Introduction to Corporate Finance

This “Introduction to Corporate Finance” course provides a broad overview of the activities undertaken by corporate finance. It looks at the main features of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As), Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), and Leveraged Buy Outs (LBOs). It explains why each may be used in different situations; what the rationale is behind the choice, and the other factors which will influence this decision.


This course is for individuals with a basic understanding of the financial markets.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course participants should understand

  • The rationale, tactics and process of M&A
  • The rationale, structure and timeline of an IPO
  • The rationale and key valuation metrics of LBOs

Course Content

  • Types of Deal
  • Takeover, merger & demerger
  • Initial Public Offering (IPO)
  • Leveraged Buyout (LBO)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • M&A rationale
  • Approach tactics
  • Sell side objectives and options
  • Auction process
  • Main documents
  • Exercises: M&A
  • Initial Public Offering (IPO)
  • IPO rationale
  • Potential share sellers
  • Syndicate structure
  • Deal preparation & due diligence
  • Valuation & underwriting
  • Roadshow and book building
  • Pricing, allocation and aftermarket stabilisation
  • Exercises: IPO quiz
  • Leveraged Buyout (LBO)
  • LBO rationale
  • Recent LBO deals
  • Average Debt/EBITDA
  • Buyout funds vs. public markets returns


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