**Wilmott Magazine**, Nov/Dec 2005, pp. 84-91

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A Generalised
Procedure for Locating the Optimal Capital Structure

Ruben D. Cohen (e-mail)

*Abstract*

*We present here a generalisation of
an earlier approach for determining and
locating the optimal capital structure of a corporate firm. The approach is the
“maximum-value” methodology and the generalisation extends the original
problem to one where the firm loses flexibility because of constraints and,
therefore, has to move along a specific value-vs-leverage path to get to the optimal
capital structure. A practical case of this could, for instance, be that the firm is
forced to maintain a constant value while it increases or decreases its leverage.
Other types of constraints are also considered and discussed.*