Investment Banking Prep Course (Exams Included)

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In the evolving world of finance, a solid technical foundation is essential for success. Launch your investment banking career and become a successful seasoned pro with this comprehensive, online investment banking prep course – ideal for busy people with real-world schedules. Plug in your completion date and you’ll have a study schedule in seconds. Learn with 20 hours of pre-recorded lecture videos and in-depth study guide. Then, reinforce your understanding, sharpen your knowledge and apply your skills to ace the interview and build your confidence for a high-flying career with more than 500+ practice questions and powerful performance metrics that track your progress.


About the Course


  • Introduces students to the primary valuation methodologies currently used in the financial world.
  • Uses a step-by-step approach for each methodology and builds a chronological knowledge base.
  • Defines key terms, financial concepts, and processes throughout.
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs) and an organised (Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) sale process.
  • Presents new coverage of M&A buy-side analytical tools—including both qualitative aspects, such as buyer motivations and strategies, along with technical financial and valuation assessment tools.
  • Includes a comprehensive merger consequences analysis, including accretion/(dilution) and balance sheet effects.
  • Taught by Wall Street experts, who provide the technical skills and traits that you will need to build a successful career in investment banking.


What is investment banking? Watch this short video from Deutsche Bank to find out.


Course Features:


  • Comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals: leveraged finance, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, accounting and financial modeling
  • Bite-sized lessons help you learn faster and retain more knowledge.
  • 500+ practice questions.
  • Study anytime, anywhere, on any device with integrated web and mobile-friendly platform.
  • Dashboards and performance metrics.
  • Interview training videos: common technical and behavioral questions and model answers.
  • 20 hours of video lectures by experts.
  • 12 months online access.


Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint


As part of this course package, you’ll also be taught how to use the latest version of Microsoft Office and PowerPoint to the level of a ‘Specialist’ in these applications. So why is this included? According to Business Insider, if you want to make it as an investment banker, there’s one program you absolutely need to master… Microsoft Excel. Second to this is PowerPoint. As part of your investment banking role, you’ll be using Excel and PowerPoint to do such things as create pivot charts, formulas, and financial models; format data, spread comps, and create company profiles, plus more. In addition to the investment banking skills you’ll gain through this course, you will gain two official certifications from Microsoft validating your Excel and PowerPoint mastery.


Upon completion of this course, you’ll receive two Microsoft acclaim badges in Excel and PowerPoint you can add to your CV or social media profile for prospective employers to see. You’ll also receive two official Microsoft certifications validating your Excel and PowerPoint skills. Scroll further down the page to see an example of a Microsoft certification.


Watch this video to understand how ‘Acclaim’ badges can help you stand out from the crowd.


What’s included in this course package?

This course contains one investment banking course (covering five core subjects); and two Microsoft Office Specialist courses in Excel and PowerPoint 2016. The course material and exams are valid for 12 months from the time of enrolment. As part of this package, you will get access to a GMetrix practice test for each Microsoft certification course. This will help prepare you to pass the final exams.


Courses included:


Investment Banking: Leveraged Finance

Welcome to Investment Banking

  • Leveraged Finance

Leveraged Finance and LBO Analysis Introduction

  • Key LBO Participants
  • Candidates for an LBO and Core LBO Economics
  • Monetization Strategies and Structure of LBO Financing
  • Financial Sources and Determining Financing Structure
  • Session Assessment

LBO Analysis

  • Building the Pre-LBO Model
  • Modeling the LBO Transaction Structure
  • Completing the Post-LBO Model
  • Analyzing LBO Structure and Financial Returns
  • Determining Valuation and Creating Transaction Summary
  • Session Assessment

Test Bank

  • Quiz Builder

Investment Banking Valuation

Comparable Companies Analysis

  • Welcome
  • Investment Banking Valuation Introduction
  • Overview of Comparable Companies Analysis
  • Selecting Comparable Companies and Locating Financial Information (Steps I and II)
  • Spreading Key Statistics, Ratios, and Trading Multiples (Step III)
  • Spreading Key Statistics- Summary Calculations (Step III)
  • Spreading Key Statistics- Support Calculations (Step III)
  • Benchmarking and Determining Value (Steps IV and V)
  • Simplified Comparable Companies Analysis – Problem/Example
  • Session Assessment

Precedent Transactions Analysis

  • Overview of Precedent Transactions Analysis
  • Selecting a Universe of Comparable Acquisitions and Locating the Necessary Information (Steps I and II)
  • Spreading Key Statistics and Ratios (Step III)
  • Transaction Multiples, Benchmarking the Comparable Acquisitions, and Determining Value (Steps III, IV, and V)
  • Session Assessment

Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

  • Overview of Discounted Cash Flow Analysis and Studying the Target to Determine Key Performance Drivers
  • Projecting Free Cash Flow (Step II) Part 1
  • Projecting Free Cash Flow (Step II) Part 2
  • Calculation of Weighted Average Cost of Capital (Step III)
  • Determining Terminal Value (Step IV)
  • Calculate the Present Value and Determine Valuation (Step V) Part I
  • Calculate the Present Value and Determine Valuation (Step V) Part 2
  • Illustrative Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
  • Session Assessment

Test Bank

  • Quiz Builder

Investment Banking – Accounting


Foundational Accounting Concepts and Qualitative Considerations of Accounting

  • Investment Banking Accounting Introduction
  • Explore the Relationship between Accounting in Investment Banking
  • Identify Insightful Accounting Information
  • Understand Management Incentives Affecting Financial Statements
  • Elaborate on the Audit Process Benefits and Pitfalls
  • Session Assessment

Technical Accounting, the Financial Statements, and Financial Analysis

  • The Three Primary Financial Statements
  • Interpret the Profit Performance of a Company
  • Explain the Importance of Information on the Financial Condition of a Company
  • Explain the Statement of Cash Flows
  • Examine Financial Analysis and Compare Various Financial Ratios
  • Session Assessment

Test Bank

  • Quiz Builder

Investment Banking – Mergers and Acquisitions


Sell-Side M&A

  • Investment Banking M&A Introduction
  • Overview of Sell-Side M&A
  • Auctions
  • Auction Process—Organization and Preparation
  • Auction Process—First Round
  • Auction Process—Second Round
  • Auction Process—Negotiations
  • Auction Process—Closing
  • Negotiated Sale
  • Sell-Side M&A Session Assessment

Buy-Side M&A

  • Overview of Buy-Side M&A
  • Buyer MotivationAcquisition Strategies
  • Form of Financing
  • Deal Structure
  • Buy-Side Valuation
  • Merger Consequences Analysis
  • Buy-Side M&A Session Assessment

Test Bank

  • Quiz Builder

Investment Banking Modeling


  • Welcome

Introduction and Preparation

  • Investment Banking Financial Modeling Introduction Video
  • Introduction to Financial Modeling
  • Building a ToolKit: Financial, Date/Timing, and Logical Functions
  • Building a ToolKit: Lookup Functions
  • Building a ToolKit: Statistical/Math Functions
  • Building a ToolKit: Naming and Lists
  • Setting Up a Model: Scenarios, Assumptions & Approach
  • Session Assessment

Core Concepts in Financial Modeling

  • Capex and Depreciation: The Basics of Asset Value Going Up and Down
  • Capex and Depreciation: When Assets Are Disposed of and Advanced Depreciation
  • Loan Amortization: Fixed Rate
  • Loan Amortization: Floating Rate
  • Loan Amortization: Credit Facilities & How Debt Integrates into the Models
  • Paying Liabilities: Avoid Too Much, Track When Too LittleEquity: Deal Equity, Corporate Equity, and Capitalization Tables
  • Working Capital Deep Dive
  • Advanced Structures: Reserve Accounts
  • Advanced Structures: Swaps and Triggers
  • Advanced Structures: Net Operating Loss
  • Session Assessment

How it’s All Connected

  • Tying It All Together: How Each Section in the Project Finance Model Connects to Produce Results
  • Tying It All Together: How Each Section in the Structured Finance Model Connects to Produce Results
  • Tying It All Together: How Each Section in the Corporate Model Connects to Produce Results
  • Model Integrity: Make Sure Everything is Correct
  • Output Reporting: Make Sure Everything is Explainable
  • Session Assessment

Advanced Modeling Concept

  • VBA for Financiers: Enough to be Dangerous
  • VBA for Financiers: Enough to be Slightly More Dangerous
  • Simulation for Financiers: Basic Monte Carlo
  • Modeling Appendix
  • Session Assessment

Test Bank

  • Quiz Builder

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-727: Excel 2016 (1 EXAM)

Excel 2016 Beginner

1.1 Tabs And Ribbons Part 1
1.2 Tabs And Ribbons Part 2
1.3 Cells Part 1
1.4 Cells Part 2
1.5 Cells Part 3
1.6 Cells Part 4
1.7 Calculations Part 1
1.8 Calculations Part 2
1.9 Calculations Part 3
1.10 Printing Part 1
1.11 Printing Part 2

Excel 2016 Intermediate

1.1 Menus And Keyboard Shortcuts Part 1
1.2 Menus And Keyboard Shortcuts Part 2
1.3 Menus And Keyboard Shortcuts Part 3
1.4 Tabs Part 1
1.5 Tabs Part 2
1.6 Formulas And Calculations Part 1
1.7 Formulas And Calculations Part 2
1.8 Formulas And Calculations Part 3
1.9 Formulas And Calculations Part 4
1.10 Importing Data Part 1
1.11 Importing Data Part 2
1.12 Invoices

Excel 2016 Advanced

1.1 Advanced Invoice Part 1
1.2 Advanced Invoice Part 2
1.3 Advanced Invoice Part 3
1.4 Advanced Invoice Part 4
1.5 Number Crunching
1.6 Creating A Pivot Table From Scratch
1.7 Smaller Excel Components Part 1
1.8 Smaller Excel Components Part 2
1.9 Smaller Excel Components Part 3
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-729: PowerPoint 2016 (1 EXAM)

PowerPoint Beginner

1.1 What Is PowerPoint Part 1
1.2 What Is PowerPoint Part 2
1.3 New Presentation
1.4 Viewing Presentation
1.5 Inserting Transitions
1.6 More Visual Designs Part 1
1.7 More Visual Designs Part 2
1.8 More Visual Designs Part 3
1.9 More Visual Designs Part 4
1.10 Notes

PowerPoint Intermediate

1.1 Visual Designs With Logos And Animation Part 1
1.2 Visual Designs With Logos And Animation Part 2
1.3 Visual Designs With Logos And Animation Part 3
1.4 Visual Designs With Logos And Animation Part 4
1.5 Visual Designs With Logos And Animation Part 5
1.6 Exit Animation Part 1
1.7 Exit Animation Part 2
1.8 Exit Animation Part 3
1.9 Navigation Buttons
1.10 Layout Options Part 1
1.11 Layout Options Part 2

PowerPoint Advanced

1.1 Master Pages Part 1
1.2 Master Pages Part 2
1.3 Software Simulation Part 1
1.4 Software Simulation Part 2
1.5 Setting Pictures To Music
1.6 Advanced Animation Techniques
1.7 Triggers
1.8 Motion Path Animation
1.9 Video In PowerPoint
1.10 PowerPoint Review Part 1
1.11 PowerPoint Review Part 2
1.12 Additional Options
Certification exams included:


  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-727: Excel 2016
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-729: PowerPoint 2016


GMetrix practice tests included:


  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-727: Excel 2016
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-729: PowerPoint 2016


An example of a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel 2016 certification you can gain through this course.


Do I need Microsoft Office 2016 to take this course?

While it is not necessary to own a copy of Microsoft Office 2016 to work your way through the course material, it will be necessary to have a copy to use the GMetrix exam simulator. If you do not own a copy of Microsoft Office 2016, you can access a 30 day free trial version directly through Microsoft by clicking here. We recommend you activate this after you have completed the course as your trial version is only valid for 30 days.


How do the Excel and PowerPoint courses work?


These courses are made up of three main resources as shown below. Each Microsoft certification course has as its own set of resources, i.e. 1 x online course, 1 x GMetrix practice exam, 1 x official exam. Each resource is designed to work in conjunction with each other to ensure the successful path to certification. You will complete one course and exam, then repeat the process for the remaining course. Once you have passed the exams, you will receive two certifications from Microsoft in Excel and PowerPoint 2016. Read below to learn more about the resources in this course.


  Video Learning

Access to video based online learning material. Tutors use diagrams and illustrations to teach the classes, as well as giving demonstrations of equipment. Lessons are pre-recorded allowing you to  fast-forward, rewind and pause at any time throughout the lessons. Videos can be viewed on different devices including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, and smart phone.

 GMetrix Practice Tests and Simulator

As part of the Excel and PowerPoint courses, you will be given access to a GMetrix system. The GMetrix system has two functions. The first is to allow you to practice your skills you will learn through the video based course material. The second function is to prepare you for the MOS exams via the exam simulator. This is the closest experience to the real exams. The GMetrix system is to be used in conjunction with the video based course material.


 Official Microsoft Exams

Having confidently passed the practice tests, you will be ready to sit the official Microsoft exams – which we will book on your behalf. These are known as an ‘online, web-proctored exams’. This means they can be taken at home. One of the requirements of taking these exams is that you must have a web camera so a proctor can observe you during the exams. This is to ensure no cheating takes place.


How long will it take me to complete this course?


This course package comprises of over 150 hours of investment banking courses, 34 hours of Excel and PowerPoint video tutorials; and 50+ hours of practice test material. How soon you can complete the course is dependent on several factors such as the amount of time you can dedicate to the course each week, and how quickly you absorb information. Revision for each exam will take a minimum of 2 weeks. We recommend you spend at least 9 hours on the course per week to be able to finish it within 12 months. You will have full access to the course material and resources for 12 months and must take your exams within this period.


What do I need?


Your course can be done from any where in the world. If you decide to move to a different city or even country, you can continue with the course from wherever you are. All you need is a device such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, and an internet connection.


Non-cancellation of course


Please note that this course is not covered by our standard 7 day guarantee/cancellation/refund policy.

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