Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

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Overview

Taught by instructors with decades of experience on Wall Street, this Professional Certificate program equips analysts and associates with the skills they need to rise in the M&A field. Directors and managers who have transitioned, or hope to transition, to M&A from other areas, such as equities or fixed income, can also use this program to eliminate skill gaps.

Find out if you are destined for a career in M&A with our introduction pricing. Take the first step to a Professional Certificate from the New York Institute of Finance for only $50. You will learn about key concepts and theories in M&A. If you decide to advance through the following modules the price will gradually increase by small increments leading you to the final mastery exam and a full Certificate. The total cost for the Professional Certificate is $1,550. Our introduction pricing allows students a low-risk, low-cost way to consider if M&A is the right career path before deciding to progress.

This Professional Certificate program offers an intensive introduction to the complex world of M&A and will provide an invaluable foundation in strategy, regulation, finding a deal, corporate valuation, and more. We’ll dive deep into advanced M&A topics, including financial accounting, financing the deal, and the all-important understanding of the seller’s viewpoint. You will learn exactly how and why different M&A deals come together, and how to determine the ideal capital structure for every deal in which they participate. You will also learn how to use the Free Cash Flow metric to evaluate acquisition opportunities towards the end and how to apply accounting and federal income tax principles to project earnings and cash flows, specifically of the post-combination entity. To drive concepts home, you will work on real world examples and journal entries for common to complex M&A accounting treatments.

If your goal is a career on a broker-dealer’s M&A desk, this Professional Certificate program is for you!

NOTE: Completing all 5 courses and then taking the Professional Certificate Examination is MANDATORY to achieve both the NYIF Certificate of Mastery and the edX Professional Certificate in Merger and Acquisition. A verified learner must pass all courses in the program to earn a Professional Certificate for Mergers and Acquisitions.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: M&A: Concepts and Theories

Gain a solid foundation in mergers & acquisitions to kick-start your career in finance.



Course 2: M&A Concepts and Theories: Advanced Topics

Learn advanced topics in M&A; including financial accounting, financing the deal, and the all-important understanding of the seller’s viewpoint.



Course 3: M&A: Structuring the Deal

Learn how M&A; deals are structured and understand the various documents, legal structures and tax considerations needed to execute a deal.



Course 4: M&A: Free Cash Flow (FCF) Modeling

Learn how to evaluate a company’s financial performance to determine acquisition opportunities.



Course 5: Accounting Principles for M&A

Learn how to apply accounting and federal income tax principles to project earnings and cash flows.



Course 6: M&A Professional Certificate Examination

Complete the required exam to earn your professional certificate in Mergers & Acquisitions from the New York Institute of Finance.