International Banking Law LLM

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UKPASS code: 044190 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

Start: 15 September 2014
Duration: 1 year

Location: Central London
Campus: Regent

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2014/15 only. Alumni discount.

Home/EU: £11,500.00
Overseas: £13,500.00

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The minimum qualification is a Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent from a non-UK institution) in Law or a related subject. We will consider mature applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant professional or managerial experience in a relevant field. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.

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The International Banking Law LLM is a highly practical, intellectually rigorous course designed to develop your understanding of the context and institutional framework of international banking and finance law. You will explore the role of regulation in international banking and finance, the relevance of banking contracts and relationships, the wider financial law framework, and the role of banks in international trade and investments. There is a strong emphasis on developing your transferable skills, including effective learning, communication skills, written presentation, analysis and problem solving, independent study, research and time management.

Core modules


The dissertation module enables you to gain a deep knowledge of the concepts and principles of international banking law. You will need to agree the topic with the module leader, and it must not replicate materials covered in other areas of your coursework, or comprise of work submitted for any other award. The dissertation will help you to develop your powers of analysis, synthesis, application and evaluation, and your advanced research skills. It will also introduce you to legal practical research skills and the range of specialist resources available for studying your chosen area.

International Banking Law and Regulation

This module will enable you to gain a deep understanding of how banks are regulated, especially in an international context. You will analyse and evaluate the concepts and contexts of international banking law, and increase your awareness of the underpinning socio-economic and political contexts within which international banking law operates.

Option modules

Derivatives and Securities Law

This module examines the law and practice relating to structuring, documenting and executing structured derivative, capital markets, and finance transactions, with a particular focus on the management of the associated legal risk. You will develop the skills and knowledge to analyse (as lawyers) the complexity of international financial transactions relating to derivatives and structured finance, and be able to assess financial products and techniques. You will also become familiar with, identify, analyse and mitigate the legal and reputational risks inherent in structured finance transactions.

Restructuring and Insolvency Law

This module will develop your understanding of the cross-border issues in corporate insolvency. You will examine the legal framework of cross-border insolvency, the role of law in regulating how such issues are solved, and the rules on the distribution of assets to creditors in a crossborder context. You will also evaluate the areas of reform and change in the legal and socio-economic response to crossborder insolvency.

International Corporate Governance: Managing Global Risk, Ethics and Cultures

Corporate governance is increasingly regarded as vitally important to individual companies, the wider market and the economy as a whole. In this module you will examine the legal risks of directors of corporations and stakeholders, and analyse their ethical duties in varying contexts of corporate culture. You will also investigate how decision makers make judgements in an increasingly informationrich and complex world, consider the impact of corporate cultures and values on managers’ strategic financial decision making, and examine the impact of global risks, ethical duties and socio-cultural values in financial and corporate capital decision making.

International Project Finance Law

This module focuses on large-scale, capitalintensive projects throughout the world, including power generation, energy, infrastructure and urban regeneration. Project finance lawyers/consultants predict and resolve a large number of potential risks involving political, commercial, credit quality, insurance, default and bankruptcy issues. They draw up documents which capture a ‘mini-legal system’ reflecting the entire legal process for a wide range of project participants. You will learn to address risk allocation and risk mitigation, and to analyse and construct legal documentation concerning financing sources, environmental issues, bilateral and multilateral credit support, loans, collateral and permits.

Legal Aspects of International Finance

International finance is increasingly transforming itself into a borderless activity, frequently sourcing capital and undertaking investment transactions throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other jurisdictions around the world. During this module you will examine the dominant legal models influencing international financial and investment transactions, especially in light of risk management practice and theory. You will learn to use relevant legal components to analyse and construct innovative financial products. Please note that option modules are subject to student demand and staffing availability, therefore not all modules will be offered in the same academic year.

Associated careers

This course will benefit if you are seeking legal, managerial, operational, professional or research opportunities in a range of sectors including: acquisitions; asset management; capital markets; central banks; commodities; compliance/ legal consultancy; corporate banking; derivatives; foreign exchange and money markets; insurance; international financial organisations; private banking/wealth management; private equity/venture capital; retail banking; risk management; and trade finance.

Length of course

One year full-time; two years part-time


Central London (Regent)


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