Virginia Greiman

Virginia Greiman

Lecturer

BS, cum laude, Pennsylvania State University
MEd, with honors, Boston University
JD, with honors, Suffolk University
LLM in Taxation, Boston University School of Law

Areas of Interest
Corporate, Business & Transactional Law
Contact
Biography

Professor Greiman has more than 20 years of experience in international law and international development, and is a recognized expert on international contracting, mega project finance, legal reform, privatization, foreign direct investment and corporate reorganizations.  She is presently an Assistant Professor at Boston University where she teaches international development and project finance and international business transactions, and she teaches trial advocacy at Harvard Law School.  She lectures internationally and publishes extensively in the areas of international business transactions, project finance, commercial investment arbitration and dispute resolution, cybercrime and international regulation and reform.

Prior to entering academia, she served as international legal counsel to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank in Eastern and Central Europe, Asia and Africa on privatization, infrastructure development and legal reform projects. She recently served as Chief of Party for a State Department Delegation to Liberia on post-conflict reconstruction and institutional reform.  She has held several high level federal and state positions including Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Boston’s $14.7 billion Central Artery/Tunnel Project, United States Trustee to the U.S. Department of Justice for the first and fourth circuits where she managed the successful reorganizations of Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant and the Bank of New England, the first bank holding company to file for chapter 11 relief, and she served as Deputy Director and General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development where she assisted international businesses in foreign direct investment.

Courses

3 credits

This seminar will provide an overview of the private dimensions of negotiating and drafting international business agreements, and specifically on the contractual aspects. Students will gain hands on experience in structuring, drafting and analyzing various international business agreements and documents including global joint venture agreements and privatization provisions, sales, distribution and franchise agreements, international development agreements, share purchase agreements, letters of intent and technology licensing agreements. The design of the class will assist students in identifying critical legal issues and techniques likely to affect the outcome of international business negotiations including protecting against political, economic and legal risks. Emphasis will be placed on the important differences between international and domestic agreements from the American law perspective. Grades will be based on class participation and a final research paper. At the option of the student a final examination can be taken in lieu of a research paper. NOTE: This class may be used to satisfy the Professional Skills requirement or the upper-class writing requirement (limited). This class may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 959 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Virginia Greiman LAW 418
FALL 2017: LAW JD 959 A1 , Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Virginia Greiman LAW 418

3 credits

IBT&A covers the transactional approach to legal problems encountered in commercial and financial business ventures that cross national borders. Topics include: form of doing business, including formation of contracts and the range of issues presented-such as choice of law, choice of forum, commercial terms, force majeure, sales, distribution and agency law, franchise, licensing arrangements, and foreign direct investments; the operations of the institutions of the World Trade Organization; investment in free trade areas such as the European Union and NAFTA; and issues of transfer of intellectual property and international dispute resolution. Students will gain exposure to analyzing various international business agreements and documents including global joint venture agreements and privatization provisions, sales and letters of credit, distribution and franchise agreements, international development and investment agreements, letters of intent for mergers and acquisitions, and technology licensing agreements.

SPRG 2017: LAW XB 815 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 28th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Virginia Greiman
SPRG 2017: LAW XB 815 OL , Jan 17th to Apr 28th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Staff

3 credits

Capital-intensive public and private development projects throughout the world, including large-scale infrastructure, transportation, energy, agriculture, technology and environmental projects depend upon project financing as the primary funding mechanism. Understanding and resolving the political, legal and financial risks associated with the planning and implementation of these projects, and often in emerging and unstable economies, is the critical first step in developing project finance opportunities. The seminar will combine theory and practice and focus on the negotiation and structure of actual project finance and concession agreements and transactions and the minimization of exposures and risks associated with these transactions. Each step of the project finance process will be analyzed, including the rationale and sources for the project finance, the legal framework for the project finance, the organizational and governance structure, risk allocation and mitigation and dispute resolution. An interdisciplinary analysis from the legal, finance and public perspective will be used to assess the views that investors, lenders, designers, contractors, governmental participants, citizens and other stakeholders bring to an infrastructure project. Several of the world's largest and most complex civil engineering and infrastructure mega projects including the English Chunnel, the Chad Cameroon Pipeline, the Dabhol Power Project and Boston's Central Artery Tunnel Project will serve as models for analysis of project finance and risk. A final research paper will be required in lieu of an examination. NOTE: This class may be used to satisfy the Professional Skills requirement or the upper-class writing requirement (limited). This class may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 936 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Virginia Greiman LAW 417
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 936 A1 , Jan 22nd to Apr 23rd 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Virginia Greiman
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