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Learning Objective

To develop an understanding of the role of financial strategy in the investment, finance and resource allocation decisions within an organization.

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Module Description

We start the first day by discussing the goal of the firm and the drivers of value. This will require an understanding of cash flows and required rates of return. We will introduce concepts such as free cash flow and weighted average cost of capital. We finish the first day valuing a high-tech start-up that eventually failed and ask how a company worth several billions in December can declare bankruptcy 8 months later. On the second day, we will discuss how firms should finance themselves, followed by Mergers and Acquisitions. We will finish the day by studying one of the largest acquisitions by a company from a developing market.

Program Outlines
Explain the role and nature of financial strategy and its relationship to shareholder value;
Identify the main elements of investment appraisal; and evaluate long-term decision opportunities through the use of appropriate techniques;
Identify and evaluate the major sources of finance available to an organization;
Explain the role of capital markets in raising finance;
Discuss the main methods of managing working capital and analyses working capital policies;
Evaluate the motive for and financial implications of, mergers and acquisitions;
Discuss the impact of taxation and inflation on financial strategy decisions.
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About The Speaker


Chair of the Department & Professor of Finance,
Aalto University, Adjunct Professor of Finance, INSEAD

  • Program Director of the INSEAD "Finance for Executives" program and receiver of 'Best Core Course Teacher Award'
  • Associate Professor of Finance, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, July 2002-2006. Program Director of the "Finance for Executives" executive course.
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Finance, Wharton, USA, July 2005- December 2005.
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, July 1997 – June 2002.
  • Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co., European Corporate Finance Practice, August 2000 – May 2001.
  • Holds a PhD in Financial Economics from Wharton School of Business, USA.
  • Areas of research; Information economics in financial markets, market microstructure and corporate finance.
  • Best Core Course Teacher Awards from INSEAD and Aalto University
  • Published articles in leading academic journals such as journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, International Economic Review and the Journal of Financial Markets (Best paper award).
  • Also taught specific programmes for Bertelsmann, CISCO, China State Grid Corporation, Dresdner Bank, Haniel, Korea Electric Power Company, Noble (Hong Kong), Nordea, Mubadala, Schlumberger and Shell.

In addition: Participants will have the opportunity to attend:

  • A one-hour session at the end of the first day on ' Financing a Business in Saudi and ME' delivered by Ernst & Young.
  • Two hours session at the end of the second day on ' Rebooting Business Beyond Financials' delivered by the Executive Director of CIMA, UK.

Confirm Your Seat

Kindly reply to Mr. Khazi Mohammad Zafar, Training Manager at MILE, (Mob#: +966.501.359.647)

Program Fee

Fees: US$ 1,750/- inclusive of
  • Two days registration fee
  • Lunch & coffee breaks
  • A complimentary book
  • Unlimited web access to MILE's video recorded lectures of world renowned business professors, global business thinkers and CEOs
  • Webinars and you-tube channel
  • Certificate of Attendance