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Chicago Booth & Saïd Business School, Oxford join forces on innovative valuation program

March 04, 2014

Leading business schools to offer new executive education program on corporate and investment valuation in London and Oxford

Two of the world's leading business schools — the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford — have announced a new program on corporate and investment valuation, the Oxford Chicago Valuation Program.

Selling off part of a family firm, acquiring a business, privatizing a national industry, raising finance for a project or infrastructure, or simply deciding where to invest a pension fund or a company, valuation lies at the heart of high-level decisions about new investments, raising debt or equity capital, acquisitions, restructuring and disposals. Ultimately the judgment about whether or not to buy, sell or finance comes down to the valuation. Beyond the technical experts, there is a wide range of professionals — such as CFOs, lawyers and consultants — who make decisions based on the experts' work, but often those involved have only the broadest understanding at how the valuation is arrived. This new innovative program, combining Oxford and Chicago Booth's expertise in finance, has been developed to give these professionals a deeper understanding of the thinking, methodology and techniques behind financing and valuations. It will enable all stakeholders, and not just technical experts, to make better decisions when buying, selling or pricing.

"We are taking a completely new approach to the teaching of valuation," said program director Andreas Angelopoulos. "We are combining three essential elements that will arm participants with the critical skills necessary to make vital decisions across asset classes. We take the basic theoretical concepts and modeling skills, apply them in real live cases with executives, then discuss them with leading practitioners who are drawn from Oxford and Chicago alumni. Participants will complete the program with a new set of techniques and the execution skills to instantly apply them in their work."

Participants will understand how to build and analyze the operational model but also the financing options and structures, the various valuation methods available and the returns for corporate and investment decisions. The course has been designed so that participants have the opportunity to work and network directly with as many members of the global community as possible, including executives from leading investment banks and funds, gaining valuable insight from others' experience while making value contacts for the future.

"We will give participants the knowledge and the analytical execution and decision-making skills they need to make decisions grounded in a solid understanding of the realities of valuation," said Angelopoulos.

The program is aimed at CFOs, strategists, lawyers, accountants, consultants, fund managers and officers of public authorities — all who might have to make decisions based on a valuation of a company, asset or investment. It will cover the valuation concepts and methods, the financing structures affecting valuations, and how valuations apply to LBO, distress and infrastructure investments.

Mark Zmijewski, a world leading authority on financial accounting and valuation at Chicago Booth, and Tim Jenkinson, one of the foremost academic experts on private equity and IPOs from Saïd Business School, will be teaching conceptual frameworks while global leaders in finance from banks and private equity funds will present case studies. Alumni from Oxford and Chicago will lead panel discussions giving participants exposure to real transactions and years of accumulated experience.

The course will run March 17-21, 2014, at Chicago Booth's Europe Campus in London and Nov. 10-14, 2014, at Saïd Business School in Oxford.

For more information visit:

Clare Fisher, Head of Public Relations, Saïd Business School
Mobile: +44 (0) 7912 771090 | Tel: 01865 288968

Josie Powell, Press Officer, Saïd Business School
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Notes to editors

About the Oxford Chicago Valuation Program


  • March 17-21, 2014, at Chicago Booth’s Europe Campus, London
  • Nov. 10-14, 2014, at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


  • Mark E. Zmijewski, Professor of Accounting, Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Tim Jenkinson, Professor of Finance and Head of the Finance Faculty, Saïd Business School
  • Andreas Angelopoulos, Lecturer and Executive Director Private Equity Institute, Saïd Business School

About the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is one of the leading business schools in the world, consistently ranking in the top 10 and frequently in the top five. The school's faculty includes many renowned scholars and its graduates occupy key positions in the U.S. and worldwide. The Chicago Approach to Management Education is distinguished by how it leverages fundamental knowledge, its rigor, and its practical application to business challenges.

The school offers full- and part-time MBA programs, a Ph.D. program, open enrolment executive education and custom corporate education with campuses in London, Chicago and Singapore. Current enrolment includes 1,162 full-time MBA students, 2,012 part-time MBA students, of whom 190 are studying in London, and 123 Ph.D. students. Six current or former faculty members are Nobel Prize winners in economics. Among the school's many successful alumni are Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, James A. Rasulo, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO of The Walt Disney Company, Bart Becht, former CEO, Reckitt Benckiser plc, Brady Dougan, CEO, Credit Suisse, and David Booth, chairman and co-chief executive of Dimensional Fund Advisors, for whom the school was renamed in 2008.

About Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programs and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers and, as a community, seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programs and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organizations, business practice and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.