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Understanding Company Law, 4th edition

Understanding Company Law, 4th edition

Jonathan Barrett and Ronán Feehily, 2019

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Book 9780947514921 $130.00
eBook 9780947514938 $130.00

An essential introduction to company law for students of business.


Format: Paperback

Once published, this title will also be available in eBook format.
eISBN: 9780947514938


Providing an excellent balance between theory, case law and practice, Understanding Company Law covers the essential concepts of company law, business organisations, financial markets, takeovers and corporate governance in a clear and straightforward manner.

This new edition has been fully updated to take account of developments since the last edition was published in 2014, providing students with sufficient knowledge to develop a critical analysis and understanding of the topics. The law is presented in the context of critique, along with its uncertainties, ambiguities and problems, rather than as a mechanical description of the rules, making it easier to understand. The use of plain language ensures that the work is invaluable to students coming to the topic for the first time or who have English as a second language.

Key additions to this edition include:

• updates to the relevant legislation
• the inclusion of additional key case summaries
• summaries of recent Supreme Court decisions relevant to company law
• a new chapter on corporate governance in New Zealand
• a series of questions at the end of each chapter to test the reader on chapter content • greater clarity of content

The LexisNexis Understanding series is renowned for its practical features and reference materials ideal for revision and exam preparation, such as:

• a glossary of key words
• lists of learning outcomes, key legislation and key cases
• key case summaries, with facts, issue and decision clearly stated
• examples, figures and tables used to illustrate concepts
• margin notes
• revision questions



• Plain English text to ease understanding of company law for non-law students.
• Practical examples and exercises to reinforce learning.
• Brand new chapter that expands the coverage of company law in the book.


Related LexisNexis Titles

Miller & Barber, Understanding Commercial Law, 9th edition, 2019
Watts, Campbell & Hare, Company Law in New Zealand, 2nd edition, 2015
Barber, Understanding the Economic Environment, 4th edition, 2014


Jonathan Barrett is a senior lecturer in taxation and commercial law in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University of Wellington. Jonathan is an award-winning researcher and has published widely on matters including equity in taxation, company law and teaching non-vocational law students.

Ronán Feehily is a senior lecturer in commercial law at the University of Canterbury. An award-winning researcher, he has worked as an academic on three continents and has published numerous articles in leading law journals in the USA, UK, South Africa and Ireland focusing on international commercial dispute resolution, corporate governance, international trade and legal education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Companies – context and problems
Chapter 2: Partnerships, limited partnerships and joint ventures
Chapter 3: Comparing business organisations
Chapter 4: Company formation and internal governance
Chapter 5: Corporate liability
Chapter 6: Corporate finance
Chapter 7: Record keeping, reporting and auditors
Chapter 8: Shareholders
Chapter 9: Shareholders’ remedies
Chapter 10: The board of directors
Chapter 11: Directors’ duties
Chapter 12: Financial markets law
Chapter 13: Takeovers and amalgamations
Chapter 14: Corporate default
Chapter 15: Liquidation
Chapter 16: Corporate governance

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