Apply now for this June intensive taught by two of the world's leading experts in Corporate Securities and Finance Law.

Corporate Innovation and Abuse will be taught by Professor Kent Greenfield, Professor of Law, Law School Fund Research Scholar, Boston College Law School and Professor Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, Co-Director, Center for Corporate and Securities Law, School of Law, University of San Diego, as part of Sydney Law School's International Visting Faculty in Law and Business.

Corporate Innovation and Abuse covers the recent and dramatic changes in the operation and regulation of multinational corporations. Both private and regulatory innovations have made corporations simultaneously more efficient and potentially more dangerous.

Initial topics include:

  1. the modern theory of the firm and the role of financial innovation
  2. derivatives, off-balance sheet transactions
  3. accounting treatment
  4. compensation
  5. the aftermath of the recent financial crisis
  6. the role of credit ratings and credit rating agencies
  7. the major modern corporate abuses, frauds, and pyramid schemes.

The course will turn to the increasing importance of politics in corporate governance, and a range of new global public law issues that have shifted the role of the corporation in society.

The unit will conclude by covering the major policy issues confronting boards of directors and managers, with a particular focus on the tensions between shareholder value and various important stakeholder rights.

Presented by:

Kent Greenfield is Professor of Law and Law Fund Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches and writes in the areas of business law, constitutional law, decision making theory, legal theory, and economic analysis of law. He is the past Chair of the Section on Business Associations of the American Association of Law Schools. He also has had journal articles published in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Boston College Law Review, George Washington Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others.

Professor Frank Partnoy teaches and writes in the areas of business and corporatelaw. He worked as a derivatives structurer at Morgan Stanley during the mid-1990s, and then spent two years as a lawyer at Covington & Burling. He has testified as an expert regarding various aspects of financial markets and regulation before both houses of Congress, and frequently advises regulators and major corporations.

Both Professor Greenfield and Professor Partnoy will be keynote speakers at the forthcoming two-day conference, Developments in Corporate Governance - East Meets West, which will discuss key developments in the field of corporate governance in Australia, the United States and Asia.


  1. General Class Participation and Specialised Seminar Discussions (20 percent)
  2. Written Class Quiz to be held on Day 4 (20 percent)
  3. Essay or Exam (60 percent) (choice of research mode to be discussed with students)

Applicable degrees
If you successfully complete this subject and the assessments above, you can count it as credit toward the following degrees:

  1. Master of Laws
  2. Graduate Diploma in Law
  3. Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law
  4. Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law
  5. Graduate Diploma in International Business Law
  6. Master of Global Law
  7. Master of Business Law

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
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Single Unit Study Discount
For a discounted rate, you can attend classes for this single subject and still earn continuing professional development or mandatory continuing legal education points without undertaking theassessments.

Single Unit Study (Without Assessment)
$3200 - Individuals Discount

$3000 - Group Discount for bookings of 5+

Single Unit Study (With Assessment)

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