00221 - Business Law

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  • Teacher Sergio Gilotta

  • Credits 9

  • SSD IUS/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Legal Consultant in Business and Public Administration (cod. 9242)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2023 to Dec 06, 2023

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will know the law governing economic activities and business organizations. Students will know the legal framework in which entrepreneurial activity takes place and the different types of business organizations that may be used to organize, conduct and finance economic activities. Students will also understand the main governance challenges posed by these organizations and how the law addresses them.

Course contents

The regulation of entrepreneurial activity, with specific focus on the following topics:

  • The legal notion of "enterprise" and the different types of enterprise
  • The special regime governing commercial enterprises
  • The legal notion of "firm"
  • Joint ventures, firm associations and networks

The law of business organizations, with specific focus on the following topics:

  • The business organization in general
  • Partnerships
  • The joint stock company
  • The limited liability company
  • Cooperatives
  • Conversions, mergers, spin-offs
  • The European companies


The suggested textbook is the following:

G.F. Campobasso, Manuale di diritto commerciale (M. Campobasso ed), Torino, Utet, 2022

Students may use different textbooks, provided that they are updated. A non-exhaustive list of alternative textbooks is the following:

1) F. Vella e G. Bosi, Diritto dell'impresa e dell'economia, Bologna, Il Mulino; F. Vella e G. Bosi, Diritto ed economia delle società, Bologna, Il Mulino

2) G. Presti e M. Rescigno, Corso di diritto commerciale, volumes I e II, Bologna, Zanichelli

3) M. Cian, Manuale di diritto commerciale, Torino, Giappichelli

Teaching methods

Classes are held by the course teacher. Active class participation is strongly encouraged.

Assessment methods

Oral examination at the end of the course.

Teaching tools

Textbook and slides. Slides will be made available to students via the course website usually the day before the class

Office hours

See the website of Sergio Gilotta