You may choose to study one of our specialist LLMs or create a unique programme tailored to your areas of interest. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to module leaders before you make a decision on whether to undertake a specialist or tailored LLM.
For all options, you will need to study full or half-modules that add up to a total of 180 credits. A list of all modules is shown below. Each module is worth 40 credits (with half modules worth 20 credits). You will need to select modules of your choice that add up to 120 or 140 credits in total.
To achieve the additional 40 or 60 credits you need to choose between three options: a research project, a practice project or a dissertation.
The modules listed below are those related specifically to the LLM in International Financial Law pathway. The general Master of Laws entry lists all available LLM modules.
In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. Please see further details for each individual module in the module list below.
Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.
This is the foundation module in financial risk and financial regulation. It explains what modern commercial banks and investment banks do, what products and services they develop and offer (now usually at the international level), what risks they take, what the legal and regulatory concerns are in terms of their operations, risk management and client protection, and how modern law and regulation attempt to deal with these matters.
The further subject is the operation of the modern financial markets in bonds, equities and derivatives, the manner in which these investments are now issued, traded and held; the trading, custody, clearing and settlement of these financial products; and the modern legal frameworks that operate in this connection and the regulatory principles that apply.
Finally the principle issues and concerns in investment management will be discussed as well as the regulatory regime concerning this activity.
This is module is practical as well as conceptual. You do not need prior knowledge in the field of modern finance.
Christopher Brown teaches the Private Equity Finance Law a module, which he set up and is part of the LLM in International Financial Law. He is a solicitor of England and Wales and received his MA in Modern Languages and Law from Queens’ College, Cambridge.
He was a partner for sixteen years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London, where he co-founded the firm’s private equity practice, after eleven years as a partner with Baker & McKenzie in London. He has spent over thirty years advising corporate and private equity clients on a wide range of transactions throughout the world. He is a senior adviser to CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and financial advisory firms.