Insead has joined forces with L’Université Panthéon-Assas, the Sorbonne law school, to launch a business law degree from September in Paris and in Singapore, where both institutions have campuses.

The one-year LLM International Business Law (Droit International des Affaires) is organised around 16 seminars, eight in law and eight in business. The degree is intended for those with a masters degree in law or business and at least four years professional experience. The degree will prepare them to handle large-scale transactions such as cross-border mergers, major acquisitions, stock-market operations, financial engineering and leveraged buyouts.

Each of the two campuses will enrol 30 students for the programme, which will be taught in English.

Insead is the latest business school to recognise the importance of combining management and law training - schools in Spain and Portugal have been at the forefront of this development. Other business schools might soon follow their example.

The liaison between L’Université Panthéon-Assas and Insead is the result of a policy being introduced by President Sarkozy’s government in France to get universities and business schools to work together, and so create a handful of world-class research and teaching centres in France.

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