Finance for Lawyers

3 days 14-16 Nov 2016, London United Kingdom £3,150.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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To remain competitive and provide a truly top quality service, lawyers serving the international business and finance markets need not only to know the law but also to develop a stronger understanding of their clients' requirements.

This Finance for Lawyers course has been created by Euromoney Legal Training to respond to that need and help lawyers to gain a better comprehension of corporate and capital market activity. The thorough and highly practical programme provides you with the necessary tools, techniques and terminology to give you a clear understanding of the financial issues that your clients have to face in their daily commercial activity.

This intensive three-day course will teach you the essential elements of accounting. By the end of the course you will emerge better equipped to assess, analyse and understand a company's financial position.


Delegates will gain a thorough knowledge of:

  • The importance of cash flow and how to relate it to the balance sheet
  • Twelve key ratios in analysing financial statements
  • International accounting principles and how they can be manipulated
  • How to evaluate capital investment projects
  • How to identify appropriate funding structures
  • Techniques for corporate assessment
  • Basic concepts of credit analysis
  • The qualities of a successful strategy

Who should attend


  • In-house lawyers in banks
  • In-house counsels concerned with the negotiation of loans
  • Executives involved in the documentation of loans
  • Lawyers in private practice who advise clients on loan agreements
  • Corporate counsels


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.

Timothy D H Jury

The course instructor is a chartered accountant, who qualified with KPMG. He has held main board financial and general management directorships in both quoted and private companies. He has considerable experience of management in turnaround situations and has completed a number of acquisitions, disposals and corporate reorganisations.

Following a corporate recovery assignment he joined a major UK consultancy specialising in training for financial services businesses. He spent over two years developing and presenting corporate credit training for a number of large UK banks. Clients included Natwest, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Allied Irish Bank, Co-operative Bank, Hill Samuel Merchant Bank, Swiss Bank Corporation & Trade Indemnity plc.

After a further corporate recovery assignment in the textiles industry he became a full time training and strategy consultant offering courses covering all aspects of corporate lending, financial analysis, accounting, valuation, corporate finance, M&A, strategy and management. He combines his lecturing career with consultancy assignments in strategy and change management and advising on corporate recovery situations.

In-house training initiatives have been completed for Standard Chartered Bank – India, Societe Generale – London, The Kenya Pipeline Company and others, in addition to developing and delivering Euromoney public courses in places such as London, Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Jamaica, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, India, Poland, Romania, Macedonia, Croatia and Hungary. He is involved in graduate and MBA training for London based investment banks such as Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital. Private consultancy assignments have included advising a leading venture capital fund, the strategic review of a national tape and CD retailer and providing strategy advice and research for a major new business venture in Egypt.

He is the co-author of – Advanced Credit Analysis – published by Euromoney in January 1997.



Hotel in Central London

All  courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1

Developing Modern Financial Analysis Skills

Session 1: Introduction to financial  analysis

  • Differences in UK/US accounting terminology
  • Identifying the relationship between cash flow and profit
  • Development of an integrated cash flow model
  • Recognising it’s all about cash
  • Understanding the relationships between the three main accounting statements

Exercise 1: Accounting terminology exercise
Session 2: Fundamentals of  accounting statements

  • The profit and loss account
  • How the P&L has changed over the last  25 years
  • Detailed review of the profit and loss account including explanation of all significant accounting terminology
  • Profit types – trading, asset and business
  • Inventory, depreciation, capitalised interest, minority interests and consolidation 
  • Exceptional and material items

Session 3: Fundamentals of accounting statements

  • The balance sheet
  • Detailed review of the balance sheet including explanation of all significant accounting terminology
  • Understanding the fixed assets note, accounting goodwill – what is it?
  • Liabilities, pension fund accounting
  • Debt and other liabilities like debt deferred tax, contingent liabilities

Session 4: Financial analysis techniques – ratio analysis

  • Objectives of ratio analysis
  • Developing ratio analysis skills
  • Defining the twelve key ratios
  • How much information is there in ratios?
  • Ratio rules – avoiding errors of principle

Session 5 

Case study: Ratio calculation 

  •  Delegates calculate ratios for a leading UK retail group. Delegates consider what ratios do and don’t tell us.


Day 2
Cash Flow Analyis, Accounting Issues and Project Analysis

Session 1: Understanding cash flows

  • Detailed review of the cash flow statement
  • Analysing and interpreting cash flows
  • Summarising cash flows for analysis

Case study: Summarising cash flows

  • Delegates summarise cash flows for analysis purposes

Session 2: Cash flow analysis

  • Defining free cash flow

Case study: Examining patterns of cash flows

  • Delegates match cash flows to sectors

Case study: Growth and no-growth cash flows

  • Delegates restate cash flows to improve their understanding of performance

Session 3
Case study:

  • Delegates summarise and evaluate the cash flows of this distressed British conglomerate

Session 4: Accounting abuses and update

  • Abuses of fair accounting
  • Basic abuses relevant to all businesses
  • More complex abuses relevant to larger groups

Session 5

Case study: Airtours/Mytravel

  • Delegates examine and evaluate the P&L of this major UK based travel group

Session 6: Evaluating capital investment projects

  • Introduction to capital budgeting
  • Discounted cash flow techniques
  • Calculating the internal rate of return

Case study: Speculative housing project

  • Delegates perform investment appraisals to decide whether to proceed with a capital investment

Session 7 

Case study: Eight Projects 

  • Delegates evaluate a number of projects and decide which projects should be pursued and which rejected.


Day 3
Credit Analysis and Strategy Analysis

Session 1: Global Accounting

  • Overview of the international Accounting Standards Board
  • The implications of the IAS Initiative
  • Review of new standards produced in the last five years

Session 2: Funding structures 

  • The relationship between business risk and financial risk
  • The four phases of the corporate life-cycle
  • Identifying appropriate funding structures 
  • Recognising the drivers of funding strategies

Session 3: Credit analysis - the basic concepts

  • Introducing credit analysis frameworks
  • Financial analysis and review of the issues
  • Non-financial analysis – developing a framework

Session 4: Economic and country risk

  • Understanding the indicators and signals
  • Implications of macro-economic change for investors, banks and businesses

Session 5: Overview of non-financial analysis

  • Strategy analysis – what is strategy/ business risk?
  • Overview of strategy terminology and concepts

Strategy concepts multiple choice
Session 6: Techniques for corporate assessment

  • A pyramid model for strategy evaluation 
  • SWOT/Environmental analysis
  • Porters five forces
  • Boston portfolio matrix 
  • Environments matrix

Exercises: Strategy evaluation techniques multiple choice
Session 7: Mini case studies – strategy analysis

  • Mini case study: Major airline strategy change
  • Mini case study: Major private equity transaction in the packaging industry

Course summary and close

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