Excellence in Corporate Finance

Maximise value with effective decision-making


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in Open Executive Education in Belgium and #27 worldwide


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Having financial approaches that can flex in complex and dynamic times is a must for successful companies. This 12-day programme will transform you into a financial expert who can tackle complex financial issues – and make decisions that have real impact. 

You’ll live and learn essential techniques and tools – so that you can leap with confidence into the complexities facing your business. Your expertise will be highly sought after. 

Detailed programme

Across four core modules, you’ll learn new and enhanced techniques and tools for financial planning, analysis and valuation. You’ll explore theoretical, conceptual and practice-oriented insights. And you’ll leap back into your role with a toolkit of ready-to-use approaches to help you make decisions at local and international levels.

The Excellence in Corporate Finance programme comprises four modules: 

Module 1: Making financial decisions

  • Learn to interpret financial statements and reports to evaluate a firm’s financial performance and risk 
  • Know how to assess the cash conversion cycle to develop performance optimisation strategies 
  • Understand financial planning and capital budgeting concepts
  • Estimate a firm’s free cash flows
  • Learn to critically analyse the financial press
  • Take part in the Working Capital Management Interactive Simulation Game 

Module 2: Financing Strategies –a deeper dive

  • Discover how to calculate the current WACC of a firm
  • Learn to design the optimal capital structure of a firm
  • Understand how smart debt management creates value
  • Understand the CAPM model
  • Explore leverage – and know how much to borrow, versus raising equity

Module 3: Accounting for financial decision making 

  • Develop your financial accounting literacy skills
  • Grasp the sociology of accounting
  • Understand the difference between historical cost and fair value accounting
  • Understand the key principles of accounting for financial instruments
  • Explore non-GAAP financial measures, and their potential to mislead
  • Discover AI For the Finance Leader – trends and challenges 

Module 4: Capital budgeting and valuation

  • Apply advanced company valuation methodologies, including Real Option models
  • Evaluate, compare, and construct real-life capital budgeting valuation models
  • Explore managerial flexibility and making decisions under uncertainty
  • Discover sensitivity analysis, crystal ball and Monte Carlo simulations  

Why this programme

  • Gain a thorough foundation in corporate finance – including theoretical and practical knowledge
  • Understand the frameworks that support financial analysis and planning, company valuation and smart investment decisions
  • Get a toolkit of techniques and tools you can start using immediately to maximise the enterprise value of your organisation
  • Build the confidence and skills to solve financial challenges for your company

Who should attend

  • Professionals with a foundation in financial management who want to enhance their corporate finance knowledge
  • Managers and executives who want to tackle the key questions in corporate finance

 In previous editions, we had the pleasure of welcoming participants from companies like:

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Practical info

To apply for this programme, you need to complete four steps:

1. Check your eligibility: Check if you meet the admissions criteria for the programme you want to apply for.

2. Submit your application: Fill out the application form and upload it together with your cv or LinkedIn profile.

3. Take part in an interview: When we receive your application, we’ll get in touch to set up an interview. This will take about an hour and will cover:

  • Your professional experience and current challenges
  • Your career ambitions
  • Why you want to take the programme
  • Which electives are right for you (if the programme includes electives)

4. Confirm your registration: If you pass the interview, we’ll send you a registration form. You’ll have two weeks to complete and submit the form to confirm your programme place.


Wouter De Maeseneire

Wouter De Maeseneire

Professor of Corporate Finance

Wouter De Maeseneire is passionate about explaining financial management principles by linking finance to business models and strategies.

Mathieu Luypaert

Mathieu Luypaert

Professor of Corporate Finance

Mathieu Luypaert explains how insights into financial figures and decisions can lead to value creation.

Bruno Colmant

Bruno Colmant

Adjunct Professor of Financial Accounting

Bruno Colmant is a highly experienced senior leader whose deep knowledge has steered Belgium’s largest financial institutions and government.

Peter Maenhout

Peter Maenhout

Investor in Residence

Peter Maenhout is Partner and CEO at M80 Partners – and brings deep investment expertise to his work with Vlerick.

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