Reader, MGB 292, and MGT/B/P 258 Spring Quarter 2016
25% appointment (10 hours per week)

The Graduate School of Management is accepting applications for a Reader appointment during the spring quarter of 2015. This appointment is with Professor Robert Marquez (292 Banking and Financial Institutions, and 258 Mergers and Acquisitions).

Course Description for Mergers and Acquisitions:
Mergers and acquisitions are an important part of economic activity and a key element of corporate finance and strategy.  This course will focus on issues related to the market for corporate acquisitions and on restructuring activity. Topics may include strategic considerations in acquisitions, such as sources of value creation; friendly and hostile takeovers, encompassing discussions of anti-takeover provisions and their implications; bidding strategies, including the use of two-tier offers, and of cash versus equity offers; the use of leverage in buyouts; regulatory risk and hurdles firms face in closing deals, such as the role of antitrust regulation and its effect on the structure of acquisition offers.  Various valuation approaches useful for highly leveraged transactions and buyouts of private firms will be discussed. 

Course Description for Banking and Financial Institutions:
This course will analyze the role of financial markets and financial institutions in allocating debt capital. The major focus will be on bank lending, debt securities and on innovations in the financial markets. The functions of commercial banks, investment banks, and other financial intermediaries will be covered, and aspects of the regulation of these institutions will be examined. Real world case studies and guest speakers representing various elements of the financial system will be integral components of this course and help evaluate the gaps between theory and reality. Your performance assessment will be based on your achievement and engagement in the course. Your preparedness and involvement in each class, including timely and in-depth completion of all reading and problem assignments, are critical to your success. It is expected that all students will maintain the highest standards of honest and ethical behavior. Financial markets, institutions and money touch our lives daily. At the conclusion of this course you’ll have an understanding of how these three elements were meant to function and interact in our system, as well as insights into their evolving roles today and tomorrow.

Reader Responsibilities and duties:

  • Assist with grading
  • Attend lectures. Only if student has not taken either of the courses for which s/he will be a grader.