Konstantin Kontor

Konstantin Kontor is Director and Professor of Finance and Strategy at the American Institute of Business and Economics (AIBEc) in Moscow. In 2000 – 2009, Mr. Kontor also served as visiting professor of financial strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, where he taught courses in finance, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions for BA and EMBA students. Mr. Kontor manages KKP Partners, a strategic and investment consulting company focusing on corporate finance, financial and macroeconomic analysis, and business VIP-education in finance. Clients of AIBEc and KKP Partners include major companies operating in a variety of industries – oil and gas, manufacturing, FMCG, entertainment, IT, and particularly banking and investments, as well as a number of HNW individuals. Prior to founding KKP Partners in 1998, Konstantin served as Director of Research at RINACO Plus, a major investment company, analyzed and headed investment projects at NIKOS Corporation, worked as an analyst at G-Bar Limited Partnership (Chicago) and UCLA Center for Finance and Real Estate (Los Angeles). Mr. Kontor holds an MBA in financial strategy, securities and risk management from the Anderson School at UCLA and M.Sc. with highest honors in theoretical physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Mr. Kontor published several articles in international financial newspapers and magazines (Euromoney, Emerging Markets Investor, The Wall Street Journal etc.) and actively participated in discussing financial, strategic, and macroeconomic issues and specific features of capital markets on Bloomberg, Reuters, and TV shows. He delivered numerous presentations at major international conferences and investor meetings in London, New York, Geneva, Zurich, Madrid, Vienna, Moscow and Hong Kong. In the fall of 2016, Konstantin made his debut on Coursera by placing the course Capital Markets and Financial Institutions – Other People’s Money (in Russian) that gained much positive feedback.

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Mergers and Acquisitions – The Relentless Pursuit of Synergy (Coursera)

The area of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) is special in finance. Incredible amounts of money are employed in such transactions. Deals draw a lot of public attention and dispute. Oftentimes, stories look more like fairy tales rather than financial reality. The key idea in any M&A transaction is to [...]
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Principles of Corporate Finance – A Tale of Value (Coursera)

The study of Corporate Finance seems to be a very generic part of business education. Still, it either falls in the trap of intimidating formulas or is superficially journalistic. Both extremes preclude the understanding of the core finance ideas, concepts, and models. This Course is an attempt to avoid [...]
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Capital Markets and Financial Institutions – How to Survive Them (Coursera)

Capital markets and financial institutions are all around us. This is an enormous industry in which powerful players oftentimes challenge investors and the public at large and expose them to significant risks. This Course provides for the deep understanding of the core ideas, concepts, and mechanisms of the modern [...]
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Core Concepts of Accounting – Numbers and People (Coursera)

Whenever the word “accounting” is pronounced, it is immediately associated with the need to memorize endless boring numbers. However, it is the common financial statements that contain important information that provides inputs for valuation of investment projects. The only challenge is how to properly extract them. Accounting and finance [...]
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Capstone Project – Analyzing a Real Transaction (Coursera)

The Capstone Project is the final part of the “Understanding Modern Finance” Specialization. The learners will be able to apply all the knowledge, skills, and understanding accumulated throughout the Specialization to study a real financial transaction that they will choose. The learners will gain insight into the reality of [...]
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