Unit 49: Company Law and Corporate Governance
Unit code T/617/0739
Unit level 5
Credit value 15
Pre-requisite Unit 7
The aim of this
unit is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the law with
regard to how companies are formed, administered, financed and managed. It
provides skills to applying the relevant rules particularly in business
situations as this unit is linked with the general business law unit which has
already been completed.
will be able to gain practical knowledge on the advantages and disadvantages of
carrying out business through the medium of a company limited by shares,
different types of shares and procedure for the issue of shares. In addition,
they will be able to identify the rights of shareholders with a board of a
experience in the learning process will help them better understand the
procedure required for company administration, along with the rights and
liabilities of directors and companies to outsiders.
In this unit,
student will look at the modern organisational requirement of governance
leading to the evaluation of good practice relating to company affairs. Using
examples of local and international companies, students will gain the knowledge
and skills is identify the governance issues and the impact on directors’
behaviour and their duties and care. On successful completion of this unit,
students will have the confidence to advise on the matters of company
administration, the modern requirement of good governance and make positive contributions
in the work place.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
LO1 Evaluate the nature and legal status of companies
LO1, LO2 and LO3
D1 Provide a critical evaluation of how private and public limited companies are administered, financed and managed with evidence drawn from local and international case law and judgement.
P1 Assess the meaning of corporate personality and the procedure of forming a company for both private and public limited companies.
M1 Compare and contrast a private limited liability company with a public limited liability company to evaluate advantages and disadvantages.
LO2 Assess the importance of meetings and resolutions in corporate management.
P2 Examine the status of directors and their involvement in the management of a company.
M2 Evaluate the statutory requirement of directors’ duties and their liability to a company’s creditors.
P3 Using examples illustrate the procedure relating to company meetings and resolutions.
LO3 Analyse the process of raising and maintaining capital for a company.
P4 Analyse the rules on raising and maintaining capital for a limited liability company.
M3 Critically analyse the law on issues of shares, dividends and insider dealing.
LO4 Evaluate the role and impact of corporate governance in the management of companies
P5 Evaluate the principles of corporate governance in the management of the corporations.
P6 Recommend duties of directors in complying with principles of governance in the management of corporation.
M4 Critically evaluate the role of a board in corporate governance issues and different approaches taken.
D2 Critically evaluate the types of policies and procedures of best- practice to make valid and justified recommendations for improving corporate governance.
By the end
of this unit students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the nature and legal status of companies.
2. Assess the importance of meetings and
resolutions in corporate management.
3. Analyse the process of raising and
maintaining capital for a company.
4. Evaluate the role and impact of
corporate governance in the management of companies.
the nature and legal status of companies
different types of legal status.
person and the capacity to be sued or prosecuted. Characteristics of different
forms of business organisations.
and corporate personality, advantages and disadvantages of incorporation,
promoters, pre-incorporation contracts and commencement of trading.
and Articles of Association, public, private and community interest companies,
purchasing ‘off the shelf’.
capacity and ability of a company to contract and doctrine of ultra-vires.
the importance of meetings and resolutions in corporate management
definition of corporate management, divisions and functions of corporate
of directors, appointment, retirement, disqualification and removal of directors,
and their power and duties during office.
liability of directors.
powers and duties of the company secretary. Rights of shareholders with the
board of the company
and procedure, on different types of meetings such as, board meetings, AGM and
resolutions and the use of different types of resolutions, rights attaching to
different types of shares and the purpose and procedure for issuing shares.
process of issuing shares, class rights and dividends. Audits and record
the process of raising and maintaining capital for a company
nature of shares, different rights, types of capital debt and equity, public
subscription, issue of shares, authorised capital, pre-emption rights, payment
rule, reduction of capital, procedure, duties of directors, purchase of own
shares, financial assistance by the company for acquisition of own shares,
statutory restriction and distribution of profit.
advantages and disadvantages of raising loan capital. Fixed versus floating
of debenture, comparison of share and debenture, debenture trust deed, fixed
and floating charges, registration of charges, debenture holders’ remedies.
the role and impact of corporate governance in the management of companies
of corporate governance.
history of corporate governance, international requirement, Enron case,
interaction of governance with business ethics and company law.
corporate governance code. The need for corporate governance.
of corporate governance on directors’ behaviour and duties of care and skill.
board structures, role of the board on governance issues, types and policies
and procedures leading to best practice, requirement under company law for
governance framework within companies.
of interest and policies e.g. bribery, compliance, data protection regulations.
– based versus principles approach.
rescue and liquidations.
of corporate rescue, role of Administrator, voluntary winding up, creditors
winding up, duties and functions of a liquidator, distribution of surplus