Working definition of Corporate Finance

In the UK, the terms “corporate finance” and “corporate financier” or CF, tend to be associated with transactions in which capital is raised in order to create, develop, grow or acquire businesses.

It is often associated in the UK with some degree of change of ownership in a business, connected to a corporate transaction that leads to the creation of a new equity structure or shareholder base, and the related issue, underwriting, purchase or exchange of equity (and related warrants) or debt.


What is the Corporate Finance Qualification?

The Corporate Finance Qualification is a three tiered qualification with globally recognized designations at every level. It offers a practically grounded, transaction-oriented program that gives a strong working knowledge of corporate finance. As part of the practical nature of this qualification, you will study specific Corporate Finance terms and terminology, as well as the documentations typically involved in a corporate finance transaction. 

The programmed syllabus was specifically created to cater to the needs of professionals involved in corporate finance transactions. This jointly awarded qualification by the CISI and ICAEW, will equip candidates with advanced corporate finance knowledge, skills and expertise. It will enhance the value candidates bring to the organisations they work with and help accelerate their careers. 

The Corporate Finance Certification comes with a module on Corporate Finance Regulation in the UK. The UK is known as a prominent global financial hub, being at the forefront of financial services law and regulation. Studying how corporate finance is regulated in an established market such as the UK gives a benchmark for insights and perspectives on how corporate finance transactions are regulated and conducted elsewhere. 

The Certificate and Diploma in Corporate Finance is Recognized by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and features on the Financial Conduct Authority’s Appropriate Qualification tables.

Comparison between CF and CFA

Corporate Finance Qualification
​Developed by corporate financiers and offers a practically grounded, transaction-oriented programme that gives a strong working knowledge of corporate finance – from the Listing Rules and the Code, mergers & acquisition, through to how to structure a private equity deal, or finance a large capital project.
Chartered Financial Analyst
Demonstrate your mastery of the investment analysis and decision-making skills most needed for a competitive career in the global investment management profession, family office management and risk management.
Corporate Finance Qualification
  • ​Corporate Finance Advisers
  • Investment Bankers
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • Private Equity Bankers
  • Securities Brokers
  • Securities Underwriters
  • Reporting Accountants
  • Debt Providers/ Bankers
  • Company Directors / Executives
Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Family office manager
  • Corporate Financial Analyst
  • Financial Adviser
  • Risk Manager
  • Private Wealth Manager
  • Company Directors / Executives
Corporate Finance Qualification
  • ​ Continual Professional Development (CPD) Scheme
  • Attendance at CPD events
  • Professional Refresher
  • Securities and Investment Review
  • Online members’ directory
  • Change – the regulatory update
  • Investment Management Review
  • Discount on all CISI Conferences
  • Discount on all CPD Training
Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Jobline
  • Career Centre
  • Continuing Education
  • Members-Only Content
  • Discount for CFA conferences and courses
  • Publications
  • Asset TV
  • CFA Institute Financial News Brief
Statistics CISI CFA
Members >40,000 >140,000
Countries with Members 121 150
Grades of Membership 6 1
Exam Fees CISI CISI with disc. 50% CFA
Registration £ 28 £ 14 USD 450
Exam £ 506 £ 253 USD 650 - USD 1,380
Total £ 534 £ 267 USD 1,100 - USD 1,830