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LAWS6159: Insolvency Law

2024 unit information

The unit provides an introduction to the mainly statutory law regulating insolvent companies to be found in the Corporations Act, 2001. It explores the objectives and key principles of insolvency law, the pari passu principle, the various forms of insolvent administration including informal workouts, liquidation, receivership, voluntary administration, schemes of arrangement, restructuring and associated procedures together with avoidance of transactions in insolvency. The unit also considers the impact of insolvency on existing contractual and proprietary rights from the perspective of employees, unsecured creditors, shareholders, trustees of trusts and third parties generally. The unit also considers cross border insolvency and the Cross Border Insolvency Act, 2008. The impact of the Personal Property Securities Act, 2009 is also analysed. The unit involves a significant component of statutory interpretation. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6159
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
CLAW6006 or LAWS3403 or LAWS3445 or LAWS5103
Assumed knowledge:
undergraduate law degree with good background in Australian corporate law

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Critically analyse the key provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) relating to insolvency.
  • LO2. Synthesise and apply principles of insolvency law in diverse commercial contexts to formulate effective legal strategies in response to complex legal scenarios
  • LO3. Critically examine and describe to an advanced level the commercial and legal challenges that arise during times of financial stress.
  • LO4. Evaluate the competing interests and claims of various parties in insolvency scenarios

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive June 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive October 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive May 2021
Block mode Remote
Intensive June 2022
Block mode Remote
Intensive June 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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