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Corporate Finance and Accounting for Lawyers and Other Professionals


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The goal of the programme is to enable the participant to acquire fundamental knowledge in corporate finance relevant to legal practitioners.  

Throughout the course of their careers, law graduates find themselves dealing with corporate finance issues that are generally left out the law curriculum. Finance and law are co-constituted and, therefore, a fundamental understanding of corporate finance will be beneficial to legal practitioners. The University of Free State Faculty of Law and the ILI-South African Centre for Excellence (ILI-SACE) are presenting an innovative corporate finance short learning programme aimed at presenting salient elements of corporate finance to practicing lawyers. This eight-week programme will enable law graduates to gain a working knowledge of the important elements of corporate finance that is relevant for their practices.

The learning experience will enable participants to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and finance
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of financial markets and their functions
  • Understand the different approaches to capital budgeting 
  • Evaluate capital structure policies and identify practical issues in capital structure policies
  • Analyse and interpret financial statements of corporations
  • Assess the effectiveness of corporate governance policies and practices

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate of completion jointly issued by the University of Free State and the ILI-South African Centre for Excellence.

 

T: +27 51 401 2823 | E: crouss@ufs.ac.za | www.ufs.ac.za/sfpl

 

 

Start Date: September 1st

CLOSING OF REGISTRATIONS:  August 20th

 

Programme:

1.

 

 

 

Introduction to Corporate Finance

This unit presents an introduction to corporate finance, the area of finance that deals with sources of funding and allocation of financial resources, the capital structure of corporations and the maximisation of firm value to shareholders. 

Topics covered include:

  • Law and Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Objectives of a company
  • Time Value of Money
  • Risk and return

UFS- Prince

01-Sep

2.

 

 

Introduction to Accounting Principles and Financial Reporting

In this unit, participants will learn about the fundamental accounting principles behind the preparation of financial statements.

Topics covered include:

  • The mechanics of financial reporting
  • Financial Reporting Standards
  • Financial reporting analysis
  • Income statement
  • Balance sheet
  • Cash flow
UFS- Prince 08-Sep

3.

Financial Statements Analysis

In this unit, participants will also learn how to analyse, interpret and evaluate the quality of financial statements.

Topics covered include:

  • Calculating and interpreting financial ratios
  • Analytical tools and techniques
  • Risk factors relating to the mistatement of financial reports

UFS- Prince

15-Sep

4.

 

 

Understanding Financial Markets

This unit presents a discussion on the different types of financial markets, their participants, and their roles in the economy.

Topics covered include:

  • Major Markets
  • Other markets
  • Financial Markets and the economy
  • Basic Valuation principles

ILI- Sara

22-Sep

5.

Capital Budgeting

This unit covers the different approaches to determining the efficient allocation of resources for major investment or capital expenditures to increase firm value.

Topics covered include:

  • Investment decision criteria
  • Cashflow projections
  • Project analysis and evaluation

UFS- Prince

29-Sep

 

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Capital Structure

This unit presents the different arguments on capital structure (the ways through which corporation finance their assets) and covers practical issues in capital structure policies.

Topics covered include:

  • Capital structure decisions
  • Dividend policy and Company Value
  • Practical issues in capital Structure policy
  • Practical case study

ILI- Nyagaka

 

 

 

06-Oct

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Corporate Governance & Ethics

This unit presents a discussion on corporate governance and ethics as well as the evaluation of the effectiveness of corporate governance policies and practices.

Topics covered include:

  • Stakeholders and corporate performance
  • Agency theory
  • Ethics and Strategy
  • Corporate governance evaluation
  • Practical Case Studies

ILI- Tanushiya

13-Oct

8.

Case Study

  TBD   ILI- Tanushiya   20-Oct



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