Celia Bigoness is a Clinical Professor of Law and founder of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Cornell’s first transactional law clinic. In addition to teaching at the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Professor Bigoness teaches “Introduction to Transactional Lawyering” and organizes the annual Cornell Law School Transactional Lawyering Competition. Before joining Cornell, she spent seven years practicing corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, London, and Paris. Her experience includes project finance, leveraged finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Bigoness received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of International Law, and her A.B. from Harvard.
Whether you currently manage or are planning to develop a foreign direct investment (FDI), understanding risks is critical when doing business in a foreign jurisdiction. Cross-border investments can be jeopardized by a change in the political culture or the legal landscape of the country in which your investment is located. What happens, for example, if the host country enacts new laws or regulations that raise your operating costs? Or what happens in the event of expropriation? With so many variables to account for, you'll need practical insights and comprehensive tools to help mitigate uncertainty.
In this course, you will examine several contractual clauses and other resources that will help you anticipate and respond to problems that can negatively impact the return on your FDI. You will also explore a real-world example of a cross-border deal gone wrong, learning from challenges to develop effective strategies and protections. By practicing how to identify different risks, you will discover how to recommend contractual mechanisms to offset their effects.
Key Course Takeaways
- Identify specific risks in any given foreign environment, including political, environmental, tax, and regulatory
- Design contractual tools for risk management
- Analyze the effects of foreign governments on your business
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Business leaders doing international business
- Public and nonprofit professionals
- Business developers
- Finance and accounting professionals
- Human resource or talent management professionals
- Compliance or risk-management professionals
- Anyone looking to work effectively with legal professionals