The Situation: You are working for a publicly traded international trade company, and you need some money to complete a transaction or contract. You will need to make a presentation to a potential investor, in this case a bank or Investor. The transaction could be to open a new office, acquire a company, make an export sale transaction, or other potential business opportunity.
Choice: I want to export a franchise of Starbucks coffee shop to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For this part, you will be preparing a ONE page Briefing Note of your financing proposal
Submit a written briefing note to educate about this company.
· The submission must not exceed one page.
· May include no more than 2 appendices which must not exceed one page (for greater clarity, one page per appendix, meaning the document package should be a maximum of 3 pages).
· If you are going to use appendices, they better directly tie into the information you present in the briefing note…
· The company Description must represent that you understand how the company creates value, how they compare against competition, and to show and elucidate to me that you understand this business.
To help you frame up your thinking, consider the following ideas:
Your proposal will contain the following information as content that you need to convey through the briefing memo style:
1. “X,Y,Z” briefing information and superbly brief summary of company (no more than 3 lines, and this can be bundled into how you introduce the issue)
2. Description of Opportunity (should be in the issue description – these 2 points should make up no more than 10-15% of the total space of the paper)
3. Company Capabilities (financial and operational capability with respect to the opportunity, oftentimes put in the Rationale section)
4. Key Risks & Mitigating Factors
5. Rationale for Investor (Explain & Summarize the key reasons why the investor/decision-maker should agree with your recommendation and proceed forward with the next steps. This is often called the benefits for the person / company)
6. KISS (which stands for Keep it Simple Summary) table at the end. For eg. Here is one that you might use when summarizing a credit request for a company involved in the sale of industrial equipment.
Proposed Interest Rate:
Country of Opportunity:
S&P Rating of Country of Opportunity
In terms of Style:
Your proposal should have the following major headers and be structured as a briefing note:
· Issue: What’s the company’s problem which is being solved by your opportunity. Eg. They are struggling with heavy fixed costs and tight global competition
· Recommendation: This is your proposed solution. This is your ‘opportunity’. Eg. Build a plant in Vietnam with a lower fixed cost, and lower variable costs to reduce cost load, while also positioning company to respond to South East Asia demand – an area of growth for the company.
· Rationale: This is why your opportunity makes sense to solve the problem. This MUST include financial ratios / analysis to show that you’re suggesting an opportunity which the company can actually execute on.
· Alternatives: This is where you identify real alternatives to your proposed opportunity
· Next Steps: This is where you will propose a financing structure / investment structure to accomplish your opportunity. You should include your KISS table at the end.
“The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare is a complex play that offers many topics for students of literature to explore. Here are a few potential topics with examples and references:
The portrayal of Shylock: One of the most controversial characters in the play is Shylock, a Jewish moneylender who seeks revenge on the Christian merchant Antonio. Some argue that Shakespeare’s portrayal of Shylock is anti-Semitic, while others argue that it is a nuanced and sympathetic depiction of a complex character. Examples of essays on this topic include “Shakespeare and the Jews” by James Shapiro (reference 1), “Shylock, the Jew: A Character Analysis” by John Ruszkiewicz (reference 2), and “Shylock’s Nation” by Harold Bloom (reference 3).
The theme of justice: The play explores the concept of justice, both in the legal sense and in terms of moral and ethical obligations. Antonio is punished for defaulting on his loan to Shylock, while Shylock is punished for seeking revenge against Antonio. Some argue that the play upholds traditional notions of justice, while others argue that it subverts them. Examples of essays on this topic include “The Merchant of Venice and the Possibilities of Historical Criticism” by Michael Bristol (reference 4), “The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare’s Response to Justice” by Michael J. Strachan (reference 5), and “Portia’s Rings: Legal Realism in The Merchant of Venice” by Richard H. Weisberg (reference 6).
The role of women: The play features two prominent female characters, Portia and Jessica, who both challenge traditional gender roles in different ways. Portia disguises herself as a man to defend Antonio in court, while Jessica elopes with Lorenzo and converts to Christianity. Essays on this topic might examine how the play portrays women’s agency and autonomy, as well as the limitations placed on them by patriarchal society. Examples of essays on this topic include “The Role of Women in the Renaissance” by Michelle LeMaster (reference 7), “Portia’s Ring and the Drama of Self-Determination” by Katharine Eisaman Maus (reference 8), and “Jessica’s Abduction and Portia’s Wedding: Reconsidering The Merchant of Venice” by Dympna Callaghan (reference 9).
Shapiro, James. “Shakespeare and the Jews.” Columbia University Press, 1996.
Ruszkiewicz, John. “Shylock, the Jew: A Character Analysis.” The Merchant of Venice: Critical Essays, edited by John W. Mahon and Ellen Macleod Mahon, Routledge, 2015, pp. 45-58.
Bloom, Harold. “Shylock’s Nation.” Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Riverhead Books, 1998, pp. 608-626.
Bristol, Michael. “The Merchant of Venice and the Possibilities of Historical Criticism.” Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 45, no. 3, 1994, pp. 257-270.
Strachan, Michael J. “The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare’s Response to Justice.” Journal of Legal History, vol. 35, no. 1, 2014, pp. 50-67.
Weisberg, Richard H. “Portia’s Rings: Legal Realism in The Merchant of Venice.” Law and Literature, vol. 22, no. 3, 2010, pp. 352-369.
LeMaster, Michelle. “The Role of Women in the Renaissance.” Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2018.
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