The purpose of this text is to provide a comprehensive, yet succinct, examination of the most significant areas of corporations law. Through the identification of the key elements underlying the pertinent statutory provisions, the use of a plain English writing style and simple format, the text seeks to make corporations law more accessible to those who seek to study or practise in the area of corporations law. Since the publication of the fourth edition there have been significant changes in corporations law. From a legislative perspective, important changes have also been effected through the passage of, inter alia, CLERP 9. This has impacted significantly on the law pertaining to executive officers and directors (in particular their remuneration and financial reporting) and disclosure documents.
Judicially, this period has been marked by a considerable number of important cases pertaining to directors’ liability arising out of, inter alia, high profile corporate collapses, including HIH and One.Tel. These cases have provided guidance as to the applicability of both statutory and equitable directors’ duties, but also clarified the procedural and substantive law aspects of the penalties flowing from breaches of such duties.