Corporate FinanceFundamentalsLearn the Language of Business

“Members of our M&A Legal team took the Corporate Finance Fundamentals course. It was fantastic and we’d highly recommend it to any legal professionals looking to boost their understanding of financial information analysis and corporate valuation tools.”

— Anson Lau, Director; Senior Corporate Counsel, M&A and Investments | Salesforce

Master financial analysis, corporate valuation, and more!

Corporate Finance Fundamentals is an online certificate program and knowledge platform for practicing attorneys and other non-financial professionals that focuses on how to apply financial information analysis and corporate valuation in a variety of corporate settings and throughout the legal practice. The program is delivered through a series of online lectures and interviews. 

Participants can complete the course requirements — approximately 20 hours of content — on their own schedule and are provided with a ten-week recommended schedule. However, participants will have access to the course content and platform for one year. 




Course Objectives

Through a series of recorded lectures and interviews, the course will:

  • Introduce a practical framework for financial information analysis;
  • Provide an understanding of the key drivers of corporate value creation
  • Teach key valuation models and techniques;
  • Provide tools for analyzing and interpreting corporate financial statements; and
  • Explore important ethical questions that arise when legal professionals deal with complex financial transactions and when there are allegations of fraud.

Program Details

When & Where

  • The next course will launch on June 6, 2022.
  • Participants can complete the course requirements — approximately 20 hours of content — on their own schedule and are provided with a ten-week recommended schedule. However, participants will have access to the course content and platform for one year.

Who Should Participate

  • In-house attorneys advising on corporate matters;
  • Corporate lawyers handling a range of business transactions for their clients, including new attorneys and summer associates; and
  • Professionals in the public or private sector who deal with financial information on a regular basis

No prior experience with, or knowledge of, corporate finance is required!


  • $1,000 general tuition

Special Rates

  • $800 for UC Berkeley alumni and government, nonprofit, and university employees
  • $800 for non-attorneys (MCLE credit not provided)
  • Group rate: 5 or more participants (30% discount); 10 or more participants (40% discount); 20 or more participants (50% discount). Group rates are discounted off of the general tuition.

Tuition will cover program access. If you qualify for one of the special rates, please email for instructions to access your tuition category. Please note that we do not combine discounts. 

If you are interested in financing this course, Sallie Mae provides competitive education loan programs for credit qualified borrowers.  For more information and to apply, visit the Sallie Mae website. If you decide to pursue such financing, please submit your application to Sallie Mae first and then contact us at We will provide additional instructions on completing your registration.


This course has been approved for up to 13 MCLE credit hours — including 2 legal ethics credit hours — by the California State Bar.


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Past Participant Testimonial

Marjorie Goux | Chief Legal Officer at Rodan + Fields

What to Expect

Instructors include industry leaders and faculty from the University of California, Berkeley.

Introduction to Corporate Finance

Adam Badawi

Adam Badawi

Professor | UC Berkeley

Professor Adam Badawi introduces the fundamental concepts of corporate finance. This is essential viewing for any lawyer who is encountering finance in their practice for the first time.

Corporate Valuation Tools

Ken Ayotte

Ken Ayotte

Professor | UC Berkeley

This presentation addresses two crucial questions in M&A: How do we value companies? How do we sort out assets, cash flow, obligations, and more? Law and finance Professor Ken Ayotte walks through discounted cash flow and multiples, two of the most common strategies used in finance.

Antidilution Provisions

Robert Bartlett

Robert Bartlett

Professor | UC Berkeley

Venture capital investment requires careful lawyering to balance the control and economic interests of founders and investors. In this module, Professor Robert Bartlett explains and demonstrates a key feature of venture capital term sheets: antidilution provisions.

Financing Mergers and Acquisitions

Cathy Hwang

Cathy Hwang

Professor | University of Virginia School of Law

From leveraged buyouts to fairness opinions, M&A transactions involve complex financial structures and assessments. Professor Cathy Hwang walks through the essential features of modern M&A financing.

The Four Statements Demystified

Apurva Desai

Apurva Desai

Silicon Valley Chief Financial Officer 

Silicon Valley CFO Apurva Desai walks through the basic form of financial information: the four statements. Gain a better grasp on balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and statements of shareholders’ equity.

Derivatives Explained

Frank Partnoy

Frank Partnoy

Professor | UC Berkeley

Confused by options? Don’t know the difference between forwards and swaps? UC Berkeley Professor Frank Partnoy dives under the hood of derivative financial products, which have become central features of modern finance.

Practical Skills: Excel 101


James Hicks

Academic Fellow | Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB)

In any area of finance, lawyers need to handle large amounts of complex financial information. Familiarity with spreadsheet software is an essential skill in any finance lawyer’s toolkit. BCLB’s Research Fellow James Hicks walks you through a series of structured examples to build your confidence with Microsoft Excel.

Event Studies in Litigation

Matt Cain

Matt Cain

Senior Visiting Scholar | Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB)

BCLB Senior Fellow and former finance professor Matt Cain walks through an “event study”, commonly deployed by econometric experts in litigation. Learn the fundamentals of this important tool: what it means and how to unpack it.

Ethics in Finance

Diana Henriques

Diana Henriques

Award-winning financial journalist
What is the role of attorneys in financial transactions? What unique challenges do lawyers face in this world? Award-winning financial journalist Diana Henriques, the author of Bernie Madoff exposé The Wizard of Lies, speaks with BCLB’s Executive Director Adam Sterling about ethical lawyering in finance.

Global Ethics and Compliance Executives

New Content

Therese Lee

Director | Legal at Google

Joseph Azam

Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer | Infor

How can legal professionals ensure that they exercise independent professional judgement in dealing with complex financial transactions? Adam Sterling speaks with Therese Lee of Google and Joseph Azam of Infor.

The Great Debate

New Content

Michele Johnson

Partner and Global Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department | Latham & Watkins

Carson Block

Founder | Muddy Waters Research

What ethics rules should one consider when defending allegations of fraud? What rules should one consider when making allegations of fraud? Adam Sterling introduces a debate on these topics between Michele Johnson of Latham & Watkins and Carson Block of Muddy Waters Research.

Optional Course Readings

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Financial Derivatives (week 5)

Frank Partnoy, Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets (2009).

Frank Partnoy, Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader (1999).

Ethics in Financial Lawyering (week 8)

Diana B. Henriques, The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust (2017)

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