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Introduction to the City


If you are new to the world of the financial markets, corporate finance, investment and the City arena in general,  you may find it a challenge to understand how it all works, particularly as there is a wealth of terminology and jargon. There are plenty of useful resources available online  explaining the jargon  but this  course fits all the explanations and terminology together to form a bigger picture.

If you are a trainee or intern in a law firm or bank for example or simply new to this area, this course is essential viewing, enabling you to navigate meetings and documentation with a basic understanding of the City’s institutions, people and decision-making.



Once you’ve completed this introductory course to understanding the City, you will:

  • be able to understand and contribute to discussions about the financial markets
  • know the essentials of corporate finance, investment and speculation
  • understand the roles various City participants play in the financial markets
  • develop your ability to analyse commercial and legal decision-making by companies, investors, and others in the City.


The course is structured around three ‘stories’ with a short introductory video explaining the history of London’s financial institutions and markets:

  • The ‘Wants’: this film explores the corporate finance journey of a company from early stage seed investment through to a mature business listed on the stock exchange;
  • The ‘Haves’: this animated tale examines the investment decisions made in relation to a pension fund;
  • The ‘Speculators’: in this section, you assume the role of a speculator deciding whether to enter into an Interest Rate Swap, Short shares and act as a derivative counterparty in a Commodities Future Contract. This story also highlights the role of these types of contract in hedging as a form of risk management.

Throughout all of these stories, you will have the opportunity to take part in the decision-making process. You are also provided with an extensive glossary of all the terminology referenced in  the course.

Some of the  areas you will explore include:

  • Debt and equity instruments
  • Loan facilities, notes and bonds
  • Common share classes
  • Corporate finance decision-making
  • Equity fundraising
  • Seed, angel, venture capital, private equity, float
  • Admission Documents and Prospectuses
  • Leverage and gearing
  • Hedging
  • Banks, brokers, advisers, asset managers, pension providers
  • Speculation, derivatives, short-selling.

…and many more.



Tanya Gass




1.5 hours


Trainee solicitors, bank interns and anyone new to corporate finance.

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