WBLC Course Offerings

To receive the Wharton Business and Law Certificate, students must successfully complete a total of three courses within the fall and spring semesters. Courses are of specific interest to attorneys and provide a rigorous preparation in professional business disciplines.

Wharton Professor Mauro Guillén talks about the Wharton Business and Law Certificate.

Introductory Session

Overview of the Global Economy in the 21st Century

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This session discusses the demographic, geopolitical, financial, and economic trends that are reshaping the 21st century. The session is eminently interactive, inviting students to reflect on the implications of trends such as population ageing, urbanization, the proliferation of failed states, global financial imbalances, and the rise of emerging economies and emerging-market multinationals for their respective industries.

Fall Semester Courses

Corporate Finance

Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This course provides students with an understanding of current corporate finance theory and practice, with a focus on what determines a company’s value and how managers can maximize value. Emphasis is on developing the analytical skills needed for financial decision making and for understanding financial transactions (e.g., acquisitions and mergers). Topics include discounted cash flow analysis, the relationship between risk and return, cost of capital, capital budgeting (valuing business assets), corporate valuation, and capital structure (the choice between equity and debt financing). An important goal of the course is to enhance attorneys’ ability to provide value-added contributions in the corporate and other settings in which value is at play (e.g., assessing an investment proposal or the purchase/sale of a business). Students will develop a solid understanding of how businesses work financially and what the drivers of value are for shareholders and other investors.

Global Strategic Management

Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The decisions and central issues that affect the international expansion and sustainability of a company are neither obvious nor determined by the technological or economic forces generally associated with globalization. This course will explain the unexpected way in which international competition unfolds over time and across countries. By examining detailed case studies, students will gain a deeper understanding of the decisions that multinational companies face when conducting business across borders.

Specifically, Global Strategic Management will explore the:

  • Emergence of new multinationals
  • Models for organizing and managing a multinational network of subsidiaries, including how to coordinate and to transfer knowledge across borders
  • Issues associated with managing human and social capital in the enterprise
  • Persistence of cross-national differences and the effect of these differences on corporate strategies, structures, and performance
  • Sequence and modes of international expansion

Spring Semester Courses

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mondays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This course explores how mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can catalyze firm growth and change. The objective of this course is to develop a comprehensive framework for executing M&A, from initiation to implementation. As such, we will delve deeply into acquisition screening and deal making, as well as post-merger integration. The emphasis is on the strategic, operational, and relational aspects of these transactions over the financial considerations, though we will certainly consider both. In terms of its pedagogical approach, this course is interactive, applied, and case based, with accompanying conceptual readings to help structure your thinking. This means that thorough preparation and in-class participation will be expected in each session.

International Corporate Finance

Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This course analyzes financial problems that corporations face when operating in an international environment. The first part of the course examines how financial officers evaluate and manage international risk exposure due to issues such as cash flows that are denominated in foreign currency and inflation differences between the countries in which the parent companies and their subsidiaries are located. The second part of the course describes how to evaluate the potential profitability of international projects given their currency, inflation, country, and political risks. The course concludes with a discussion of how companies value other companies across international borders for mergers and acquisition purposes. The course is focused upon real-world problems faced by companies in the form of business cases.