Course Name

17th Diploma Program in Corporate Finance


November 10, 2022 - May 31, 2023

Regular Rate:

Php 104,500

Early Eagle Rate:

Php 99,750

Valid Until:

October 28, 2022

17th Diploma Program in Corporate Finance


This intensive online program is designed as a career-empowerment vehicle toward the most senior and rewarding careers in finance. It offers the participant the opportunity to acquire and develop the skills and competencies required of an investment banker, the strategic approaches and techniques of a consultant, and the analytical and methodical decision-making abilities of a corporate finance director.

Presented in three modules, the program fuses the discipline's fundamental theories and concepts into practical business applications and processes, from simple financial resource deployment to wealth and value creation. 

The program draws heavily on the strength of the module facilitators who are all recognized industry practitioners with sterling credentials and the Ateneo de Manila University as a learning institution with the highest standards of academic rigor.

Who should attend

This course is recommended for individuals involved in the finance/treasury function across industry lines who would like to take their skills and abilities to the next level, junior finance practitioners interested in enhancing their career prospects, career professionals in other disciplines contemplating a career switch, and others who would like to explore in-depth issue/s that has/have direct relevance to their firms.

Successful completion of the course enables the participant to:

  1. Understand the basic objectives, the critical role and the strategic importance of finance in business;
  2.  Acquire and develop the skills and competencies required of a finance professional and   become a proactive and productive member of the management team;
  3. Understand the different capital structure framework models used to assess risk and return in capital allocation and in corporate diversification and risk management, and how these affect the value of the firm;
  4. Learn and apply the best practices/approaches used by finance practitioners in valuing firms, raising funds, assessing and mitigating financial risks, and dealing with financial distress;
  5. Understand the behavior of financial markets from the global and domestic fronts and the factors that affect them; and
  6. Establish a steady stream of networking and business opportunities provided by the high- profile facilitators and class members.

The program, which employs lectures, interactive discussions, case studies and practical exercises, covers the following areas:

A.  Objectives, role and importance of finance
B.  Financial statement analysis
C.  Financial planning 
D.  Mathematics of finance and investment
E.  Working capital management    
F.   Capital budgeting

A.  Investment portfolio creation    
B.  Capital structure, financial leverage and cost of capital
C.  Dividend policies and practices
D.  Debt and equity securities
E.  Equity securities analysis
F.   Stock market operation

A.  Company valuation: principles, methods, applications
B.  Investment banking
C.  Mergers and acquisitions
D.  Project finance
E.  Corporate financial risk management
F.   Financial restructuring and bankruptcy
G.  Business forum
H.  Integrating project


Mr. Larry S. Esguerra IV is Director for Credit Programs at the Ateneo-BAP Institute of Banking, Program Director for Finance and Accounting at the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education and a Professor of Finance at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of a multinational construction and engineering firm and a diversified group of companies.

Mr. Esguerra has spent the greater part of his professional career in the financial services industry in the United States. Prior to his return to the Philippines, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Bay Federal Credit Union, a California-based, federally chartered credit union servicing the financial needs of military personnel and federal employees of the United States government. He also served as Vice President and Controller of Franklin Bank in Menlo Park, California; Associate Director of Capital Strategies Limited, a Hong Kong-based investment banking firm; and Resident Auditor of Citibank, N.A. in the Philippines.

Mr. Esguerra holds a Bachelors degree in accounting from the University of the Philippines and a Masters's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Public Accountant.


Mr. Gavin Lee is facilitator at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business-Center for Continuing Education. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business (VSB) (formerly College of Business Administration) at the University of the Philippines – Diliman where he teaches Accounting and Finance. He has conducted numerous seminars and trainings for various institutions, including the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Institute of Internal Auditors – Philippines (IIA-P), and the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education (CCE).

Aside from his involvement with educational activities, Gavin is an Adviser at Unicapital Securities, Inc. for Equity Research. He is also a Director at Dearest1, an online jewelry company that focuses on custom-made wedding rings and engagement rings, and an Adviser for TripZeeker2, an online bazaar of travel experiences, activities, and tours that connects travelers with multiple tour operators across the globe.

Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accountancy and a Master of Science degree in Finance from the VSB at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. 
He also holds the following professional certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Philippines, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA ®), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA ®).

Ms. Mari Toni Bautista has established her footing in the banking industry for more than 10 years wherein she held various posts such as Derivatives and Structured Products Chief Dealer in BDO Private Bank, Head of Corporate Sales in Security Bank Treasury, and Vice President handling Financial Markets Sales in ING Bank N.V. Manila Branch.

Currently, she is Director, still handling Financial Markets Sales in Standard Chartered Bank Philippines. Further to this, she has always been an advocate for continuous learning. She has been a resident resource speaker for Ateneo CCE handling topics such as Risk Management in Banking, Fundamentals of Derivatives, and Business of Treasury – Banking Series. She is also a resident review instructor in the CFA Level 1 review class, handling the fixed income and derivatives modules. 

Ms. Bautista graduated with a Master's in Applied Mathematics major in Mathematical Finance from the Ateneo de Manila University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Treasury Professional, and an SEC Certified Fixed Income Salesman. 

Ms. Ida Ceniza Tiongson is the CEO-President of a multi-billion ING formed company, OPAL Portfolio Investments (SPV-AMC) Inc. in charge of turning around distressed assets and companies.  

She started as a traditional banker spanning over 22 years in senior management positions in National Australia Bank and Philippine National Bank, before being pirated to head OPAL SPV.

Recently, she also got voted in Chairperson of the Board of Prulife UK Ph, She also sits as Independent Director in two other companies namely Seedin Technologies Inc, a Southeast Asia P2P fintech, and a publicly listed technology company Xurpas Inc. Further, she is part of BSP’s Open Finance Oversight Committee.  

She has completed several Masterclasses in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Alibaba Netrepeneur.

Presently a Board Trustee of several associations namely, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and two of the Philippine's largest Fintech associations.

She lectures in Worldbank IFC on Risk Management, ICD on various Business Governance-related topics, and of course Ateneo CCE  on various business topics. 

Atty. Mark S. Gorriceta is the Managing Partner, Head of the Corporate Group, and Head of the Technology Media and Telecommunications Group of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra. With over 18 years in private practice, Mark has developed extensive expertise in complex corporate transactions, commercial contracts, and regulatory matters in a range of areas that impact businesses – whether for start-ups or for Top 1000 companies in the Philippines. He is a leading lawyer in the Philippines in the fields of Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law. He is also considered the foremost Tech lawyer in the Philippines. With pioneering expertise in the law on digital assets, fintech, blockchain, virtual currencies, e-commerce, data privacy, and artificial intelligence, he is legal counsel to the biggest and most impactful technology and online companies in the Philippines.

A multi-awarded legal practitioner, Atty. Gorriceta has been recognized as one of the Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers for 2020 and 2021 by the Asia Business Law Journal and also awarded as the Philippines’ Dealmaker of the Year for 2021 by Asian Legal Business. Under his aggressive leadership, he has steered his Firm to be a Top Tier Firm in the Philippines and become the undisputed leader in the field of Technology Media and Telecommunications Law, having won the award for three consecutive years (2019, 2020, and 2021) for both Asian Legal Business and Asia Business Law Journal’s Philippine Law Awards.

A member of the Philippine Bar, he graduated law with honors and holds a Bachelor of Arts - Political Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. He completed certificate courses in Finance at the Asian Institute of Management. He completed certificate courses in Corporate Finance at Harvard University. He also completed several Masterclasses on Blockchain, Distributed Ledger & Smart Contracts in Singapore and Hong Kong. Atty. Gorriceta is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Center for Continuing Education. He teaches Mergers & Acquisitions for the Advanced Module Diploma Course in Corporate Finance.

Ms. Noemi T. Villanueva is the First Vice President and Head of Corporate Finance Team 2 of BDO Capital & Investment Corporation (“BDO Capita;”) where she leads a team in originating and executing capital market deals.  She was formerly Head of Client Advisory of BDO Capital. She concurrently serves as Treasurer of Armstrong Securities, Inc. Prior to her assignment in BDO Capital, Ms. Villanueva was connected with PCI Capital Corporation for more than 20 years where she was involved in corporate finance, account management, and accounting and administration. Ms. Villanueva holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Santo Tomas.  She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Atty. Ronald Martin A. Ledesma received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 1997.  In the same year, he joined the Tax Division of an established auditing firm, Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and Co., where he was involved in various tax advisory and corporate consultancy matters.  

In 1998, he joined Villanueva, Bernardo and Gabionza Law Offices, where aside from tax advisory and corporate consultancy, he was involved in intellectual property cases, general and corporate litigation work before regular and appellate courts and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  

In 1999, he joined Puno and Puno Law Offices.  In addition to general and corporate litigation, taxation, and intellectual property, he was involved in various dealings, transactions, and cases before regular and appellate courts, and various other government offices and agencies.  For more than nine years, he has had extensive litigation experience successfully representing clients in various industries such as power, banking, securities, real estate development, insurance, retail, manufacturing, hotels, airlines, and many others. 

A great portion of his practice had been in remedial and advisory work for banks, financial institutions and debtors with respect to enforcement actions by or against debtors including but not limited to foreclosures, injunctive actions, actions for accounting, sum of money, torts and damages, annulment of security contracts and non-performing loan (NPL) sales, insolvency and corporate rehabilitation. He has also acted in an advisory capacity to financial institutions and debtors with respect to review of loan, security and other related contracts, debt restructuring, rehabilitation plans, negotiations and settlement of claims, and investigations of bank fraud. In terms of general litigation and administrative proceedings, he has handled various civil cases such as but not limited to specific performance, rescission, annulment of contracts, declaratory relief, forcible entry and ejectment, injunctive actions, torts and damages, and others. 

In 2009, with Atty. Jorge D. Gonzales, he put up Ledesma Gonzales Law Offices continuing to service clients in advisory, remedial and general litigation practice. In the same year, he was appointed as Receiver for Overseas Freighters Shipping, Inc. (OFSI). 

From 2009 to 2017, he has continued to handle various litigation concerns of several prominent banks and special purpose vehicles, condominium corporations, and other local and foreign companies.


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