LLM International Financial Law

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Transnational Corporate & Capital Markets Law

Course unit fact file
Unit code LAWS70081
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • Economic and social context - why the problems of company law are similar in most developed countries.
  • The economic and business significance of company law.
  • Limited Liability and Corporate Personality (incl. corporate groups)
  • The corporate power structure (Directors vs Shareholders)
  • Corporate objective - shareholder value theories versus stakeholder theories
  • Corporate finance & secured credit
  • National company laws and forum shopping
  • Key concepts of capital markets law (market abuse and the role of gatekeepers)

In all cases examples will be taken from more than one jurisdiction, though all learning material will be in English. The aim is not to ensure that students know what answers a particular system adopts, but to ensure that they understand the problems which arise and can critically discuss the ranges of possible solutions, using solutions actually adopted as a basis for critical discussion.


PGT Induction Session in Company Law


To examine fundamental concepts in corporate and capital markets law in a way which is effective across different systems and legal cultures.

Learning outcomes

Students will be familiar with the major problems commonly encountered in company law systems and will have been exposed to a range of possible solutions to them.

Teaching and learning methods

20 lectures plus 5 x 2 hour workshops

Intellectual skills

Ability to critically reflect on complex issues

Development of presentation skills

Ability to work independently and as a team member

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Recommended reading

Cahn & Donald, Comparative Company Law, CUP 2018

Lowry & Reisberg, Pettet’s Company Law, 5th edition, Pearson 2018

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Michael Galanis Unit coordinator

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