Hack my MBA for Lawyers: Financial Statement Red Flags

Zach McGee
April 23, 2023


Have you ever thought about getting an MBA? Save your time and money! In this series of programs, “Hack my MBA for Lawyers,” practicing lawyers who hold MBA’s take key concepts from the MBA curriculum that have real value for practicing lawyers, teach them to you in an engaging way and show how to apply them in your practice using real-world hypotheticals. In the process, you’ll also learn the unique language MBA’s employ - sometimes called “MBA-speak” - to help you better understand and communicate with your MBA-trained or other finance-type clients.

In the second program in the series, Zach McGee teaches the basics of financial statement analysis that will help you answer important questions such as: Is this company doing well or poorly? Is it overvalued or undervalued relative to the price set by the market? Does its financial statements contain any “red flags” that suggest it may be hiding or misrepresenting its financial condition or performance? Topics include: (i) The Big Picture: Why Do Financial Statement Analysis? (ii) Overview of Key Financial Statements: The Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows (iii) Financial Statement Analysis Part I: Common Size and Ratio Analysis; and (iv) Financial Statement Analysis Part II: Red Flag Review.


Zachary S. McGee, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

Zach McGee is a Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles where he negotiates distribution deals for feature films and television series. Before joining Sony Pictures, Zach held senior in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Miramax. Zach began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and as an associate with DavisPolk in New York, New York, and Menlo Park, California. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Zach is also a successful entrepreneur and founder of educational content companies in the legal space.

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