Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn the fundamentals of Asian commercial negotiations with particular reference to joint ventures between USA domiciled corporations and their SE Asian joint venture partners. The subject will cover choice of law and forum selection issues, the creation of onshore wholly owned subsidiaries including the tax treatment of such entities under double tax agreements, the use of special purpose vehicles, the mechanics of a typical joint venture agreement, the difference in cultural biases, mindsets, and choices that lawyers should take into account when advising joint venture clients, assessing the position of other commercial partners, and framing of economic and legal issues, negotiating a joint venture agreement in a cross-cultural context with special focus on the participating interest clause and dispute resolution with reference to the most common problems encountered in joint venture agreements.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Melbourne, 2014, Week 05-06, Day


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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 05 - 06
Five 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 05 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Class participation10
One 6,000-7,000-word take home examination90