LAWCOMM 432 - Corporate Transactions

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: Summer School
Contact hours: Starting Tuesday 16 January and ending Thursday 8 February 2018
Course Coordinator: Justin Graham
Prerequisite: LAW 241

Course description

Corporate Transactions takes a practical look at the technical legal and key drafting issues associated with four distinct corporate transactions in operation that together traverse the life cycle of a business, from establishment through expansion, exit, and finally, winding up. The course is taught by a team of specialists from Chapman Tripp.

The course aims to provide students with a practical insight (from practising senior lawyers) into key issues to be aware of when acting on these types of (and other similar) transactions.

Content outline

The course is divided into 4 modules, with each module comprising a separate ‘transaction’ for a small business.

The first module looks at the establishment of this business by way of a limited partnership under the Limited Partnerships Act and considers other common corporate structures – companies and partnerships. In the second module, the limited partnership undergoes an expansion by purchasing a business by way of a typical “M&A” transaction. In the third module, the original partners look at the options available for the business to obtain further finance. The fourth and final module will look at restructuring and voluntary administration of the business.

Each module covers practical and/or drafting issues with key provisions of the documentation associated with the relevant transaction and the legal issues relating to them.


Canvas test (20%)

2 hour open-book exam (80%)

Open book means that you may, if you wish, bring into the exam and refer to any materials such as casebooks, textbooks and study notes.

Prescribed text

Materials will be distributed at the start of the course.