• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stephen Bottomley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course examines important facets of the regulation of corporations. It investigates the law and policy relating to the acquisition of control of corporations, particularly by takeover, and the regulation of financial markets generally. Topics to be covered include:

    issues prompting, and theories shaping, the regulation of takeovers and the securities industry generally;
    the regulation of financial markets;
    the powers of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the obligations of listed companies, brokers and dealers;
    controls upon market manipulation and insider trading;
    the legal requirements for prospectuses;
    controls upon the acquisition of shares under Chapter 6 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
    directors' responsibilities in a takeover situation; and
    compulsory acquisition powers.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Synthesise, evaluate and apply the relevant legal framework and mechanics of the legal rules relevant to the regulation of takeovers and securities regulation in Australia; 
2. Critically evaluate the policies behind those relevant legal rules; 
3. Hypothesise solutions to complex problems faced during corporate fundraising and corporate control transactions, applying expert judgement with independence; 
4. Explore and critically analyse themes emerging within wider debates about regulation and corporate governance; 
5. Design, plan and execute a research-based project with independence, applying knowledge gained in this course. 

Indicative Assessment

 • Research paper (50%)
• Take-home exam (50%)

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Workload

Three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS4237 Financial Markets and Takeovers.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9583 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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