Course Title: Acquisitions, Takeovers and Mergers

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acquisitions, Takeovers and Mergers

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law



Course Coordinator: Cathryn Nolan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2000

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 "Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
040022 - Australian Company Law"

Course Description

This course examines the regulation of takeovers, compulsory acquisitions, and corporate reconstructions involving change of control, principal methods of company structuring takeover and corporate reconstructions, the ‘Takeovers Code’: Chapter 6 of the Corporations Act; hostile takeovers; disclosure issues; the Takeovers Panel, ASIC’s role, compulsory acquisition and mergers and acquisitions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the regulatory framework relating to the operation of mergers and acquisitions law and the role and power of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Takeovers Panel, the Australian Stock Exchange, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Foreign Investment Review Board;
2. critically evaluate the issues involved in takeovers and corporate reconstructions and identify areas of reform;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to regulation of takeovers and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to mergers and acquisitions and generate appropriate responses

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise the following:

* Leading class discussion on legal problems and policy issues.
* Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching,
* Participation in class discussion

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised of the prescribed text for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.

Distributed Learning System (DLS)
This course is supported online using the Learning Hub of the DLS. The DLS gives access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Learning Hub of the DLS can be found at


Overview of Assessment

The courses of the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress.

Generally, assessment you will face may include case studies, presentations, assignments and a research project.