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Mergers and Acquisitions: Advanced Theory

Explore mergers and acquisitions in greater depth, examining accounting and projections.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Mergers and Acquisitions: Advanced Theory

This course is part of the Mergers and Acquisitions program, which will enable you to learn how to execute successful mergers and acquisitions, and boost your professional development.

Take a closer look at the processes behind mergers and acquisitions

Following on from the first introductory course about mergers and acquisitions, this course looks in more detail at major aspects of the mergers and acquisitions industry.

You’ll get an overview of accounting and projections for mergers and acquisitions and learn more about financing deals. You will also spend time considering the seller’s viewpoint as well as touching on disclosure of acquisitions, hostile takeover defences and private equity.

Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondIt's clear we're entering a period where mergers and acquisitions will be a key part of the business and financial landscape. How will all this imminent M&A activity affect you? And what are you going to do to be prepared? The accelerating M&A trend will have an impact on you whether you are an investment banker or an entrepreneur, a strategic planner or market regulator in corporate finance or R&D. To get the greatest benefit out of a well-timed merger or a strategic acquisition, you'll need deep knowledge of the structure, the steps, the pitfalls, and rewards of a potential deal.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsThis timely professional certificate course brought to you by the New York Institute of Finance, is designed to provide you with a detailed overview of the entire M&A process, from finding the right opportunity, to analysing the risks and benefits, then structuring, and finally, closing the deal. This course will also introduce you to the key M&A decision making metric, free cash flow, as well as the accounting methods for mergers, acquisitions, and equity investments. Get ready for the M&A boom, and become an expert in all aspects of this essential business dynamic by enrolling in this course. You will be guided by Jeff Hooke and Steve Literati, seasoned M&A subject matter experts on the faculty at NYIF.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsRegister now for the New York Institute of Finance's professional certificate in M&A so you can make the most out of the opportunities ahead.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - M&A Finance and The Seller’s Viewpoint

Financial accounting, projections, how to finance the deal, and the seller’s viewpoint

Week 2 - Case studies and further lessons

Explore the seller’s viewpoint through case studies, then explore in more depth first offers, disclosure, hostile takeover defenses and private equity

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the types of takeover defenses
  • Demonstrate how to disclose an acquisition
  • Identify the purpose, advantages, and disadvantages of the Letter of Intent
  • Interpret the meaning of the First Offer
  • Explain the steps involved in the Sale process
  • Evaluate how to use an Investment Bank
  • Explore the seller's viewpoint
  • Investigate Contingent Payments
  • Summarise New Debt, New Equity, and Private Equity
  • Identify the M&A Finance sources
  • Explore the list of synergies developed by the Investment Bank and Buyer
  • Interpret the concepts of Affordability and Earnings per Share Dilution
  • Identify the concepts of M&A Financial Accounting

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for financial analysts and associates. It is also suitable for directors and managers who have transitioned, or hope to transition, to mergers and acquisitions from other areas, such as equities or fixed income.

To get the most from this course you will need a good knowledge of financial analysis and MS Excel.

Who will you learn with?

Jeffrey Hooke

Jeff, Senior Advisor at Focus Investment Banking has more than 30 years of corporate valuation, investment banking, and private equity experience.

Who developed the course?

The New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) is a global leader in training for financial services and related industries. NYIF trains 50,000 professionals online and in class, in over 120 countries.

Why join this course?

Unlimited access

Join and get unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.

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  • Progress through the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any time
  • Stop and start as much as you like

Access to tests

Join and get access to tests.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Increase your confidence that you’ve mastered the material
  • Enables you to get a Certificate of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement

Join and receive a digital and printed Certificate of Achievement, and transcript, when you complete your course.

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  • Demonstrate continued learning when applying to jobs or university courses
  • Review what you’ve learnt with a transcript detailing the course and your grades
  • Ensure your CV or Linkedin profile stands out

Is a Certificate of Achievement valuable?
Yes! Research from Parthenon and EY shows that 50% of employers consider short courses a differentiating factor when deciding between candidates with similar qualifications. Having a certificate to prove that you’ve completed a short course could help you stand out.

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