Advanced Financial Modelling & Risk Management Using Excel

The purpose of this training is to enhance your existing Excel modeling skills and learn how to build and modify financial models faster by learning and applying industry best practices. The seminar highlights the core financial model design and construction techniques that every modeler should know. It will allow participants to adopt a structured and comprehensive design strategy to develop rigorous financial models, in less time and with greater accuracy.

 This hands-on workshop will also teach you how to perform risk analysis and apply uncertainty into a model and undertake a more dynamic analysis to improve decision making by developing a risk assessment into an @RISK model. Participants will be introduced to the concepts and methods necessary to simulate almost all potential future outcomes, develop a risk assessment and make solid decisions under uncertainty. 

The hands-on workshop will consist of the following activities:

  • Adding uncertainty to deterministic models
  • Select the proper distributions depending on the nature of their model / project
  • Fit distributions to data
  • Incorporate correlation in risk analysis and discuss its importance
  • Interpret simulation results and produce reports in Excel


The FAST Modeling Standard

The FAST Modeling standard is an international recognized methodology in financial modeling that is used by major firms in their modelling assignments. Firms like Grant Thornton and PwC are using FAST for the client’s development.

The FAST Standard is used by thousands of Excel modelers worldwide, was written to provide clear guidance for the complex world of spreadsheet-based forecasting.

  • Flexible: models must be easily adaptable when new information becomes available
  • Appropriate: models must faithfully reflect key business assumptions and avoid unnecessary detail
  • Structured: maintaining model integrity over time relies on rigorous consistency
  • Transparent: to make models easily understandable, calculations must be simple and clear

This standard set of rules provides both a clear route to good financial model design for the individual modeller, and a common style platform on which modellers and reviewers can rely when passing models amongst themselves.

This seminar focuses on best practices and is based in case studies and real-life examples, using a highly effective hands-on intuitive training approach. It is designed for professionals who need to build flexible and transparent spreadsheet models by learning and applying industry best practices. Participants follow the instructor, while building their own financial models on their own laptop computers; in this way they immediately practice what they have been taught.

Participants will also cover how to build models accurately and efficiently through a series of best practice modelling rules, how to stress-test the assumptions used, to check their work efficiently and to document it.

Top Learning Objectives

  • UNDERSTAND essential steps in designing simple, yet powerful financial models and cope with well-known model complexities by applying best practice modelling principles and techniques
  • APPLY core and advanced spreadsheet functions and techniques to construct effective models
  • MASTER the development of models for project appraisal and decision making
  • LEARN to create and compare alternative scenarios – base case, best case, worst case.
  • LEARN and practice the main principles and techniques in quantitative risk analysis
  • IDENTIFY the importance of uncertainty for model building and decision making and LEARN how to select distributions and incorporate uncertainty in a financial model.
  • APPLY and INTERPRET Monte Carlo simulation results and learn how to combine optimization and simulation

Who Should Attend?

This hands-on workshop is designed for junior to senior business and finance professionals as well as general managers who need to use financial models to measure business performance, identify risk and perform sensitivity analyses, including:

Directors, GMs, VPs, Senior Managers, Managers, with responsibility in the following functional areas:

  • Business & Financial Analysts
  • Investment & Corporate Bankers
  • CFOs & Finance Managers
  • Risk Managers and Portfolio Managers
  • Financial Controllers and Accountants
  • MBA’s and Business Undergraduates
  • Anyone seeking to improve their financial and valuation modeling skill set
  • Industry Consultants
  • Project Managers and Risk Analysts
  •  Corporate Finance and Business Development Professionals
  • Finance & Accounting staff
  • Heads of Business Units & Business Planners

Trainer's Background

  • Over 25 years of experience in helping firms across the world to improve financial forecasting and upgrade their decision-making process
  • Developed a best practice cost model and streamlined the Quantitative Cost Risk Analysis (QCRA) for UK governments for its multi-billion military defense program. Overall report update times improved from an average of 4-5 days to an hour and business insights and decision making reached new levels through the use of automations achieved by advanced data analysis and visualization using Power BI
  • Developed a bespoke REIT model for a top investment bank in GCC area catering for alternative scenarios and enhancing the decision-making process for the fund team
  • Hired as a financial expert from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) in order to assess the effectiveness of Balance of Payments and EFMS borrowing activities of EU. The task involved the thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis of the borrowing activities for each EU issuance under those programs and the benchmarking with global accepted standards/practices. Capitalized
  • Chief Financial Officer of a Monaco-based fund, working within a growing private group of companies primarily focused on Angel Investing, Real Estate, F&B/Hospitality Industry and Shipping
  • Hands-on experience in a number of industry sectors, including financial services, education and retail. In the business training area, he has provided training to more than 1500 business professionals focusing on financial modelling, data analytics, asset allocation, portfolio management and risk analysis

Companies that have benefited from the trainer’s expertise include:

  • PWC
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte
  • Nike
  • Shell
  • Gilead
  • Ecobank
  • Coca-Cola
  • Philip Morris

Event Details

14th – 17th June 2021
6 AM – 9 AM UTC
Online Workshop