Course 2017-2018 a.y.



Department of Finance

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 24 - 26
WBB (6 credits - II sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/09)
Course Director:

Classes: 24 (II sem.) - 26 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The course provides an introduction to the most important aspects of corporate finance. The objective is to acquire the essential skills necessary to actively deal with the corporate finance activities of an internationally operating firm. The course explores both investing and financing decisions, focusing on their role in the creation of shareholder value.
The course covers four main parts.
  • The value of a firm - financial instruments, valuation concepts and decision rules.
  • Risk and return - theory, empirical evidence and applications to capital budgeting.
  • Financing decisions and market efficiency.
  • Payout policy, capital structure and valuation.

Course Content Summary

  • Finance and the financial manager.
  • Valuing bonds and common stocks.
  • NPV and investment decisions.
  • Risk, return and the opportunity cost of capital.
  • Capital budgeting and risk.
  • Efficient markets and behavioural finance.
  • Payout policy, debt policy and capital structure.
  • Financing and valuation.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

  • Course assessment consists of a written exam (50-100%), case studies (0-20%) take-home assignments (0-30%). The cases and take-homes have the main goal of helping to master the course material. They also offer opportunities to collect extra points for the total course grade.
  • Course assessment is identical for attending and non-attending students. To make this as easy as possible, all non-exam grade components are handed out online and handed in online.
  • Results of cases and take-homes expire after the first retake of the final exam. The specific dates are announced in class.


  • R. BREALEY, S. MYERS, F. ALLEN, Principles of Corporate Finance, McGraw Hill, 2017, 12th edition.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)


This course is a quantitative course but does not focus on mathematical derivations or complicated statistical analysis. It does require some basics in mathematics and statistics.
Financial Mathematics, Accounting, and Financial Markets and Institutions are prerequisites for Bocconi students.
For exchange students, having taken similar courses is advised. You should have reasonable knowledge of basics in financial mathematics such as the time value of money, annuities and perpetuities; basics in statistics such as probabilities, variances/covariances and ordinary least squares; basics in accounting such as being able to read information contained in balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements.
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