LLM International Corporate Finance

Financial district

Law and Business Intertwined

Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time     Course starts: September/January

The LLM in International Corporate Finance is unique, in that LLM students can take some core and optional modules at the Law School and ICMA Centre, Henley Business School providing them with an invaluable opportunity to acquire a unique legal and financial perspective of commercial and corporate law issues

Corporate FinanceThe aim of the LLM International Corporate Finance is to analyse the different aspects of corporate finance from the international perspective. This will enable students to identify common aspects in the dynamics and mechanisms to obtain financing and discover innovative trends in a continuous developing area. From a practical standpoint, this LLM programme will provide the tools to recognize the key elements to implement a successful financing technique by means of the analysis of theoretical issues and actual case studies. The LLM International Corporate Financewill assess general corporate principles and financing techniques. It is a theoretical and practical programme with case studies that will enable students to approach a corporation that needs capital (e.g. due to an enlargement of its business operations or because it facing a distressed situation) and understand the issues at stake and contribute in successfully obtaining the required financing.

On completion of the LLM International Corporate Finance, students will be expected to be able to:

  • have an understanding of the basic corporate framework at the national, regional and trans-national level.
  • have an extended knowledge of the internationalising and globalising context in which these corporations operate and the policies that are continuously being reformed.
  • be aware of different financing techniques and an understanding of the capital markets.
  • to perfect their powers of description and analysis and to handle comparative materials from legal and non-legal sources with confidence.
  • have a theoretical and critical approach to the legal and policy issues relevant to the international corporate finance law field.
  • have a broad comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of financial regulation in a comparative context.

In summary, the LLM International Corporate Financeaims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of the core issues in international corporate finance. Through lectures, case study group work and other exercises it will help to provide students with the theoretical and practical building blocks and conceptual tools necessary for some of the more advanced intellectual tasks they will be called upon throughout the course. The programme will also develop your practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, both online and offline; time management, verbal and written communication, presenting and planning.

Programme content

The programme consists of 180 credits; a taught element (140 credits) and a project (40 credits). The project must be written on a topic that has a meaningful relationship to issues of international corporate finance law. The project must be written specifically on issues relevant to any of the modules offered on the programme (compulsory and relevant optional modules).

Within the taught element there are three compulsory modules: ICM106 Financial Markets (20 credits), LWMTCF International Corporate Finance and the Law (20 credits) and LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits). Students take all the remaining credits (90) from the lists of relevant optional modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Project
  • Project Skills
  • Financial Markets
  • International Corporate Finance and the Law

Part-time/modular arrangements

The programme can be taken part-time over two years.

Entry requirements

Please see general Entry Requirements but note that applications are particularly welcome from students holding undergraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Economics as well as in Law.

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the LLM in January. Students take modules in the spring term. They write the Project over the summer (May-September) and then take further modules in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.

To apply please see the following application form.  



For further information please see Postgraduate Fees and Funding at the School of Law.


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Career prospects

Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work in various capacities, in major national and international law firms, as in-house lawyers, in international organizations in UK and abroad. While many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practise law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers. A postgraduate law degree will open many doors not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

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