LAW5452 - Private investment law - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Stephen Barkoczy Personal ProfilePersonal Profile (

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Term 4 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit discusses the nature and operation of private investment law in Australia. It examines how the venture capital and private equity industries operate in Australia and around the world and how private investments funds are structured. It focuses on the taxation treatment that applies to such investment and discusses relevant regulatory matters. It also examines and compares international aspects of private investment law. A range of government tax and other incentives that encourage investors to commit capital to start-up companies are analysed, along with some incentives that reward these companies for undertaking innovative activities such as research and development (R&D). Australia's superannuation system is considered, with a particular focus on its relationship and interaction with private investment law.


On completion of this unit, a student should be able to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to private investment law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to private investment law;
  • conduct research in private investment law based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to private investment law.


One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

One take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)