In the Spring of 2016 Professors Triantis and Epstein took 12 Stanford law students to Santiago, Chile for an overseas course that provided an overview of corporate governance practices, entrepreneurship, and deal structures in Latin America.
The students spent 10 hours during the winter quarter at Stanford learning about the current legal, economic, and political situation of Chile, as well as the history of the country over the last 50 years. Over spring break the class traveled to Santiago, Chile for joint classes with students from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile that focused on issues of corporate governance, competition policy, antitrust and bankruptcy.
In addition to classroom learning, the students had the opportunity to meet with local lawyers and corporate executives, including the general counsel of LAN airlines who discussed the company’s strategy in its recent combination with the Brazilian airline TAM, and a GSB alumna who owns and manages a winery outside of Santiago.
The trip also included a meeting with the Chilean Speaker of the House minutes after he presided over a controversial labor bill, a discussion about education reform with two prominent legislators, and a visit to the finance ministry to learn about a proposed corporate tax reform.
A very pleasant surprise was how well the students from SLS became acquainted with the students from La Catolica University. They got together as a group in the evenings and watched the Chile-Argentina soccer match together on the last evening of the visit.
Student Perspectives: The Regulation of Private Investments in Chile
For the second year in a row, Stanford has stunned me with its ability to provide its students with unforgettable foreign learning opportunities. Last year, I had the privilege of traveling to Beijing with Professor Marcus Cole to compare the regulation of private investment in China and the U.S. This year, I flew to Santiago, Chile, with Professor George Triantis and [Lecturer in Law] Evan Epstein to study how corporate transactions are structured there as compared with the U.S., learning a good deal about the country itself in the process. Given that I’ll be practicing abroad in Tokyo after graduation the international perspective granted by each of these trips has been absolutely invaluable. And each time, the experience was enlightening in ways both expected and not.
see Stanford Lawyer Issue 94