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Introduction to American Business Organizations:
The Law of Partnerships, Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies


Title: Introduction to American Business Organizations: The Law of Partnerships, Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies

Author: John M. B. Balouziyeh

Year: 2010

Language: English

Specifications: 167 pages; 6.0 in. x 9.0 in., perfect paperback, full color cover, black & white interior

Copyright: © 2010 Teller Law

Price: $34.50 (paperback); $9.99 (ebook)

Comparative Law Series

The Comparative Law Series provides succinct overviews of national laws in subjects of particular relevance to international practitioners.

Description:

In this edition, the case law and statutes governing American business organizations are systematically analyzed and presented. The chapters take the reader through a step-by-step exposition of the most basic sole proprietorships to the most complex multi-tiered conglomerates. The topics covered include the following:
- Agency and Partnerships;
- Accounting and finance;
- Public and closely held corporations;
- Mergers and acquisitions;
- Limited liability companies;
- Fiduciary duties and shareholder control.

“Indispensable for companies and clients transacting in the United States.”
- Joseph Sayegh
Citigroup, Vice President

Overview

This book is designed to provide a succinct overview of the case law and statutes governing American business associations. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, taking the reader through a step-by-step exposition of a variety of organizations, from the basic sole proprietorships to the most complex multi-tiered corporate conglomerates. By examining the laws governing corporations, partnerships, and statutory companies, this study will explore how business organizations are formed, controlled, taxed, and dissolved. It will further examine issues of liability, property, and governance that are unique to each business model, as well as the characteristics that are unique to corporations-both public and closely held-and partnerships-both general and limited-under United States federal and state law.

Intended Audience

The present volume is intended for students of American law as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders who wish to become more informed about the laws governing American business associations. It would also be useful for scholars of comparative law who desire to learn more about the American legal system. The volume will familiarize the reader with the principal legal precepts and vocabulary relating to the functioning and governance of corporations, partnerships, and other business entities in the United States.

This study will also prove valuable to foreign attorneys practicing international private law. In our increasingly globalized world, given the sheer volume of American corporations involved in international contracts, mergers, and acquisitions, practitioners of international law are likely to come across choice of law clauses selecting the American law as governing a particular transaction. As a result, the American law has influenced the rules of international commerce and it is not unusual to find legal concepts deriving from American case law or statutes imported into foreign contracts or even jurisprudence. Attorneys who stand ready to tackle lawyering across multiple legal jurisdictions will inevitably benefit from an understanding of basic American legal principles, especially if their clients are engaged in international operations. This volume will provide such attorneys with the foundation necessary to understand the American law, while offering them numerous references to cases and statutes for further study.

Cases Discussed

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