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International Financial Law LLM pathway

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The pathway in International Financial Law is a widely respected specialist LLM with an international reputation. It focuses on the law, documentation and legal issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets and their regulation. Strongly connected legal areas such as international investment law, financial risk stability and regulation, and comparative corporate insolvency are also covered.

Key benefits

  • Wide-ranging selection of modules, many unique in this area, covering fields which are major practice areas in global and regional law firms in major financial centres and with investment banks.
  • It will give you an in-depth understanding of many of the cutting-edge transactions in this field, as well as the volume of anticipated regulatory law now being enacted in the UK, EU and the US in response to the financial market crisis of 2008. It will also cover allied legal disciplines strongly related to these topics, such as comparative corporate insolvency.
  • The International Financial Law pathway consists of modules providing you with both the necessary legal knowledge and practical orientation necessary to practice in this field. While providing and expecting the highest level of academic rigour many of the modules will seek to train you to problem solve and advise as practitioners in the global law firms or as investment banking counsel. The teaching in this area will be strongly international in outlook, in addition to being practice-oriented and intellectually challenging.

What you will study

Once enrolled on the General LLM at King’s, students can choose modules to follow the International Financial Law pathway and achieve a specialist LLM in International Financial Law. Full-time students who complete the programme in one year will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.  To graduate with an International Financial Law LLM at least 120 credits must be taken within the pathway. This can be optional modules alone or a combination of optional modules and a writing project, providing its content is relevant to the pathway.    The range of International Financial Law LLM optional modules may typically include:  

  • Banking Law (30 credits)
  • Corporate Governance (15 credits)
  • Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Technological Advances and Legal Challenges (15 credits)
  • EU and US Financial Regulation (30 credits)
  • International Private Equity Finance (15 credits)
  • International Tax Law: Transfer Pricing (15 credits)
  • Law & Policy of Financial Technologies (15 credits)
  • Law of International Finance 1 (30 credits)
  • Legal Issues in Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Regulation of the Conduct of Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)

In addition, all students are required to take one of the following writing projects, detailed further on the General LLM prospectus page: 

  • Dissertation (45 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

What our students and alumni say


This specialist LLM pathway focuses on the law affecting the major transactions in the vast global financial markets located in London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Frankfurt, Shanghai and other centres.

It will be of use to those who wish to practice with one of the global law firms in the global financial centres or with any of their global offices or large regional law firms or with one of the global investment banks or hedge funds or major multinationals participating in the financial markets or with the major regulators in major jurisdictions.


To follow the International Financial Law pathway, you must first apply for the General LLM at King's. After enrolment you will select your pathway modules.

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