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040095 KU Investment Banking (MA) (2020S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ATTENTION! IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER SEMESTER 2020: As the preparation time for this course recommended by the course instructor is 6 weeks and the course will already take place from 6 - 9 March 2020, please write to finance.office@univie.ac.at BEFORE the registration period starts to receive a detailed course description and the link to purchase the case studies.

Friday 06.03. 08:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Saturday 07.03. 08:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Monday 09.03. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course


The aim of the course Investment Banking is to provide insights into selected strategies and / or transactional situations as well as about the industry in general. Among the subjects covered are:
- Initial Public Offering
- Fixed Income Offering
- Restructuring
- Mergers & Acquisitions

Learning approach and learning outcomes

The lecture is taught using an interactive approach, combining lecture, presentations as well as case studies. Prior to the sessions, students are required to submit mandatory hand-ins, which will be explained in further detail below.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss trends affecting the investment banking industry and assess implication
- Understand major investment banking products and services
- Explain how the investment industry and the capital markets interact
- Understand internal procedures and decision making to deliver such products and services
- Appreciate the various dimensions of the client interface
- Describe dimensions of performance and risk
- Describe the impact of financial innovation, advances in technology, and changes in regulations has had on the structure and dynamics of the investment banking industry

Course description

The course will provide an overview about typical transaction-related situations in the investment banking industry. Thereby you will either assume the perspective of a bank or a bank's client: We will discuss transactions in the areas of - among others - equity and debt capital markets, M&A, and restructuring all with a focus on the case study format.
!!! Please note that the case studies used in the course have to be purchased by students on the website of Harvard Business School Publishing. !!!

• You may familiarize yourself with literature / readings about the principles of Bank Management. Basically, feel free to select any literature which suits you. Good references in this context are general Corporate Finance-related books (e.g. great is: Damodaran) or such as Liaw / The Business of Investment Banking.
• A summary of relevant concepts you also find on my website: http://christianschopper.com/on-finance/
• Please note and be mindful of the intensity of the Course: You may assume that the preparation of the respective case studies for the Mandatory Hand-Ins will realistically require anything from 20-30 hours, depending upon how familiar you are with the case study method.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation and grading

Full and timely involvement by actively participating in class as well as the delivery of the mandatory hand-ins will be graded.

Mandatory submissions (Hand-ins)

The mandatory hand-ins should enable students to profit as much as possible from the course by aiding their preparation for class and deepening their understanding of the content. The hand-ins are also the basis for a brief in-class presentation. Please refer to the course materials for the specific structural and organisational requirements of the hand-ins.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading will be dependent upon the quality of your professional preparation, active participation and contribution in class room, as well as the quality and timely delivery of your Mandatory Hand-Ins and Home Assignment. - You can receive a maximum of 100 points, whereby the eventual grades will be as folIows:

Points / Grade
0-49 / 5
50-63 / 4
64-77 / 3
77-90 / 2
90-100 / 1

You can achieve for each of the following criteria the following maximum of points:
• Quality of class room participation & Interim Tests 30 points
• Mandatory Hand-Ins (incl. class room presentations) 70 points

Examination topics

Reading list

see course description

Association in the course directory

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