International Financial Law Regulation and Governance (918M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module considers the legal and regulatory framework governing the financial and securities markets. With US, UK and EU law the primary focus, we look at civil law systems, especially at cross-border issues and where corporate assets and liabilities are located in multiple jurisdictions.

You examine legal structures of cutting-edge transactions as well as the underlying policy objectives that shape the financial law and regulation. You identify and explore the most challenging issues in the post-financial crisis legal environment, with a particular regard to the recent trend of public and private law enforcement.

The module addresses:

  • financial accounting
  • disclosure
  • corporate finance
  • securities litigation
  • mergers and acquisitions (M&As)
  • corporate criminal liability and cross-border insolvency in the global financial markets.

The theory of fraud-on-the-market will also be highlighted along with the recent landmark cases by the US Supreme Court.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.