This program helps participants build fundamental skills that will enhance their ability to (1) identify the nature and scope of financial risks to which their clients are exposed, (2) understand the strategy that clients employ to manage such risk, and (3) evaluate the degree to which various alternatives may be used to manage that risk. Participants are exposed to the most common risk management techniques used by corporations, specifically the products and services used by the bank to serve this need. The emphasis will be on the importance of providing solutions rather than selling products.
Risk management techniques will include swaps, forwards, and options. Alternative solutions will be compared and contrasted from the perspective of clients, in order to arrive at the optimal client coverage strategy. Participants will enhance their ability to recognize the risk management requirements and decision-making criteria of their clients, and to understand the alternatives available to meet those needs. A number of corporate situations and deal examples will be used as the basis for each section’s discussion.
As a critical foundation and refresher course, this program is intended to ensure that relationship managers understand the parameters of risk and can build corporate finance insight into a dialogue with clients, based on available capital markets alternatives. That perspective will help participants in later programs to identify, analyze, and refine their understanding of the needs, priorities, and thoughts of clients. That sets the participant up to become a trusted advisor during the structuring, pricing, and closing process.
- This program is intended for corporate banking relationship managers, product specialists, and line managers who work with clients to find effective solutions for financial risk management. It will focus on tools and strategies to manage financial risk, as well as using market conditions to create favorable financing opportunities.
Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand the link between business strategy and financial needs and objectives.
- Understand the issuer perspective in managing risk.
- Understand the financial risk management policies and strategies of corporate clients.
- Compare and contrast alternative approaches to risk management.
- Define and measure a corporate client’s financial exposures and evaluate strategies for managing their potential impact on earnings and cash flow.
- Evaluate the risks to a corporate client from domestic and international projects that may be underway and/or planned.
- Evaluate the risks to a corporate client of the financial instruments in its portfolio and understand various techniques to manage those risks.
- Evaluate the risks of derivatives entered into by the client.
- Understand the use of credit derivatives and securitization as part of a risk management program.
Participants should have completed intermediate courses (or be conversant with the subject matter) in: Pricing Cash Flows, Fundamental Financial Mathematics, Corporate Financial Strategy, and Capitalization Alternatives.
Individuals will receive a briefing package for one of two “Comprehensive Case Studies” which will be completed in teams during the workshop. The briefing package will include detailed company financial information, as well as an overview and setting for the case. Participants are expected to have a full working knowledge of the company’s business and financial setting by the time the workshop begins.
It is imperative that this background information be reviewed prior to the session. Participants should arrive at the session prepared to discuss the specific needs of their selected client and to assist in identifying the needs of the other selected clients.