Eric D. Roiter

Lecturer

Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Fidelity Management & Research Company (retired)

BS, University of Rhode Island
JD, Georgetown University Law Center
LLM, Georgetown University Law Center

Areas of Interest
Corporate, Business & Transactional Law
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Biography

From 1997 to June 2008, Mr. Roiter served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Fidelity Management & Research Company (FMR Co.), headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the investment adviser arm of Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest mutual fund group and one of the leading providers of financial services. As General Counsel, Mr. Roiter was responsible for supervising and providing legal advice and representation for all aspects of Fidelity’s mutual fund business. From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Roiter was a corporate partner with Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in securities and financial services law. Prior to joining Debevoise & Plimpton, Mr. Roiter was with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., serving in various legal positions, including Assistant General Counsel from 1979 to 1981.

Mr. Roiter teaches Government Regulation of Financial Services in the JD program and Corporations in the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law.

Courses

3 credits

Public corporations play a central role in the U.S. economy and society. The impact of these corporations depends in large part on how they are governed. This course will explore the central issues in the governance of these corporations. These include for whose benefit corporations are operated; the balance of authority between managers and shareholders; how different governance structures affect the short-term and long-term value of the corporation; the effects of hedge funds and other shareholder activists; and the social and environmental responsibility of corporations. The course will examine the key constituencies in these debates: managers, directors, and investors, especially institutional investors like mutual funds, pension funds, and hedge funds. The course will consider the objectives and the behavior of each of these groups, and the laws and practices that shape their actions. The course will feature a variety of outside speakers with different perspectives on corporate governance, including representatives of corporations, investors, and their advisers. There will be no exam. Instead, students will submit comment papers on readings and discussions. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 941 A1 , Jan 22nd to Apr 23rd 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Eric D. Roiter LAW

2 credits

Corporations I is a two credit introductory course on the fundamental principles of corporate law in the United States. The course does not assume that students have previously engaged in the study of U.S. corporate law. Corporations I will consider the nature and role of the corporation, its formation, its capital structure, and the powers, duties and responsibilities of corporate directors. In Corporations I, to gain a fuller understanding of corporate law, we will also consider basic principles of accounting, corporate finance, and agency law. To place corporate law in context, we will also consider broader issues of economic and social policy, and practical business issues on which corporate lawyers advise their clients. To foster greater understanding of the subject matter, students will be encouraged to engage in discussion and raise questions during class sessions.

FALL 2017: LAW BK 937 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Eric D. Roiter LAW
FALL 2018: LAW BK 937 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Eric D. Roiter

2 credits

Corporations II is a two credit course on corporate law that focuses on the rights and powers of shareholders and the relationship between shareholders and directors. As in Corporations I, we will also consider broader issues of economic and social policy, and practical business issues on which corporate lawyers advise their clients. To foster greater understanding of the subject matter, students will be encouraged to engage in discussion and raise questions during class sessions. It is recommended, but not required, that students taking this course have taken Corporations I offered in the fall.

SPRG 2018: LAW BK 938 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Eric D. Roiter LAW
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