The range of financial products available as source of financing is very broad. Every type of
company, from startup to big international corporation, can select one, or a combination of financing
options. At the same time, however, the complexity of financing is increasing. Securing a solid
financing basis is therefore more important – and more complex – than ever before.
The course Selected Issues in Business Finance will look at different ways of raising finance by
companies. It is designed to cover different types of businesses, including big corporations, startups,
and regulated institutions such as banks. It will give an overview of types of financing available
and outline its advantages and disadvantages.
Topics will include:
- debt and equity finance
- risk management
- project finance
- private equity
- social impact financing
- Islamic finance
The combined examination consists of a term paper (max, 4,800 words) and an oral examination.
The written part contributes 80% to the final grade, the oral part 20%.
The oral examination verifies basic knowledge of the subject and the ability to design a project. The
written part (Term paper) verifies proper analysis of key issues discussed, sufficient acquisition of
knowledge, implementation of solutions and demonstration of own opinion.
About the lecturer:
Magdalena Dabkowska studied law and anthropology and currently works at Deutsche Bank in
non-financial risk management. She worked for different types of businesses including law firms,
non-governmental organisations, and a travel company, thus bringing in diverse experience gained
at different types of companies.