Corporate Finance and Strategy

  • Executive
  • Department of Finance
  • Application code EE951
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

Apply the tools of corporate finance to board level strategic decisions - competitive strategy, growth, M&A, leveraged buy-outs, going public or private, and financial distress. A fast-paced and highly interactive course aimed at current and aspiring senior decision makers.

 5 day intensive programme running 2 - 6 November 2020

This fast-paced course uses contemporary case studies, realistic valuation exercises, and interactive learning to explore the interactions between corporate strategy and corporate finance.

This executive course is suitable for:

  • Directors
  • Executives
  • Managers and other professionals with some finance background, who wish to study corporate finance as a tool for making strategic decisions.

On-campus tuition fee: £6,295

Includes all LSE tuition, course materials, daily lunches, and networking events. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the five days.

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Programme details

Entry requirements

All LSE executive education participants are required to have:

  • Fluency in English.
  • A good undergraduate degree or significant work experience in a relevant role(s).
  • Minimum two years’ professional experience. Typically our participants have more than ten years’ work experience.


Introductory economics and introductory finance.  Students must be familiar with finance topics such as discounted cash-flow analysis, WACC and CAPM; advanced knowledge of corporate finance is not required.



Programme structure

The course provides an applied and practical approach to finance, enabling you to use the concepts, frameworks, and tools of modern finance to address topical issues. The programme is designed to enhance your understanding of corporate finance as a tool for making strategic decisions.

You will learn how to apply basic capital structure and valuation techniques to the analysis of strategic decisions, such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, and raising capital. The course will then take you beyond the analysis of capital structure and valuation techniques, by focusing on interactions between financial and strategic decisions in corporations.

This course will address the following key topics:

  • Financial markets and project valuation

  • Corporate and competitive strategy; mergers & acquisitions

  • Financial distress and the interactions between financing and investment decisions; leveraged buyouts

  • Strategy for new businesses; going public and private.

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Course outcomes

  • Improve your understanding of the interactions between financial and strategic decisions

  • Develop skills in working with modern valuation tools and learn how to apply them to the valuation of projects and companies

  • Understand how modern theoretical developments in finance and strategy are applied in real-world situations, by means of hands-on applications using real financial data

  • Interact with a diverse set of professionals, and work in teams to sharpen your problem-solving skills.

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Faculty and guest speakers

The course will be taught by:

Dr Vicente Cuñat is Associate Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at LSE. He holds a PhD in Economics from LSE and a Msc in Economics and Finance from CEMFI. Find out more here

Professor Konstantinos Zachariadis is Associate Professor, School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London. Find out more here



"I would definitely recommend others to study this course and if I was given the chance, I would choose to study at LSE again. The benefits I’ve gained from the course have been impressive."

Rick Rosas, Partner, PwC

Read Rick's full profile here.


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