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Investing in growth

Corporate finance is a major area of economic activity. Raising the right finance in the right way at the right time is a vital aspect of entrepreneurship, innovation and development for companies – large and small. Public policy should be devised to help not hinder corporate finance for growth.

Successful corporate finance also requires long-term planning to optimise capital structures, finance new projects and deals, and to transform businesses.

Corporate finance ranges from raising start-up and venture capital, to growth capital, to M&A, MBOs, equity capital markets/IPOs, raising debt and alternative finance, capital for specialist investment funds, to infrastructure finance and turnaround finance. 


Grand designs

Sophisticated technological design is now a big part of everyday life. It can also be a vital factor in raising capital, generating business growth and skilled jobs. Shaun Beaney of the Corporate Finance Faculty assesses the potential.

Crowded house

The term ‘crowdfunding’ appeared in just one story published by the Financial Times in the whole of 2010.

Begging to lend

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Debt markets are awash with unprecedented liquidity. Competition among lenders has driven pricing down, leverage is up and terms are looser. Will it last? Or have we been somewhere pretty similar before? Grant Murgatroyd reports.

Faculty leads in UK growth

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The launch of the Corporate Finance Faculty’s Business Finance Guide showed that professional business organisations and advisers are well placed to help revive the country’s economy and promote growth.

ECFs and venture capital

ECFs are one of main equity-finance programmes for fast-growing ventures overseen by the new British Business Bank.

SME Finance Guideline November 2012

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For SMEs, obtaining and securing the right source of finance can present a major challenge. Lack of available funding for SMEs has been brought into sharper focus post-credit crunch. This guideline first and foremost seeks to help them when it comes to looking for sources of finance. Author: Marc Mullen November 2012 Issue 58