Corporate finance (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Flavio Pichler
Flavio Pichler
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course provides basic theoretical and practical concepts on corporate finance. The course examines a firm's financial needs and decisions regarding investments and funding (or financial) structure. In particular, the course analyses capital budgeting techniques and provides a view on the funding alternatives that firms can use in order to satisfy their specific financial needs of both short and medium to long term.
At the end of the course, students must be able to analyze, understand and evaluate independently and in a critical manner the financial implications of firm’s decisions.


1. The principles of corporate finance
2. The principles of financial planning
3. Business Plan: structure and main contents
4. Financial structure and investment decisions
5. Medium-long term financing
6. Short-term financing
7. Banking and insurance services for international firms

Teaching methods: Lectures and guided exercises in order to apply theoretical concepts and issues. When needed, experts’ insights on specific topics.

The teacher will be available during office hours all year long. Please check the teacher's personal page.

Borello Kingsley A., Excellent business plan, 6ta edizione, Hoepli, Milano, 2015.
Munari L., Strumenti finanziari e creditizi, McGraw-Hill, Milano, 2015.
Hillier D., Ross S., Westerfield R., Jaffe J., Jordan B., Corporate finance, McGraw-Hill, Milano, 2013.

Details on chapters to be studied will be given at the beginning of the course.
Further readings on specific topics will be made available during the course.
Textbooks and further readings are consistent with the syllabus.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hillier D, Ross S, Westerfield R, Jaffe J, Jordan B Corporate finance (Edizione 2) McGraw-Hill 2013
Borello Kingsley A. Excellent business plan (Edizione 6) Hoepli 2015
MUNARI L. (a cura di) Strumenti finanziari e creditizi McGraw-Hill 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam questioning both theoretical and practical issues. The exam lasts ca 20/30 minutes.

The exam aims at appreciating knowledge and critical analysis capaciteis. Students are requested to deepen and link topics, as well as to use an adequate, technical language.
No distinctions arise between attending and non attending students.