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  1. Case study

    The Alfacam Group: impulsive growth and financial distress

    The Alfacam Group was a Belgian company that provided facilities and services for television and production companies between 1987 and 2013. This case portrays the turbulent history of Alfacam, beginning with its inception in 1987, its IPO in 2007 and the failed takeover attempt by Hinduja Group in 2013.

  2. A helping hand from the government can be useful

    You sometimes hear people claim that “The government shouldn't get involved in the corporate world”. But is this actually the case? Until recently, Professor Sophie Manigart felt it was better for government bodies not to get involved in funding (young) companies. On behalf of the IWEPS, the Walloon Institute for Evaluation, Forecasting and Statistics, she carried out a comprehensive literature study into the funding of young and innovative companies and the potential role of the government in encouraging access to this funding. These days, she has a more nuanced opinion.

  3. The new landscape of the infrastructure debt market

    The Belgian infrastructure debt market has undergone considerable changes in the past years. Due to low interest rates environment together with new banking and insurance regulations, market players have revised their infrastructure investment strategies. In order to investigate the recent developments in Belgian infrastructure debt market and their origins, professor Issam Hallak and researcher Mathias Wambeke conducted interviews with market players, representative of the different categories: lenders, private equity funds, public entities, financial advisors, and regulators.

  4. Case study

    Apple: Time to ‘Think Different TM’ about cash

    In August 2012, Apple's stock price hit $700, making it by far the most valuable company in the world with a market capitalization transcending $650 billion. 'Cash is king', is an awfully often heard management slogan, but what about keeping a colossal war chest of $121 billion? And how to frame the March 2012 payout pledge of $45 billion? This case study assesses Apple’s performance using a long-term perspective. It explores Apple’s tax payments and investigates the company’s capital structure, cash position and dividend policy.

  5. Case study

    Autoparts: analysis and valuation of a distressed buy-out by a private equity investor

    At the end of 2008, Dutch automotive component supplier AutoParts was on the verge of bankruptcy, due to high leverage levels combined with lower revenues as a consequence of the worldwide economic crisis. This case discusses a private equity investment in a distressed company undergoing operational and financial restructuring. It strongly focuses on the valuation of a troubled company.

  6. religious_investors

    Active shareholder engagement by religious investors

    Religious institutions can influence corporate behaviour by being active in the ownership of their shares, according to new research carried out by Vlerick Business School together with the International Interfaith Investment Group 3iG, along with ESADE Business School in Spain.

  7. All together

    Transforming finance in an ICT organisation

    To prepare to meet greater competition resulting from the liberalisation and privatisation of Europe’s railway system, ICTRA’s Finance Department of the Belgian Railways Group undertook a process of transformation in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting Belgium. The case study that has now been published in collaboration with Vlerick Business School outlines the transformation project and can inspire other ICT organisations seeking similar results.

  8. Money

    Could being tax compliant on transfer-pricing actually be bad for business?

    International transfer pricing, that is, the setting of a price for internal transactions within a multinational group, is irretrievably linked to international tax law. In seeking equity across borders, tax law imposes the arm’s length principle as the yardstick to judge the fairness and correctness of the transfer pricing system, in line with the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines.

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