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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Advanced Company Law
Module Code LG386
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Emma Mcevoy
Semester 2: Emma Mcevoy
Autumn: Emma Mcevoy
Module TeachersEmma Mcevoy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will consider the legal mechanisms through which a company can obtain finance for its business and the legal response to solvency problems associated with failing businesses. The module will consider three broad theses: equity finance, debt finance and corporate insolvency law.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the principal sources of finance for commercial enterprise and explain the principal rules of company law which impact on financing a commercial venture through the corporate form.
2. Apply the rules of capital maintenance to practical transactions and critique the continued application of these rules to Irish companies.
3. Evaluate and explain the role of examinerships as a legal response to corporate failure.
4. Critically appraise the role of liquidators in winding-ups.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The legal nature of the share and the regulation of share transfer

The rules of share capital maintenance

Debt finance: unsecured credit

Debt finance II: secured credit including the registration of charges

Debt finance III: the role and function of receivers

Modes of winding-up a company

Members’ and creditors’ voluntary wind-ups

Restriction of directors and section 819 of the Companies Act 2014

The impact of winding-up on corporate transactions

The role and function of examiners

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentProblem Based Assignment50%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Thomas Courtney: 2016, The Law of Companies, 4th, 9781780438405
  • Brian Hutchinson: 2016, Keane on Company Law, 5th, 9781780435428
  • A Hudson: 2009, Law of Finance, Sweet & Maxwell, 9780421947306
  • Reinier Kraakman, John Armour, Paul Davies, Luca Enriques, Henry B. Hansmann, Gérard Hertig, Klaus J. Hopt, Hideki Kanda, Edward B. Rock,: 0, The Anatomy of Corporate Law, 2nd, OUP, 978-0199565849
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