Corporate Financial Strategies
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18, 19 & 20 November 2020 - NH Collection Brussels Centre BE - Brussels (Price: 1890 Euro )
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Course Highlight

Every decision made in a business has financial implications, and any decision that involves the use of money is a corporate financial decision.

This 3 day course is the "Finance for Non-Financial Managers" for executives, senior managers or corporate finance specialists who want to have a view from the top or a refresher course on the important role Finance plays in the organisation and how the processes work!   

Corporate finance consists of the financial activities related to running a corporation, usually with a division or department set up to oversee the financial activities. Corporate finance is primarily concerned with maximizing shareholder value through long-term and short-term financial planning and the implementation of various strategies. Everything from capital investment decisions to investment banking falls under the domain of corporate finance.

This 3-day course provides a complete practical guide to the mechanics of modern corporate finance.  It is applicable to any manager working in, directly working for or in need to assess a company as a stakeholder.

Key areas covered include:

  • The principles of corporate finance
  • The role of finance versus accounting and the purpose of creating shareholder value
  • The tools available to the corporate finance department
  • The financial statements and understanding the organisation through ratios.
  • The fundamentals of capital markets and the time value of money
  • The capital structure and the dividend policy
  • The cost of capital and capital budgeting
  • An introduction to company valuation
  • Corporate governance and the rationale behind mergers and acquisitions

Recommended background

This course is designed for all professionals working with or working in the corporate finance department wanting to broaden their perspectives by adding a complete overview on the role corporate finance plays in an organisation.

What you will learn

You will learn the core principals and major applications of corporate finance, the differences between accounting versus finance. Learn how to evaluate the performance of the organisation through ratio's and how to calculate the organisation true cost of finance.  Explore how to create value and determine the value of an organisation.

Course format

Practice-based learning and critical engagement is a key theme through all our courses allowing delegates to acquire the needed skills and techniques to be applied as soon as they are learned and developed.


Day 1:

First Principles of Corporate Finance

  • The Importance of Finance
  • The Finance Department
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Financial Control and Treasury
  • Creating Shareholder Value
  • Financial Terminology
  • The role and time value of money
  • What are strategic financial decisions


Financial statements

  • Financial Documentation and the annual report
  • The Balance sheet, the Income statement and the Cash Flow statement
  • GAAP versus IFRS


Analysing the performance

  • Financial ratio analysis introduction
  • Operational efficiency ratio's
  • Profitability ratio's
  • Financial structure ratio's


The fundamentals of markets

  • Investors and expectations
  • Risk versus return
  • The time value of money
  • Perfect and efficient markets
  • Inefficiency and market bubbles
  • Economic theory
  • Portfolio theory


Day 2:

The Cost of Capital

  • Introduction to the cost of capital
  • The cost of the different sources of capital
  • Measuring the cost of capital
  • Analysing the cost of debt
  • Analysing the cost of equity
  • Using the capital asset pricing model
  • Weighted average cost of capital


The Capital Structure

  • The meaning of leverage
  • Understanding business risk and financial Risk
  • The capital structure decision
  • The optimal capital structure


Capital Budgeting

  • The capital budgeting process
  • Basic principles of capital budgeting
  • Investment decision criteria
  • Cash flow projections
  • Project analysis and evaluation
  • Capital rationing and risk analysis


The Dividend Policy

  • The forms of dividends
  • The dividend payment chronology
  • factors affecting the dividend pay-out policy


Day 3:


Introduction to Company Valuation

  • Introduction to company valuation
  • Book Value Based Valuation
  • Market Multiples
  • Dividend Growth Model
  • Cash Flow Based Valuation
  • Advantages and Disadvantages


Corporate Governance

  • The objective and guiding
  • Forms of business and conflicts of interest
  • Specific sources of conflict
  • Corporate Governance Evaluation


Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Definitions and Classifications
  • Motives for mergers
  • Takeovers
  • Regulation 
  • Merger Analysis
  • Who benefits from Mergers
  • Corporate Restructuring



Price and Registration Dates

Early booking discount: A 10% discount is available if you register 2 month(s) before the course start date.
Belgium Subsidies: Flanders KMO-portefeuille: DV.O225876 and the Brussels Capital Region.

NH Collection Brussels Centre BE - Brussels :   18, 19 & 20 November 2020
Boulevard Adolphe Max. 7, 1000 BE - Brussels, Belgium
Timing: From 09:00 till 17:00
Price: 1890 Euro  (Vat Exclusive)
Early booking discount: A 10% discount will be applied if you register before or on 19/09/2020

Course Lecturers

Kris De Clercq, MBA

Kris has lectured finance to managers for more than 17 years in Europe and Eastern Europe. His teaching as an associate for a UK based global business school included “Issues in International Finance and Investments”,” Corporate Finance” and “Issues in IFRS”. His industry experience is over 20 years working for asset managers, investment banks, global custodians in the UK, Luxembourg and Belgium. He received a universities award for innovation in finance teaching and learning.  

Maureen Whitehead-Lausman, MBA

19 years associate lecturer in Financial Strategy and Corporate Strategy for a triple accredited global business school. 20 years’ experience developing and delivering training programs for large and medium sized companies including in Germany, China, USA, Singapore, Ethiopia, South Africa, Russia and Romania. Corporate finance, value based management and finance for non-financial managers at middle and senior management level are a particular interest.  

Mag. Johannes Hofinger, MBA, FRM

Johannes Hofinger is specialized in Risk Management, Basel III, IFRS and regulatory reporting. His professional skills are reinforced by strong academic roots. He lectures for global business schools in corporate finance, managerial accounting and financial reporting. The main roles undertaken are lecturing, consulting and project management.  

Our International Experience

Participant feedback

A course with 10 participants is very good to favour the interactivity. Thanks for the perfect course content and lecture.

Very good course, teacher, and approach. Material available on-line prior the course + request to the participants about their expectations from the course.

A pleasant and knowledgeable instructor with a lot of interaction among participants.

An excellent course for people like myself.

Congratulations! Very well done. Nothing more to add.

I really appreciated the empathy and skills of the lecturer Bruno Bosch. Also, the size of the group (7 persons) was perfect to have the necessary interactivity throughout the course.

I strongly recommended this training to my colleagues as I found it very useful.

I think this was one of the best course I've ever attended. The trainer, Mrs Maureen, was extremely pedagogic and the structure of the course was very well planned with just the right mixture of theory versus practical examples and exercises.

It was a very enjoyable course. The group was small which made it easier to be 100% involved.  The exercises and case study were absolutely great and necessary to put the theory in practice. A very knowledgeable teacher.

It was nice to have a lecturer with profound knowledge on the topic so that the level of discussion could go further than the simple basics of valuation.

Lecturer had good understanding of the subject and good understanding of practical application.

Perfect for me. Exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you for the training, which was very clear and met my needs.

The course absolutely answered my expectations and needs.

The lecturer is a knowledgeable person with real market experience which is a plus.

The lecturer is excellent. She explained clear and control good interaction with students.

The training format and takeaways corresponds to what I expected. Thanks for the good preparation

Theoretical explanations good and with good interaction with audience.

There were lots of real life examples and relation to peoples own industries.

This was an excellent course and Kris made it very interesting and useful. He is highly knowledgeable, skilled and open to suggestions.

Thumbs up Maureen!

Very good and interesting training. One of the best I ever had.


Companies who attended our courses


AG Insurance
Allianz Benelux
Argenta NV
AXA Belgium
Baloise Insurance
Banca Monte Paschi Belgio S.A.
Bank De Groof
Banking Association (Kosovo)
Belfius Investment Partners
BNP Paribas Fortis
Bpost Bank
Buy Way
CBC Bank
Celio Finance SPRL
Delen Private Bank
Delta Lloyd Life
Deutsche Bank AG
DKV Belgium
Ethias SA
Euler Hermes Services
Euroclear Bank SA/NV
Euroclear Investments
Europ Assistance
European Investment Bank - EIB (Luxembourg)
European Union - EDFIMC / ElectriFI
Flanders Investment & Trade
Gras Savoye Belgium
Incofin Investment Management
ING Bank België
KBC Bank
Ministry of European Integration (Kosovo)
National Bank of Belgium
NN Insurance Belgium
Record Bank
Société Générale Private Banking
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Triodos Bank
VGD International -Audit & Tax
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
Zurich Insurance plc, Belgium branch
Vanbreda International
Afton Chemical SPRL
Air Liquide
Allnex Belgium SA/NV
ANL Plastics
Arcelor Mittal ( Belgium & Luxembourg)
Axalta Coating Systems 
BASF Antwerpen
BASF Belgium Coordination Center
Beaulieu International Group
Borealis Polymers NV
Bridgestone Europe SA
CNH Industrial Belgium NV
Cofely Fabricom
Cytec Belgium
DOMO Chemicals (Germany)
Dow Corning
Electrolux Appliances AB - EMA- EMEA (SEE)
Engineered Pressure Systems International
European Owens Corning Fiberglas
Fost Plus
GDF Suez
Griffith Foods
Hamon & Cie
Heraeus Electro-Nite International NV
Jacobs Belgium
Milliken Europe
Niko Group
NXP Semiconductors - Prodis  (Netherlands)
SPX Cooling Technologies
Synventive Molding Solutions (Germany)
Vinçotte International
VPK Packaging Group NV
Yara Belgium NV
Antwerp World Diamond Centre
AVEVE Biochem NV
Carrefour Belgium
Delhaize Corporate Group
Abbott Logistics B.V. (Netherlands)
AbbVie (Canada)
Agfa HealthCare NV
AZ Sint-Blasius
Baxter International (Austria)
Catalent Pharma Solutions
CinnaGen (Tehran)
Datwyler Pharma Packaging International
Groep OZ ESV
Landelijke Christelijke mutualiteit (LCM)
Mutualités Libres: MLOZ
Novartis Pharma
SA Bristol- Myers Squibb Belgium NV
Stryker (Netherlands)
Terumo BCT Europe NV
Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen
AW Europe
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN)
Corelio Printing
De Persgroep Publishing nv
EDF Luminus
Elia System Operator
Engie Electrabel NV/SA
Eni Gas & power
Fluxys Belgium
Itineris NV
Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen
Europees Parlement
Ministry of European Integration
National Agency for Protection of Personal Data
Nationale Loterij
SD Diensten NV (SD Worx)
SESAR Joint Undertaking
Stad Antwerpen
Stadsbestuur Harelbeke
Syntra Brussel
UGent - FBW
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Acturus sprl
ARC Europe
BIA Africa
Bia Overseas
Brooser BE Operations 
Cipal Schaubroeck
Computer Task Group
Deloitte Accountancy
Egemin International
Enhesa International
FIS (former Clear2Pay)
Interel Group
K&L Gates
Matexi NV
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
PwC Tax Consultants
Vinçotte International sa
Alstom Belgium
ARC Europe 
Brussels Airport Company
De Lijn
D'Ieteren Auto
Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen
Globachem nv
GSC Greensea Chartering 
HONDA Motor Logistics
Neovia Logistics
PSA Antwerp nv
Retail & Wholesale
Seatrade Reefer Chartering
Thalys International
Trimble T&L
Volkswagen Group Services
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Zeebrugge NV
Witzenmann Benelux nv

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