Not available in 2024/25
FM480      Half Unit
Corporate Transactions: Finance

This information is for the 2024/25 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Daniel Ferreira

This course will first be available during the 2025/26 academic session.


This course is available on the MSc in Law and Finance only. Students on any other programme are not permitted to take this course.


Students must have completed both Corporate Finance: Law (LL4FA) and Principles of Corporate Finance (FM479) in the Autumn Term as pre-requisites for Corporate Transactions of Finance.

Course content

This course covers advanced topics in Corporate Finance. It covers roughly the same topics as FM407. It focuses on the strategy, valuation and execution of corporate deals. In particular, the first part of the course covers mergers, divestitures, partial-divestitures (e.g. equity carve outs) and leveraged buyouts. The second part of the course provides a framework of analysis for the resolution of financial distress and bankruptcy. Each of the topics introduced in this course covers both institutional details and results of relevant academic research. It is furthermore supported by case studies.


30 hours of lectures in the WT.

This course is taught in the interactive lecturing format. There is no distinction between lectures and classes/seminars; there are "sessions" only, and the pedagogical approach in each session is interactive, totalling 30 hours across the Winter Term.

Formative coursework

There will be some formative assignments distributed during the term.

Indicative reading

A course pack will be distributed that includes case studies as well as additional readings such as textbook chapters, and practitioner articles.


Continuous assessment (100%) in the WT.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2023/24: Unavailable

Average class size 2023/24: Unavailable

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness