Prereq: 15.402 or 15.414. Case-based subject that bridges theory and practice in corporate finance, exploring the connection between finance and strategy. Covers a range of transactions and financial engineering steps used by companies to pursue their strategic goals, such as carve-outs, spin-offs and related tools to break up and refocus business assets; special purpose vehicles to raise non-traditional capital and reconfigure corporate assets and operations; diversification as a financial strategy; companies with control setups, such as dual class shares; security issuance decisions; and recapitalizations and strategic use of debt leverage. Students work in study groups to complete regular homework assignments and prepare for class discussion. 15.434 recommended.