SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 1

Please note this module will not be available after the 2019/20 session

This module provides an understanding of the essential elements of company law, with special attention to corporate finance issues. It complements the finance module, Corporate Finance, together giving the student a comprehensive and coherent appreciation of the financial and legal aspects of the subject. The module offers an understanding of how the agency problems between shareholders and creditors and between majority and minority shareholders are addressed by the law; it includes, among other topics: capital structure, dividends, limits to concealed distribution, reduction of capital and share buy-back, the solvency test, shareholders rights, and issue of shares and of debentures.  The module is based on English law. English law is the basis for the law and practice of many other jurisdictions, and it is a good example of the Western model to which many Middle East, Asian and African jurisdictions look or which are imposed on such jurisdictions.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The main objectives of the course are as follows:

The learning objectives are to enable students to:

  • To provide a grounding in the legal issues of corporate finance
  • To provide an understanding of the national and international legal practice issues relating to corporate finance


By the end of the course students will:

  • Have a sound knowledge of the main principles of company law and of the legal aspects of corporate finance
  • Have an appreciation of a comparative law approach on the main policy issues related to corporate finance


This module consists of 1 hour weekly lecture and a 1 hour weekly tutorial in which students will make their presentations.  There will also be a 2 hour revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.

The weekly 1 hour tutorials will start in the second week of teaching.  Students will prepare and deliver 2 presentations in tutorials during the module.

Total Work load:
Students on this module will have 2 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. Two tutorial presentations at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted.

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