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LAWS6352: Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia

2023 unit information

The unit will begin with an evaluation of the business rationale for Mergers and Acquisitions (MA) and a discussion of the various types of transactions and related terminology. After a brief discussion of the evolution of the regulation of MA in the Western context, it will delve into various forms of MA in leading Asian jurisdictions, and the manner in which they are regulated. The unit will involve a strong comparative element that compares MA in Asia with that in other jurisdictions, as well as specific factors among various Asian jurisdictions. While it will engage an analysis of the legal systems in several Asian jurisdictions, greater emphasis will be placed on policy as well as practice. Transaction structures analyzed include business and asset sales and amalgamations, with a significant focus on the regulation of takeovers. While corporate and securities law issues form the thrust, incidental reference will be made to accounting, tax and competition law considerations. Finally, the transactional perspective will consider various structuring matters, planning aspects, transaction costs and impact on various stakeholders. The is one of our international visiting faculty, Umakanth Varottil, who is Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore.

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Code LAWS6352
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. engage in a detailed understanding of various concepts, theories and doctrines applicable in the area of M&A
  • LO2. analyse these with reference to several leading Asian jurisdictions
  • LO3. appreciate the comparative elements of M&A in an increasingly globalized world replete with cross-border transactions, with a specific focus on Asia.

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

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