Debt Financing (LAWS6038)


This unit focuses on legal aspects of debt financing in an increasingly global market environment. Much of the unit deals with enforcement issues in the insolvency context, which can highlight the types of protection for which creditors should have bargained to safeguard their positions. The unit assumes a good general knowledge of Australian corporate law. The unit is taught by expert practitioners in the field of debt financing. Lecturers include: Tony Berriman (Minter Ellison), James Marshall, David Mason, Tony Ryan and Dennis Scott (Ashurst), David East, David Friedlander and David Eliakim (King and Wood Mallesons), Diccon Loxton (Allens and Linklaters) and Mitchell Mathas (Norton Rose Fulbright). There may be changes to lecturers in this unit.
Particular topics covered include: the priority of company security interests, debentures and multi-lender debt transactions, negative pledges, hybrids, guarantees and third party securities, issues involving secured creditors, set-off, aspects of enforcement by creditors, voluntary administration, subordinated debt and receivership.

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1x2-hr lecture/week


2 x class assignments (20% each) and exam (60%)

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Assumed knowledge

undergraduate law degree with corporate law background or LAWS6810

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