Cases in Corporate Finance



Matti Suominen, Professor,

Aalto University School of Economics, Finland



6,0 ECTS

45 contact hours; 150 student work hours



Corporate Finance


Goals and objectives:

This case course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply and extend the concepts and tools they have learned in other courses. Its main theme is the creation of shareholder value. Topics covered include financial analysis, capital budgeting, company valuation, the cost of capital, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, capital structure decision, initial equity offerings and dividend policy.


Given that the course largely applies material from previous courses, I do not distribute any new reading material in advance. However, to prepare for the course I will ask you to briefly review all the material related to (investment and company) valuation and capital structure choice from your previous courses and your course books.


Course Content:


Topic 1. Financial analysis

Topic 2. Company Valuation

Topic 3. Costs of Capital



Topic 4. Capital Structure Decision

Topic 5. Leveraged Buyouts

Topic 6. Initial Public Offerings

Topic 7. Payout Policy

Topic 8. Mergers and Acquisitions


Teaching Methods:

The course is taught with cases, as well as some lectures on topics like valuation and M&A. Lecture sessions will be devoted to the issues and concepts underlying the topics of the cases discussed later. Case sessions will be devoted to a discussion of the case assigned for that day.  


Students are organized into groups of three or four. It is strongly recommended that participants prepare each class by discussing the material for that day with the members of their group.


Course Reading:


Optional reading material


To solve the cases you will most probably find it helpful to refresh your memory by reading the relevant chapters from:


  • Brealey, Myers and Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance, 8th Edition (or newer), McGraw-Hill, or 
  • Ross, Westerfield and Jaffe, Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill, 6th Edition (or newer) and
  • Your class notes from earlier finance courses.


Additional reading material that you may find helpful and interesting include:


  • Koller, Goedhart, and Wessels, “Valuation” (4rd Ed), 2005, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, NY.
  • Aswath Damodaran’s “Corporate Finance,” Wiley, Inc., 2nd Edition, 2003 (or newer).
  • Hawawini and Viallet: “Finance for Executives: Managing for Value Creation,” South-Western College Publishing, 4th Edition, 2011, which covers well especially financial analysis and valuation.


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