In the Corporate Finance track you learn to analyse complex financial decisions to uncover the underlying forces and help organisations set their strategies. This track is one of 7 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Finance.
Companies of any size continuously face financial decisions. The oft-stated primary goal of corporations is to maximise returns for its shareholders, but getting there involves thousands of possibilities.
During the Corporate Finance track you explore such decisions at length. You will gain insight in the framework for corporate financial decision-making related to capital structure, valuation, funding, corporate restructuring (mergers and acquisitions) and corporate governance.
Do you have a sharp mind and a fascination with numbers and governance? Do you see yourself working with a bank or a consultancy firm? Then this is your track within the Finance master’s programme.
In this course you will cover modern principles and tools of valuation; discounted cash flow models, relative (multiple-based) valuation and contingent claim/option analysis. You will conduct a full-fledged valuation exercise through a case assignment. By discussing specific companies' business models you will learn to think critically about how companies present their financial statements and what key characteristics of successful businesses are.
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AES Inc, whose European headquarters is located in Amsterdam, would like to acquire several companies based on the synergy with its current businesses. Which companies should AES acquire and how much should it pay as the transaction value? This is a real business case and the appropriateness of the suggestions are evaluated by the AES executives.
Complete a comprehensive DCF valuation of Twitter Inc. Read actual financial statements, make your own assumptions and provide a recommendation on whether investors should buy, hold, or sell Twitter stock. Also analyse the steps that Twitter took to become profitable. Your job is to offer a well-reasoned analysis of how the business changed, and to critique management’s discussion of the changes.
Examples of current newspaper headlines and relevant issues that could be discussed in the classroom:
Graduates of the Master's in Finance/Corporate Finance track have excellent job prospects for positions as financial analyst, investment banker, consultant, controller, CFO, treasurer, financial director and financial expert with Dutch and international companies, such as:
Corporate Finance is one of 7 tracks you can opt for in our MSc Finance. If you are more interested in another field of Finance, read the info on one or more of the other tracks.