Lectures and Seminars: An overview



The bachelor course Finanzwirtschaft offers an introduction to finance. To this end, we will introduce the concept of the time value of money, saving plans and explain how to evaluate fair prices of stocks and bonds. You will learn how to calculate a net present value and receive an introduction to the relationship between risk and return. Finally, we will give a brief overview on the valuation of stock options. Questions that will be answered in this course include: How much must be paid off each month to repay a loan within a given term? What decision rules exist to assess the profitability of a project and how are they applied? How is the risk of a project determined and, if necessary, diversified? What is the relationship between the value of a call option, a put option and the underlying stock?

Firm Strategies and Managerial Behavior

The module „Firm Strategies and Managerial Behavior“ is separated into two parts, as already suggested by the name. In the first part of the course we cover basic theoretical firm behavior in competitive markets. In this context we answer questions such as: How do firms set prices? How does game theory help us to gain a deeper understanding of firm behavior in the market? Are there different strategies in different markets? How do firms find optimal strategic answers to the behavior of other competitors? In the second part of the course we dive deeper into the individual firm. In this segment we cover the following questions among other things: How should firms design their compensation schemes to mitigate information asymmetries? What are possible incentive systems to guarantee that employees work for the purpose of the firm? By attending this module you get a first insight into the behavior of firms in different markets, into competitive firm behavior and into solutions for the practical design of compensation schemes.

Corporate Finance

In the Corporate Finance module you will learn more about the funding and investment behavior of firms. In this context we intensively talk about the differentiation between shares and bonds as well as debt and equity as funding resources. Furthermore, we cover the Modigliani Miller Theorem and its’ importance and applicability for reality. You also learn more about the valuation of firms, theoretically and with hands-on examples. This will give you an idea of why valuations differ dramatically depending on the methods used. In the context of this course we answer questions such as: Is there an optimal capital structure for firms and how can they get there? How do firms decide which projects and investments to follow in the future? How and why do firms need to incorporate taxes into their decision making? And how does a firm decide how to fund itself?


Advanced Corporate Finance

The course Advanced Corporate Finance deals at an advanced level with questions of optimal investment and financing decisions in markets with asymmetric information and uses economic literature to gain more knowledge about those concepts in reality. Thus, the course is essentially split into two parts: theory and empirics. To this end, the module starts with contract theory methods to discuss what conditions must be in place to ensure adequate effort provision by the entrepreneur and financing of the project. Further on, it then proceeds with adjustments to the baseline model to answer questions on: What happens if new investment opportunities arise? How do the model predictions change if the entrepreneur uses his own wealth to finance projects? The second part of the course delves into empirical views on leverage and Venture Capital. In this context we answer questions such as: Do firms have a target capital structure? Is Venture Capitalism always positive, or is there a downside to it? Are characteristics of real-world financial contracts comparable to their counterparts in financial contracting theory? By reading and talking about economic literature intensively you learn how to ask critical questions and how to read and interpret scientific result. This can be extremely helpful when it comes to writing your Master or Seminar Theses in the future.

Behavioral Finance

Behavioral Finance delves into the intersection of psychology and finance, challenging traditional economic theories with insights from behavioral science. The objective of this course is two-fold: First, it aims at providing insights into how household financial are affected if agents do not adhere to homo economicus predictions. This section covers non-standard behavioral preferences (like risk, time, and social preferences), decision-making processes, and choice architecture, providing psychology-based insights into individual financial behavior. Thereby, the following questions are answered: How are peoples' saving decisions affected if they are present-biased? Why do so many people refrain from investing in the stock market? And why do people invest in single stocks given diversification gains? Second, the course explores how behavioral biases influence form decisions. Focusing on psychological models of asset prices and trading volume, this part explores topics like biases in investors and managers, and the impact of these biases on corporate decisions. Questions to be answered are for example: How are corporate investment decisions influenced if managers are overconfident? Or how do behavioral biases of managers affect a firm's capital structure? All topics will be discussed by reading and talking about economic literature. A part of the final grade will be the result of a paper presentation.

Case Based Corporate Finance I

In the context of the module Case Based Corporate Finance I you get the chance to work with highly motivated employees from KPMG on real-world cases. Just as in reality you will work in groups to get a deeper understanding of a distinct topic and to experience how work can be done out of university. The topics differ each semester due to the fact that we try to incorporate highly relevant problems. In the recent semesters solutions for the following questions have been searched: How do you found and a new bank und what’s important to know in that context? How can you find market gaps in which you can place your new bank? How to make your risk reporting modern and digital without forgetting mandatory rules? How can you support new start-ups to get external investors ready to invest? The final grade will be a result of your presentation and the seminar paper.

Case Based Corporate Finance II

The master course Case Based Corporate Finance II is in cooperation with our practice partner EY. You will work in groups on a real world case study from the M&A sector and then present your results. You will learn practical methods in portfolio evaluation under the guidance of experienced consultants. On the basis of a portfolio transaction actually carried out by EY in the past, you will learn what needs to be taken into account for the valuation, sale and transfer of such a portfolio. In the past years, students evaluated asset deals and share deals, for example. Questions that are answered include: What is the current earnings situation of the portfolio? How can a sustainable business plan for the portfolio look like? Which valuation of the portfolio is justifiable under the given parameters in order to avoid conflicts with the EU state aid regulation? What is the optimal transaction structure? The final grade results from the final presentation as well as the submitted seminar paper.