Course Title: Acquisitions, Takeovers and Mergers

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acquisitions, Takeovers and Mergers

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law




Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Matthew Harvey

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

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:

CLO 1: demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the regulatory framework relating to the operation of Australian mergers and acquisitions and takeovers laws 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;

CLO 2: critically evaluate the issues involved in takeovers and corporate reconstructions and identify areas of reform;

CLO 3: analyse and research complex problems relating to regulation of mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;

CLO 4: demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to mergers, acquisitions and takeovers 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

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:


Overview of Assessment

This course includes three assessment tasks as follows:

Assessment 1 (10%) CLO: 1

Assessment 2 (40%) CLO: 1, 2, 4

Assessment 3 (50%) CLO: 1, 3, 4