Course Name

20th Diploma Program in Corporate Finance


July 01, 2024 - December 10, 2024

Regular Rate:

Php 104,500

Early Eagle Rate:

Php 99,750

Valid Until:

June 17, 2024

20th 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. 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.

Mr. Abener M. Balatbat held the position of First Vice President under the Corporate Banking Group of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation. As a Relationship Manager for several years, he managed accounts ranging from conglomerates and commercial accounts to medium and small enterprises. The big-ticket accounts he handled include the Ayala Group, PLDT Group, Lopez Group, and Metrobank Group. He also functioned as Head of Ortigas Lending Center in RCBC’s Small and Medium Enterprise Division.

He is seasoned in the various aspects of account management from new client acquisition, loan structuring, and relationship deepening to remedial management. He has acquired a good understanding of companies involved in various industries, such as manufacturing, retailing, lending, logistics, real estate, and power generation. 

He is adept in account handling as a result of conducting due diligence, performing financial analysis, and applying risk management in effectively overseeing the quality, profitability, and growth of his loan portfolio.  He is highly experienced in arranging credit facilities from packaging revolving credit lines and term loans to structuring loan syndications and project finance.

He completed, among others, the Leadership Development Program course by John Clements Consultant, Inc. being offered to RCBC’s senior officers.

Prior to his employment with RCBC, he had the opportunity of working in several other major banks, namely, the Philippine National Bank, Union Bank, China Banking Corporation, and the Saudi British Bank (HSBC, Riyadh).

Mr. Balatbat graduated from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He finished his MBA from the Ateneo de Manila University.  He is a candidate for a Doctorate of Business Administration course from De La Salle University.

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