ICM311-Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: ICM108 Fixed Income and Equity Investments
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr George Alexandridis

Email: g.alexandridis@icmacentre.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:


The main aim of the module is to provide a rigorous grounding of the theory and practice of corporate finance and more specifically the long-term financial management decisions of the firm pertaining to investments, financing and payout and how they affect its value. It deals with how corporations are governed, their financing structures, payout policies, the processes involved in the issuance of public and private equity, as well growing through inorganic investment (mergers and acquisitions). The module also extensively dealsParticipants also gain exposure to with advanced financial analysis and enterprise valuation methods employed by financial advisors/investment banks as part of advising corporations. Students on this moduleThey also take part in a bespoke investment banking pitch-book simulation challenge whereby they have to work with as part oftheir a team and to produce a real life pitch-book including financial analysis on a real transaction as part ofand assessing the company’s strategic alternatives.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • Appreciate value increasing corporate governance characteristics and the latest trends in corporate governance

  • Critically discuss the main goals of a corporation, the impact of “short-termism” and responsible long-term value maximization.

  • Explain the differences between financing alternatives and the associated processes involved

    Propose and defend a financing strategy for a real firm

  • Assess optimal capital structure and payout policy in the presence of market imperfections

    Understand the mechanisms and pros and cons for different forms of payout

  • Discuss the most common types of mergers and acquisitions, their motives, alternative financing methods and value creation potential

  • Value a real corporation using different advanced valuation methods and financial modelling (DCF, Multiples, LBO)

  • Build a comprehensive “pitch-book” including detailed financial analysis assessing the strategic alternatives of a real corporation for a real life transaction

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to encourage teamwork and communication skills via case study methods and group discussion. Students will get exposure to real corporate finance problems/case studies and analyse industry and company information from various sources including Bloomberg, Thomson One and and Thomson Eikon.

Outline content:

- Objectives of the Firm, Agency problems and Corporate Governance 

- Financing Alternatives and Issuing Securities 

- The Capital Structure Decision 

- Payout Policy  

- Mergers and Acquisitions

- Advanced Enterprise Valuation and Financial Analysis


Global context:

The module is focused on the European and US markets but also extensively utilises cases and examples from a number of other countries including the Chinese market.  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures are designed to offer a practical understanding of the topics

Seminars will be used to discuss non-assessed problem sets and case studies. There will be nine 2-hour lectures and 7 x 1. hour seminar

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Tutorials 7
Guided independent study 175
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 60
Class test administered by School 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

2 hour mid-term exam: 40% of the total final assessment mark

4,000 word group project: 60% of the total final assessment mark (20% of this mark is based on group peer evaluation)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A minimum total mark of 50% for the module

Reassessment arrangements:

Through individual project to be submitted in August of the same year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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