Corporate Finance

As a Corporate Finance professional you will be dealing with the financial and investment decisions of your company and working towards maximizing shareholder value through long-term and short-term financial planning and the implementation of various strategies.

What do Corporate Finance professionals do?

Corporate finance professionals are responsible for governing and overseeing the financial activities and capital investment decisions of their company, including deciding whether to pursue a proposed investment, whether to pay for the investment with equity, debt, or a combination of both; and whether shareholders should receive dividends. Additionally, they are also involved in the management of current assets and liabilities, and inventory control.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Preparing financial reports by referring to the accounts of the firm
  • Checked Creating Financial models for funding projects
  • Checked Attending meetings with sales team for understanding projections for the coming month
  • Checked Putting together reports for bank transactions and business loans
  • Checked Having discussions with the compliance division of the company
  • Checked Providing consultation on fund management to the company
  • Checked Maintaining audits and internal checks

Job roles in financial analysis

Financial Analysts deal with capital budgeting which involves estimation of revenue for annual budget, assessment of capital proposals and decisions regarding buying, or leasing or selling.
A cost analyst is involved in taking decisions regarding the cost of any service or pricing of products.
A credit manager is involved in the credit decisions of the company as in how much credit is to be given to the suppliers, the rate, credit guidelines, collection of receivables and their securitization.
Cash manager manages all the short term as well as long-term cash requirements of a company, maintaining a healthy relationship with banks for short-term credit needs, safeguarding the company’s interest by having adequate working capital and investing the surplus cash in such avenues that can give sufficient interest.
The job of a benefits officer involves managing pension funds and other health care benefits and plans which are cost effective and at the same time are for the benefit of the employee.
Real estate officer has to deal with the real estate issues of a company, be it purchasing a piece of land, negotiating lease terms and conditions with the opposite party, acquiring real estate properties and evaluating them.
Investor relations officer is responsible for maintaining good relations with a company’s investors, be it individual or institutional investors. Duties include replying to institutional investor queries, organizing investor teleconferences, issuing a press release for corporate events and circulating financial information about the company value for the investing public.
A treasurer’s job role involves supervising the treasury department which is involved in the processes of financing, cash management ,risk management, pensions management etc.
This is a managerial position with duties pertaining to financial planning, accounting, reporting, and cost analysis.The areas of operation involves property, revenue, benefits, derivatives, lease and joint interest accounting of a company.

How to become a Corporate Finance professional

Step 1
Take any Stream at +2 level

You can take any stream at +2 but taking up Commerce stream will give you an advantage while taking up further studies in finance.

Step 2
Take a bachelor’s degree preferably BCom/BBA

You can take a BCom(Hon) course or a BBA(Finance) course which will give you a strong base for a career in Corporate Finance. These are of three years duration.


Note:

You can also take up CA/ICWA/CFA or actuaries by Actuarial Society of India There are also numerous diploma and certificate courses available for specialisation in Corporate Finance

Step 3
Take a Postgraduate qualification in Banking & Finance

You can take an MBA/PGP/PGDM in Banking and finance with specialisation in Corporate Finance to enable you to take up senior positions in this career field

Corporate Finance Colleges

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Requirements for masters in corporate finance

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (Master of Management Programme - Economics and Strategy Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay)

  • A four year Bachelor Degree or a Masters Degree in any discipline with first class or 60% in aggregate
  • CA/ICWA with a first class Bachelor's Degree in any discipline (60% marks in aggregate

Foreign(for admission into MSc (Corporate Finance)King’s College London. United Kingdom)

  • Undergraduate degree in management, economics, finance or other relevant subject.
  • A 2:1 honours (overall average of at least 65% across all years of study)
  • English Language Proficiency : 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill In IELTS or 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing, 23 in reading and 20 in each of the other skills TOEFL
  • Two references are required with at least one being academic

To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

Skills Required

Interpersonal skills

Interpersonals skills are an integral part of a corporate finance career as professionals need to interact with a lot of people . This could be people from their own or other departments ,customers , suppliers , bankers and investors , etc

Analytical and Quantitative Skills

Numbers are going to be a core part of a corporate finance professional’s job. Being able to handle numbers and numerical concepts with ease is an essential requirement.

Adaptability

As Accounting rules , tax laws and regulations keep getting changed, these professionals should keep themselves up to date with latest knowledge and trends and adapt their working accordingly.

Attention To Detail

Corporate Finance professionals need to pay meticulous attention to detail in their work as even decimal point errors can create problems. Each word and number has its own implications on the finances of the company and Diligence and accuracy is necessary

Industries

  • Checked Finance Departments in Corporate firms
  • Checked Investment banks
  • Checked Mergers & Acquisition firms
  • Checked Commercial Banks
  • Checked Private Equity firms

Top companies

  • Checked Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc
  • Checked Aon P.L.C
  • Checked Willis Towers Watson P.L.C
  • Checked Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
  • Checked SBI Life Insurance
  • Checked Max Life Insurance