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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM100: Mergers and Acquisitions

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), so that you gain an in-depth knowledge of the reasons for which acquisitions occur, the risks, the structuring of transactions and the regulation thereof. Points will be illustrated using recent M&A deals and should develop a critical understanding of the kinds of issue that are frequently encountered by lawyers in commercial practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate detailed and systematic knowledge of the appropriate ways of structuring a takeover or merger;
2. demonstrate detailed and systematic knowledge of the legal regulatory framework applicable to M&A transactions;
3. advise accurately and comprehensively on the important risks of M&A activity from political and corporate perspectives.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. select and apply statutory materials, case law and critical legal literature in examining M&A transactions effectively and autonomously;
5. analyse effectively and comprehensively, through structured and discursive writing, key issues in M&A transactions and subject these to critical evaluation.
Personal and Key Skills6. communicate key legal concepts to professional and business audiences effectively, confidently and autonomously; and
7. research and synthesize legal requirements applicable in the business sphere independently and efficiently.