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Financing Change

Advancing thinking and debate

Financing Change, the thought leadership programme of ICAEW's Corporate Finance Faculty, aims to advance the economic and social contribution of corporate finance activity by promoting better understanding of the value it can create and its role in improving efficiency and practice in capital markets.

Financing change promotes corporate finance activity which serves the public interest by encouraging all those involved in effecting deals to:

  • have a greater regard to the context and infrastructure in which corporate finance transactions take place;
  • raise their own performance, expertise and ethical standards;
  • provide affected parties with clear, transparent and objective information; and
  • support necessary and proportionate regulation.

Technical guidance

The Corporate Finance Faculty is a leading authority on guidance for market transactions in the UK. We are in the process of developiong new guidance, for preparers of prospective financial information. Our most recent technical releases address the preparation of pro-forma financial information and financial position and prospects procedures.


The Business Finance Guide is an objective guide to information and advice for each stage of business growth that has reached over one misslion businesses and advisers. Published with the British Business Bank and 20 organisations representing finance providers and businesses, the guide is also available in Welsh and in accesible versions. It is complimented by an interactive version.

Financing Change activities seek to explain corporate finance deal making and to raise awareness of sources of finance.

The publication Private Equity Demystified provides an objective explanation of how private equity operates, and a summary of academic findings from around the world on the impact of private equity. Now in its third edition, it is in the reading lists of leading business schools.

Creative Industries - Routes to Financeis a bespoke guide to finance and advice for businesses in the creative sectors.

Public discussions and debate

Financing Change uses ICAEW's power to convene to bring together protagonists with different points of view. Public discussions and debates have been held around the Breedon review, the Takeover Code and business finance for growth icaew.com/bfg.

What's new? 

Private Equity Demystified

John Gillian, Mike Wright 09-09-2008

The definitive book on private equity’s role in global business investment and growth.

Business Finance Guide


This is a guide that sets out the main things to consider when raising funds for growth and outlines sources of equity and debt finance available to businesses – ranging from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies. The guide also includes several tools and ideas to help businesses consider their options, make decisions and plan how they will finance expansion.

Cyber-Security in Corporate Finance

ICAEW / HM Government 10-01-2014

The Corporate Finance Faculty worked with the Cabinet Office to initiate a Taskforce to tackle the cyber-security risks in corporate finance. This publication helps to raise awareness of the specific risks that businesses face and shows how they can – with expert help – begin to tackle them when they are raising finance, undertaking M&A and restructuring.