2014 Unit of Study

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Regulation of Mergers and Acquisitions
UoS Code CLAW3206
Credit points 6
Offered Semester 2
Prerequisites Nil
Corequisites CLAW2201
Assumed Knowledge While there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit, students would not be disadvantaged by having a working knowledge of the Australian Legal System and the Corporate Regulatory Regime (ASIC and ASX), the structure of legislation and its interpretation and application, and the application of case law. Students without such knowledge will be assisted in that regard throughout the semester. All students should have well-developed skills of observation, deduction, enquiry, research, academic writing, note-taking, punctuality, presentation and organisation.
Additional Information
Lectures Three hours of classes per week which may include one or more of the following: lectures; seminars; tutorials or workshops
Assessment Assignment (30%), Group case study (20%), Final (take-home) exam (40%), and Participation (10%)

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.