International Financial Transactions

Subject LAWS70125 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 17-Oct-2016
Teaching Period 14-Nov-2016 to 18-Nov-2016
Assessment Period End 20-Feb-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Oct-2016
Census Date 14-Nov-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Jan-2017

This subject has a quota of 30 students. Please refer to the Melbourne Law Masters website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24-26 hours
Total Time Commitment:

136-150 hours

The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.


Mr Andrew Godwin



Mr Andrew Godwin (Coordinator)

Phone: +61 3 8344 6190

Subject Overview:

The purpose of this subject is to give students an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues that arise in international financial transactions. This is achieved by looking at the principal transactions, analysing the ways in which they are structured and implemented, and identifying relevant legal issues. This subject provides students with an insight into cross-border transactions and the role of international finance lawyers. It is therefore of particular interest to lawyers practising or seeking to practise law in this area and also to lawyers and bankers in commercial and investment banks.

Principal topics include:

  • The regulation of international finance
  • Financing options: bank financing versus capital markets financing
  • Debt capital markets
  • Syndicated lending
  • Techniques of loan sales: novation, assignment and participation
  • Legal issues, including insolvency, security, the use of trusts, contractual rights and governing law
  • Islamic finance
  • Transactions: derivatives, asset securitisation and project finance.
Learning Outcomes:

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of how the principal transactions of international finance are structured and implemented
  • Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess the common legal issues that arise in such transactions and how those issues are resolved
  • Have a sophisticated appreciation of the impact of cross-border issues on financial transactions and the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse such cross-border issues
  • Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding the legal issues applicable to international financial transactions.
  • Take-home examination (5,000-6,000 words as specified in the subject reading guide) (100%) (20 - 23 January 2017)
  • 10,000 word research paper (100%) (20 February 2017) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator

A minimum of 75% attendance is a hurdle requirement.

Prescribed Texts:

Specialist printed materials will be made available free of charge from the Melbourne Law School prior to the pre-teaching period.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Law
Graduate Diploma in Corporations and Securities Law
Graduate Diploma in International Law
Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
Master of Banking and Finance Law
Master of Commercial Law
Master of Laws
Master of Public and International Law

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