LLM International Commercial Law with
Corporate Finance

Financial district

Law and Business Intertwined

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

Corporate FinanceThe aim of this pathway is to analyse the different aspects of corporate finance from an international perspective. This will enable you to identify common aspects in the dynamics and mechanisms of obtaining financing and discover innovative trends in a continually developing area.

In addition to all of the benefits of our International Commercial Law programme, undertaking the pathway in International Corporate Finance will also provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in Corporate Finance. You will undertake modules offered from the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA centre), a purpose built centre of academic and professional training in finance.

On completion of the LLM International Commercial Law with 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.

At the end of the module, the student should be able to demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding of the finance options available to companies and potential investors.
  • A clear understanding of the regulatory framework undergirding the corporate finance system.
  • A clear understanding of the governance implications of the capital structure of firms.
  • The ability to critically assess the legal and policy issues relevant to the field of corporate finance and corporate governance both at national and transnational level; commenting on the current state of the law and its future directions.
  • The ability to produce analytical written work which incorporates substantive, theoretical and practical understandings of a specific issue related to the program content.

Programme content

The LLM programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits). Within the taught element there are three core modules: LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law (20 credits), LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits), and LWMTPR Project (40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (110) from the lists of pathway and optional modules. Projects (LWMTPR) must be written on a topic related to the chosen pathway.

A note for full-time January entrants: Please note that the Project submission date falls at the end of the Summer, whereas you will study some of your taught modules in the (subsequent) Autumn term. You may wish to bear that in mind when choosing a Project topic.

LLM International Commercial Law with Corporate Finance

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPSProject Skills10
LWMTAIAdvanced Issues in International Commercial Law20

To qualify for LLM International Commercial Law with Corporate Finance, in addition to the modules listed above students must take at least 30 credits from the list of modules below:

Code Title Credits
LWMTCFInternational Corporate Finance and the Law20
LWMLCRLegal Aspects of Corporate Rescue20
ICM106Financial Markets20

The remaining credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law and ICMA/Henley Business School.

Part-time/modular arrangements

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

Entry requirements

Please see general Postgraduate Entry Requirements for the School of Law 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

The programme has employability for graduates in the following sectors: accountancy, corporate banking, corporate finance, investment banking, private equity and venture capital; academia (subject to further study).

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