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Unit of Study

Regulation of Mergers and Acquisitions
UoS Code CLAW3206
Credit points 6
Offered Semester 1
Prerequisites None
Corequisites CLAW2201
Prohibitions
Assumed Knowledge
Additional Information
Lectures Three hours of classes per week which may include one or more of the following: lectures; seminars; tutorials or workshops
Assessment case note presentation (10%), executive report - assignment (20%), group presentation (20%), final exam (50%)
Description Mergers, acquisitions and takeovers are increasingly important strategies for Australian companies which raise significant legal issues. This unit aims to give students a sound understanding of the legal issues involved in mergers and acquisitions from both corporate and competition law perspectives and their impact on commercial strategies. Competition issues under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 as well as corporate governance issues under the Corporations Act are explored. Bid planning (including tactics involved in initiating a takeover bid and defensive strategies and tactics), directors duties, prohibited market conduct and the role of ASIC and the Takeovers Panel are also covered. This unit also considers mergers using schemes of arrangement.