- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 06 Nov 2018
To help develop this article, click 'Edit this article' above.
In the UK, the term 'corporate finance' generally refers to transactions in which capital is generated in order to create, develop, expand or acquire a business. It is typically associated with a corporate transaction that results in a revised equity structure or shareholder base, an ownership change in a business, along with the related issue underwriting, purchase or exchange of equity (and related warrants) or debt.
A corporate finance may be part of the following activities:
Mergers and acquisitions:
- Formulating an acquisition strategy, assessing targets and funding an acquisition.
- Undertaking negotiations with vendors and due diligence.
- Provision of advice on tax and the commercial aspects of deal structures.
- Implementation of a post-acquisition plan.
- Undertaking an assessment of the viability of a management buy- out proposition and business plan.
- Business valuation, deal structure, securing finance and tax planning.
- Project management of the transaction.
- Preparing the business for sale and developing an exit strategy.
- Undertaking research and making confidential approaches to potential buyers.
- Negotiating and project managing the transaction.
- Providing taxation and financial planning advice.
The range of roles involved in corporate finance might include:
- Corporate finance advisers: Generally working within an investment bank, accountancy/professional services firm or an independent advisory firm. Individual's may work as consultants.
- Reporting accountants: Accountants that work for the buyer, business investor or specialist investment fund to verify that the accounts of the target company are accurate and up-to-date.
- Lawyers: Providing specialist advise on corporate finance transactions.
- Private equity providers: Professionals involved with buying/selling/provision of finance to businesses.
- Debt providers/bankers: Specialists who are involved in corporate finance transactions.
- Brokers: Provide advice on and assist with raising capital for transactions.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Bridging loan.
- Business administration.
- Business process outsourcing (BPO).
- Cash flow.
- Chinese wall.
- Company acquisitions in construction.
- Construction organisations and strategy.
- Corporate social responsibility in construction.
- Cost plans.
- Design quality.
- Development appraisal.
- Equity and loan capital.
- Equity in property.
- Funding options for building developments.
- Funding prospectus.
- Investment Property Databank (IPD).
- Partnering and joint ventures.
- Private Finance Initiative.
- Private sector.
- Property development finance.
- Real Estate Investment Trusts.
- Working capital.
Featured articles and news
We have a great range of introductory articles written by ECA.
7 of the most common myths, busted.
Consider a career in the electrotechnical industry.
Exploring local assets of community significance. Book review.
Wood-burning stoves should not be used in thatch-roofed buildings.
Servitisation, smart systems and connectivity.
What happens to the Construction Products Regulation if there is no Brexit deal.
The first step to long-term prosperity.
The status and rights of employees in construction
Continuing to share environmental best practice.
The employee assistance programme EAP.