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LA985 - The Regulation of Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Module code: LA985
  • Module name: The Regulation of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is an advanced corporate law and financial regulation module analyzing transactions (acquisitions, mergers and proxy contexts) using sophisticated methodologies. The module will focus on issues such as: why merge or acquire a business; core considerations of the process; due diligence, purchase sale agreements and contractual governance; the role of the board of directors; the permissibility and regulation of takeover defences in the UK, the US and the EU; the protection of minority shareholders through regulation of the bid process; the protection of other constituencies such as employees affected by control transactions; and financial assistance regulation in the UK and the EU. The course will be focused on understanding the literature related to these issues, how to do research, as well as how to do deals and work with policymakers. The views of shareholders, bankers, investment funds, stakeholders, management, and “society” are all considered.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: LA985-20)
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (locally held) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Politics (M1P0) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (M221) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Commercial Law (M223) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught International Commercial Law (M223) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Economic Law (M3P7) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Advanced Legal Studies (M3PJ) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91F) - Year 2