Singapore Management University

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About the course

A unique end-to-end understanding of M&A, blending academic theory with real-world insights

The forces of globalization and technological change have created a highly competitive and dynamic business world where mergers and acquisitions are increasingly used to seek competitive advantage and maximize value for shareholders. Treating M&A as a strategic capability can give companies an edge that their peers will struggle to replicate.

The International Mergers and Acquisitions (IM&A) Certificate Programme gives you a unique end-to-end understanding of M&A, blending academic theory with real-world insights. Constructed by leading faculty members and M&A industry experts, the IM&A training provides an invaluable foundation for choosing the right acquisition, excelling at cross-functional due diligence, getting the valuation right, implementing a smooth post merger integration, and more. Gaining the IM&A designation signals to employers, colleagues, and clients that you are invested in being the best M&A professional you can be.

Learning Objectives

The International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IM&A) programme dives deep into the entire M&A process—from strategy and valuation to execution and post-merger management (PMI).

Whether managing or advising a merger or acquisition for your company or assisting your clients, we will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to skip the common pitfalls and succeed.

In the highly interactive on-site course, you’ll take your skills to the next level by practicing:

  • Expanding your M&A perspective Hone new target identification strategies and advanced synergy analyses to close the best deals and navigate common post-merger integration pitfalls.
  • Mapping out the negotiation landscape Identifying the true stakeholders and likely competitors for the target ahead of time, so you’re ready with the right strategies and tactics for closing the transaction without trouble.
  • Expanding your M&A perspective By “looking ahead and reasoning back,” you’ll practice implementing exceptional value analysis and comprehensive due diligence so you can lead your team into unlocking the most lucrative merger and acquisition opportunities.


Essentials of M&A/ Due Diligence Part 1

  • M&A Process: Sell-side & Buy-side
  • Strategies for M&A
  • Success Factors in Transactions
  • Introduction to Due Diligence
  • Legal Due Diligence

Due Diligence Part 2

  • Financial DD
  • Tax DD
  • Legal DD
  • HR DD
  • Other DD Areas and Challenges in Cross-border M&A


  • Deal Financing & Payment Structure
  • Valuation Techniques (DCF, Multiples)
  • Deal Design Structure
  • Private Equity

Post-Merger Integration

  • Integration Project Management and Work Stream Coordination
  • Function Integration
  • Synergy Identification and Extraction
  • Communication Channel Optimization and Change Management
  • Business-as-usual and Quick Win

Who should attend

IMAA trains and cooperates with a wide variety of professionals. Our trainings comprise mostly of CEOs, CFOs, corporates, investment bankers, legal and financial advisors and chartered accountants from reputable organizations.

Trust the experts

Anirvan Sen

Industry expert on M&A, Industry 4.0, Enterprise Blockchain, Operational Excellence and Change Management Founder & Managing Director, Fifth Chrome; Faculty Member, IMAA; Specialities : - Mergers & Acquisitions, Post-merger Integration, Carve-Outs - Growth Strategy, Corporate V...


Ser-Keng Ang

EDUCATION 2017 PhD in Finance, University of New South Wales (UNSW) 2010 Master of Business Research, University of Western Australia (UWA) 1996 MBA, London Business School 1991 BAcc, National University of Singapore CURRENT APPOINTMENTS 2006 - Now Senior Lecturer of Finance Lee Ko...


Rick Marchese

I am an American based in Singapore with nearly 20 years of investment banking experience in corporate finance, M&A advisory and private equity. I began my career on Wall Street at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and subsequently spent time at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. Before entering...


Dominik Heer

Seasoned Private Equity Professional with over 15 years of investment management, M&A and boardroom experience across Europe and South-East Asia. Track-record in effective origination and successful end-to-end deal-making. Focused on building small and medium-sized enterprises, driving intern...


Seng Leong Teh

Experience Company Name Ernst & Young - Indonesia / Singapore Total Duration15 yrs 8 mos Partner Dates EmployedAug 2006 – Present Employment Duration12 yrs 10 mos Location Greater Jakarta Area, Indonesia / Singapore Provides transaction related advisory namely M&A and financial due...


Darryl Kinneally

Qualifications: Chartered Tax Adviser Tax Institute of Australia Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Darryl is a Partner in the tax division and leads our Transaction Tax Practice for Singapore . He has 30 years collective tax experience in the corporate and big 4 environment. ...


Clemens Leitner

Legal professional with almost 7 years of experience in internationally oriented top-tier law firms. Main areas of expertise relate to M&A and corporate law in general with involvement in finance and capital markets transactions. Previously trained as a judicial law clerk and developed a stro...


Dhruv Mehra

Dhruv is a Principal and leader of Mercer’s Multinational Client Group in Singapore. He is also the Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) Transaction Services Leader for Mercer’s Asia Market, covering ASEAN, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India markets. He has almost 15 years of human capital consulting ex...


Rohit Singh

A CFA, senior Private Equity and Investment Banking professional with a decade experience in executing transactions in USA and Asia Pacific regions. Currently investing globally in medical devices, healthcare technologies, AI and pharma companies. Since 2008, have been involved in transactions ...


Ashish Batra

18+ years of experience in technology and business consulting. Passionate about nurturing new competencies and enabling new business possibilities. Natural ability to accelerated implementations and motivates organisational changes with strong focus on people strengths Led and executed mu...


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