The Accelerated Valuation Program

New Program with Global Campus Options 

Gain the analytical frameworks to evaluate and engage in strategic investments across both public and private markets.

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Experience a glimpse of Booth's latest offering, the Accelerated Valuation Program. Join us to delve deeper into the program's key benefits as Professor Skinner delivers an insightful session on valuation. Plus, seize the chance to inquire about the program's integration within Booth's new Global Advanced Finance Certificate.

The valuation of a company, asset, or investment is a critical factor in many corporate and private equity decisions. In this accelerated program, you'll apply valuation to make better strategic decisions for your organization or investments.

Key learning objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the thinking and methodology behind valuations—how to build and analyze an operational model, the various valuation methods, the financing options, the different structures, and the returns.
  • Understand how critical valuation concepts are applied in different market settings and to different types of entities.
  • Understand how various financial structures, tax structures, and legal structures impact how deals should be structured.
  • Explore implications of different types of financing and their implications for value.
  • Discuss relevant ESG considerations including current regulatory and legal issues.
  • Gain practical valuation modeling frameworks you can apply to your organization.
  • Obtain key practical insights from investment bankers and other experienced professionals based on case discussions and more informal networking opportunities.
  • Explore regional challenges and opportunities with Chicago Booth alumni who are integrated into the program design.

Designed for accelerated professional growth

This intensive program combines essential theories and models with real cases and expert discussions—an unbeatable combination for rapid learning and development.

You'll understand the real-world complexities of transactions, accelerating your experience level and helping you to anticipate challenges and opportunities with your own transactions.

  1. Learn methods and frameworks from a team of world-renowned faculty.
  2. Gain practical models you can use immediately.
  3. Learn directly from industry experts who will walk you through real transactions they've completed—giving you exposure to decades of accumulated experience.
  4. Learn from real case studies alongside peers from multiple job functions, allowing you to explore new perspectives and test different courses of action from the safety of the classroom.
  5. Grow your professional network and explore new developments in the field.

Gain regional expertise

This program is offered at your choice of Chicago Booth's campuses— Chicago, London, and Hong Kong—providing an unparalleled regional experience.

You'll explore regional challenges and opportunities with expert Chicago Booth alumni who are integrated into the program. Discussion topics are tailored to the program location, such as an EMEA focus in the London offering, Asia focus in Hong Kong offering, and an Americas focus in the Chicago offering.

Why Chicago Booth?

As the alma mater of countless alumni who are finance executives at Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial firms, and U.S. News' #1 Business School for 2023-24, Chicago Booth is the ideal setting for executives to advance their expertise in finance.

One unquestioned strength of Chicago Booth is our world-renowned faculty. Ten Booth scholars—four of whom are currently teaching—have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and defined the nature of our financial markets.

Our Chicago Booth faculty collaborate and consult with firms, serve on corporate boards, start their own companies, and are sought out for their award-winning research and renowned analyses. World leaders, media outlets, and top global companies regularly turn to our faculty members for their expertise and insights. 

When you attend our executive education programs, you’ll learn from the same professors who teach in our MBA program, as well as industry leaders—receiving a distinctive mix of theory and real-world applications you can enact immediately.

This program is designed for executives who engage in, or need to evaluate, corporate transactions or financing.

Titles include:

  • CFOs and other financial executives who engage in deals related to private and public entities
  • Head of Strategy, General Manager, or other strategic senior executive who makes decisions about raising capital or restructuring
  • Investment professionals
  • Consultants who advise clients as to deals and valuation
  • Bankers interested in a deeper understanding of clients and financing.
  • Owners of start-ups or family businesses looking to raise capital, negotiate a valuation, or negotiate an exit
  • Government professionals looking to monetize or finance projects
  • Lawyers who need to understand characteristics of corporate transactions such as assessment of damages
  • Accountants, sell-side analysts, and capital markets executives seeking deeper knowledge on valuation issues

  • The program benefits a range of executives, from those preparing for their company's first valuation to more seasoned professionals seeking to gain exposure to more cases and structures.

    Participants should have familiarity with finance concepts such as net present value (NPV), WACC, internal rate of return (IRR), capital structure, and other related concepts — gained either through professional experience or educational experience equivalent to the content of an MBA or a graduate-level corporate finance course such as Chicago Booth’s Executive Finance Program (previously titled Finance for Executives) or Mergers and Acquisitions.

    Douglas Skinner

    Deputy Dean for Faculty and Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting
    Douglas J. Skinner is Deputy Dean for Faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting. He is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate payout policy.

    Skinner joined the Booth faculty in 2005. He has served as Deputy Dean for Faculty since 2015 and served as Interim Dean in 2016-17. He was responsible for the construction and financing of the University’s Hong Kong campus, the home of Booth’s EMBA program in Asia, completed in 2018. Prior to joining Chicago Booth, Skinner served on the faculty of the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

    Skinner is an independent trustee and chairs the audit committee for Harbor Funds and ETF Trust, a mutual fund and ETF complex that offers a variety of actively-managed mutual fund and ETF products. From time to time he serves as an expert financial economist in litigation involving complex accounting, anti-trust, securities, and tax matters.

    Skinner holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with first class honors in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney and a master’s degree and PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester.

    Skinner’s research addresses a variety of topics in financial accounting, auditing, and corporate finance, focusing on the capital markets/valuation effects of firms’ financial policies. His research is published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics.

    Skinner previously served as editor of the Journal of Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting and Economics, both top tier academic accounting journals.

    Skinner has extensive experience teaching in Booth’s MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, and PhD programs. He currently teaches Managerial Accounting in Booth’s EMBA program and Empirical Research Methods in Booth’s PhD program. He has previously taught Corporate Finance and Valuation, Financial Accounting, and Financial Statement Analysis. He has advised PhD students who have taken faculty positions at Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, MIT, Wharton, Stanford, London Business School, among other top schools around the world.

    Steven N Kaplan

    Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Steven N. Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. Business Week named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country. He co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. Professor Kaplan has been a member of the faculty since 1988.

    Amir Sufi

    Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy

    Amir Sufi is the Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Professor Sufi was awarded the 2017 Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association, given biennially to the top financial economics scholar under the age of 40.

    Professor Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics. His research on household debt and the economy forms the basis of his book co-authored with Atif Mian: House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014. He earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Solow Endowment Prize for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Research. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.

    Haresh Sapra

    Charles T. Horngren Professor of Accounting

    Professor Sapra joined the Booth faculty in 2000. Haresh Sapra studies the real effects of accounting measurement policies, disclosure regulation, and corporate governance. His current research focuses on the role of fair value accounting on financial stability. His research has been published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and Games and Economic Behavior.

    Nicholas Alexos

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Univar Solutions

    Nicholas W. Alexos joined Univar Solutions in January 2020 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, bringing in-depth knowledge and expertise around market and margin expansion in the general industrial and consumer sectors. Before joining Univar Solutions, Mr. Alexos served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Dentsply Sirona, Inc. where he led the growth strategy and executed successful portfolio shaping initiatives. Previously he served as a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, where he helped a wide array of portfolio companies achieve growth and margin expansion.

    He has served on a number of boards including VWR International, Option Care Health, Sirona Dental Systems, Team Health, Performance Health and various others. He has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the Children's Inner City Educational Fund, Lake Forest Country Day School, MetroSquash, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and the Harvard Dental School of Medicine Advisory Board.

    Mr. Alexos received his bachelor’s degree in business from Loyola University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

    Foundations of Valuation: Framework and Tools

    • Critical valuation inputs
    • Discounted cash flow (DCF) methods
    • Comparables/Multiples-based valuation 
    • WACC and financing
    • Why payouts matter
    • Assessing earnings qualities and other accounting complexities

    Deal Structuring

    • Financial reporting for inter-company investments and how such reporting affects performance metrics
    • M&A accounting and tax reporting issues
    • Corporate restructuring mechanisms and their impact on company financials

    Leveraged Finance

    • The mechanics, pricing, and contractual terms of high yield bonds and leveraged loans
    • Frameworks for investing in and originating debt in highly leveraged and private equity transactions
    • Liability management from a CFO perspective

    Private Equity Investing and Leveraged Buyouts

    • Explore the qualitative and quantitative frameworks that PE/buyout investors use to evaluate investments and their performance.
    • July 2024 session in Chicago: In an interactive case study format, Nicholas Alexos -- CFO of Univar Solutions, private equity investor, and Chicago Booth alumnus-- will lead you through Apollo's recent acquisition of Univar.


    Throughout the program, you'll explore applications in a variety of settings such as:

    • Private Markets, Private Equity
    • LBOs
    • High-Growth Entities
    • Infrastructure
    • Distressed Debt
    • Alternatives

    Content will be taught by a mix of Booth faculty and senior executives, often Booth alumni, who will lead case discussions and networking sessions. Program outline is subject to change.


    Choose your Campus:  

    • July 2024 program will take place at our downtown Chicago campus (Gleacher Center)
    • November 2024 program will take place at our Hong Kong campus 
    • April 2025 program will take place at our London campus 

    Program faculty, practitioners, and guest speakers are subject to change at the various locations.

    Advance Registration Benefit  

    The program sessions below qualify for our Advance Registration Benefit. When you commit your attendance by the expiration dates below, you’ll benefit through financial savings.*

    •  Chicago: July 15-18, 2024
      • $10,500 registration fee if registered and paid by June 1
      • $12,500 registration fee after June 1
    •  Hong Kong: November 25-28, 2024
      • $10,500 registration fee if registered and paid by October 1
      • $12,500 registration fee after October 1
    •  London: April 7-10, 2025
      • $10,500 registration fee if registered and paid by January 27, 2025
      • $12,500 registration fee after January 27, 2025

    Contact us to learn more about our special pricing for group enrollment or ways we can work with you to support your organization's education budgets.

    Upcoming Courses

    Date Fee
    May 1-1, 2024 $0 APPLY NOW
    July 15-18, 2024 $12,500 APPLY NOW
    November 25-28, 2024 $12,500 APPLY NOW
    April 7-10, 2025 $12,500 APPLY NOW

    *Advance Registration Benefit: No promotion code required – the savings will be automatically applied during the registration process if you register and pay by the expiration date. This offer is not transferable to other programs or offerings. All prices are in USD.