Graduate Certificate in Corporate & Financial Services Law

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate & Financial Services Law (GCCFSL) is aimed at graduates with a law degree, particularly in-house legal counsel and lawyers in local or international law firms who are seeking to upgrade their skills and knowledge in corporate law generally, or specifically in relation to the banking and finance sector.

This programme offers a wide selection of regular and intensive modules taught in Singapore by our own faculty members as well as visiting professors, who are top corporate and finance law practitioners and academics from around the world. It is conducted on a part-time basis and legal professionals have the flexibility to read a minimum of one 3-week intensive module or one regular 13-week module at 4, 5 or 8 modular credits (MC) per semester.

Candidates who have not read and passed a general module in Company Law at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction are required to read Elements of Company Law (4 modular credits). Candidates who have read and passed a general module in Company Law at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction may apply for exemption.


Admission Requirements

Candidates will be admitted based on the following admission requirements:

» A good Bachelor’s degree in Law or its equivalent (eg. Juris Doctor)
» Minimum TOEFL iBT 100 / TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 / IELTS 7.0, if Law degree was not in English.


Duration & Graduation Criteria

Candidates must pass all modules and successfully obtain a total of 12 to 15 modular credits (MCs) (generally 3 modules) within a maximum period of 36 months of their candidature in order to be awarded the GCCFSL.


Modes of Instruction & Course Duration

A semester-long module is a 36-hour course taught once a week over the course of 13 weeks from August to November (Semester One) and from January to April (Semester Two).

An intensive module is a 27-hour course taught intensively over 3 weeks and scheduled as follows:

Day Time
Monday 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday 2:30pm - 5:30pm

The following are the periods when intensive modules are conducted in the Faculty:
 
Semester Weeks Weeks
Semester One Week 1 to 3 (August) Week 4 to 6 (September)
Semester Two Week 1 to 3 (January) Week 4 to 6 (February)

The examination and assessment of student performances in the programme will be conducted through various assessment modes such as class participation, assignments, research papers, take-home examinations and final examinations as stated in each module description. Students are encouraged to review the examination and assessment details for each module before opting for it.


List of Modules

The following modules are offered in AY2021-22:

Semester Two

Electives
Course Description ASEAN leaders agreed to create a single market - the ASEAN Economic Community - by 2015 and aim for deeper integration by 2025. Yet, due to sovereignty concerns, ASEAN leaders did not create a single supranational authority to regulate this market. Issues further arise from politics, social values and technology and from the Covid-19 pandemic and its trade and economic impacts. This course examines how ASEAN member states and institutions are filling in the vacuum through formal and informal means. Students will understand how regional policymaking affects domestic laws and policies within ASEAN.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Tay Seong Chee, Simon
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Mondays: 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 15 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class participation - 15%; Short Paper (3000 words) and presentation by video - 35% [Held in Week 4]; 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 50%;
Release: Monday, 18 April 2022 (9.00am); Due: Monday, 18 April 2022 (3.00pm)
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description To provide law students who intend to read commercial law electives with a foundation in accounting, finance and other related business concepts. Students will learn how to interpret and analyse financial statements, the different types of financial instruments offered by financial markets, and the basic workings of the investment market. The course will employ a simulation model in which students are to advise on the acquisition and disposal of assets by a hypothetical client. The key issues covered in the hypothetical scenario will include asset valuation models, financing options and techniques, and compliance with accounting and regulatory frameworks. In addition, students will have a chance to apply these concepts through a service-learning project, create a start-up business or act as a portfolio equity analyst/fund manager.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Phua Lye Huat, Stephen
Adjunct Associate Professor Leong Chan Foo, James
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Mondays: 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 16 April 2021 
Modes of Assessment Tutorial: 10%; Quiz 1: 15%; Quiz 2: 20%; Individual Test: 20%; Research Project: 35%
Preclusion(s) Not opened to students who have taken or are taking Financial Accounting
(1) FNA1002;
(2) FNA1002E;
(3) FNA1002X;
(4) ACC1002X; ACC1002X NOTE:The following students are not permitted to enrol in this module: those who have completed, or who intend in the current or a future semester to subscribe for, modules relating to finance or accounting offered in other universities or faculties in NUS (2) those who are graduates of, or are currently enrolled in other programmes leading to professional qualifications in, accountancy or finance.
Prerequisite(s) (a) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
(b) Company Law [LLB2008/LC2008] or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction (may be taken concurrently).
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course will look in depth at the content of charity law, the consequences of charity status, and key questions raised by charity law and regulation, in contemporary settings across the world. Topics will include the profile and value of the charity sector; the 'heads' of charity; the public benefit requirement of charity law; charity law's treatment of political purposes; the sources of charity law; the tax treatment of charities; charitable trusts and discrimination; and the regulation of charities. Singapore's charity law will be considered in global perspective. This course will not consider the treatment of charity in Islamic law.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Matthew Harding
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 10 January to 28 January 2022
Modes of Assessment 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 100%; Release: Fri, 4 March 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Friday, 4 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4371V/LL5371V/LL63871V Charity Law Today
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This course will provide a broad introduction to international economic law related to China, including the study of representative core areas and the provision of guidance for students to pursue research on a topic of their choice. Major topics to be covered include: (i) trade regulation that includes regional and multilateral trade agreements; (ii) the Belt and Road Initiative that involves wide-ranging issues like investment and finance; (iii) digital currency; (iv) dispute settlement; and (v) the future of China and international economic law (including trade tensions).
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Associate Professor Wang Heng
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
*Saturday, 1 February (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Course Duration 10 January to 28 January 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; Research Paper - 80%; Due: Fri, 4 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) Nil
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This course examines the core legal characteristics of the corporate form across major jurisdictions. It primarily draws on corporate law developments in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Germany, and France to explain the common agency problems that are inherent in the corporate form and compares the legal strategies that each jurisdiction uses to solve these common problems. It also examines several of the most significant topics and policy debates in the burgeoning area of comparative corporate law and governance - with an emphasis on Asia. The major topics covered in this course are: the universality of the corporate form and the genius of legal personality; the "corporate purpose" debate; the ubiquitous problem of agency costs and corporate law's solutions; the structural (in)efficiencies of corporate boards; the delusion of shareholder democracy; the enigma of independent directors and their varieties in Asia; the role of women on boards; the perceived threat and mundane reality of shareholder litigation; and, regulating hostile takeovers and understanding their absence in Asia.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Daniel William Puchniak
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Thursdays: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Course Duration 13 January to 15 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation (with Lead Discussant requirement) - 20%;
Class Reflection Exercise by Uploaded Video - 20% & 2 Hr Take Home Exam - 60%;
Release: Wednesday, 20 April 2022 (9.00am); Due: Wednesday, 20 April 2022 (11.00am)
Preclusion(s) Not opened to students who have taken or are taking LL4065/LL5065/LL6065/LLJ5065; LL4065V/LL5065V/LL6065V/LLJ5065V Comparative Corporate Governance.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. Previously completed a course in Company Law.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course examines the rules and standards that govern the subject of compliance and risk management. It starts by examining questions of governance: boards of directors, and executives. We then examine the compliance function through the lens of managers, regulators, prosecutors, whistleblowers, and gatekeepers. Next, we consider particular areas of the law: corruption, anti-money laundering, and export controls. We examine case studies where compliance fails and initiatives that go beyond compliance. Finally, we consider risk management as it pertains to lawyers; topics here include the governance of risk; approaches to risk management; reputational, operational, and enterprise risk.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Professor V Jesudevan
Modular Credits
Class Dates Tuesdays: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Group Presentation - 30% & Research Paper - 60%; Due: Saturday, 16 April 2022 (9.00am)
Preclusion(s) Nil
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. Criminal Law
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course will focus in detail on the instances in which resort to conflict of laws is necessary in the international arbitration context. The objective of this course is to allow participants to realise on how many occasions both State courts and arbitrators will need to report a conflict of laws analysis despite the claim that conflict of laws issues are not relevant in the international commercial arbitration context. Participants will first be taught to identify what conflict of laws rules may apply and will then be given hypothetical cases and will be asked to critically examine whether a solution can be found that does not require a conflict of laws approach.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Franco Ferrari
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 10 January to 28 January 2022
Modes of Assessment Research Paper - 100%; Due: Friday, 4 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4295V/LL5295V/LL6295V/LLJ5295V Conflict of Laws in Int'l Commercial Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description The objective of this course is to introduce students to the legal principles that form the foundation of construction law and to the common practical problems that arise in this field. Topics will include: (a) general principles of construction law, including completion, variations, defects, retention and certification; (b) basic provisions of construction contracts; (c) claims procedure & dispute resolution, including adjudication proceedings; and (d) relevant provisions of standard form building contracts. This course will be of interest to students interested in construction practice or being exposed to a practical approach to resolving construction-related issues that arise in the local industry.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Professor Christopher Chuah Chee Kian
Adjunct Professor Ian De Vaz
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Final Exam - 70%; Class Presentation (including submission of presentation papers) - 30%
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description Insolvency law is relevant to virtually all aspects of commercial activity involving the provision of credit. This course will explore its key concepts in the context of a winding up - the moratorium, powers of recovery, the pari passu principle, the external manager, avoidance of transactions, proof of debts and set-off. We will then review receivership, judicial management and schemes of arrangement as alternative procedures to the liquidation of a company in a winding up. We conclude with a brief examination of informal debt restructurings. This course will be taught principally through seminars for which prior preparation and participation are required. Cautionary note for students from Civil Law Jurisdiction: a background knowledge of common law subjects is assumed, including contract, tort, equity, and company law.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Wee Meng Seng
Modular Credits 8
Class Dates Monday: 9.00am to 12.00pm & Wednesday: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 15 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 25% & Final Exam - 75%
Preclusion(s) LL4323/LL5323/LL6323/LLJ5323V Law of Agency
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 72 points
Course Description This intensive course will consider digital trade's role within the global political economy and its benefits for international economic activity. Students will examine how international trade laws and treaties can affect cross-border digital trade, e-commerce, and emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, autonomous technology and 5G). Students will explore the legal and economic implications of various regulatory barriers to digital trade, as well as their related public policy concerns (e.g. privacy and cybersecurity), and learn about facilitating digital trade infrastructure, the key intellectual property issues in digital trade, and the linkages between trade and investment in the digital economy.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Andrew Mitchell
Modular Credits
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 10 January to 28 January 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20% & Research Paper - 80%; Due: Friday, 4 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4442V/LL5442V/LL6442V/LLJ5442V Digital Trade and Digital Economy
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of domestic and international sale of goods under the Singapore law. With regard to domestic sales, the course will focus on the Sale of Goods Act. Topics to be studied will include the essential elements of the contract of sale; the implied conditions of title, description, fitness and quality; delivery and payment, acceptance and termination, and the available remedies. With particular reference to a seller's delivery obligations, the course will also cover substantial aspects of the international sale of goods under the common law, such as FOB and CIF contracts and documentary sales. This course will be of interest to students intending to enter commercial practice.
Course Convenor(s) Professor Michael Bridge
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
*Make-up for 31 January & 2 February on Saturday, 5 February & Saturday, 12 February (3.00pm to 6.00pm)
Course Duration 31 January to 18 February 2022
Modes of Assessment  6-Hr Take Home Exam - 100%; Release: Friday, 25 March 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Friday, 25 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description International investment law is currently the most prominent, dynamic, and profiled branch of international law. The protection of foreign investment is multifaceted, and is governed by contract law and international law. This course covers the foundations of international investment law, as well as its transmission and entrenchment through arbitration. It equips students with the necessary and cutting-edge knowledge of a highly specialised field.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Jean Ho
Modular Credits
Class Dates Wednesdays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 11 August to 10 November 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Case Presentation - 40% (20% x 2, students have option of (i) giving a media presentation,
OR (ii) writing & presenting a 1000 word comment on one of the key case/awards assigned for a given topic in a given week.
Each student will give a total of 2 case presentations.
Case presentation will take place every week, except in Weeks 1, 8 and 12;
Research Paper (6000 words, excld footnotes) - 50%;
Due: Wednesday, 13 April 2022 (9.00am)
Preclusion(s) LL4150/LL5150/LL6150 International Investment Law and Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This module is designed to explore innovation and regulation of FinTech and its embedded platform economy. FinTech and its embedded platform economy, which is empowered by information communication technologies and cantered on data-driven online platforms, has transformed the paradigms of conducting commercial and financial activities.Through a series of lectures, seminars, and group discussions, this module will explore the new phenomenon of the platform economy, especailly the FinTech innovation pertinant to Money, Investment, Data and Innovative Dispute Resolutions. A guest lecture by an experienced practitioner will be also arranged. A research-based, student-centred, and globally-oriented pedagogy will guide the teaching and learning engagement.
Course Convenor(s) Dr You Chuanman
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Monday: 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Course Duration 12 January to 13 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class participation - 20%; Group Presentation - 30% & Final Essay - 50%;
Due: Mon, 18 April 2022 (9.00am)
Preclusion(s) LL4460/LL5460/LL6460/LLJ5460 Law, FinTech and the Platform Economy
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description The course will begin with an evaluation of the business rationale for M&A and a discussion of the various types of transactions and related terminology. The regulatory issues surrounding these transactions will be analysed through an examination of the applicable laws and regulations. While the law in Singapore would be considered as the frame of reference, the course will contain an international comparative perspective including comparisons with the position in the U.K. and the U.S. While corporate and securities law issues form the thrust, incidental reference will be made to accounting, tax and competition law considerations. Finally, the transactional perspective will consider various structuring matters, planning aspects, transaction costs and impact on various stakeholders.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Umakanth Varottil
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Wednesdays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 15 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation -10%; Written Assignment (indiv: 2000 words; pair: 4000 words) - 20%
[Due: date/time to be advised] & Final Exam - 70%
Preclusion(s) Must not have taken a substantially similar course. Not open to students who have taken/taking (1) LL4223/LL5223/LL6223; LL4233V/LL5223V/LL6223V - Cross Border Mergers;
(2) LL4327/LL5327/LL6327; L4327V/LL5327V/LL6327V Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practitioner's Perspective.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course will provide a practitioner's perspective on the bread and butter of any transactional practice: mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of non-listed, private companies. It will deal with the structuring of an M&A transaction (the what and why) and provide an overview of the legal basis underlying aspects of documentation (the why and how of documentation).

Many new graduates seem to be unable to see the wood for the trees. They arrive as trainees, with a reasonable grounding in the law, but an inability to apply it to real life situations. The practicalities elude them and they seem to want to follow templates without much understanding of the transaction. This course will attempt to give them a working knowledge of the issues to be considered in structuring a transaction. It will also cover the main features of standard documentation (bearing in mind that there is a discernible industry-standard set of documentation in common law countries) to explain why documents are drafted the way they are.

The course is taught interactively with emphasis on class discussion and collaborative problem solving. Please note that the teaching style does not lend itself well to remote learning. If you are unable to attend in-person due to Covid restrictions, your learning experience may not be optimal. Should you choose to enrol nonetheless, please be aware of the limitations of zoom teaching in a fast paced class that requires active participation.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Associate Professor Rachel Tan
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Week 1 to 7: Two 3hr seminars [Wednesday, 9.00am to 12.00pm & Saturday 9.00am to 12.00pm]
Course Duration 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 & 29 January 2022
2*, 5, 9, 12, 16 &*19 February 2022
*Make-up 2 February (Wednesday 2 March, 9.00am to 12.00pm) & Make-up 19 February (Saturday 5 March, Time: 9.00am to 12.00pm)
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 25%; Group Presentation - 25%; Final Exam - 50%
The mode of assessment may be different for LLM students, especially if a number are not attending in person. This will be discussed in the first week.
Preclusion(s) (1) LL4327/LL5327/LL6327 Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practitioner's Perspective;
(2) LL4074/LL5074/LL6074; LL4074V/LL5074V/LL6074V Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A);
(3) LL4223/LL5223/LL6223; LL4233V/LL5223V/LL6223V Cross Border Mergers
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. Contracts, Property, Equity & Trusts and Company Law. An ability to engage in rapid discussion and Q &A in English. Please take note that the pace of the class is fast and content is heavy. Students who do not come from a common law background may have difficulty with certain underlying concepts.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description Money is an all-pervasive legal concept, and an integral part of public dealings by the state and most private transactions. The module aims to develop a distinctive understanding of the legal institution of money, seen as a subject in itself, from private law and public law perspectives. Although the course may be of interest to those with a background in financial or banking regulation, it deliberately avoids considering the subject of money from those perspectives. It is primarily concerned with the common law of money, as it would apply in Singapore. It does however draw on the comparative perspectives from mixed and civil law jurisdictions, and from legal history. Together these demonstrate the broad functional commonalities that any legal system must develop if is construct a legal notion of money and main purposes its serves in the economy.

The module explains the role of law in the creation of money and in the ordering of a monetary system. It explains how law has a role to play in recognising and enforcing concepts of monetary value in private transactions. It considers the distinctive ways that property law applies to money, including the role of property law in controlling the consequences of failed or wrongly-procured payment transactions. The module considers the capacity of private law to respond to the special problems of monetary transactions involving a foreign currency system, and the legal challenges posed by new monetary developments such as cyber-currencies.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor David Fox
Modular Credits
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 28 January 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation- 10%; 6-hr Take Home Exam - 90%;
Release: Friday, 4 March 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Friday, 4 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4348V/LL5348V/LL6348V/LLJ5348V Monetary Law in Comparative Perspective
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. Law of Contract; Principles of Property Law; Equity and Trusts
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This course is about the law of restitution for unjust enrichment. In particular, it is concerned with when a defendant may be compelled to make restitution to a claimant, because the defendant has been unjustly enriched at the claimant's expense. It does not cover all of the law relating to gain-based remedies.
Course Convenor(s) Assistant Professor Timothy Liau
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Mondays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 15 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation – 25% & Final Exam - 75%
Preclusion(s) LL4316/LL5316/LL6316 Restitution of Unjust Enrichment; LL4051/LL5051/LL6051; LL4051V/LL5051V/LL6051V Principles of Restitution
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course is designed to provide an overview of securities regulation, corporate finance, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, in Singapore and, where relevant, jurisdictions such as the US, UK, Australia, China and HK. Topics to be covered generally include: regulatory authorities and capital markets; supervision of intermediaries; the "going public" process; legal position of stockbrokers; insider trading and securities frauds; globalisation, technology and regulatory harmonisation; and regulation of takeover activity. In addition, aspects of syndicated loan and bond financing, and securitisation, will be studied in some detail. Students will be expected to use the Internet to search for comparative materials. Cautionary note for students from Civil Law Jurisdiction: a background knowledge of common law subjects is assumed, including contract, tort, equity, and company law.
Course Convenor(s) Professor Hans Tjio
Associate Professor Lan Luh Luh
Modular Credits
Class Dates Tuesday: 12.00pm to 3.00pm & Thursday: 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Final Exam - 55%; Test - 20% [Due: Wk 7]; Group Assignment - 15%; Class Performance - 10%.
Preclusion(s) Students doing or have done any of the following module(s) are precluded: (1) Int'l Corporate Finance: 8MC -LL4409/LL5409/LLD5409/LL6409; 4MC - LL4238/LL5238/LL6238; 5MC - LL4238V/LL5238V/LL6238V];
(2) Corporate Finance Law & Practice in Singapore: 4MC - LL4182/LL5182/LL6182; 5MC - LL4182V/LL5182V/LL6182V];
(3) Securities Regulation: 4MC - LL4055/LL5055/LL6055; 5MC - LL4055V/LL5055V/LL6055V;
(4) Practice of Corporate Finance and the Law: 4MC - LL4297/LL5297/LL6297; 5MC - LL4297V/LL5297V/LL6297V; (5) Corporate and Securities Law - ACC3604; (5) Securities Regulation [Module code: L53.3040 OR LW.10180] under the NYU@NUS Summer Session.
Prerequisite(s) (a) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
(b) Company Law [LC2008/LLB2008] or its equivalent in a developed common law jurisdiction (may be taken concurrently).
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 72 points
Course Description Since Singapore's independence in 1965, its socioeconomic development has been remarkable. Singapore's unique system of corporate governance is one of the keys to its socioeconomic success. This course will begin by providing a historical and comparative overview of Singapore's system of corporate governance in the broader context of the Singapore model. It will then undertake an in-depth and comparative analysis of the core aspects of Singapore corporate governance, highlighting the features which make it unique. The course will then examine the latest developments in Singapore corporate governance, with an emphasis on analyzing the details, policy rationale, and implications of recent reforms. The course will also examine what the future may hold for Singapore's system of corporate governance and what other jurisdictions may learn from it.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Daniel William Puchniak
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Mondays: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 11 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation (with Lead Discussant requirement) - 20%;
Class Reflection Exercise by Uploaded Video - 20% & 2 Hour Take Home Exam - 60%;
Release: Monday, 11 April 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Monday, 11 April 2022 (5.00pm)
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. Previously completed a course in Company Law.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description In today's global digital world, national tax systems face new challenges. Governments large and small cooperate in tax enforcement including through strengthened anti-abuse rules, yet tax competition continues. Uncertainty, complexity and risk have increased for taxpayers ranging from individuals to multinational enterprises. Recent developments in the OECD Inclusive Framework and other forums may lead to significant new global tax rules, but an agreed outcome is far from certain. This course explores the latest trends and issues in personal and corporate income tax and Goods and Services Tax that address digital or cross-border services or employment, consumption, and investment.
Course Convenor(s) Sat Pal Khattar Visiting Professor in Tax Law Miranda Stewart
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
*Make-up for 31 Jan & 2 Feb on Sat, 5 Feb & Sat, 12 Feb (1- 4pm)
Course Duration 31 January to 18 February 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20% & Research Paper - 80% (not exceeding 5,000 words excluding footnotes);
Due: Friday, 25 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4385V/LL5385V/LL6385V Taxation Law & the Global Digital Economy
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. Previously completed a course in Company Law.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This course is the second installment on the taxation of cross-border commercial transactions. The first installment, Taxation of Cross-Border Commercial Transactions I, is a pre-requisite. This course will interest those who want to practise tax law and/or those who took the first installment and enjoyed it.
Topics covered:
- The OECD Model Double Tax Treaty including the Multilateral Instrument (in-depth)
- Anti-avoidance rules and tax planning
- Accounting for Tax Consequences
- The Impact of Bilateral Investment Treaties on International Tax
- Tax Theory
Course Convenor(s) Mr Justin Jerzy Tan
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays: 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Assignment (at least 2000 words, take home) - 20% & Final Exam - 80%
Preclusion(s) LL4455/LL5455/LL6455/LLJ5455 Taxation of Cross-Border Commercial Transactions II
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. Taxation of Cross-Border Commercial Transactions I (LL4342V/LL5342V/LL6342V/LLJ5342V)
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points

+ Do note that SSG-funding is currently only eligible for modules taught in-person on campus.
* Non SSG Funded Module – full module fee of S$5,778 is applicable for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents


Module Fees

Students will be required to pay SGD5,778.00 (inclusive of 7% GST) per 4 MC or 5MC module and will be billed before the start of each semester.

Categories Fee Per Module
Non-citizen SGD 5,778.00
Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents SGD 1,733.40
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above SGD 653.40
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs SGD 653.40

A 8 MC module cost twice the fee of a 4-MC or 5-MC module.
 
The total programme fee for 3 modules (assuming student passes all 3 modules and obtains the required modular credits for graduation) is between SGD17,334.00 to SGD1,960.20 (inclusive of 7% GST), depending on the funding eligibility of applicant and selected modules.
 
A Student Services Fee of SGD25.23 (inclusive of 7% GST) is also applicable each semester.
 
Once enrolled in the programme, students will be billed for the module(s) and the student services fees. Payment is due before the start of each Semester.


Funding Support

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) offers subsidies of 70% or 90% for eligible Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents.
 
The following are the conditions for eligibility to receive the SSG Grant:
1)     Claimable for modules delivered in-person on campus
2)     Students must record at least 75% attendance
3)     Students must pass all assessment components
4)     Claim must be made within the period from 1 Jul 2021 to 30 June 2024
 
Do note that not all modules are eligible for SSG funding. Applicants are strongly advised to check the module fee prior to selecting their modules in the Online Application Portal.

SkillsFuture Credit Claimable

SSG-funded modules are also eligible for SkillsFuture Credit claim. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to offset part of the module fee. Applicants who wish to use the SkillsFuture Credit may refer to https://www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/credit for more details.

 

Application

The following are the two application periods for the respective semesters:

Intake Period Application Period
AY2020/21 Semester One (commencing Aug/Sep) 28 April to 31 May 2021
AY2020/21 Semester Two (commencing Jan/Feb) 1 to 31 October 2021

This online application will take you approximately 15 mins to complete. Before you start, you should have details of your academic qualifications and employment and the PDF version of the following required documents at hand:

» A personal statement on why you wish to enroll in this programme, the nature of your work and such other information that you would like us to consider (not more than 1 page)
» Curriculum Vitae
» Scanned copy of NRIC/FIN/Passport(foreigner)
» Scanned copy of your LLB Degree Certificate
» Scanned copies of your LLB Transcripts
» Any other supporting documents (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS results), if applicable

Any omission of supporting documents or information required in the Online Application Form will render the application void. All supporting documents, if not in English, must be accompanied by copies of the English translated version.

You will need to register for an account in the NUS Online Application Portal after selecting “Executive / Graduate Certificate (GC) Programmes”.

Application will begin on 30 September 2021.

Click HERE to apply.


Application Deadline

31 October 2021, Sunday


Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to view the FAQs relating to this programme.


Programme Flyer

Click HERE to download programme flyer.


SILE-CPD Points

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For participants attending the face-to-face activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the each day of a module for more than 15 minutes. For those participating via the webinar, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from each day of a module for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for that day of the module.

Please refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

Public CPD Points : Up to 72 points for 8 Modular Credits (Semester Course)
Up to 36 points for 5 Modular Credits (Semester Course)
Up to 27 points for 4 Modular Credits (Intensive Course)
Practice Area Code : Banking and Finance
Training Level: : Intermediate



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