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Department of Business Administration

Topics in Corporate Finance  (Finanças Empresariais - Mestrado em Gestão - Coimbra, 2012-2013)

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Course schedule: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as listed in the course outline.


Goals

Students taking this course should expect to learn the nature and purposes of financial management. They will gain skills in investing techniques and financial management. They will learn, through seminar discussions and a hands-on project on financial forecasting and selection of financing products. In the end the goal is to apply the state-of-the-art techniques often used by finance directors and investment bankers.

Instructor

Prof. António Marques-Mendes
Office nr.: 417. Tel +351-239-790-548; Fax +351-239-790-413
Web site   Topics in Corporate Finance • E-mail student@marques-mendes.com

Lectures and seminars take place in the rooms assigned by BEDEL.

Tutorials and appointments are available by prior booking through email

Details on Marques Mendes' current research interests and availability to supervise MBA, Msc and PhD thesis can be found in his personal web page.

Pedagogy

The course employs cases and problems as well as classroom lectures and discussions. We will make use of international as well as domestic examples. Each student will be expected to participate actively in class discussions. A written project will be due by the end of term, to be discussed during an oral exam.

The Course on the Internet

We will make use of the Web for resource material and communication. Indeed this course outline itself will change: the definitive version is at  our Web site. All students must have an email address and Web access. Lecture materials, as available, can be downloaded from the Web. (In some cases you will need the Adobe Acrobat reader, Version 6 or higher, available free from Adobe's World Wide Web Site http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html.). To access the course site, use tcf2011 ID, and your 10-digit password (ask me to get it). Students are encouraged to exchange their own material by posting it to a shared file space.

To keep up with the world of corporate finance visit regularly the following sites:

Text and cases

Richard Brealey and Stewart Myers, Principles of Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill, New York. (Latest edition)

Mark Largan, International Corporate and Investment Banking - Practice and Law, Institute of Financial Services, Canterbury, UK. (Latest edition)

Students should have read the assignments before coming to class. Material covered in the assigned textbook readings will generally not be repeated in class. Rather, class time will be devoted to lecture and case discussion, applying the material covered in the readings.

Grading


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Course Outline

(Links to the readings may be updated as we proceed)

Date (Weeks) Topic  Papers & Chapters for Discussion Other Readings, and Materials on the Web Cases/Assignments

 

24-28/9/12

 

 

 

 

 

 









1
Introduction to students and mission statement: "The role of Universities and the job market"

Introduction to Topics in  Corporate Finance






Business Profiling
Business classifications






Syllabus for a BSc in Business Administration






01-04/10/12
2 The Case for Going Public

Going Public: The Pros and Con

Euronext - Going Public

Largan, Ch. 12, pp.161-179 e 192-230

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages for a company going public?

IPO Central

Book Building versus Auction Selling Methods: A Study of U.S. IPOs

Brealey Ch. 15, pp.386-399

Collective assignment: a) Discuss the ownership structure of your company and its market float; b) Compare the listing requirements at NYSE Euronext Lisbon, Easynext Lisbon and NYSE Alternext Lisbon, ; c) examine the recent issues of BPI, BES and BCP
08-12/10/12 3 ESG and the evolving nature of Finance Departments and the role of CFOs O papel do Gestor Financeiro (Chap. 1)

ESG Practices Across Developed Markets

Mercer: How CFOs are managing changes in roles and expectations

CMVM

Ten Things That Destroy Shareholder Value An open letter to CEOs who need a little help

Menezes (pp.34-39)

Toward a Leaner Finance Department

Flabby or Fit? A new survey of CFO readers measures finance departments

 

Collective assignment: search web for  Finance Department organization charts, Job Offers in Finance and Personal Profiles

15-19/10/12 4 Earnings quality and accounting shenanigans
ACCA: Why do companies use creative accounting?
Checklists of creative accounting practices
Menezes (Pags. 403-410)

Everything You Need To Know About Earnings

Creative accounting

The Earnings Game

Trick or treat - how to detect accounting tricks

Earnings season: A time to be careful
Accounting Shenanigans on the Cash Flow Statement

Individual reporting: describe potential cases of creative accounting used by the company that you monitored during the course.
Project work: A2
Lista de Empresas
Exemplo
22-26/10/12 5 Financial Planning and Modeling Abordagens ao planeamento financeiro (Chap. 28)

Making Planning Relevant

Collective assignment: Prepare 3-year financial Projections for a listed company using Brealy's (Brealey 2) model or ANJE's  (using data from the company published accounts. Recommendations to assess the results
29-31/10/12   Financial Planning and Modeling
How to Use Financial Models
  Sustainable growth Collective assignment: Prepare 3-year financial Projections for a listed company using Brealy's (Brealey 2) model or ANJE's  (using data from the company published accounts. Recommendations to assess the results
05-09/11/12   How to Use Financial Models   Debt capacity Collective assignment: Prepare 3-year financial Projections for a listed company using Brealy's (Brealey 2) model or ANJE's  (using data from the company published accounts. Recommendations to assess the results
12-16/11/12 6
Corporate restructurings (Acquisitions & Divestitures) Brealey (chap. 33)
Comparing Acquisitions and Divestitures
Taxation of Corporate Reorganizations
Regime Fiscal das Fusões de Sociedades
Statistical Arbitrage
The Choice of Going Public; Spin-offs vs. Carve-outs
Individual reporting: describe the recent acquisitions and divestitures (spin-offs, etc.) in your selected company.
Exercicios sobre arbitragem
19-23/11/11 7 Corporate restructurings (Recapitalizations)

Turnaround financing during credit crunches
Blatz, et al pp. 3-22
Estudo de Insolvências e Constituições de EmpresasPORTUGAL 2009 / 2008
ASPECTOS RELEVANTES NO PROCESSO DE INSOLVÊNCIA
Yell - Debt refinancing and equity offering, Yell_Group_2011
Turnaround Financing Alternatives
Summer 2009 issue of The Journal of Private Equity
Group assignment: Discuss the Wind AG restructuring case study.(Nordex AG, Nordex_2011)


26-30/11/12 8 Agency problems and corporate governance Stock buybacks: the rules
Warren Buffett on:
Stock Options
 and
Stock buy-backs

MM on: Trade investors

Relatório CMVM sobre Governo das Sociedades
Collective assignment: Discuss the Stock buy-backs pros and cons for companies like PT; Unilever; Expedia; Microsoft.(note check the latest SEC filing 10-Q)


03-07/12/12 9 Banking Relationship Management

Investment Bankers: Friends or foes?

Banker-customer relationship (Liscombe pp. 108-122)

Structure of the industry

The edge

 

A Love-Hate Relationship

Managing Banking Relationships

The structure of financial markets and its participants

Key business areas

 

Collective assignment: The Business of Investment Banking - case studies: ES Investment; CaixaBI; Goldman Sachs; UBS

10-14/12/12 10 Corporate ratings and risk management Brealey (Chap. 7, pp.143-165) About stock ratings
Collective assignment: compare StockMarks and RiskGrades for various companies
17-21/12/11 11 The risks of stock market de-listing Case studies: Brisa e Cimpor   USA de-listed companies
           
Atendimento em Janeiro:   3 e 4 Janeiro das 14:30 às 16 horas 10 e 11 Janeiro das 14:30 às 16 horas 17 e 18 Janeiro das 14:30 às 16 horas  
Exame 1a. chamada (4/1/2013: das 10 às 12 horas)
Exame da 2a. chamada (?)


 

Lista dos alunos elegíveis para avaliação continua


Horário das Orais

Resultados da 1ª Chamada 


 Resultados da Época de Recurso
 


(Consulta dos exames: dia 7/2/13 das 16 às 17 horas)

 

Sample quiz page for oral examinations

Data limite para entrega dos trabalhos 18/1/2013 (Nota: as versões em papel devem ser entregues na portaria ou no gabinete do docente. Os anexos em excel devem ser enviados para o endereço: trabalhos_tcf2012@marques-mendes.com com o nome da empresa e do aluno no assunto. 


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