During adverse environments, bankruptcy and reorganizations often reshape the capital structure by offering opportunities to create value through the restructuring process.

For example, in rising economic periods companies may undertake acquisitions or spin off divisions to enhance shareholder value.

nn This is a hands-on course with an emphasis on experiential learning. 25% of the grade will be based on class participation, and 75% will be based on cases and projects. The course will focus on valuing the securities of companies undergoing significant changes as a result of litigation, restructuring, regulatory changes, mergers, spin-offs or significant industry shifts.

nn Specifically, the course material is designed to improve student skills in: (1) assessing the relative attractiveness of individual companies, (2) building stock screens to filter and rank firms based on user-specified parameters, (3) buying and shorting individual equity positions, and (4) monitoring and managing portfolio risk. However, there will be a number of individual cases and a final group project. This Bass seminar is designed to develop students' ability to interpret and use financial accounting information in credit and equity valuation contexts.

This course should be of value to students who expect to be in senior positions within corporations and will determine financial reporting policies, as well as those in investment banking, venture capital, investment management, consulting or public accounting. This course examines the unique institutional, governance and transparency issues affecting corporate valuations in emerging markets.

At the conclusion of the course, students will present their strategies to the class and a panel of expert judges. These include (1) understanding the process that generates accounting numbers and its implications for the quality of those numbers for decision purposes, (2) understanding the business environment a firm operates in and the firm's financial, accounting and operating strategies, (3) tools for assessing a firm's performance including ratio and cash flow analysis, and (4) identifying patterns that suggest low earnings quality and/or earnings manipulation.

No specific undergraduate major or courses are required for admission, but experience with analytic and quantitative concepts is important. Students will be expected to: (1) make one presentation (most likely as a part of a two-to-three person group) that explores the valuation and value drivers of a specific emerging market firm and (2) attend all four classes. This case-driven course is designed to help students who plan to serve on boards as private-equity or venture investors, entrepreneurs who will need to assemble and manage boards, and executives who realize they will need to interact with and answer to boards.

The primary criteria for admission are intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions. The course is beneficial for entrepreneurs, consultants, investors and managers operating in or considering expansion to developing markets. Topics covered will include an assessment of related party transactions, importance of political factors and social networks, governance conflicts, and the risk of expropriation. This course is focused on helping students understand the role boards and board members play in corporate governance and the lives of businesses large and small. A) and the program in International Policy Studies (M. The Stanford Master of Science in Management for Experienced Leaders Program (MSx) is an intensive, one-year course of study for middle-management executives leading to the degree of Master of Science in management. By understanding the roles and responsibilities of board members and the mechanisms though which they exercise these duties, students will come away with an understanding of how boards function effectively (and in too many cases fail to function effectively). Traditional business courses analyze an array of factors affecting business decisions but provide little systematic consideration of the role of taxes in individual financial planning decisions. The objective of this course is to develop a framework for understanding how taxes affect business decisions. This is a 2-credit advanced elective in equity investing that will be offered in the Spring 2013 quarter. Almost all students obtain one or more years of work experience before entering, but a few students enroll directly following undergraduate study. Grades will be on a pass/fail Professor Piotroski teaches the Accounting-based Valuation and Valuation in Emerging Economies courses at the The course is designed to help students understand the issues boards face - both routine and non-routine - through the eyes of the board member. The goal of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of taxation and tax planning as they relate to personal income taxes and considering an individuals financial position. A Joint Degree Program allows Stanford students to combine the M. The ACCT541 portion of the course will require each student group to make a class presentation, as well as turn in a written report. This project-focused course is designed to develop students' ability to interpret and use financial accounting information in credit and equity valuation contexts. Such research encompasses studies dealing with contemporary financial reporting issues as well as research addressing issues relating to the globalization of financial reporting. The aim is to increase student's familiarity with empirical accounting research, their ability to critically evaluate research and research designs, and to prepare students to conduct independent research. Managerial Incentives and Corporate Governance: Concepts and Empirical Methodology. Each of these topics will be illustrated using contemporary examples from accounting, economics, and finance. student undertakes a global experience to provide direct exposure to the world’s opportunities. with degrees in the Graduate School of Education (M. nnn Students enrolled in the Spring (ACCT541) will reconvene in the second half of the quarter for a series of class lectures/talks as well as team presentations, summarizing their experience. The range of applications includes: the structure of managerial performance measures, buyer-supplier contracting arrangements, earnings management, voluntary and mandatory disclosure and financial analysts. The focus of the research we will discuss in this seminar is on global financial reporting. The course features several faculty who will each give a focused look at a given area, introduce students to important questions in that area, key papers in the related literature, and critical aspects of the research designs applied in the area. The first part of the class will examine a set of applied econometric topics that are useful in empirical accounting research. Michael Spence, Venkataraman Srinivasan, Myra Strober**, James C. Wilson*; (Associate Professor) Andrea Shepard; (Senior Lecturers) David L. Some of the classes will be held in the "Real-time Analytics and Investment Lab" (R. Material covered in a second Financial Modeling course, as well as in Accounting 312 (Evaluating Financial Statement Information) and Accounting 313 (Accounting-based Valuation) will come in handy. nnn Event-driven investing follows the life cycle of companies as they revamp their corporate structures in response to economic and regulatory environments.