Not available in 2024/25
FM431W      Half Unit
Corporate Finance A

This information is for the 2024/25 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Ulf Axelson


This course is available on the Global MSc in Management, MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and MSc in Finance and Risk. This course is not available as an outside option.

Global MSc in Management ('Accounting and Finance' and 'Finance' concentrations only)

This course is available with permission on the Diploma in Accounting and Finance with the approval of the Programme Director.

This course is not available as an outside option.

Outside students should consider taking FM474L Managerial Finance as an alternative option.

This course cannot be combined with FM474 Managerial Finance.

This course is not capped, any eligible student that requests a place will be given one.


Basic Mathematics and Statistics knowledge. The course is self-contained but it covers a broad set of topics. Some prior knowledge of economics, finance and accounting is advised

Course content

The course covers range of topics in corporate finance starting with capital budgeting techniques, in relation to CAPM and other valuation instruments. The course then proceeds identifying the driving forces behind capital structure decisions and choices over debt and equity finance. Special consideration is given to the tax implications of those choices, the possible costs of financial distress, the incentive implications of financial decisions and the signalling impact of those for financial market participants. A final part of the course covers some specific topics in corporate finance: decision to go public, mergers and acquisitions and start-up finance (time permitting).


20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the WT.

Formative coursework

Students will be set weekly problem set assignments. Solutions and guidance will be provided during the weekly seminar classes. The final seminar class, students will solve a formative mock exam. Students will receive individual feedback on the mock exam prior to the final exam.

Indicative reading

J. Berk and P. DeMarzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson International Edition. Full details of reading will be specified in the Course Programme and Reading List which will be distributed at the first lecture.


Exam (100%, duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes, reading time: 10 minutes) in the spring exam period.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2023/24: 32

Average class size 2023/24: 16

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness