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Corporate Finance is an area of law which is obviously of significant practical importance, but the academic analysis of this area of law has also been increasingly recognised.
The book provides is a discussion of the most interesting theoretical and policy issues in Corporate Finance law. The book covers both the equity and debt sides of Corporate Finance, and seeks, where possible, to compare the two, considering the desirability of each in various circumstances and pointing to areas of convergence and overlap.
The topics covered in the book include: an overview of the financing options available to companies; the relationship between debt and equity; legal capital; contractual protection for creditors; proprietary protection for creditors; single and multiple lenders; transferred debt; public offers of shares; the ongoing regulation of the capital market; the regulation of debt; takeovers; schemes of arrangement and private equity.
Each chapter analyses the issues so as to enable the reader to understand the difficulties, risks and tensions inherent in this area of law, and the attempts made by the legislature and the courts, as well as the parties involved, to deal with them.
The book discusses areas where the law is uncertain, including some difficult conceptual problems, and considers the present law critically, including options for possible reform. The book will be of interest to practitioners, academics and students engaged in the practice and study of corporate finance law.