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GRA 6541 Advanced Corporate Finance


GRA 6541 Advanced Corporate Finance

Responsible for the course
Danielle Zhang

Department of Finance

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

This course deals with contemporary issues in corporate financial theory and related empirics. We will focus on capital structure, corporate financial strategy, payout policy, and corporate restructuring. Many of the topics studied are in fast-changing areas of practice and regulation. The course covers selected classic and current theoretical and empirical research to introduce you to the latest developments in the field.

Learning outcome
The main objective is to provide an advanced background and deeper understanding in the mainstream issues of modern corporate finance. The course covers some theoretical and legal issues, but we will mainly focus on empirical research and insights. For group assignments, you will apply your knowledge and your skills to two different types of tasks in the field of corporate finance, namely panel data regressions and event study. You will also have opportunities to work in groups and present academic journal articles, cases, and your own results for the assignment.

GRA 6031 Microeconomics or equivalent
All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Compulsory reading

Collection of articles:
Academic journal articles constitute the primary material for the course. The reading list will be available online at the beginning of the course.

During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant for the course and the examination.

Recommended reading
Berk, Jonathan, Peter DeMarzo. 2014. Corporate finance. 3rd ed. Pearson. (Chapter 14, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 28)
Copeland, Thomas E., J. Fred Weston and Kuldeep Shastri. 2013. Financial theory and corporate policy. 4th rev. ed.. Pearson Addison-Wesley. (Chapter 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20)
Ogden, Joseph P., Frank C. Jen, Philip F. O'Connor. 2003. Advanced corporate finance : policies and strategies. Prentice Hall. Chapter 3-6, 9,11-14,16-18

Course outline
Capital Structure Decisions
Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring
Initial Public Offerings
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Dividend policy and share repurchases
Merger and acquisitions
Corporate refocusing
Behavioral Corporate Finance
Theoretical Corporate Finance

Computer-based tools

Learning process and workload
A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours.

Lectures and class discussions. Students are expected to prepare for the lecture by reading assigned papers and participate actively in the discussions. There will be two empirical group assignments and one group presentation. Most learning will take place through student discussions of articles and cases and two group assignments.

Please note that it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning.

The course grade will be based on the following activities and weights: Presentation 10%, Assignment 40% and written examination 2 hours 50%.

Form of assessment Weight Group size
Presentation 10% Group of max 3 students
Assignment 40% Group of max 3 students
Written examination 2 hours 50% Individual

Specific information regarding student assessment will be provided in class. This information may be relevant to requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several components of the overall assessment. This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded using points on a scale from 0-100. The final grade for the course is based on the aggregated mark of the course components. Each component is weighted as detailed in the course description. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the points system and the mapping scale in the student portal @bi. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

Examination code(s)
GRA 65411 continuous assessment accounts for 100% of the grade in GRA 6541

Examination support materials
BI approved exam calculator
Bilingual dictionary

Permitted examination support materials for written examinations are detailed under examination information in the student portal @bi. The section on support materials and the use of calculators and dictionaries should be paid special attention to.

Re-sit examination
It is only possible to retake an examination when the course is next taught. The assessment in some courses is based on more than one exam code. Where this is the case, you may retake only the assessed components of one of these exam codes. All retaken examinations will incur an additional fee. Please note that you need to retake the latest version of the course with updated course literature and assessment. Please make sure that you have familiarised yourself with the latest course description.

Additional information
Honour code. Academic honesty and trust are important to all of us as individuals, and are values that are integral to BI's honour code system. Students are responsible for familiarising themselves with the honour code system, to which the faculty is deeply committed. Any violation of the honour code will be dealt with in accordance with BI’s procedures for academic misconduct. Issues of academic integrity are taken seriously by everyone associated with the programmes at BI and are at the heart of the honour code. If you have any questions about your responsibilities under the honour code, please ask. The learning platform itslearning is used in the teaching of all courses at BI. All students are expected to make use of itslearning.