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LPS-FN209: Corporate Finance in a Global World: Challenges and opportunities

Dr Moqi Xu, Lecturer, Department of Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science

Course outline

Financial markets around the world have become more accessible than ever before. And yet every country is different, with its own set of financial, accounting, legal and fiscal systems, and its own cultural norms. Can we use the same corporate finance concepts when we cross borders?

This course introduces students to corporate financial decision making in an international context. We will study the most important financial decisions the corporations make: capital structure, risk management, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions. These decisions will be embedded in a global setting with its own challenges of political and exchange rate risk and differing corporate governance standards. Along the way, students will learn about the legal framework of the firm as well as more technical aspects of valuation and risk management techniques.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to key concepts in international corporate finance and to enable them to formulate strategies in international finance and investment. As an introductory course, it is not necessary that students have a background in Finance. Expect this to be an interactive class: we will take the perspective of corporate financial managers and discuss actual case studies together. These are set around the world, with a focus on Asia: we will examine real decisions made in India, Russia, Venezuela, Japan, Vietnam, and China. In addition, students will formulate strategy recommendations for real companies, with the goal of developing real shareholder proposals.

Afternoon classes will be dedicated to deepen students’ understanding of the technical aspects of international corporate finance.

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About the Instructor


Dr Moqi Xu specialises in Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance. Her main research interests are the effects of regulations and contracts on financial decisions of corporations, such as capital raising or investment. She currently works on a comparison of rights offering regulations around the world and various studies on the effects of CEO employment contracts.

Dr Xu joined the LSE in 2011 with a PhD from INSEAD, France. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a consultant with McKinsey.