SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Legal aspects of international finance

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Term 2

The main objectives of this module are to provide grounding in the legal issues of the core international financial transactions and to provide an understanding of the legal practice issues of the core international financial transactions. The module will teach the fundamental legal concepts in these core international financial transactions.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the domestic and international sources of international financial law, the main legal aspects of international bank lending and securities offerings and the practices and customs of lawyers and regulators in key international financial centres such as London and New York;
  • Demonstrate and apply your understanding of the practices and documentation relating to international financings in a wide range of working environments such as regulatory authorities, law firms, financial institutions, central banks and accounting firms;
  • Compare and analyze the various financial techniques and legal practices involved in the raising of capital and the financing of new businesses or investment in key international financial centres;
  • Plan and formulate your further study of international finance, either from a legal or business standpoint
  • Evaluate your ability to structure and analyze complex legal questions relating to international finance and estimate confidently the additional resources you may need in order to apply your knowledge in a business environment.


This module consists of a 2-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a 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.

This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:
Students on this module will have 3 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. One tutorial presentation 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

Suggested reading

  • Colin Paul and Gerald Montagu, Banking and Capital Markets Companion, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2nd ed, 2001)
Other textbooks are:
  • Ravi Tennekoon; The Law and Regulation of International Finance, (Butterworths, London, 1994)
  • Philip Wood; International Loans, Bonds and Securities Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell, London 1995)
  • Jan H Dalhuisen; Dalhuisen on International Commercial, Finance and Trade Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2000)
  • GA Penn; AM Shea; and A Arora; The Law and Practice of International Banking, (Sweet & Maxwell, London 1987)
Reference books:
  • Joanna Benjamin; Interests in Securities (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Joanna Benjamin; Law of Global Custody (Butterworths, London, 1996)
  • Kathleen Tyson-Quah; Cross-Border Securities, Repo, Lending and Collateralisation (FT Law & Tax, London, 1997)
  • L Collins (ed); Dicey and Morris on the Conflict of Laws (13th ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2000)
  • JJ Norton and RM Auerback (eds); International Finance in the 1990s (Blackwell Finance, 1993)
  • Richard Plender and Michael Wilderspin; The European Contracts Convention (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2001)
  • Graham D Vinter; Project Finance (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 1995)
  • Phillip R Wood; Project Finance, Subordinated Debt and State Loans (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 1995)


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