"Future Finance Leaders" A Masterclass in Financial Markets and Corporate Finance

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) Academy has launched a new and unique masterclass in collaboration with Imperial Education. The “Future Finance Leaders” masterclass has been designed to support the employment prospects and professional development of undergraduate students, postgraduate students, MBA students, recent graduates and working professionals for a career in the finance industry or to become an entrepreneur. The master course will enhance students’ capacity to look into the financial market as partners in driving their company’s growth path. Additionally, students will learn how to liaise with capital markets players throughout their professional or entrepreneurial life.


London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is an international markets infrastructure business and traces its history back to 1698. The Group operates a broad range of international equity, ETF, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (a European fixed income market); and Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF). The Group also plays a vital economic and social role, enabling companies, including SMEs, to access funds for growth and development.


LSEG Academy is London Stock Exchange Group’s own dedicated training centre, serving clients at a global level. LSEG Academy’s mission is to help clients – whether they are beginners or experienced professionals – develop all the skills, expertise and innovative thinking required to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving financial markets

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“We are delighted to offer this unique masterclass which will support future finance leaders in gaining knowledge, develop skills, expertise and innovative thinking to have a competitive advantage in their professional or entrepreneurial careers”


Head of Academy

London Stock Exchange Group

“Our mission is to support university students and working professionals to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving financial markets. This masterclass will not only make our students profile stand out but also open the doors to well remunerated international jobs in the finance industry”


Co-founder & Chairman

Proqad Education Limited



This two-week masterclass provides the future finance leaders with an in-depth experience of how capital markets support the real economy growth. Students will have gained the fundamental information on financial markets and products. They will also be provided with the tools to start a productive dialogue with investors to finance their own entrepreneurial ideas.


  • A ‘know what’ opportunity for delegates to build and expand their knowledge and understanding of key technical topics such as regulation, financial market organization and key players interaction

  • A ‘know-how’ opportunity for delegates to understand how to apply new concepts in their future roles

  • A ‘know-who’ opportunity for delegates to strengthen existing and build new professional networks.


The programme is addressed to undergraduate students, postgraduate students, MBA students, recent graduates and working professionals without any or with (little) capital markets knowledge.

The level of content details and approach will be adjusted on the basis of the level of financial literacy assessed in the pre-course activity.


Participants will be asked to complete a pre-course questionnaire and a short assessment test.


Pre-reading materials will also be shared two weeks before the training starts, in order to provide the trainees with the fundamental theoretical knowledge to actively engage during the classroom sessions.


The LSEG Academy e-learning platform will be available for one month following the end of the classroom sessions for the delegates to:

  • Download all hand-outs and study materials

  • Ask any further questions to the trainers, which will be replied to within 7 days of receipt

  • Review the agenda and all further parts of the course

  • Connect and share views with the other delegates on the training course


At the end of each training week, all participants will be asked to complete a test. A Certificate of Completion will be provided.


LSEG Academy’s trainers deliver training across a range of topics related to capital markets. The programme involves the best practitioners, academics, advisors from around the world and experts from within LSEG, with the aim of supporting participants with their learning objectives.


Part of the masterclass programme is already CPD accredited and LSEG Academy is completing the accreditation process for other modules of this course.


Participants will have access to a dedicated Alumni online network for one year following the course.


The masterclass is workshop-based and highly interactive to enhance the transferability of theoretical concepts into real-life practices. The proposed learning path follows an “active learning” approach, which is based, where possible, on interactive group exercises and case studies.


Welcome and introduction to the course


Macroeconomics and their impact on financial markets trends

  • How macro-economics can impact on capital markets

Introduction to capital markets, their structure and functioning

  • Functions of the world’s financial markets - transferring funds and risk

  • What are efficient markets? How are they structured? Who is involved?

  • Sell-Side (Investment Banks) vs. Buy-Side (Institutional Investors)

  • The role of the Regulator


Group discussion


Meeting investors’ demand. How to write effective business plans


How to write effective business plans

  • Structure of a business plan

  • Quality criteria

  • Market entry strategies

  • Ability to do market research

  • Ability to formulate a business model for any business idea

  • Ability to create financial plans


Understanding and applying the link between problem orientation and value creation

  • Knowing and applying how to formulate a value proposition

  • Knowing and applying how to work with hypotheses


Group discussion


Corporate governance, CSR and Investor Relations: key assets for a virtuous high- growth company


Governance and its implications, perceptions and trends

  • The origins of corporate governance frameworks in the UK

  • The 5 founding principles of Governance

  • Current market practices

  • The New Code in the UK and incoming changes

The IR team

International Investor Relations

  • Attracting foreign investors

  • Value and growth investing

  • IR online

  • Cross-cultural communication approach

How to best communicate value to the market

  • The key messages an Institutional Investor expects to receive

  • Tools and timing of communication

  • The relevant assets for a company valuation from an institutional investor viewpoint

  • Raising company value with Investor Relations


Financial instruments, features and trading techniques: bonds and commodities instruments and markets


Fixed income instruments and markets

  • Characteristics of bonds

  • Different types of bonds

  • Considerations for issuers of bonds

  • Considerations for investors in bonds

  • Current bonds markets trends

  • Bonds markets at the LSE

  • Understanding the price/yield relationship

Commodities markets: how they work and instruments traded


Group discussion


Understanding trading strategies and trading simulation


Overview of the most effective trading techniques

Stop Losses


Limit Orders


  • The main psychological biases which will be your trading downfall


Money Management

Adding to positions



Financing real economy growth: fund raising options for companies


Highlighting equity capital markets impact on real economy growth


Fundraising options for start ups, scale ups and “maturity” companies

UK equity fundraising landscape

  • Friends and family

  • Angel and Venture capital investing

  • Venture and growth

  • Private equity

  • Public markets

IPOs: objectives, processes, timing and major players involved




Meeting investors’ demand. How to develop your equity story


What does an Investor look for when approaching a company for investment


Equity story development

  • Fund raising considerations

  • Company structure

  • Market potential

  • Growth drivers

  • Company strategy

  • Financial forecasts

  • Talent



Secondary markets: how to trade on LSE Markets


Welcome and introduction to the second week of the course


Trading on the London Stock Exchange Markets

  • What instruments are traded on Exchange part from shares

  • Who the key market participants are and how they interact

  • How market making works

  • The importance of the closing auction process

  • Other types of scheduled and unscheduled auctions

  • What is meant by ‘on Exchange’ ‘off Exchange’ ‘off book’ trading

  • Trade reporting, including recent Rulebook changes in preparation for implementation of MiFID II

  • Market Supervision for detection of market abuse


Financial instruments, features and trading techniques: derivatives and ETFs instruments and markets


Overview of capital markets products: definitions and market practices

  • Exchange traded vs OTC

  • Hedging, Speculation and Arbitrage

  • The underlying

  • Elements of settlement and clearing

  • Description of the underlying assets and design of derivatives contracts


Products overview and their applications

  • Equity Derivatives Development

  • Linear equity Derivatives

  • Forwards vs futures

ETFs: instrument features and overview of ETFs markets expansion worldwide


Financial and counterparty risk management in the capital markets eco- system


Financial and counterparty risk management in an exchange value chain


A focus on risk management for Equity and commodity derivatives

  • Types of risk – market, systemic, credit, liquidity, operational, leverage….

  • Market risk and risk factors Linear v non linear risk

Back office management in banks and financial institutions


What are the risks faced by various counterparties when transacting financial instruments?

  • Client, broker and clearing member relationships types of accounts and levels of protection case study – Lehman and MF Global collapse

  • CCP and CSD relationship cash and collateral accounts

  • The margin system in derivatives VaR margining v traditional margining

  • The daily margin calculation process

Final Test

DAY 10



This course is open for undergraduate students, postgraduate students, MBA students, recent graduates and working professionals for a career in the finance industry or to become an entrepreneur. Students must be over the age of 18.


The courses will be conducted in July, August and September. The exact course dates will be finalised by the end of March.


Fill out the application form hereApplications will need to be received at least 6 weeks before the course start date.


The course fee will be paid to Proqad Education Limited.


The course fee is £ 4,950 and includes:

Tuition fees

Course material

CPD credits

One-year free access to dedicated alumni online content produced by the LSEG Academy

Visit to the market open area



Travel to and from airport and classes

Visa application assistance


The course fee excludes:

Air fare

Visa Fees




London sightseeing tour can be arranged at an extra cost