All courses will be offered according to a mixed method, in the classroom at LUISS Guido Carli Campus (Viale Romania 32, Rome) and online on the Webex platform.

International Finance

Markets for spot exchange, currency forwards, options, swaps, international bonds, and international equities. Managing exposure to exchange rates and country risk, financing in international capital markets, international capital budgeting in the presence of multiple currencies, international tax regulations, and sovereign risk.

Asset Pricing (not offered in academic year 2019-2020)

Introduction and stylised data. Utility based asset pricing. Contingent claims. Portfolio theory and practice. Equilibrium in capital markets. Applied portfolio management.

Quantitative Methods for Finance

An introduction to the mathematical methods used in finance with particular emphasis on the tools used for estimation and testing of financial models.

Lab of Software Application for Finance and Economics (not offered in academic year 2020-2021)

MATLAB interface, operations on numbers, vectors and matrices, solution of ordinary differential equations and their systems, solution of constrained and non-constrained optimization problems, graphics.

Financial Statement Analysis

The program of the course is in two main parts. The first part focuses on financial statement analysis. The second part deals with non-accounting measures of performance (e.g. economic profit and residual operating income).

The financial statement analysis part is designed to provide students with the conceptual background and analytical tools necessary to evaluate financial statements. It focuses on understanding the uses and the limitation of both the financial statements and the traditional and non-traditional methods used in analyzing them. We will discuss the financial statements, the differential effects of alternative accounting principles and their effects on reported performance, and the interpretation of financial information. The part which refers to non-accounting measures of performance (e.g. economic profit and residual income) deals with some concepts towards the calculation of the firm value starting from accounting data.

Advanced Corporate Finance

Advanced capital budgeting techniques(e.g. real options), portfolio theory and the CAPM as a tool to measure the cost of capital of various types of businesses, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), initial public offerings, debt policy and optimal capital structure design in the presence of corporate taxation with its effects on acquisition techniques (e.g. leveraged buyouts), dividend policy, and the valuation of complex financial securities or clauses recurrently used in the M&A context (e.g. corporate bonds, options).

Asset Management

International and local regulatory framework. Capital market theory and asset pricing. Security analysis and valuation. Asset management products and fund administration. Risk management practices.

Market Law and Regulation

The course provides an overview of the European Financial Market Regulation which governs securities markets in the EU and the actors on these markets (issuers seeking capital/funding, investment firms which provide intermediation services, trading venues, rating agencies, investment analysis and investment funds).


Introduction to Bloomberg, presentation of main and specific functions, building a financial portfolio, Bloomberg and Excel.

Quantitative Analysis of Crypto-Currency Markets (not offered in academic year 2020-2021)

The “Quantitative analysis of crypto-currency market” seminar provides the basic knowledge for understanding the crypto-currency market. The first part of the course answers the following questions: What are crypto-currencies? How are they exchanged? What is a blockchain? Who are the actors that make this market work properly? The second part of the course presents frontier literature on finance and econometrics for the study of crypto-currency returns.