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LAWS17-736: Corporate Acquisitions Law


Corporate Acquisitions Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. This subject examines the legal advice required in typical corporate acquisitions. It involves a review of the areas of legal input required, the documentation involved in progressing and completing a transaction, the main areas for negotiation, legal due diligence and risk assessment and avoidance. The focus will be on negotiated company purchases and will be of international application. The subject will involve discussion and negotiation of practical issues, using real-life examples and documentation. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the role lawyers in such transactions and the key issues they are required to be aware of, and to apply their learning in analysing a set of given facts to offer clear, useful and practical advice.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS17-736
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning outcomes

  1. Outline the role of lawyers in company and business sales and identify and apply the key legal input required.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of deal terms and structuring of consideration and apply that understanding.
  3. Show a basic knowledge of the core documentation involved in progressing and completing a transaction and apply that knowledge.
  4. Describe, apply and evaluate key areas for negotiation.
  5. Show an understanding of basic legal due diligence, and apply that understanding.
  6. Evaluate risks and apply methods of risk avoidance.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.


Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.