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Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Modern Finance Topics for Senior Executives

Nov 18—22, 2019
5 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 9280
USD 1856 per day

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It is an inescapable fact of today’s dynamic business world that all senior executives, top managers, and board members must have the knowledge to make high-level decisions based on a core understanding of financial issues. This need for practical financial expertise has only become more urgent over the last decade, given rapidly evolving regulatory, technological and market developments.

Modern Finance Topics for Senior Executives is an intensive five-day overview of the modern finance skills, techniques and issues that are most pertinent to top executives of business firms. Topics considered in this workshop include financial technology, modern capital structure and valuation techniques, risk management, current global markets and regulatory environments, and projections of how finance is likely to evolve in the future.

The goal of this short course is to combine seasoned managers and directors with some of the best researchers and teachers of modern finance in an intensive, interesting and constructive dialogue that adds substantial value in a time-efficient format. The agenda includes content by senior faculty, case studies, small group interaction and panel discussions with executives from key corporations, securities analysts, the media and institutional investors.

Program Takeaways

Modern Finance Techniques

Acquire and/or update skills in modern financial diagnostics and financial accounting, and understand their application in a global competitive environment

Global Perspectives

Understand current dynamics and issues within global financial markets and their impact on strategy

Regulatory Environments

Learn about the new regulatory environment, especially in the context of emerging financial technologies, and how regulation environments may evolve going forward

Capital Structure and Valuation

Gain insight into capital structure and its role in creating and destroying value, and learn to assess new insights in corporate valuation, failure prediction and cost of capital

Corporate Structure

Engage in new thinking and evidence on finance in corporate restructurings

Risk Management

Consider integrated approaches to risk control, including operational and reputational risk, and link the key aspects of finance and risk management to corporate governance


Day 1

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 1: Dynamics of the Global Financial Architecture

  • Financial intermediation dynamics connecting end-users of the financial system, and an end-user perspective on the financial architecture
  • Reconfiguration of financial intermediation in retrospect and prospect, and their impact on efficiency growth, competitiveness, stability and robustness of the financial system, and their ongoing evolution
  • Why do systems fail, and what can be learned about systemic risk?

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

Session 2: Anticipating National and Global Financial Shocks

  • Framework for anticipating, assessing and monitoring vulnerabilities in institutions, markets and the financial system and shocks that can expose them
  • Policy and industry initiatives to add resilience and manage risk
  • Current vulnerabilities and sources of shocks, and how to mitigate them
  • Panel discussion featuring top executives at financial institutions around the world

Day 2

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 3: Value Creation through Leverage

  • Basic facts about leverage and analysis of firms’ use of leverage, including a discussion of what leverage ratio maximizes shareholder value
  • Trading off tax benefits against costs of financial distress
  • A primer on WACC and how leverage affects investment decisions
  • Case study, UST Inc.: How to find the optimal leverage ratio in practice

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

Session 4: The Firm and the Capital Markets

  • Navigating the shifting landscape of Wall Street
    • Changing regulations, evolving technology, new competitors and difficult market conditions that are transforming the capital markets business of banks
    • Impact of these changes on financing strategies of Wall Street’s clients
  • Adapting investor relations and communications strategies to accommodate the rapidly evolving global asset management industry, including changes in indexation, alternative investments, industry consolidation, equity research and MiFID II
  • Panel discussion: Fireside chat about the CFO as the face of the firm
    • Communicating the firm’s strategy with Wall Street, rating agencies, institutional investors and creditors
    • Effectively describing the concerns of external groups with the board of directors and C-suite colleagues

Who should attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.


Biography Aswath Damodaran holds the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. Before coming to Stern, he also lectured in Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Damodaran received a B.A. in Acc...
Biography Edward I. Altman is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, Emeritus at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is the Director of Research in Credit and Debt Markets at the NYU Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions. Prior to serving in his present positio...
Biography Holger M. Mueller is the Nomura Professor of Finance at New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is also a research associate at NBER, a research fellow at CEPR, and a research associate at ECGi. Professor Mueller has been with NYU Stern since 2001. He teaches Corpo...
Biography Marti G. Subrahmanyam is the Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance, Economics and International Business in the Stern School of Business at New York University, and Global Network Professor of Finance at NYU Shanghai. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Instit...
Biography Ingo Walter holds the Seymour Milstein Chair in Finance, Corporate Governance and Ethics Emeritus at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He has been on the faculty at New York University since 1970. From 1971 to 1979 he was Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and subsequentl...
Biography Jiawei Zhang is a Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences and Robert Stansky Research Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He joined NYU Stern's Operations Management Group in September 2004. Professor Zhang's primary resear...
Richard Berner is Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Global Economy and Business at the NYU Stern School of Business, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics. He conducts research, gives talks, and helps to advance Stern’s financial stability initiatives. He teaches a graduate ...
Kathleen DeRose joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance in September 2017, after having been an Executive-in-Residence and adjunct professor at the School since 2016. Kathleen is the Director of the FinTech Initiative at the NYU Stern Fubon...
Charles Hintz is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at New York University's Stern School of Business. Currently, Charles serves as the Senior Vice President of Sanford C. Bernstein, a New York based financial research company, where he identifies industry trends and develops investment plans for i...


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Nov 18—22, 2019
5 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 9280
USD 1856 per day

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