Ruben Vardanian at the Helm of Troika Dialog

Ruben Vardanian, CEO of Troika, is a “Golden Boy of Russian capitalism”. Unlike his fellow members of the Russian oligarchs’ club, Vardanian started from scratch and climbed upwards. This case, Ruben Vardanian at the Helm of Troika Dialog by Stanislav Shekshnia, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD with Manfred Kets de Vries, Raoul de Vitry d’Avaucourt Professor of Human Resource Management at INSEAD scrutinizes Vardanian’s … [ Read more ]

DCF Versus Real Options, How Best to Value Online Financial Companies (with an Application to Egg)

How do you value an Internet company? With stormy weather now rocking the Internet world, dot-com investments are no longer the watertight bets they used to be. It now makes sense to forecast the value of the company you are thinking of investing in. Jean Dermine, INSEAD Professor of Banking and Finance and INSEAD MBA alumni K. Wildberger and H. Georgeson use this case study … [ Read more ]

Log On America

In this case study, Professors Pierre Hillion and Theo Vermaelen use Log On America’s decision to issue a floating-price convertible preferred stock to discuss optimal capital structure. You are asked to compare this financial innovation with alternatives such as equity financing, debt financing and convertibles with a fixed conversion price. Then you’re asked to support (or undermine) the legal case of LOA against the banks … [ Read more ]