Course 2010-2011 a.y.



Department of Finance

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 6
IM (8 credits - II sem. - OB  |  4 credits SECS-P/09  |  4 credits SECS-P/11)
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Classes: 6 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The course is focused on the topic of finance at an international level. The content is divided into two different parts: the first is dedicated to corporate finance issues and the second to investment banking issues. The aim is to give a broad picture about international finance management through both companies and financial institutions approaches. The main goal of the program is to offer both a clear framework and a set of operative tools to understand the relationship between firms and financial system. The first part covers the classical topics of Corporate Finance, i.e. capital budgeting, pay-offs between shareholders and bondholders, cost of capital, designing optimal capital structures, advanced models for risk valuation, integrated management of assets and liabilities, value creating strategies. The second part of the course is focused on the analysis of investment banking activity in the perspective of financial intermediaries dedicated to the selling of products and services for corporate customers. As a consequence of this second part is divided in to three sections: regulation and supervision, market and competition, management and financial instruments. A specific attention is given to corporate finance deals. The whole structure of the course is applied, case based and oriented to develop capabilities to held methodologies and practices used on the financial markets at an international level.

Course Content Summary

Part one (Corporate Finance)

  • The fundamental of corporate finance through an international perspective
  • The tools to apply corporate finance principles
  • Capital structure issues: the concept of cost of debt and equity capital
  • Legal and fiscal rules concerning debt and equity issuing
  • A focus on different sources of debt: bonds, leasing, mortgages, syndicated loans, hybrid debt.
  • How to compare different sources of debt
  • Different models of company valuation (multiples, DCF, APV, real options): theory and practice

Part two (Investment Banking)

  • Financial markets and relationships between firms and financial intermediaries: the business system of investment banking.
  • Regulation and supervision in investment banking activity: a European and an American perspective through Basle II Capital Adequacy Framework
  • Corporate lending activity: medium and long term financing and planning of debt.
  • Pure Investment banking: underwriting and selling in domestic and international markets; the structure of syndicated loans.
  • Corporate finance services: advisory & arranging in M&A; advisory & arranging in corporate restructuring deals.
  • Advisory services for corporate governance: company structure, fiscal planning and property turnaround.
  • Merchant banking services, private equity & venture capital.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

For all the students the exam is written. In this case there are two possibilities: two short mid-term exams (in the middle and at the end of the semester) or one-end exam.


The course is totally based on special readings, slides, ad-hoc cases and professional software delivered through web. At the beginning of the course, the students will received a detailed syllabus in which is specified session by session the usage of the above mentioned documents.

Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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