his course is designed to be an applications oriented course and will
draw heavily upon real world change of control case studies. The course
builds on the prior courses in corporate finance. The course will not
introduce significantly new finance principles or analytical techniques
other than those to which the student has been exposed to previously in
the prerequisite introductory courses in finance at Columbia. The course
will seek to apply basic finance principles and analytical techniques
to actual problems likely to be encountered by senior management of
major corporations or those who are the advisors to such management in
the context of an M&A transaction. At the conclusion of the course,
the student will have gained an appreciation for the role M&A plays
on today's corporate landscape and have formed an opinion as to whether
or not an M&A transaction "makes sense" for the firm. The student
should expect at the conclusion of this course to have gained a level of
competency in M&A commensurate with an entry-level investment
banking associate in M&A. Whether or not the student "practices"
M&A, the course will afford the student with an insider's look into
what is an undeniable major force on today's corporate landscape.
Accordingly, students who are interested in investment banking,
consulting, equity research, corporate development, corporate lending,
strategic planning, private equity, leveraged finance, or proprietary
trading many wish to consider this course.
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business
Professor Donna M. Hitscherich currently serves as a senior lecturer of Finance, director of the Private Equity Program, and a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Professor Hitscherich’s courses include Corporate Finance as well as the elective courses Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Advanced Corporate Finance. In 2002, she...