Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM100: Mergers and Acquisitions

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is anticipated that the following topics will be covered:


• Introduction to topic

• Economic impact of mergers and acquisitions

• Forms of business combination

• Schemes of arrangements and mergers

• Institutional background

• Regulating the takeover process

• Hostile Takeovers and the Non-Frustration Rule

• Deal Risks

• EU and UK competition law issues

• Appraisal and conclusions


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3311 x 3 hour seminars led by the lecturer. Students will need to prepare for each seminar and will be expected to contribute to class discussions
Guided independent study177Reading and preparation for seminars.
Guided independent study90Reading, research and preparation for essays. Students would be expected to spend about 20 hours on the formative essay and about 55 hours on the summative essay.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).



Takeover Panel:

UK Listing Authority:

Financial Conduct Authority:

Competition Commission:

EC, DG Competition:

Robert Goddard: