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University of Exeter Business School

Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganisations

Module titleMergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganisations
Module codeBEAM053
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Lora Dimitrova (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This course examines several forms of corporate reorganisations, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganisation through workouts and bankruptcy, divisional spin-offs and divestitures, and leveraged buyouts. Students will examine the process of managing reorganization, the role of the investment bank and other specialists, regulation, and cross-country comparisons. The course will have a strong conceptual approach, with an emphasis on why mergers and other reorganisations take place, what is their role in the economy, and how do they perform from the viewpoint of shareholders and other parties. There will be a strong institutional flavour that will be communicated through papers of a more applied nature. Real case studies will provide the applications of the course.

Additional Information:

Selected topics covered in the course study the cross-country corporate reorganisations, as well as the differences in ownership structure, legal system and corporate governance around the world.

All of the resources for this module are in electronic form only.

Students learn to apply insights from the recent academic literature in the context of real-life cases involving corporate reorganisations. They also develop their skills in team-working, presentation, and independent thinking in this module.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to familiarise the students with the notion of various types of corporate reorganizations and their role in the economy. Topics such as M&A valuation, financing and performance, ownership structure and control, as well as shareholder activism, bank debt restructuring and private equity transactions would be covered.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. comprehensively understand the notion of corporate reorganizations, their role in the economy, and how they perform from the viewpoint of shareholders and other parties
  • 2. comprehensively understand major cross-country differences regarding ownership structure, control and the legal system
  • 3. learn alternative ways of valuation of various types of corporate reorganizations
  • 4. gain knowledge on the most common investment strategies of private equity funds: leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, distressed investments and mezzanine capital
  • 5. effectively demonstrate familiarity with the recent developments in the M&A research and practice

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. understand the financial decision making process and apply it in solving of complex company reorganization problems
  • 7. propose novel solutions in financial problem solving and make decisions in unpredictable situations
  • 8. independently interpret financial data and problems in the light of established
  • 9. access, synthesise, and evaluate with minimum guidance a body of relevant existing research and use it as a guidance in addressing real life corporate finance problems

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. work in teams
  • 11. seek and make use of feedback
  • 12. successfully complete, within a group, a task within a defined period
  • 13. give a presentation of collaborative project
  • 14. critically analyse problems arising in both academic and practical contexts

Syllabus plan

  • Hostile takeovers in Europe, North America and Asia
  • Financing of mergers, bid premium and post-merger performance
  • Landscape of ownership across the world
  • Shareholder activism in US, Europe and Japan
  • Private equity transactions
  • Private companies and family ownership
  • M&A valuation
  • Bank debt restructuring and problems in debt overhang

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3311 x 3 hour lectures
Guided Independent Study117Reading, research, reflection, preparation for lectures and assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Case Study PresentationMax. 20 minutes each1-5, 8-14Oral feedback in class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group presentations and in-class participation 1020 minutes each, maximum 5 students per group1-5, 8-14Oral feedback
Group Case Study20Maximum 4 pages each1-5, 8-14Specific written feedback to individual groups
Final written exam701.5 hours1-9, 14Standard model answers available on ELE after exam

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group presentations and in- class participation (10%)Individual power point presentation on an academic paper (max. 15 slides, 10%)1-5, 8-14August/September Reassessment Period
Group Case Study (20%)Individual written report on an academic paper (max. 1200 words, 20%)1-9, 14August/September Reassessment Period
Final written exam (70%)Written exam (1.5 hours, 70%)1-9, 14August/September Reassessment Period

Re-assessment notes

The guidelines for the referred exams are identical to those for the original exam papers. Detailed guidance regarding the individual reports (i.e. the re-assessment for the presentation element) will be issued in due course to students referred in this element.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Lecture notes and selection of academic papers would be advised during the course

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

to be advised during the course

Key words search

Mergers and acquisitions, Corporate reorganizations, Ownership, Private equity, Bank debt restructuring

Credit value15
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