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Unit Overview


This unit offers an examination of advanced topics in corporate law and regulation. The areas of corporate finance and securities regulation are intimately connected in that the law of corporate finance deals with the process by which companies raise capital from both public and private sources through the creation of financial products, while the law of securities regulation pertains to the rules of the public marketplace in which these products can be sold. The private marketplace for such products is, to a large degree, unregulated (or deregulated or reregulated in some cases) and is better studied in the context of units covering such topics as banking, securities, commercial law and international finance.

6 points
Students are able to (1) acquire a working knowledge of the law governing the equity and debt capital of corporations; (2) acquire an analytical framework concerning the regulatory forms of debt and equity markets; (3) understand the rights and responsibilities of agents involved in debt and equity finance; (4) critique supervisory regulation within the context of crisis management; and (5) acquire conceptual insights relating to the operation and effectiveness of the Corporations Act 2001 in regulating the raising and maintenance of debt and equity finance.

Students demonstrate achievement of the outcomes in a variety of assessment methods which may include a research paper and a research presentation. Further assessment information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Robert Cunningham
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week [(conducted jointly with seminars in LAWS5541 Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation (formerly LAWS8541 Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation)]
seminars relating to an advanced research paper presented on a topic(s) agreed with the unit coordinator:

Baxt, R. et al. Securities and Financial Services Law, 7th edn: LexisNexis Butterworths 2008


Austin, R. P. and Ramsay, I. M. Ford’s Principles of Corporations Law, 14th edn: LexisNexis Butterworths 2010

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