Registration is now open for the newest cohort of Corporate Finance Fundamentals!

Advance your skills and enhance your credibility

Corporate Finance Fundamentals is an online certificate program 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.

Join us and earn a certificate of completion from Berkeley Law Executive Education!

Location & Start Date



Program Schedule

June 10, 2024 – June 9, 2025

Content Access: Participants are provided with a ten-week recommended schedule but have access to the course content and platform for one year.

Time Commitment: ~20 hours

Who Should Participate

  • In-house attorneys advising on corporate matters
  • Corporate lawyers handling a range of business transactions for their clients
  • 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!

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
  • explore important ethical questions that arise when legal professionals deal with complex financial transactions and when there are allegations of fraud

Below is a list of the course modules. For a detailed overview of the learning outcomes, format, course design, and modules, please download the Corporate Finance Fundamentals course syllabus.

What To Expect

Adam Badawi

Introduction to Corporate Finance

Adam Badawi | Professor at 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.

Ken Ayotte

Corporate Valuation Tools

Ken Ayotte | Professor at 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 | Professor at 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.

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Financing Mergers and Acquisitions

Cathy Hwang | Professor at 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.

Apurva Desai

The Four Statements Demystified

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.

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Derivatives Explained

Frank Partnoy | Professor at 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 at 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.

Matt Cain

Event Studies in Litigation

Matt Cain | Senior Visiting Scholar at 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.

Diana Henriques

Ethics in Finance

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.

Therese Lee
Joseph Azam

Global Ethics and Compliance Executives

Therese Lee | Director, Legal at Google and Joseph Azam | Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at 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.

Carson Block

The Great Debate

Michele Johnson | Partner and Global Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department at Latham & Watkins and Carson Block | Founder of Muddy Waters Research

New Content. 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.

2024 Tuition & Discounts

General Tuition


UC Berkeley alumni and government, nonprofit, and university employees

$800 Save 20%

Non-attorneys (MCLE credit not provided)

$800 Save 20%

Special Rates*

Group Rates: 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.

Note: If you qualify for one of the discounted or group rates, please email [email protected] for instructions to access your tuition category. Please note that we do not combine discounts.


Tuition will cover program access for the specified time period.


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 [email protected]. We will provide additional instructions on completing your registration.

Certificates & MCLE

Certificate Type

Certificate of Completion

Participants will earn a certificate of completion from Berkeley Law Executive Education.


13 hours

This course has been approved for up to 13 MCLE credit hours — including 2 legal ethics credit hours — by the California State Bar.  Attorneys from other states will need to contact their local bar to verify their own certification requirements.

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