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2023/2024  KAN-CAEFO1077U  Corporate Finance

English Title
Corporate Finance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for cand.merc. and GMA (CM)
Course coordinator
  • Thomas Geelen - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
  • Accounting
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-02-2023

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Learning objectives
  • analyze where to invest a firm’s resources.
  • explain the different funding options for a firm and analyze the best funding option in a given context.
  • determine a firm's optimal payout policy.
  • analyze how corporate decisions are influenced by agency problems and explain how agency problems can be countered.
  • understand and explain modern capital structure theory.
  • apply option pricing models to make financial decisions.
  • explain and describe patterns which can be found in M&A's.
  • understand a firm’s risk management strategy and determine its best risk management strategy
Corporate Finance:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • USB key for uploading of notes, books and compendiums in a non-executable format (no applications, application fragments, IT tools etc.)
  • Any calculator
  • In Paper format: Books (including translation dictionaries), compendiums and notes
The student will have access to
  • Access to Canvas
  • Access to the personal drive (S-drive) on CBS´ network
  • Advanced IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination may warrant that it most appropriately be held as an oral examination. The programme office will inform the students if the make-up examination/re-take examination instead is held as an oral examination including a second examiner or external examiner.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Aim of the course


The aim of the course is to provide students with the capacity to understand and apply the theories, models, and techniques that have been developed in corporate finance.



This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Corporate Finance. The first part of the lectures will discuss the building blocks of the modern firm in detail. This includes the institutional background of firms and corporate governance as well as reporting, capital budgeting and cost of capital. After having investigated the main funding sources for firms such as equity and debt, students will learn about the theoretical concepts underlying modern Corporate Finance. Finally, the use of a firm’s proceeds is discussed in more detail followed by valuation, restructuring and M&A of firms.
The following topics are treated: corporate governance, corporate reporting, capital  budgeting - project evaluation and cost of capital, long-term financial planning - equity and debt, capital structure theory, payout policy, financial modeling, financial and real options, mergers and acquisitions

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, cases and exercices.
Feedback during the teaching period
There will be weekly online quizzes on which the students will receive feedback both online and in class.
Student workload
Preparation 158 hours
Classes and Exercises 44 hours
Exam 4 hours
Expected literature

Preliminary literature.

Berk, J., P. DeMarzo (2019). Corporate Finance, 5th Edition (Global). Pearson.

ISBN-10: 1-292-30415-4

ISBN-13: 978-1-292-30415-1

Selected journal and newspaper articles

Last updated on 15-02-2023