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Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking

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Finance Proseminars

The Finance Proseminars are one-semester action learning courses that offer students experience in the complex task of developing and communicating solutions to the challenging financial problems facing businesses today. Students work in teams to tackle issues posed by company sponsors and present findings to the company sponsor and their fellow classmates.

Some recent Corporate Finance/Investment Banking proseminar project examples include:

  • Providing investment banking advice to a private equity-controlled chemical company, including valuation, analysis, and exit strategies
  • Evaluating an acquisition opportunity in the health care market
  • Assessing the long-term growth opportunities for a niche financing business
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The Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking

The Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking is a one-semester course that offers students experience in developing and communicating solutions to challenging financial problems facing businesses today. Students work in teams to tackle issues posed by company sponsors and present findings to the company sponsor and their fellow classmates. For more information about sponsoring a relevant project for the Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking, please contact John Parsons at jparsons@mit.edu

Who can sponsor a project?

Companies or business entities with real, challenging problems in corporate finance/investment banking are eligible to sponsor a proseminar project. Sponsors are leaders in their field who are giving of their time and experience to engage students in this educational experience. Acting as a sponsor also helps to build a productive, long-term relationship between the company and MIT Sloan.

What is involved in being a project sponsor?

Before the proseminar class begins, corporate sponsors provide a written statement of their company’s problem and any materials they believe may be helpful in orienting the student team. After the teams have had a chance to familiarize themselves with the problem—but before the intensive work is performed—corporate sponsors conduct one telephone conference with the team or teams working on their problem to establish a clearer idea of the problem and address any questions the students may have. During the intensive work phase, teams may have additional questions, and the class instructor will coordinate how communication in this phase is managed based on guidance from the corporate sponsor. At the end of the project, corporate sponsors will attend a class session at which the student teams will present their solutions. A written copy of the presentation will be sent to the corporate sponsor in advance.

Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking

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John Parsons

John Parsons

Economics, Finance and Accounting

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Sample Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking projects


  • Provide investment banking advice to a private equity-controlled chemical company, including valuation analysis and exit strategies.
  • Give recommendations on raising capital for a rapidly growing private company.
  • Conduct a valuation of two major home construction companies.
  • Provide investment banking advice to a private company considering an IPO or sale of the company.
  • Give mergers and acquisitions advice to the CEO of a public company receiving an unsolicited acquisition offer.
  • Give going-private advice for a closely held, large public corporation.
  • Learn the value of a captive finance unit to an industrial manufacturer.
  • Evaluate an acquisition opportunity in the healthcare market.
  • Assess the long-term growth opportunities for a niche financing business.
  • Determine the cost of hedging at a commodity processing company.
  • Analyze a technology company’s current financial position and develop a financial plan to match the company’s growth strategy. 
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