School of Corporate Finance
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Corporate finance is an area where often a substantial gap exists between theory and market practice. Most programmes approach the topic from one end of this spectrum or the other. This course deliberately seeks to identify the reasons for such differences and provide recommendations of how the techniques should be applied in different decision-making contexts.
The art of good negotiation is to understand the perspective of counterparties and other organisations. The Corporate Finance School looks at transactions from the viewpoint of the company itself, debt financiers and shareholders – and highlights the negotiation and commercial issues that arise from the differences in perspective and objective.
In addition to the comprehensive course materials, each participant leaves the course with a large volume of excel files and additional reading material on a wide range of corporate financing topics.
The province of corporate finance is all those matters that corporate management are involved in the company in their charge:
- In what business areas should we direct our growth?
- Should that growth be through organic investment or by acquisition?
- What analytical processes will guide the implementation of individual components of the strategy?
- Should the business units be controlled from the centre, or should management be delegated?
- How should we manage exposures to such volatilities as commodities, interest and foreign exchange?
- Should we fund the enterprise with aggressive levels of debt, or with conservatism?
- Should we issue publicly traded instruments or err towards private placements?
- How will we square conflicts between accounting impacts and economic/cashflow/value objectives?
- What performance measures will be prioritised in designing and implementing corporate strategy?
Accordingly, a sound grasp of corporate finance is required by all executives in corporate management, and all financial services professionals who conduct negotiations or marketing with corporate management, or who provide advisory services.
COURSE PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
- The Building Blocks of Corporate Finance
- The Investment Rule
- Practical Corporate Valuation
- Frequently Encountered Errors
- Practical Pricing Techniques
- Capital Structuring
- Leveraged Finance
- Limited Recourse Financing
- Adaptations for Emerging Markets
- Modelling of Free Cash Flows
- EVA and Shareholder Value
- Raising Equity
- Private Treaty Sales of Businesses
- Planning Acquisitions
- M&A Regulation
- Contested Bids