This course will provide students with a foundation in the financial and legal aspects of a business’ capital structure. It is designed to put students in a position to collaborate on and communicate regarding corporate finance matters with clients and other stakeholders such as bankers, investors and regulators. The course covers many of the subjects included in a business school finance class (e.g. discounted present value, valuation of risk, financial statement analysis, the capital asset pricing model and, most importantly, business valuation), while emphasizing the legal aspects of the capital structure, including the contractual and statutory regimes governing bonds, loans and other debt instruments, convertible securities and preferred and common equity. Other on- and off-balance sheet financing instruments will also be considered including leases, derivatives and structured products. The course concludes with two units applying the principles covered in the first part of the course—mergers and acquisitions and financial restructurings and reorganizations.