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This course looks at equity finance – the range of equity instruments and markets available to a company. First, we look at private equity and the role of venture capital companies that provide such finance. We look at the mechanics of an initial public offering (IPO) and at recent cases of companies ‘listing’ on a stock exchange for the first time. We go on to explore certain important strategic issues for a business when considering equity finance:

  • When should a company list? What factors affect the timing of an equity issue?
  • Why should a company list on more than one stock exchange? This is known as ‘cross-listing’.
  • Why might a company choose to buy back its shares and why might it de-list from an exchange?

Throughout this course you will find extensive references to literature and websites. These should be explored to deepen and broaden your understanding of the issues raised.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand private equity and the role of venture capital companies in providing this
  • understand why and how public equity issues can be undertaken
  • look at the reasons for cross-listing on stock exchanges
  • examine why a company might de-list from an exchange and return to private ownership.

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