Not available in 2020/21
LL4F4      Half Unit
Takeover Regulation in the UK and the US

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof. David Kershaw


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time) and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 90 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

This course will look at the regulation of the market for corporate control in the United Kingdom and the United States. The course focuses in particular on the regulation of the bid process and takeover defence regulation in the UK and the US. For a full topic and reading list, see the Moodle web site.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of MT.

Formative coursework

1,500 word essay.

Indicative reading

A full reading list will be made available via Moodle at the beginning of the course. Background material can be found in D. Kershaw, Principles of Takeover Regulation (OUP, 2016), R. Kraakman et al, The Anatomy of Corporate Law (2004).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2019/20: 66

Average class size 2019/20: 22

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills