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Corporate finance advice

Corporate finance advice

What is corporate finance?

Corporate finance advisory is a professional service that provides advice to businesses on raising debt or equity finance.

This can include finance for growth, capital structuring, investment decisions, long and short-term financial planning and the implementation of various strategies.

Corporate finance advisors can also negotiate or assist your business when negotiating with debt or equity providers. As negotiations progress, the advice may change but the advisor will work with your business until the capital is raised.

Often the capital raising can be related to a specific investment decision or an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) transaction. They will help the business to decide whether to pursue a proposed investment, or to pay for the investment with equity, debt, or both.

Corporate finance advice: key facts

  • Corporate finance advice is often associated with a firm’s decision to undertake capital investments in plant and equipment or other fixed assets, or acquisitions of another business.
  • Corporate finance advice deals with sourcing capital, be it debt or equity, working with the business until the debt or equity investment has been received.
  • Corporate finance advice can also help manage short-term financial decisions that affect operations.

ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty members

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Corporate Finance Faculty represents member firms that can potentially help your business.

Businesses taking advice from an ICAEW member can expect their advisor to adhere to five core values, which give you, the business owner, and your management team, confidence in the advice given to you, whatever the circumstances. An ICAEW member’s values are:

  1. ‘Integrity’
    A member should behave with integrity in all professional and business relationships. Integrity implies not merely honesty but fair dealing and truthfulness. A member’s advice and work must be uncorrupted by self-interest and not be influenced by the interests of other parties.
  2. ‘Objectivity’
    A member should strive for objectivity in all professional and business judgements. Objectivity is the state of mind, which has regard to all considerations relevant to the task in hand but no other.
  3. ‘Competence’
    A member should undertake professional work only where he has the necessary competence required to carry out that work, supplemented where necessary by appropriate assistance or consultation.
  4. ‘Performance’
    A member should carry out their professional work with due skill, care, diligence and expedition and with proper regard for the technical and professional standards expected of them as a member.
  5. ‘Courtesy’
    A member should conduct themselves with courtesy and consideration towards all with whom they come into contact with during the course of performing their work. Find a corporate finance advisor
"In terms of guidance regarding COVID:19, we urge businesses to contact their finance providers early to discuss how they can support themselves and their clients and customers through the coming weeks.”

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