Sofia – Corporate Law
ELSA Bulgaria would like to welcome you to its first ELSA Law School on the topic of corporate law.
The organising committee is beyond excited to invite you to join us for a week of rigorous academic activities, coupled with unforgettable moments in our capital - Sofia. Despite not being commonly associated with the swirl of the corporate world, Bulgaria is in fact one of the most business-friendly countries in the EU, which has attracted many international corporations to the country. We have invited various local and international academics and professionals with recognized excellence in the field to present you with tangible knowledge, which will allow you to explore and strengthen your grasp on corporate law, thus ensuring your future success. Outside of the academic programme the organising committee has ensured that participants make the most out of Sofia - a largely underrated European capital, which perfectly fits the description of a ‘hidden gem’.
With its rich history spanning from the Romans, through Ottoman rule and a communist regime, mirrored by a flourishing social and nightlife, the city is the perfect location for anyone seeking new adventures.
ELSA member non-favoured country- 340€
ELSA Alumni - 360€
Member of a partner organisation - 360€
Non-member of ELSA - 380€
Two-way airport transfer - 20€
T-shirts - 20€
Monday: Introduction to corporate law.
The day will include lectures which will introduce participants to the basics of corporations. The programme will begin with an introduction to the corporate form, limited liability and separate legal personality of companies. It will then cover company structures and company families. Finally, it will turn to taxes, tax havens and their role in the considerations which businesses make when setting up. The day will end with a workshop in which the participants will use the knowledge from the day to themselves attempt at advising a business on how to set up.
Tuesday: Doing business with the company. The company & money.
The first lecture of the day will consider the way companies can finance their activities, during which we will consider debt financing through loans and raising capital through shares. Afterwards we will shift to the topic of auditing and accounts checking, with focus on fraud within the company and its consequences. Finally, we will consider the topic of company insolvency. The workshop of the day will present in practice some of the innovations and developments which concern corporate law.
Wednesday: Mergers & Acquisitions.
Wednesday will be the day when we consider the favourite topic of any corporate lawyer – M&A. We will start by an introduction to M&A procedures, the role of lawyers within those, and the specific practice of due diligence. We will then consider M&A from the perspective of competition law, namely the limits it puts on prospective mergers and acquisitions. The day will end with a practical workshop on an M&A procedure.
Thursday: Decision-making in the company. Corporate governance. Companies & accountability.
During the day the participants will be introduced to the basics of company decision-making and corporate governance. The programme will begin with an introduction to the organs of a company, their powers and responsibilities, and corporate governance. In the afternoon the participants will be introduced to the idea of company ‘stakeholders’, i.e. the groups that have a vested interest in the actions of a company, who do not actually have a say in law in what the company does. During this section of the programme we will talk about company decisions and their connection with human rights and environmental issues.
The final day of the programme will begin with a lecture on the art of negotiation. Afterwards, participants will be presented with a negotiation exercise on the topic of decision-making in the company and company stakeholders. Each participant will be assigned to a group representing a particular player within the company decision-making process, and they will have to negotiate with other participants to achieve their clients’ aims, while protecting their reserves.