1. The state's creation of the body corporate through law and politics : a short history 2. The doctrine of separate corporate personality 3. Multinational companies : organisational structure, surplus extraction, tort and other controls 4. Company formation and constitution 5. Corporate capacity and the doctrine of ultra vires : then, now and how it could be made to have social value 6. Director's duties 7. The law of derivative actions and the shareholder as company monitor 8. Capital in context : issues around shares, capital maintenance and value extraction.