London School of Corporate Finance

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5 January 2012 - 3:03pm

Many of the postings on here reflect of long term education, but there is a need for professionals to be updated on a regular basis, bearing in mind that legislation changes regularly. To this end I was looking for a course that would allow me to update my Corporate Finance including M&A to IPO's to LBO's. There appears to be a number of courses that are available but the structure of the course run at the London School of Corporate Finance took my attention and I wondered if anybody had used this course. The structure covers: a) Applications of corporate finance. b) Identifying and evaluating synergies. c)Valuation methodology and techniques. d) Cashflow approach vs. accounting approach. e) Cost of capital and capital structuring. f) M&A: public company takeovers and private company acquisitions. g) Leveraged finance and management buy-outs. h) Financing alternatives and typical financing structures. I) Exit strategies

In my view that is a comprehensive approach but my concern is whether there is a slight overload. The course is run over 5 days with a cost of almost £5K which is a substantial investment thus my concern as to the quality of the course.

Can anybody who has undertaken the course please comment, and can others give an opinion on the content and whether they think it is balanced?

23 January 2012 - 12:28pm

As someone who teaches similar subjects ay university I was quite impressed by the previous post. The breadth of the subjects that have been outlined certainly shout of a balanced yet thorough approach. Again, however as I have said in other posts there is so much on offer that I have doubts as to whether maximum benefit can be gained from these courses. There is a need for constant updating but the framework for this is not to cram all into a short set of lectures spread over a few days. Yes some knowledge will be gained and retained but these are commercial companies running these courses and one should not lose sight of that. Some universities run evening and weekend courses that will ask for greater commitment but I venture to suggest that the return n a time/cost basis would be greater.