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Advanced Financial Analysis and Tax Strategy

Advanced Financial Analysis and Tax Strategy is a three-day module of the Aalto Financial Executive Program and it can also be taken as a Stand-alone program.

The program focuses on perspectives and tools for advanced financial analysis, for company valuation, and for tax strategy. By joining the program you will learn to interpret and utilize financial statement information for a range of decision-making purposes. You will also get tools and insight for evaluating company value and perspectives to carry out strategic tax planning for your company (for example) transfer pricing issues.

Up to 4,5 European Credits (EC) can be transferred from the Advanced Financial Analysis and Tax Strategy program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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You will enhance your analytical skills to use financial analysis frameworks, techniques as well as financial statement and market-based performance measures to evaluate a company’s strategic performance, value creation potential as well as financial strength and flexibility

Learn to utilize financial statement information for a range of decision-making purposes
Familiarize yourself with some key aspects and tools for company valuation
Identify and understand some of the key aspects and methods in strategic tax planning


The program is targeted for financial executives and professionals who want to deepen their competence in financial analysis and strategic tax-planning.

Program Structure

Pre-program period of 3 weeks

Pre-readings and Individual preparation

Three-Day Module

Intensive face-to-face sessions with Instructors and peers

Post-program period of 3 weeks

Take-home assignment



Matti Suominen

Matti Suominen is Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in information economics in financial markets, market microstructure and corporate finance.

Suominen has previously worked as a consultant at the European Corporate Finance Practice of McKinsey & Co. and as a Chief Dealer in the Options and Futures Markets in Finland. From 1997 until 2006 he was in the full time faculty at INSEAD, working first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor of Finance. Although already also at the Aalto University, between 2006 and 2015 he has continued to work with INSEAD as an Adjunct Professor of Finance or as a Visiting Professor of Finance.  

Suominen is actively involved in management consulting to financial institutions and executive education. He has taught in the MBA, PhD and executive education programs. He has also taught in several company specific programs worldwide.  

Matti Suominen did his PhD in Financial Economics in 1997 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Wharton.

Risto Walden

Risto Walden, Lic.Sc. (Econ. and Bus.Adm.), KLT-accountant, is a taxation and accounting expert at Bilanssi Oy. He specializes in in accounting and taxation.

Walden has extensive experience as an instructor in accounting and taxation, both in the public and private sector. He has also written several books in the fields of accounting and taxation.

He previously worked at Aalto University’s Department of Accounting and in tax inspection functions at Finnish Tax Administration. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Taxpayers’ Association of Finland. In 2003, Walden was named Teacher of the Year at Helsinki School of Economics.

Harri Seppänen

Dr. Harri Seppänen acts as a Research Associate in Accounting at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in strategic performance analysis and measurement, credit risk assessments and firm valuation.

Dr. Seppänen executes various types of industry/company analyses and firm valuations for M&A’s and legal disputes, violations of antitrust laws, municipal outsourcing, as well as financial modeling for business ventures. He has international and domestic experience on IPO, M&A, Private Equity, and investment analyses as a CFO and Head of Investment Analysis at Kouri Capital Group. 

He also renders independent advisory services in financial analysis and firm valuation. Organizations that have cooperated with him are, for instance, African Development Bank, BCG, Ernst & Young, Fidelity, Finnvera, McKinsey & Co, Moody’s Investors Service, Nokia, Nordea, Reuters, PwC, and Stora Enso.

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The fee for the Advanced Financial Analysis and Tax Strategy program is € 3,590 (+ VAT).

Please note that the program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.)


Register for the program by August 5, 2019.

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