Financial Evaluation and Strategy: Corporate Finance
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School: University of Illinois
Registration Link: Financial Evaluation and Strategy: Corporate Finance
Start Date: September 14, 2015 (4 Weeks Long)
Workload: 4-6 Hours Per Week
Instructor: Heitor Almeida
Credentials: A prolific researcher whose work has been cited over 5,000 times, Almeida teaches mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance courses to MBA and Ph.D. students at the University of Illinois. There, he has been named the “Professor of the Year” by the executive MBA classes of 2014 and 2015. Before joining the Illinois faculty in 2007, he taught at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is currently the associate editor for Management Science and the Journal of Financial Intermediation. His most recent research has appeared in the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Finance.
Graded: Not specified.
Description: This course examines the finance fundamentals that control how organizations make decisions and measure success. During the four weeks, students will use models to conduct financial analysis and planning; determine where and when to raise capital; identify and mitigate potential risks; and decide whether to invest profits or return them to investors. In particular, the course will cover “how to use valuation techniques to make sound business investment decisions. Explore how to manage a company’s financing in order to support value creation, such as through choice of capital structure, liquidity management, hedging, and payout policy decisions. Finally, apply your new knowledge to propose the financial restructuring of a real-world company.” Students will learn through readings and video lectures.
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Additional Note: According to Professor Almedia, students should come to class with a basic understanding of statistics (probabilities, averages, standard deviation and regression analysis), financial statements (balance and cash flow statements), and algebra. This course is also the fourth part of an Improving Business Finances and Operations specialization offered by the University Illinois.