A Finance Leader’s job is the most challenging and onerous in any company, especially in a public-listed one. Most Finance Leaders are promoted from within the company, and the overriding difficulty is that incumbent does not have the full knowledge of the role and functions of a Finance Leader (i.e. CFO, Finance Director, Finance Controller) and how to execute them professionally. Finance Leaders engaged from outside the company are better off as they would have learnt the ropes over time, however daunting. Still, the depth and breadth of experience and exposure of each Finance Leader vary, depending very much on the industries they serve, and the opportunities available to them to handle/manage M&A, due diligence, corporate restructuring, corporate funding, IPO, special projects, and other corporate exercises.

This Bootcamp is therefore designed to enhance these knowledge and skillsets and fill gaps, enabling the Finance Leader to function confidently and execute corporate exercises professionally. It is a hugely practice-based course as case studies are drawn/adapted from actual cases managed by the trainer/facilitator over his more than 40 years of corporate experience as Group CFO and CXO of both Main Board listed companies and non-listed companies. These include

1. Strategic planning tools and methods to enable accountants to be involved in strategic planning for career enhancement.

2. How to plan and execute a corporate planning exercise, step by step.

3. How to restructure a company in times of difficulties or for other objectives.

4. How to turnaround a “sick” company.

5. How to resolve corporate problems and issues effectively.

This is a Masterclass not to be missed especially during this difficult period when you shall be called upon to execute any of the above exercises, on short notice. In the eventuality, you can also seek the trainer’s advice as your mentor.

In a Aug/Sept 2017 survey of Singapore’s finance and accounting professionals, an overwhelming 79% of the respondents say that they are not equipped with the necessary skills to meet the increasing demands and challenges of their profession in the future. These include strategic thinking, business acumen, leadership, communicating and influencing, and analysis & advisory. Acquiring skills of the future is a life-long learning journey that individuals must personally own. This Bootcamp is designed to fill these gaps in your life-long learning journey….

This Bootcamp is open to all - Global members and non-members. For global members, please email info.sg@accaglobal.com before registering so we can assist you with member rates.

Bootcamp Date & Duration

ZOOM - weekly, from 7pm - 10pm (3 hours) for 8 weeks

Exact dates of sessions will be confirmed again during the course of the series as dates may change to accommodate the schedule of the majority.

Objectives & Structure of Bootcamp

As depicted in the Bootcamp Structure diagram, there are 4 key areas that a Finance Leader must be highly proficient in.

A) Financial Statement Analysis 

  • Know what lagging and leading indicators are and the difference between them. 
  • How to use leading indicators to prevent and protect the company against impending or future financial disasters
  • How to apply the V.I.S.A. Approach for sustainable financial performance 

B) Cashflow Statement (CFS) Analysis

  • How to interpret each item in the CFS 
  • How to gain an insight into current CFS within 5 mins using the 7-step approach, and asking sharp, profound questions.
  • How to decipher past CF trend to unlock cashflows for growth and sustainability 

C) Financial Modelling (FM)

  •  Accountants and Finance Leaders alike shy away from FM as they consider it to be highly complicated and technical. It need not be! We can use simple Excel functions to create FMs that help business decision-making effectively! 
  • Learn basic to difficult FMs to solve business valuation, M&A, and capital structure and corporate planning issues/problems.

D) Business Valuation

This financial area is the future of accounting & finance and every Finance Leader must know how to perform it, at a moment’s notice.

  • Learn which method of valuation to apply in any valuation situation.
  • How to interpret the range of values
  • How to use FM effectively in any valuation exercise. 

Referring to the Bootcamp Structure: At the bottom left of the diagram, 6 real-life case studies are listed. As this Bootcamp is practice-based or pragmatic, you will learn how to execute the above exercises step by step. This will ensure that when you are tasked to perform similar exercises, you will be able to execute them with full confidence. In any case, there is always my mentorship support (advice.guidance) after completion of this Bootcamp! 

OPEN TO GLOBAL MEMBERS: Please enquire by email at info.sg@accaglobal.com to confirm membership and class status before booking. 

Bootcamp Outline

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1. Finance Leader role & functions/ Reporting regime

2. Financial Statement Analysis

3. Cashflow Statement (CFS)

4. Financial modelling

5. Business valuation

6. Corporate exercises

7. Corporate governance & risk management

CPD units

Your full attendance to this masterclass series will accord you with up to 24.0 CPD units (ACRA Category: Others). A CPD certificate based on your attendance will be emailed to you after the completion of the bootcamp.

Who should attend

  • Newly-appointed CFO or Finance Leaders
  • Finance Leaders who want to widen their scope of knowledge and skill sets
  • CFO-aspirants
  • CFOs or Finance Leaders who seek a refresher course
  • Part-time CFOs or Finance Leaders
  • Heads of Finance Department
  • Finance Managers
  • CFOs or Finance Leaders who want to fill knowledge and experience gaps.
  • Relationship Managers (banks) who need to interface with CFOs
  • Financial consultants 


Michael Matthew Lee FCCA 

Michael Matthew Lee is a trained teacher, lecturer, coach and facilitator, and is himself a life-long learner. He is currently pursuing the Chartered Valuer & Appraiser Programme at Nanyang Business School.

Being trained, he is skilful in explaining difficult concepts in a simple and understandable manner. With his more than 40 years of corporate working experience, which include serving as Group CFO of 3 Main Board public-listed groups, and as MD/CEO/COO of various companies across industries, he specialises in Finance and is exposed to senior executive management practices, issues and challenges. He adopts a practical approach to his training and facilitation.

Michael Matthew Lee’s credentials are:

  • MBA (Finance, NUS Business School)
  • MBA (Strategic Marketing, University of Hull)
  • BAcc (NUS); DipM (UK);; PDipM (APAC); ACTA; PMC
  • ASEAN CPA; FCA(Singapore); FCPA(Aust); FCCA(UK); FCIM(UK); MSID.