Acquisitions, Takeovers and Mergers - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assessments (50%) , Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit examines the statutory regime for mergers between and acquisitions of publicly listed companies in Australia. Specific areas of study include the regime set out in the Corporations Act, the processes by which a merger or acquisition can occur; the requirements for a valid takeover bid, methods for defending a hostile takeover bid, schemes of arrangement, the role of the Takeovers Panel and ASIC and the duties owed by directors of companies involved in a takeover.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

Legal Discipline Knowledge

  1. knowledge and understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles which underpin takeovers law
  2. knowledge of the sources of takeovers law, and how it is made and developed, and of the institutions that administer that law
  3. the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of takeovers law and to explain the relationship between them in a number of particular areas
  4. an understanding of the takeovers framework within which commercial lawyers operate.

Legal Research

  1. identify and find legal sources and materials relevant to takeovers law
  2. extract the essential points from those legal sources and materials
  3. apply the law to the facts of a problem so as to produce satisfactory answers to the questions posed
  4. communicate the reasons for those answers, both orally and in writing, making use of the company law sources and materials, appropriately to the needs of a variety of audiences.

Professional Practice

  1. use the English language and legal terminology with care and accuracy
  2. interview and advise clients appropriately
  3. conduct and participate in negotiations
  4. understand and apply ethical standards to the practice of insolvency law
  5. exercise judgment in presenting advice and solutions to clients and other relevant parties
  6. demonstrate strategic reasoning when advising relevant parties, including clients and employers.
  • Assessments (50%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to takeovers
2Takeover bids
3The Takeovers Panel & ASIC
4Schemes of arrangement
5Directors' duties

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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