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Graduate Certificate in Cross-border Transactions

Graduate Certificate in Cross-border Transactions

Cross-border Transactions

The Graduate Certificate in Cross-border Transactions is designed to help you build your knowledge and skills to advise clients on various aspects of cross-border work. Focused on transactions across Asia and taught by experienced practitioners from across the region, this program is designed to be practical and hands-on to help you build skills you can use immediately to deliver commercial outcomes for your clients.


Course Details

This course is suitable for legal practitioners new to cross-border work or who want to expand their practice. Subjects in this course:

Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions

Now, more than ever, it is critical for lawyers to be skilled in cross-border transactions. Not only do you need good technical skills for advising on how to structure transactions and draft documents, but working across the Asia or internationally will involve navigating legal systems and cultures.

Cross-border M&A is a practical, skills-based subject that helps prepares lawyers working across the ASEAN region. You will learn the foundational skills required for M&A work, and how these skills are applied and adapted in different contexts and cultures.

  • M&A planning
  • Managing due diligence
  • Drafting sale and purchase agreements
  • Acquiring sales and assets
  • Private equity in Asia
  • Competition considerations in M&A
Negotiating and Drafting Cross-border Contracts

Negotiating and documenting cross-border deals requires excellent drafting skills, knowledge of different legal systems, the ability to navigate those legal systems and the nuances of different cultures. Each country throughout Asia is unique, with its own work culture, approaches to hierarchy, verbal and non-verbal communication style and approach to business, all of which are quite different from Australia.

This subject focuses specifically on the knowledge and skill required to negotiate and draft effective commercial contracts throughout Asia. You will hone, through practice, your negotiation and drafting skills, and also learn about the specific commercial and non-commercial considerations that are likely to arise when dealing with parties from various countries, and how to best manage those issues so that you can deliver the practical solutions that your client seeks.

  • Cross-border legal practice and contract categories through Asia
  • Contract negotiation skills and managing risks
  • Structuring commercial contracts
  • Advanced issues in contract formation throughout Asia
  • Advanced issues in contract interpretation
  • Advanced issues in contract termination
  • Dispute resolution throughout Asia

Negotiating and Drafting Cross-border Contracts provides the foundation to all cross-border transactions. You will learn how to negotiate deals across cultures and legal systems, while building effective drafting skills. Cross-border M&A takes you a step further into the mechanics of structuring, drafting and funding a deal.

The two subject structure allows you to complete the Graduate Certificate within six months. The blend of online and face-to-face delivery means you can study while you work, and the consecutive study pattern makes it manageable to balance other life commitments.

Duration Six months
Subject Fee $3450 per subject
Fee-Help available Yes
Delivery Blended – online 90%, face-to-face workshops 10%


Important Dates

Why study with us?

  • You can apply for a Fee-Help Loan to assist with your fees
  • Be guided by leading practitioners in their field who will provide essential updates and individualised feedback during the course
  • Learn the best range of skills with the interactive workshop and online written work
  • Complete your qualification within six months


Teaching Staff

Raphael Tay is a partner at Malaysian law firm Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill and leads the teaching of the Graduate Certificate in Cross-border Transactions, supported by a number of regional practitioners. Raphael has been practising law for more than 30 years, with extensive regional experience in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, and information technology law and a strong interest in start-ups. He has extensive experience advising clients throughout Asia. Raphael also has a keen interest in legal education and in developing young lawyers.

Raphael is the Director of the AESAN+6 Cross-border Legal Practice Program at The College of Law and Adjunct Lecturer of the ASEAN Business and Investment Law Course at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He has been the Chairman of the LAWASIA Moot Standing Committee since 2008 and is the current Vice Chair of the Legal Development and Training Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).


Further Study

To receive a Graduate Diploma in ASEAN Cross-border Legal Practice students must complete four subjects. To graduate with the LLM in ASEAN Cross-border Legal Practice students are required to complete all eight cross-border legal practice subjects (which includes the ASEAN Major Project).


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