Corporate Finance School

3 days 27-29 Nov 2017, Manama Bahrain £2,000.00 Download brochure Add to basket

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The course is based on case studies and model building and covers all the practical aspects of the major corporate finance activities including:

Day 1: Valuation by WACC and by multiples

Day 2: M&A Structuring, synergies, due diligence and pro forma analysis

Day 3: IPOs and restructuring in financial distress

The course is built around actual case studies illustrating current practices including:

• BA/Iberia merger;
• Marathon corporate restructuring; Tommy Hilfiger LBO;
• Phelps Dodge M&A valuation; Royal Bank of Scotland; Allianz;
• Real estate company;
• and many others.

The case study work will include team based negotiation and excel modelling (using spreadsheets supplied).

The course is delivered by Paul Richards, who has substantial banking expertise and experience of delivering courses in finance to banks and financial institutions all over the world. He has also taught MBAs and Masters in Finance students in leading UK business schools.

Course objectives

The course delivers in-depth exposure to all the main corporate finance disciplines including valuation, M&A and acquisition financing, LBOs and debt restructuring as well as the associated model-building.

Teaching techniques

• The course is delivered by means of a combination of short lecture session followed by practical case studies some of which involve using excel models.

• The sessions are highly interactive and questions and attendee participation is encouraged.

• Case study work also involves negotiation which is undertaken in small groups.

• The concepts taught, the exercises and the case studies are designed to be of practical benefit to attendees and are immediately usable in the workplace.


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Paul Richards

The Course Director has taught Masters students at leading business schools in the UK (Cranfield and Cass Business Schools) for more than 15 years. He has also trained successfully for Euromoney for 5 years in more than 100 courses many of which have been customized courses delivered in-house for major banking institutions (eg Barclays, HSBC and other international banking institutions).

He has more than 20 years investment banking experience specialising in domestic and international corporate finance at UBS (Warburg), HSBC and Map Securities (part of Skandia Insurance and Mapfre, Spain). He was also the chief executive of the London merchant banking operation of Credit Industriel et Commercial, a major French banking group.

As a result of this experience, he has extensive first hand experience of: mergers and acquisitions; IPOs; bond issues; secondary market issues; privatisation; debt syndications; corporate treasury; equity valuation; investment analysis; security and derivative valuation; private equity; modelling; corporate governance; and compliance. His consulting and training clients have included a wide range of organisations such as Bowring, Industrial Development Company and Association of Corporate Treasurers and he has also been involved in expert witness work.

Currently, he is CFO at Affinity Real Estate Private Equity and he also undertakes training assignments for Euromoney. He is a non-executive director of Energy Invest Group, a resource financing company.

He won the 2004 Wincott Foundation Prize for his article "Lessons in shareholder value" on the boom and bust in new economy stocks, published in Professional Investor (the journal of the UK Society of Investment Professionals - the UK member society of the CFA Institute).

He has been a member of the FTSE Indices Committee, a member of the Accounting Standards Board working party on Operating and Financial Review and has 12 years’ experience as a non-executive director of a listed UK company.

He is a graduate of Cambridge University and London Business School. He is also a CFA charter holder, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a Fellow of UKSIP.



Manama Hotel

This programme takes place on a non-residential basis at a central Manama Hotel. Non-residential course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.


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Day 1

Investment Appraisal and Valuation

Session 1: Investment appraisal and model building

  • Introduction to modelling – the key principles
  • Payback; Discounted payback
  • Net present value, internal rate of return
  • Key assumptions, modelling principles
  • Model drivers: tax; working capital; capex
  • Capital Structure Theory: Modigliani and Miller
  • Enterprise value concept
  • Impact of tax and financial distress costs
  • Cost of debt, cost of equity
  • WACC (weighted average cost of capital)
  • How CAPM can be used to identify the cost of equity
  • The impact of gearing on the cost of equity
  • Model inputs and sensitivity
  • Calculating beta and the risk premium

Case study: Calculating the cost of equity  using beta and adjusting the beta for changes in gearing

Session 2: WACC (Weighted average cost of capital)

  • Estimating enterprise value using WACC
  • Forecasting free cash flows and the growth rate
  • Terminal value calculations
  • Obtaining an equity value using WACC
  • Review of WACC as a valuation tool
  • Alternative terminal value calculations
  • Re-iteration where necessary
  • Return on invested capital

Case Study: Valuation involving preparation of cash flows, calculation of WACC, estimating enterprise value and hence equity value

Session 3: Valuation using multiples

  • Background to the multiple-based approach
  • Requirements to achieve reliable results
  • Alternative valuation ratios
  • Value drivers and valuation

Case study: Phelps Dodge multiple based M&A valuation

Session 4: M&A rationale, synergies and due diligence

  • Strategic decision making: do companies need to grow?
  • Acquisition versus organic growth
  • Types of transaction
  • Types of synergies
  • Identifying the acquisition benefits
  • Quantifying the benefits
  • Types of synergy
  • Legal risks in acquisitions and risk mitigation
  • Credit risk in the event of a problem
  • Impact of the nature of the transaction (friendly/hostile) on due diligence
  • Due diligence: financial, legal and commercial
  • Deal breakers, adjusting the price
  • Managing acquisition risk

Case studies: BA/Iberia

Day 2

Acquisition Analysis

Session 1: Corporate restructuring events and implications

  • Acquisitions
  • JVs
  • Spin-offs
  • Split-offs
  • Carve-outs
  • Targeted stock
  • Contingent value rights
  • Disposals – the controlled auction
  • Bilateral negotiation
  • Data room
  • Vendor due diligence
  • Sale and purchase agreement

Case study: Carphone Warehouse demerger

Session 2: Pro forma acquisition analysis

  • Pro forma financials
  • Accretion and dilution
  • Breakeven PER of cash/debt
  • Impact of capital structure
  • Considering all debt and all equity financing
  • Including synergies in the analysis

Case study: M&A presentation by Rona

Session 3: Modelling the acquisition

  • Building the model
  • Income statements
  • Balance sheets and cash flow statements
  • Capital structure assumptions
  • Financing options
  • Examining the impact on credit ratios
  • Dividend policy

Case study: model building to examine the impact of the acquisition, its synergies and its financing on the financial statements of the buyer

Session 4: Financing the acquisition

  • Capital structure flexibility
  • Bridge financing
  • Issuing equity
  • Vendor placing
  • Deferred consideration: Earn-outs
  • CVRs

Case study: Pharma company contingent payments

Day 3

Highly Leveraged Transactions: LBOS

Session 1: Leveraged buy-out types

  • Deal types: LBO, MBO, MBI, BIMBO, SBO, LBU, P2P, etc.
  • Traditional financing structures
  • Objectives of senior lenders
  • Objectives of mezzanine lenders
  • Objectives of equity providers
  • Historical rates of returns
  • Carried interest

Case study: Restructuring Toys R Us, Legrand

Session 2: Structuring the debt

  • Example capital structures
  • Establishing the amount of debt that can be used
  • Assessing the type of debt that can be used
  • Disadvantages of the high level of gearing
  • Key credit ratios

Case study: Materis, international secondary and tertiary buyout

Session 3: Building the LBO model

  • Secondary buy-out case
  • Senior and junior mezzanine
  • Key ratios determining the financing structure
  • Preparing projections for the appraisal of an LBO and mezzanine candidate
  • Model the equity returns
  • Model the mezzanine warrant participation
  • Setting the covenant structure
  • Internal approvals
  • Facility letters

Case study: Building a model of the cash flows and capital structure to test syndication feasibility

Session 4: Satisfying the lenders

  • Acquisition vehicle structure
  • Contractual subordination
  • Structural subordination
  • Achieving debt pushdown
  • Achieving tax relief
  • Opco/propco/holdco

Case study: Holdco PIK, Cognis Gmbh

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
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