LAWS5596 Mergers and Acquisitions

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides students with a practical legal and commercial overview of Australian law concerning mergers and acquisitions. It has a particular focus on the processes concerning takeovers and schemes of arrangement. It requires students to engage in detail with the regulatory frameworks associated with mergers and acquisitions including the Corporations Legislation and ASIC regulatory guidance. Students are exposed to the legal strategies associated with the takeover industry and are expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge of corporations law.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate skills associated with representing a corporate client in relation to takeover transactions (a) providing detailed advice on the impact of ASIC regulatory guidance on transaction restructuring, particularly the effects of Chapter 6, Part 5.1; and (b) preparing a bidder's statement, target's statement or explanatory statement that is consistent with the disclosure requirements under the Corporations Act and the ASIC regulatory guidance; (2) demonstrate advanced knowledge of the Corporations Act in (a) the conduct of a takeover bid or takeover defence in accordance with the steps under that Act; and (b) managing the variation of a takeover bid in accordance with the rules under that Act; (3) demonstrate advanced skills of legal analysis so as to manage (a) an application to the Takeovers Panel for a declaration of unacceptable circumstances; and (b) an application to court for convening a scheme of arrangement and the subsequent approval of the scheme; and (4) demonstrate (a) a developing ability to exercise professional judgement in relation to the conduct of matters involving takeovers and schemes of arrangement; and (b) an ability and willingness to participate in and contribute to class discussion.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) written test; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course
Unit Coordinator(s)
Oliver Carrick, James Nicholls and Anthony Papamatheos
Unit rules
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
LAWS5104 Corporations Law and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 29 September to 2 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period.
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