M&A: Concepts and Theories

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Overview

Offering an intensive introduction to the complex world of M&A, this course will provide an invaluable foundation in strategy, regulation, finding a deal, corporate valuation, and more.

You will learn about buyer strategies, how M&A can increase business value, and how to start the acquisition process, as well as identify successful acquisitions.

Taught by instructors with decades of experience on Wall Street, this M&A course will equip analysts and associates with the skills they need to rise to employment in the M&A field. Additionally, directors and managers who have transitioned, or hope to transition, to M&A from other areas such as equities or fixed income can use this course to eliminate skill gaps.

This course is part of the New York Institute of Finance’s popular Mergers & Acquisitions Professional Certificate program.

Syllabus

Session 1: Overview and Buyer Strategies

  • Lesson 1: Global M&A
  • Lesson 2: Emerging Market M&A Issues
  • Lesson 3: The Buyer’s Viewpoint
  • Lesson 4: Three Ways M&A can Increases Value
  • Lesson 5: Buy vs. Build Synergies
  • Case Studies

Session 2: Finding a Deal

  • Lesson 1: Starting the Acquisition Process
  • Lesson 2: Characteristics of Successful Acquisitions
  • Lesson 3: Key Risks and Failed Deals: Case Study
  • Case Studies

Session 3: Pricing the Deal

  • Lesson 1: Valuation: Approaches and Methodologies
  • Lesson 2: Discounted Cash Flow Approach
  • Lesson 3: Public Companies
  • Lesson 4: Comparable Acquisitions and Leveraged Buyout Valuation
  • Case Studies

Session 4: Special Valuation Cases

  • Lesson 1: Emerging Markets
  • Lesson 2: Money-losing or Erratic Track Records
  • Lesson 3: Industry Specific Multiples
  • Lesson 4: Natural Resource Companies
  • Lesson 5: Speculative Hi-tech Firms
  • Lesson 6: Sum of the parts Companies with Several Different Business Lines
  • Lesson 7: M&A Free Cash Flow Analysis
  • Lesson 8: Premiums and Discounts
  • Case Studies