Debt Capital Markets

Subject LAWS70111 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




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  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis of complex materials and debate;
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Subject Overview:

Following the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), the once heralded concept of securitisation has quickly fallen out of favor, and is only slowly recuperating. Investors still refer to the C-word for CDOs as an area to stay clear of. A lack of trust and disclosure is on the lips of many in the wake of the SEC settlements with major investment banks in the United States. Covered bonds have risen to the occasion, facilitated by regulators in various countries, but are they here to stay and fill the void? Furthermore, investors have explored virtually any available avenue to recoup their losses, pointing the finger at anyone but themselves. These and related issues, such as the role of derivatives in financial markets and the highly dynamic regulatory reforms, will be extensively covered in this subject. The focus is on practical and real-life examples from international practice. The lecturer will draw on his extensive experience as well as bring in guest lecturers from a variety of backgrounds to add to an interactive and challenging subject.

This subject covers law and practice of the international debt capital markets. It discusses the workings of the capital markets generally, the relevant actors and the (very dynamic) legal and regulatory framework, along with a range of financial instruments such as covered bonds, securitisations, (structured) bonds and hybrid transactions. Consideration of recent financial markets litigation (involving investment banks, hedge funds, rating agencies, derivative dealers and regulators) is a prominent feature. Actual transactions, their structure and documentation, are discussed in class, in order to allow students to enhance their practical experience and further their legal career.


A student who has successfully completed this subject should:

  • Be able to assess the commercial drivers for various debt capital market products
  • Have developed a thorough understanding of structuring issues in these types of transactions
  • Understand and be able to apply the general legal issues involved in these transactions along with a working knowledge of key documentation issues and pitfalls in practice
  • Comprehend the legal risks in structured finance transactions and how to mitigate these
  • Have developed a thorough understanding of the case law involving (structured) finance transactions generally.

Class participation (10%)

8,000 word research paper (90%) (7 June) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator

Prescribed Texts:

Core subject materials will be provided free of charge to all students. Some subjects require further texts to be purchased. Visit the Melbourne Law Masters website for more information about this subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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