LAWS5176 Australian Financial Transactions Law and Regulation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit offers an introduction to finance law. It focuses on the law and regulation of financial transactions undertaken in Australia. Topics covered include sources of finance law, forms of business organisations, lending and security, investing in companies, corporate fundraising, corporate takeovers and insolvency, financial market misconduct and legal obligations of financial intermediaries
Students are able to (1) critically assess the role law plays in finance
; (2) use key legal principles governing financial transactions; (3) use primary legal resources such as law reports and statutes
; (4) critically analyse legal texts, journal articles and government reports
; (5) solve legal case studies and hypothetical problems faced by professionals in the finance and banking industry, using legal method, writing and logical reasoning
; and (6) communicate clearly, concisely and logically in English, both oral and written form.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) examination; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Rasiah Gengatharen
Unit rules
for Master of Commercial and Resources Law and Master of Taxation Law students: nil; for Master of Applied Finance students: FINA5520 Risk Management and Financial Instruments and FINA5521 Quantitative Methods in Finance and FINA5524 Trading and Markets and ECON5506 The Economics of Financial Markets
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.