Module Note | April 2006

Cross-Border Financial Opportunities

by Mihir A. Desai and Kathleen Luchs

Abstract

Describes the fifth module in the International Finance course at Harvard Business School. This module explores how segmented capital markets create financing opportunities for firms and the mechanisms that evolve to take advantage of those opportunities. The issues raised in the cases in this module include why and how firms seek foreign listings, how tax differences across countries can create financing opportunities, the kinds of arbitrage opportunities that arise from segmented markets, and how managerial incentives influence decisions to exploit cross-border financial opportunities. The note describes the framework developed in the International Finance course and explains its application to the cases in this module. Includes descriptions of the three cases in the module and the analysis required for each case; an explanation of the learning objectives and suggested assignment questions for each case; and information on additional materials useful in teaching the cases. Concludes with references to relevant academic literature and a bibliography.

Keywords: Opportunities; Capital Markets; Decisions; International Finance; Motivation and Incentives; Taxation;

Citation:

Desai, Mihir A., and Kathleen Luchs. "Cross-Border Financial Opportunities." Harvard Business School Module Note 206-126, April 2006.