Stern Executive MBA Program
Stern School of Business, New York University
Structured Finance is the design of debt, equity and hybrid financing techniques in order to resolve particular issuer or investor problems that cannot be solved by conventional methods. This course will be taught around five major topics employing in-depth group work on case studies and deal documentation. The focus will be on identifying situations that call for nonstandard corporate finance solutions, and the design and pricing of the situation-specific financing instruments. Examples of such situations include stress-induced financial restructuring, recapitalizations, leveraged financings, and arbitrage-driven hybrid notes.
Prof. Ian Giddy is a graduate of the University of Michigan (MBA 1972, PhD 1974) and the University of the Witwatersrand (BSc 1970). He has taught finance at NYU, Columbia, Wharton, Chicago and lectured in 45+ countries abroad during the past thirty years. He was Director of International Fixed Income Research at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1986 to 1989 and has been a consultant to numerous companies and banks. He is the author or co-author of many articles and books, including The Handbook of International Finance, The International Money Market, Cases in International Finance, Global Financial Markets, Asset Securitization in Asia and The Hudson River Watertrail Guide.
The course employs cases and problems as well as classroom lectures and discussions, and "live case studies" to offer a hands-on learning experience. We will make use of international as well as domestic examples. Each student will be expected to prepare thoroughly and to participate actively in class discussion. Material covered in the assigned readings will generally not be repeated in class. Rather, class time will be devoted to lecture and case discussion, applying the material covered in the readings.
The Course on the Internet
We will make use of the Internet for resource material and communication. Indeed this course outline itself will evolve: the definitive version is the Web site at pages.stern.nyu.edu/~igiddy/structured-emba.html. In addition, assignments and grades will be available on Blackboard.
Introduction to Structured Finance ("ISF") by Frank J. Fabozzi, Henry A. Davis, and Moorad Choudhry. Additional readings may be downloaded from the links in the course outline below. More articles and applications could be added after the course gets underway.
1. Introduction to Structured Finance (ISF), Ch 1 & 2
2. Hybrid Instruments
The course grade will be based on class participation, group work, written assignments and a final exam. The distribution of grades may be found on Blackboard.
The Wall Street Journal and the London Financial Times provide the most comprehensive daily coverage of financing news. Other key resources for structured finance include Structured Products, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Euromoney magazine.
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Structured Finance - EMBA