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Corporate Finance for Lawyers

Understanding the Power Balance Between Shareholders, Secured Lenders and Unsecured Creditors

9781035302024 Edward Elgar Publishing
Rolef de Weijs, University of Amsterdam, Joost de Vries, JBR Institute and Aart Jonkers, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Publication Date: February 2023 ISBN: 978 1 03530 202 4 Extent: c 416 pp
Corporate Finance for Lawyers explores the intricate relationship between law and corporate finance. Utilizing the ‘Financial Mindmap’ throughout, chapters depict financial concepts by using colours and visualizations in a clear and intuitive manner.

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Corporate Finance for Lawyers explores the intricate relationship between law and corporate finance. Utilizing the ‘Financial Mindmap’ throughout, chapters depict financial concepts by using colours and visualizations in a clear and intuitive manner.

The book provides an introduction into the basic building blocks of corporate finance, including Enterprise Value, Equity Value and Net Debt, and the dominant company valuation methods of EBITDA-multiples and Discounted Cash Flow. The book further explains finance patterns from both a finance and a legal perspective, most notably the use of non-interest bearing, secured credit, shareholder loans and guarantees, ending with reorganization procedures.

By providing a uniquely integrated analysis of law and corporate finance, this practical book will be a beneficial resource for lawyers, including judges, from all over the world involved in financial transactions and corporate litigation. Students of law and finance will find the book an excellent learning experience, since it discusses the foundational principles of law and finance and how they relate to real-world practices. Finance professionals will also benefit greatly from the depiction of finance in action rather than as assumed under perfect markets.

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‘Using an easy to follow financial tool the authors explain how key elements of corporate finance including leverage finance, company valuations, secured lending and non-interest bearing finance work and interrelate, how returns are achieved and what terms like enterprise value and working capital really mean. They do so in an innovative way drawing together finance theory and the reality of practice to produce what is likely to be a key foundation text not just for corporate lawyers but all those working in the world of M&A and finance.’
– Chris Hale, Chair Emeritus, Private Equity and Financial Sponsors

‘This work presents a great utility in how it addresses issues affecting businesses from legal, economic, financial and accounting perspectives from the moment of setting up to when a business experiences financial difficulties. The treatment is holistic, the materials from impeccable sources and the arguments firmly grounded in the authors' many years of experience. Without doubt, it is an important and timely text.’
– Paul Omar, De Montfort Leicester Law School, UK
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