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What subjects will I study in the Master’s degree? Part 1

What subjects will I study in the Master’s degree? Part 1

In this post, we will schematically explain in what the subjects ‘Mergers and Takeovers’, ‘Economic Environment’, ‘Cash management and relation with financial institutions’ and ‘Financial Instruments in Support of SMEs’ of the Master’s degree in Corporate Finance consist.

27 june 2016

The UV’s Master’s degree in Corporate Finance aims to form professionals to cover the professional activity and the responsibility that the Colegio Oficial de Economistas de Valencia (COEV) deems as specific of the expert in Corporate Finance. The teaching load is 60 ETCS Credits, and some of the courses to be found are the following:

Mergers and Acquisitions (3 ECTS Credits)

This subject will introduce some of the key aspects of the undertaking control market and the reaction of the stock market to the acquisition announcement, both for the entrepreneur purchaser and for the one that has been acquired.  The subject is divided into eight units:

  1. The decision to carry out a merger and an acquisition;
  2. Reasons why mergers and acquisitions are undertaken;
  3. The search process of the target company;
  4. Friendly exchange operations;
  5. Hostile acquisition operations; Defence mechanisms;
  6. Acquisitions via leveraged buyout (LBO);
  7. Privatizing firms: “Thirty years of cultural policies in Spain. Case study”;
  8. Analyses of mergers and takeovers case studies.

Economic Environment (3 ETCS Credits)

The aim of the subject is to deepen in the knowledge of the economic environment, in which the productive activity of the firm is conducted. It is divided in 10 theoretical and practical sessions composed of six units in which the reports of the main international bodies (IMF, OECD, World Bank, Bank for International Settlements, WTO) and the central banks (ECB, Bank of Spain, the US Federal Reserve System), as well as the data provided by the Bank of Spain, OECD, IMF, ECB, Eurostat and the Fed) will be frequently consulted.

Cash Management and Relationships with Financial Entities (3 ETCS Credits)

The area of cash management stands out among the different areas of financial management due to its economic importance and the implication of several departments, each with their own interests: financial, buying, commercial and production. The Master’s Degree in Corporate Finances dedicates an entire subject to study and apply the concepts, methodologies and practical instruments in which the financial executives for the firms should support themselves in order to successfully address the development of their daily activity regarding cash management tasks. The course is divided into two main parts: Cash management (part 1) and relationships with financial entities (Part 2). If you are interested in knowing more about cash management, the post Cash management: definition and structures is available on the Master’s Degree blog.

Financial Instruments in Support of SMEs (3 ETCS Credits)

In this subject, the concept of SMEs in the European, fiscal and accountant fields is studied. Besides, different financing alternatives are analysed and compared, in particular, the role of Sociedades de Garantía Recíproca, el Mercado Alternativo Bursátil, entidades de Capital Riesgo (private equity), the funding lines of Crédito Oficial Institute (ICO), as well as alternative means of funding (participation loans,crowdfunding, etc.). The contents of the subject are the following:

  • Concept y characteristics of the Spanish SMEs;
  • SMEs funding problem;
  • Analysis and diagnosis of a SMEs financing situation;
  • Participative financing;
  • SMEs financing support;
  • Public financing instruments;
  • Study of the SMEs public support financing sources: lines ICO, EINSA, IVACE and European programmes.
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Published by: Pablo Martí Prats
 

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