Advanced Corporate Finance

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Finance
  • Application code SS-FM350
  • Starting 2019
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: London

Please note this information is for guidance only; confirmation of courses are to be announced in November

This course covers advanced theoretical and applied treatment of major issues in Corporate Finance.

The first part of the course is an in-depth exploration of advanced theories used to understand financial markets in the context of corporate borrowing and lending. Implicitly, we will discuss financing frictions that differentiate the functioning of perfect capital markets with imperfect capital markets. We then build on these theories to understand security design and the process of security issuance in equity markets. Next, we consider the role of corporate control, and the interaction of control rights and cash flow rights. Finally, we evaluate corporate risk management and hedging. 

The second part of the course will focus on the real-world applications of corporate finance tools to address issues commonly faced by corporate managers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Each week, we will focus on a particular issue facing practitioners.  Specifically, we will explore individual case studies of problems such as capital budgeting, the design of optimal capital structures, and the valuations of start-ups, mergers, and private equity buyouts.  We will also discuss the relevance of these tools for careers in finance, consulting, and other sectors. 

Session: Three
Dates: 29 July – 16 August 2019
Lecturers: Dr Hongda Zhong and Dr Ashwini Agrawal


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 300 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees: Click here for information

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*:  Two written examinations

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

More information on exams and credit


Finance (to the level of FM250) OR introductory microeconomics (to the level of EC101).

Programme structure

  • A review of valuations
  • Modigliani and Miller
  • Taxes
  • Recapitalisation
  • Bankruptcy and distress
  • Private Information
  • Dividend policy
  • Optimal capital structure
  • Investment under constraints
  • Real options

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be comfortable working with advanced theoretical models of corporate finance, and be able to apply these tools to perform corporate valuations, prepare capital budgets, and determine optimal capital structures.


The LSE’s Department of Finance has grown in recent years to become one of the largest and most highly-regarded finance groups in the UK and Europe. On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s finance faculty.

Reading materials

These texts are recommended but not required:

Grinblatt M. and S. Titman, Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy, (2nd ed.), McGraw-Hill, (2001).

Brealey R. and Myers S. and Allen F., Principles of Corporate Finance, (12th ed.), McGraw-Hill, (2016).    

Berk J. and DeMarzo., Corporate Finance, Pearson International Edition, (2007). 

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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