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Mergers (LAWS90072)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90072
Term 2 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the legal rules and economic principles that underpin the review of mergers and acquisitions and the types of information and analyses used to assess the competitive effects of these transactions. Students will examine how ‘special’ cases, such as joint ventures, failing firms, strategic and minority stakes, and creeping acquisitions are dealt with, and will learn about the procedures used by competition authorities and the strategies employed by merger parties in the review context.

Highlights of the subject include:

  • Critical examination of the approaches taken to the design and application of merger laws, review processes and remedies, drawing on examples from different jurisdictions around the world;
  • Use of the rich body of theoretical and empirical research relating to mergers as well as analysis of actual cases and competition authority policy documents and guidelines to aid this examination; and
  • Insights and perspectives from leading stakeholders such as competition authority officials and practitioners to assist students in grappling with the challenges posed by the design and enforcement of merger rules and processes.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will have developed:

  • An advanced knowledge of the economic principles, legal rules and enforcement approaches that apply to mergers and acquisitions;
  • Sophisticated cognitive and technical skills that equip them to critically analyse and assess merger laws and review processes;
  • A capacity to use the knowledge and skills students have gained in the subject in a way that demonstrates effective autonomy, judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert learner and practitioner in the field of international competition law.

Last updated: 13 June 2019