Introduction to Corporate Finance (Mergers & Acquisitions)

M&A, Capital Raising, Capital Markets, Debt Financing, Equity Financing and more
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (3,801 ratings)
38,485 students
Introduction to Corporate Finance (Mergers & Acquisitions)
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (3,811 ratings)
38,485 students
Understand who the key players in the capital markets are
What the capital raising process looks like
What the main business valuation techniques are
The types of valuation multiples
How to structure a deal
How to finance an acquisition
Types of debt securities
Types of equity securities
Overview of career paths as well as how to prepare for interviews


  • A basic understanding of finance
  • A basic understanding of accounting

Interested in a career in corporate finance? Looking to move up the ladder at your current job? 

This introduction to corporate finance course will give an overview of all the key concepts you need for a high powered career in investment banking, equity research, private equity, corporate development, financial planning & analysis (FP&A), treasury, and much more.

Our Corporate Finance 101 Course will teach you:

  • Who the key players in the capital markets are, 
  • What the capital raising process looks like, 
  • The main business valuation techniques, 
  • Types of valuation multiples, 
  • How to structure a deal, 
  • How to finance an acquisition, 
  • Types of debt securities, 
  • Types of equity securities, 
  • And an overview of career paths as well as how to prepare for interviews.
Who this course is for:
  • University students studying finance or accounting
  • Professionals looking to move into corporate finance
  • Finance professionals looking for a refresher
  • Anyone who wants to learn about corporate finance
6 sections • 30 lectures • 1h 32m total length
  • CFI Intro video
  • Introduction and instructor biography
  • Session objectives
  • Key players in the capital markets
  • Business and funding lifecycles
  • Capital raising overview
  • Capital raising process
  • Introduction to valuation
  • Comps, precedents, DCF anlaysis
  • Enterprise value vs equity value
  • Drivers of value and price
  • DCF analysis
  • Introduction to M&A
  • Acquisition process
  • Types of buyers
  • Valuation process
  • Structuring considerations
  • Financing M&A
  • Debt funding introduction
  • Debt capacity
  • Senior debt
  • Subordinated debt
  • Equity funding introduction
  • Types of equity
  • Private equity exits
  • Preferred shares
  • Career map
  • Interview prep
  • Top 5 corporate finance career hacks
  • Advance your career

CEO at Corporate Finance Institute | 350,000+ students
Tim Vipond
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 8,393 Reviews
  • 69,768 Students
  • 3 Courses

Tim is CEO of the Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI).

Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI) is a leading financial analyst certification company that provides career-focused financial modeling training. CFI’s courses have been delivered to tens of thousands of individuals at the top universities, investment banks, accounting firms and operating companies in the world. CFI is the official provider of the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)™ designation.

Tim has over 12 years of experience in capital markets across a wide range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising totaling more than $3 billion.  

His professional experience includes investment banking, investment management, corporate development, strategy and corporate finance.