LL4G8      Half Unit
Law of Corporate Finance

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eva Micheler and Mr Edmund-Philipp Schuster


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 has a limited number of places and we cannot guarantee all students will get a place.

Course content

The course examines the private law rules governing how companies raise finance. The issues covered include e.g. capital structures, an introduction to basic finance concepts relevant to understanding the legal rules covered, the rules on raising equity capital, initial legal capital and alternatives, dividends, reduction of capital and share buy-backs, disclosure obligations for listed companies, property rights in shares, the settlement and holding of securities including through distributed ledger (blockchain) technology and insider dealing and market manipulation.


This course will have two hours of teaching content each week in Michaelmas Term, either in the form of a two hour seminar or an online lecture and one hour class. There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of Michaelmas Term.

Formative coursework

Students will have the opportunity to write a formative essay for each of the seminars. All students are strongly encouraged to write at least one essay.

Indicative reading

Gower and Davies, Principles of Modern Company Law, 10th edn, 2016; Eilis Ferran and Look Chan Ho, Principles of Corporate Finance Law, 2014, Eva Micheler, Interests in Securities, 2007.


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

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: 105

Average class size 2020/21: 15

Controlled access 2020/21: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills