Transaction Simulation: Int'l Business Collaboration

LAW JD 783

Practice Areas: Cross-Border Transactions and International Negotiations This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the Transactional Law Program. The simulated transaction involves two companies, one a large U.S.-based pharmaceutical company ("KJH"), and the other an African agricultural production company that is majority owned by the government of the fictional African country of Malundi ("MCC"). The two companies are interested in working together to exploit a new technology developed by KJH that uses cassava, a plant, grown and harvested by MCC, for a new arthritis drug. MCC has a surplus supply of cassava and has been searching for alternative markets and uses for the surplus supply. KJH has a worldwide distribution channel, has developed and patented a manufacturing process, and possesses valuable know-how, used to extract the active ingredient for the new drug from cassava. Their collaboration could take the form of a joint venture, licensing agreement, long-term supply contract, or a combination of these structures. The course will begin with an introduction to important concepts about international business legal structures, negotiations, and the facts of the simulated case. The class will engage in a number of "hands-on" skill building exercises, individually and in small groups. After the third- or fourth-class meeting, students will be assigned to one of two teams of attorneys, one team representing MCC, and the other representing KJH. The teams will structure, negotiate and document in a detailed "letter of intent" the terms of the parties' collaboration.. The course will explore the impact of cross-cultural customs and norms, as well as challenges presented by individual personalities and negotiating styles and client demands. Certain ethical issues will be addressed that may arise in transactions of this kind and in transactional practice generally. A key goal of the course is to expose students to "real-world" practice and enhance students' ability to structure, negotiate and document a transaction. The course grade will be based on individual class participation, individual and team drafting assignments and team negotiations. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. This course is open to LLM students provided there are available seats and with the permission of the Instructor and the Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Programs. PREREQUISITES: Corporations and Contract Drafting (or Transactional Contracts in the case of LLM students) are recommended, but not required. NOTES: This course counts toward the 6-credit Experiential Learning requirement and also satisfies the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar will be administratively dropped from the course. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first class to be considered for enrollment. Because the course involves regular in-class exercises, some of which are done in teams, and class participation is a significant component of a student's final grade, regular class attendance is essential and thus the course cannot accommodate flexibility in attendance.

FALL 2023 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Doyle LAW 513 R 4:20 pm-6:20 pm Stamped Approval

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