Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM100: Mergers and Acquisitions

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Matthew Cole (Lecturer)


LLB or LLM Company Law



Available via distance learning


This module introduces you to an important area of commercial legal practice. You will examine reasons for corporate acquisitions (economic and legal), corporate strategies for effecting acquisitions and the legal forms of acquisition (takeovers, schemes of arrangement, cross border merger, etc). You will look at the economic impact of the market for corporate control, the responsibilities of the directors and, in the case of takeovers, the bidding process. An over-riding concern will be the regulatory framework in which acquisitions take place, especially the need for compliance with the EU Takeover Directive, (or any national legislation post-brexit) the UK Takeover Code and competition law. You should have studied LLB or LLM Company Law or its equivalent prior to taking this module. This module would complement modules such as those on Banking Law, Competition Law, Financial Services Law International Investment, and International Trade.

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