Marios Koutsias, Senior Lecturer in EU Commercial Law and Company Law at the University of Essex and Janet Dine, Professor of International Economic Development Law at Queen Mary, University of London have published the 9th edition of their Company Law textbook.
Company law covers issues that relate to the creation of a company, its governance and administration, its relationship with important societal groups, such as employees, creditors, the environment or the local community where a company effectively operates, and issues such as the dissolution of the company after a potential insolvency and takeovers. Therefore, it is an area of law that regulates significant aspects of economic and societal activities. In this sense, an understanding of company law is indeed necessary for an understanding of the society within which it operates.
This is exactly what the book does. It explains the roots of company law in this country. It does not just look at the law but, it presents the theories and the wider socio-economic and political debates that underpin the dominant legal principles in this field. Therefore, it provides a full understanding not only of the current legislative framework, but also of the complex historical and cultural debates which came to shape it, but with a great degree of clarity.
The textbook examines all matters which stand at the core of English company law, which is placed in an international context. It examines the nature of a company and its institutional architecture and governance which is viewed in a comparative manner with other international jurisdictions. It considers the articles of association, which are both of contractual and constitutional nature and the challenges which flow from their dual nature. It looks at corporate management issues and it focuses on balance of power between the management and the shareholders. It also examines takeovers and insolvency in detail and it places emphasis on the operation of transnational groups and the challenges stemming from their cross-border nature and operation.
Further information on the latest edition can be found here.