Knight Capital Americas LLC

It took Knight Capital Americas LLC 19 years to become the largest market maker on the New York Stock Exchange, but on August 1, 2012, it took just 45 minutes for an information technology (IT) problem to wipe out the company: a change in the company’s software caused it to lose more than $ 450 …

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Sula Vineyards (A): Indian Wine – Ce n’est pas possible!

The case focuses on the risks and rewards of investing early in a successful consumer startup in an emerging market (ie, non-tech), from seed funding in 2004 to raising expansion capital in 2019. We are looking at the founder of Sula Vineyards, a Nasik Valley winemaker in India while making external fundraising decisions. Case (A) …

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RiskMetrics Group

RiskMetrics Group, a risk and governance consultancy, has had a great impact on American companies. This case examines the history and growth of the company, the governance services it offers, the extent of its impact on shareholders, the controversy surrounding its conflicts of interest, and the impact it has had on its directors.

Science Technology Co.–1985

The CEO of a US electronics company assesses the financial projections and financing plan of the CFO. Given the cyclical nature of the industry and the volatility of corporate performance, the CEO is unsure of the usefulness of predictions based on a linear extrapolation of rapid sales growth and stable earnings and assets-to-sales ratios. Teaching …

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Odyssey Healthcare

In January 2001, Odyssey Healthcare CEO Dick Burnham and Odyssey’s board of directors considered selling the hospice business to a major provider or going public (IPO). With 38 hospice locations in 21 states, Odyssey has cared for the terminally ill since opening its first location in 1996. Since then, the company has grown rapidly through …

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