Corporate Finance Law



Corporate finance refers to the sources of funding and the capital structures used by corporations to increase the value of the business, raise operating capital, and improve financial returns to shareholders.

The terms "corporate finance" and "corporate financier" are also associated with investment banking. The typical role of an investment bank is to evaluate the company's financial needs and raise the appropriate type of capital that best fits those needs. Thus, the terms “corporate finance” and “corporate financier” may be associated with transactions in which capital is raised in order to create, develop, grow or acquire businesses.

Corporations are financed through a variety of means including stock sales and bond transactions of different varieties. Many of these transactions are tightly regulated at the federal level by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Similarly, many states have their own laws regarding various types of corporate finance available under different circumstances for different types of corporations.

For more information about corporate finance, please refer to the materials found below. Similarly, if you need the advice of legal counsel for your corporate finance issues, you can find attorneys in your area by visiting our Law Firms page.

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Corporate Finance Law - US

  • ABA - FINRA Corporate Financing Rules

    The purpose of the Subcommittee is to act as a liaison between the NASD and members of the bar who practice before the NASD with respect to the Corporate Financing Rule and related rules, to comment on NASD rulemaking and to advise members of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee with respect to relevant developments in NASD rulemaking and the activities of the NASD. The Subcommittee monitors developments in the NASD corporate financing rules, comments on rule proposals, initiates discussions with the NASD concerning current issues of concern to the bar, interpretations or rule changes the NASD ought to consider and suggests ways of improving the COBRADesk system and the review process

  • Commodity and Securities Exchanges

    Form and content of and requirements for financial statements.

  • Corporate Finance - Definition

    Corporate Finance is the field of finance dealing with financial decisions that business enterprises make and the tools and analysis used to make these decisions. The primary goal of corporate finance is to maximize corporate value while managing the firm's financial risks. Although it is in principle different from managerial finance which studies the financial decisions of all firms, rather than corporations alone, the main concepts in the study of corporate finance are applicable to the financial problems of all kinds of firms.

  • SEC - Division of Corporation Finance

    The following rules, regulations and schedules apply to disclosure documents filed with the SEC that are subject to review by the Division of Corporation Finance.

  • US GAAP - Codification of Accounting Standards

    The FASB Accounting Standards Codification is the source of authoritative generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) recognized by the FASB to be applied to nongovernmental entities.

Organizations Related to Corporate Finance Law

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

    The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and its predecessors have been the voice of the accounting profession since 1887. The AICPA prides itself on its serving the CPA profession and the public interest to which it is profoundly committed. AICPA members work in all sectors of the business and financial services profession, including Public Accounting, Financial Planning, Tax, Business & Industry, Law, Consulting, Education and Government.

  • Corporate Treasurers Council (CTC)

    The Corporate Treasurers Council (CTC) of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is a private network of treasury executives that meets in small groups and interactive forums to discuss critical issues facing treasury and the evolving role of the treasurer. Through these confidential interactions, treasurers identify practical solutions and innovative ideas to optimize treasury and drive the growth of their business.

  • Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

    The mission of the FASB is to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting that foster financial reporting by nongovernmental entities that provides decision-useful information to investors and other users of financial reports. That mission is accomplished through a comprehensive and independent process that encourages broad participation, objectively considers all stakeholder views, and is subject to oversight by the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

  • FinCEN

    FinCEN’s mission is to enhance U.S. national security, deter and detect criminal activity, and safeguard financial systems from abuse by promoting transparency in the U.S. and international financial systems.

Publications Related to Corporate Finance Law

  • Corporate Finance Journal

    Corporate Finance Journal was created in answer to calls from various markets for a high quality web and print magazine, featuring up-to-the-moment comment on the most important issues facing the business world. All presented in a design-led, accessible format that reflects today's modern corporate world. It is produced by World News Media from its headquarters in London.

  • Journal of Accountancy

    Published continuously since 1905, the Journal of Accountancy is the flagship publication of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Our articles and features cover a wide variety of subjects including accounting, financial reporting, auditing, taxation, personal financial planning, technology, business valuation, professional development, ethics, liability issues, consulting, practice management, education and related domestic and international business issues.

  • Ultimate Guide to Financing

    Without the right financing, the chances of your business succeeding are slim to none. Whether you’re looking for start-up capital or funds to keep your business operating, it’s important to know the best way to go about finding it. Below, we’ve created an ultimate guide that combines our best business articles to help our Community members do just that.




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