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Corporate finance and management issues in company law


This course aims to convey to students a good knowledge and understanding of the key corporate finance and management issues in company law. The course will provide you with the skills needed to analyse the theory and statutory structure of the key corporate finance and management issues in company law and allow you to apply those skills in practice through critical assessment of literature and the jurisprudence of the United Kingdom courts. During the course we will examine share capital, class rights and certain key legal issues surrounding the funding of the company. You will gain awareness of the methods by which companies raise capital and the regulatory effects of capital raising. We will also cover the central legal issues surrounding the separation of ownership from control and an overview of the liquidation process. The course also encourages debate and critical analysis around to who should own and control companies, assessing issues of managerial accountability and the responses to those debates.

Module A: Capital I


  • Introduction
  • Capital
  • Class rights

Module B: Capital II


  • Raising capital: Equity
  • Raising capital: Debentures

Module C: Corporate Management I


  • The management of the company
  • Directors' duties
  • Liquidation (in outline only)

Module D: Corporate Management II


  • Management theory
  • Corporate governance


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended that you attempt Module A first.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Common Law
  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • International Business Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Study Material

Academic Co-ordinator

Professor John Lowry

Professor John Lowry

Professor John Lowry is the Course Convenor for Corporate finance and management issues in company law and Foundational and constitutional issues in company law.

John joined the UCL Faculty of Laws in 2004 having moved from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University, London. He has taught law in Hong Kong, the USA (New Jersey) and practised in Canada specialising in corporate litigation. He has written widely in domestic and international journals on directors’ fiduciary obligations, shareholder remedies and insurance law. He is the Company Law section editor for the Journal of Business Law and the Case Review editor for International Corporate Rescue. He is also an editor of The Company Lawyer and has been a contributing editor to Gore-Browne on Companies. During 2000-2002 he was an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. In 2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Connecticut, Centre for Insurance Law Research and is an Honorary Fellow at Monash University. In 2016 John was appointed the Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong.

 Professor Alan Dignam

Professor Alan Dignam

Professor Alan Dignam graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1990. He received his doctorate in 1995. He joined Queen Mary, University of London in 1998 having been a lecturer in law at Dublin City University and Sussex University. His major research interests are company law, corporate governance and the application of Constitutional Rights/Human Rights to corporations.