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Company takeovers are an integral part of stock markets in Australia and overseas. Their regulation seeks to deal with the often competing objectives of market efficiency and fairness to shareholders. This subject examines the laws and rules in the area, from both a theoretical and a practical point of view and deals with the key legal concepts and steps that occur in a typical takeover bid and takeover defence, illustrated by actual transactions.
The lecturer is a practising takeover lawyer, textbook author and former long-standing member of the Takeovers Panel—Australia’s takeover dispute resolution body—which helps ensure that the subject matter is topical and current.
Principal topics include:
- The Eggleston principles
- The 20% rule
- Shareholding disclosures
- Exempt acquisitions
- Pre-bid activity
- Scheme alternative
- Bidder’s statements
- Action during the bid
- Defensive strategies
- Target’s statements
- Compulsory acquisition
- Role of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Takeovers Panel
- Dispute resolution
- Compulsory acquisition.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the objectives and theory of Chapter 6 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
- Be able to critically examine, analyse and assess the effectiveness of the present rules in Chapter 6 in achieving the stated objectives of the legislation
- Be an engaged participant in debate regarding recent developments in this field of law and practice
- Have a sophisticated appreciation of practical problems and issues that arise in a company takeover and have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse those problems and issues
- Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding company takeovers to relevant specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Be able demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of takeovers law.
Last updated: 2 December 2019