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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM100: Mergers and Acquisitions

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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 study20Reading, research and preparation for the formative essay.
Guided independent study55Reading, research and preparation for the summative essay.
Guided independent study15Preparation for the summative multiple-choice test.

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: