Corporate Finance

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Corporate Finance

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Finance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Finance I and II

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Corporate Finance studies firms as economic decision makers. The goal of this course is to develop a framework that provides guidance for investment and financing decisions. This requires not only a fundamental understanding of most common corporate finance theories (Bridging Theory and Practice - Knowledge), but also a selection of sensible applications for them (Academic skills and Research Skills).
    Our main decision criterion is based on value creation, which we will learn to quantify in a flexible valuation model. Practical applications
    for the knowledge are widespread and not only of interest to managers, but part of a toolkit required by everyone who is dealing with financial markets (Bridging Theory and Practice - Application).

    At the end of the course you are able to:
    - contrast financing incentives provided by equity and debt financing;
    - distinguish between implications derived from various capital structure theories and put them into perspective;
    - extend theories to other decisions, like payout policy/risk management;
    - construct and critically assess valuation models;
    - understand how markets for corporate securities work;
    - explain the most common corporate governance mechanisms.

    This course offers an introduction for students with interests in financial markets or the intent to pursue a career in finance. We attempt to provide a sound mix between formal/quantitative analysis and qualitative discussion. From a modeling perspective, we extend methods learned in Finance I and II and put them into a corporate setting. When talking about value-driving factors, we see links to Economics and
    Management of Organizations and Marketing. Overall, the content learned in this course enables students to understand corporate decisions/valuations by reducing complex problems to its key components.

    Lectures and tutorials.

    Case studies/Assignments (group assessment)
    Written Exam (individual assessment)

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