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International Financial Law LLM pathway

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:  

  • Law of International Finance 1 (30 credits)
  • EU and US Financial Regulation (30 credits)
  • Law of International Finance 3 - Securitisations Derivatives & CDOS (15 credits). Prerequisite: Students must also take Law of International Finance 1
  • Legal Issues in Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • International Private Equity Finance (15 credits)
  • Regulation of the Conduct of Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)
  • Corporate Governance (15 credits)
  • Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Technological Advances and Legal Challenges (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)
  • 10,000 word practice or research module (45 credits)

What our students and alumni say


Most of the lecturers perfectly combine academic background with up to date practical experience in legal scope from the leading law firms. In addition the students who come to study LLM are invaluable with their background and experience, representing major law firms of the world.

Lina, International Financial Law


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.

Find out more about the LLM at King's and apply

Pathway Director


Professor Ravi Tennekoon

Professor of Law

Professor Ravi Tennekoon leads the International Financial Law pathway and has taught at King’s for many years. Until recently, he was a full-time practitioner in the City and was a Partner in the global law firm of Herbert Smith in London, in international capital markets and banking. Professor Tennekoon’s research work focuses on international capital markets, derivatives and credit derivatives, international banking, securitisations, regulatory and conflict of law aspects of financial markets.

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