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Who should attend

Strategic Finance (SF) is for senior financial and business executives.

Program benefits

Discover how to create value for your company and boost its financial performance:

  • Complete a strategic review of your financial capabilities and share best practices for immediate action
  • Benchmark your financial skills
  • Participate in a mergers and acquisitions simulation
  • Confidently apply new strategic tools


5 days


Program Session 2017
SF 2
September 04-08, 2017
Program Sessions 2018
SF 1
April 30-May 04, 2018
SF 2
October 08-12, 2018

Fee 2017

The program fee includes pre-program, distance learning support. Tuition, teaching materials and lunch are also included.

CHF 9,900

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Our participants

Strategic Finance is for senior financial and business executives seeking to refresh and broaden their understanding of the newest financial concepts and tools, or to refine their already existing skills.

Testimonials of past participants

The SF program was a way to give me access to more luck. Théophile Mounier CFO | Lake Diamond | Switzerland
Read the full success story of Théophile Mounier here
Strategic Finance represents exceptional value. You are exposed to high-level, relevant speakers with whom you work on real-life cases and simulations. The program also allows for outstanding networking opportunities. Pierre Rey-Millet Pierre Rey-Millet | Treasurer | Caterpillar | Switzerland
A great week during which you learn a lot that helps you review and fine-tune the corporate finance strategy of your company. Wolfgang Moser Wolfgang Moser | Chief Financial Officer | Pochtler Industrieholding AG | Austria
Strategic Finance is an extremely well structured and well run program. Both the teaching Faculty and content are excellent - and the pace of learning was just right I felt. Helen Cowing Helen Cowing | Chief Financial Officer | Selecta Management AG | Switzerland
Strategic Finance opens your eyes to different strategies. It helps you to create value for your organization and at the same time understand the key motivators for market reactions. Fernando Licéaga Fernando Licéaga | Administration and Finance Director | Tetra Pak SA de CV | Mexico
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Your challenge:

  • Your CEO is looking to you and your team to create "shareholder value"
  • You need to stay on top of economic and financial tools and integrate them into your day-to-day operations
  • You need to choose among several financial alternatives for a large investment project
  • You are involved in negotiating and managing mergers and acquisitions
  • You need to account for the risk of doing business in other countries
  • You work for a family or private firm and want to know how much your company would sell for on the market
  • Your competitors' shares are selling at a premium to your own
  • You need to identify and deal with the risks facing your company

Your solution:

IMD's Strategic Finance program will help you gain more confidence in your own investment decisions, knowing you have covered every angle. You will discover how to create value for your company and boost its financial performance. You will examine the most useful, recent financial concepts, review best-practice use of classical finance techniques and learn how to make sense of current financial markets.

Create value for your company

  • Complete a strategic review of your financial capabilities and share best practices for immediate action
  • Benchmark your financial skills
  • Participate in a mergers and acquisitions simulation
  • Apply new strategic tools to create value for your company
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Apply new concepts to your reality

You will learn from real and relevant case studies, open sessions to discuss your issues, group exercises, videos and simulations.

You will also benefit from the rich experiences of your classmates - a diverse group representing a broad range of nationalities and industries.

You will apply the ideas and concepts you learn directly to your own agenda.

Pre-program support

Strategic Finance includes pre-program videos to provide you with the most effective and relevant learning.

Program structure

Our Faculty

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

SF Program Director

Nuno Fernandes Portuguese
PhD IESE Business School

SF Faculty

Salvatore Cantale Italian

Didier Cossin Swiss| French
Professor of Finance and Governance
PhD in Business Economics Harvard University

Benoît Leleux Belgian
Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance

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In this section, you will find important information on the program fee, application, invoicing, cancellation and transfer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our program advisors.


The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

From six weeks to up to 11 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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