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Financial markets and institutions. Finance for development - Structure


FRANCESCA ARNABOLDI , responsible for the course

Degree in SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (classe LM-81) enrolled until 2016/2017 academic year - Laurea Magistrale - DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, TRADE, FINANCE, INVESTEMENT, COMPETITION - 2017/2018

Compulsory course or activityNo
Year of course2s
Term or semester1st semester
Scientific fields (settori scientifico-disciplinari)
  • SECS-P/11 - Economia degli intermediari finanziari
ECTS credits (CFU) compulsory6
ECTS credits - facultative-

General information

Aims and objectives: This course is designed to familiarize law students with the principles of investment banking and corporate finance. In this field, the distinction between lawyers and investment bankers has become blurred. Whether negotiating a debt restructuring, merger agreement, acquisition or divestiture, rendering a fairness opinion, preparing for an appraisal hearing, litigating derivative suits, issuing new securities, taking a firm private via a leveraged buy-out or public via an initial public offering, corporate lawyers and investment bankers work side-by-side, and lawyers without an appreciation of the basics of corporate finance are at a distinct disadvantage. Even students who do not plan to venture into the corporate world will benefit from this course. The financial principles covered are essential for lawyers intending to do estate or tax planning, litigate divorces, or write the compensation agreements for partnerships or closed corporations.

Expected learning results: Knowledge and understanding: on successful completion of this course, students should be able to understand the core corporate finance decisions, which are essential for all businesses: 1) understand the tools that are used to value investment projects and companies (valuation); 2) understand the basic issues involved in how firms should raise funds for investments (financing).
Applying knowledge and understanding: students should be able to understand how investment and financing decisions are related, evaluating the process which firms go through in choosing between strategic options, such as undertaking a merger or engaging in restructuring, and integrating their knowledge of the legal aspects with a comprehensive financial approach. A final focus on financial tools for development is provided.
Making judgements: students learn the ability to identify and use data to formulate responses to well-defined financial problems, such as pricing a company asset or evaluating investment options.
Communication: the course encourages students to communicate about their understanding, skills and activities encouraging guided class discussion and through case studies, and problem sets.
Lifelong learning skills: on successful completion of this class, students can appreciate the basics of corporate finance and use them to undertake further class in finance and/or in their work experience.


Syllabus: a) Valuation. Methods of Valuation: Net Present Value; Real Options; Cash Flow Analysis. Company and Asset Valuation.
b) Financing. Debt: Senior and Mezzanine Debt; Private and Public Placements; Eurobond Market; Equity: Common Stocks; Preferred Shares; Option Rights; Initial Public Offerings.
c) Valuation & Financing. Capital Structure and Investment Decisions; Mergers & Acquisitions; Leveraged Buy-Outs; Corporate Restructuring; Dividend Policy.

Readings: Brealey, R., S. Myers and F. Allen, 2016, Principles of Corporate Finance - Global Edition, ISBN: 978-1259253331, McGraw-Hill, (12 edition).
Research papers and financial press (Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist) available on Ariel. Access procedure is provided in class.

Prerequisites, exams and assessment

Type of assessmentEsame
Assessmentvoto verbalizzato in trentesimi

Prerequisites, exams and assessment Closed-book written exam.

Structure of the course

Scientific fields

  • SECS-P/11 - Economia degli intermediari finanziari - Credits:6

Lezioni: 42 hours

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FRANCESCA ARNABOLDI , responsible for the courseLa prof.ssa Arnaboldi è in congedo per motivi di studio e di ricerca.Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche "Cesare Beccaria" - Sezione di Scienze Economiche e Diritto tributario