Corporate Finance I

FIN504A Corporate Finance I

Autumn 2022

  • Topics

    1. Capital Structure: Modigliani and Miller
    2. Agency Considerations in Corporate Finance
    3. Corporate Governance and Control
    4. Optimal Security Design
    5. Debt Structure and Seniority
    6. Asymmetric Information and Signaling
    7. Theory of the Firm

  • Learning outcome

    The candidate should on successfully completing the course, be able to:


    • Explain the fundamental concepts in advanced corporate finance theory
    • Relate theoretical concepts in corporate finance to relevant empirical research


    • explain intuitively as well as mathematically the topics covered
    • effectively read and discuss research papers in corporate finance theory
    • explain different empirical settings used to test corporate finance theories
    • expand on some of the topics to the level of developing own research ideas

  • Teaching

    Regular lectures.

    If necessary, depending on the Corona situation the course will be digital.

  • Restricted access

    PhD candidates from NHH as well as PhD candidates from other institutions can take part in the course.

  • Required prerequisites

    Good knowledge of finance and microeconomic concepts & tools at the intermediate level.

  • Assessment

    Two individual problem sets each weighting 50%

  • Grading Scale

    Grading scale A - F.

  • Computer tools


  • Literature

    Jean Tirole (2005), The Theory of Corporate Finance

    In addition, a number of articles will be assigned.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language
English. All lectures and coursework (including the students own) are to be completed in English.

Autumn. Not offered Autumn 2022.

Course responsible

Professor Tore Leite, Department of Finance, NHH.