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Kellogg School of Management

Merger Week

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Oct 13—18
6 days
Cook County, Illinois, United States
USD 10500
USD 1750 per day


Creating value through strategic acquisitions and alliances

Blending academic theory with real-world application, this interdisciplinary learning experience will teach you how to take a multifaceted approach to any restructuring deal. Our internationally renowned faculty members — experts in the fields of finance, accounting, management and organizations and organizational change — will take you through the entire M&A process, from assessing strategic fit to considering market trends to making financing decisions.

Your in-depth exploration will also include topics such as the search process, valuation techniques, negotiations, tax-free versus taxable transactions, joint ventures, international M&A and best practices for developing a custom-tailored postmerger integration plan. You’ll leave this program inspired and equipped to seek out and capitalize on new opportunities in the global marketplace.

Key Benefits

  • Determine the shareholder value of a target company
  • Identify and quantify sources of strategic fit
  • Develop new strategies for acquisition and restructuring
  • Develop a high-impact integration plan
  • Manage and derive value from negotiations
  • Test postmerger assumptions
  • Apply new skills in a simulated acquisition

Program Content

Drivers of Acquisition Success

  • Elements of successful acquisition processes
  • Analytical techniques that support acquisition success
  • Steps to manage culture gaps and other behavioral pitfalls

Developing Winning Acquisition Strategies

  • Determine strategic segmentation and segment attractiveness
  • Pressure-test skill, scope and scale benefits
  • Search and screen acquisition targets

Financial Analysis and Valuation

  • Learn alternative valuation approaches
  • Measure and quantify risk
  • Test assumptions and get beneath cash-flow forecasts
  • Determine the optimal bidding range
  • Evaluate international acquisitions

Due Diligence and Negotiation

  • Manage the due diligence process
  • Evaluate target commercial stability and growth prospects
  • Manage internal and external experts
  • Recognize potential deal killers
  • Prepare for and manage the negotiation process

Structuring Winning Deals

  • Strategic alliances versus mergers and acquisitions
  • Costs and benefits of joint ventures, licensing agreements and other strategic alliances
  • Critical legal issues
  • Tax implications of alternative structures
  • Financial reporting considerations of alternative deal structures

Postmerger Integration Best Practices

  • Develop a tailored integration approach
  • Sync action planning and prioritization

Who should attend

  • Executives and managers directly or indirectly involved in acquisition/alliance activities
  • Managers with corporate development, planning and finance responsibilities


Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry i...
J. Keith Murnighan is the Harold H. Hines Jr. Distinguished Professor of Risk Management at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He earned his Ph.D. and MS degrees in social psychology and a BS in psychology from Purdue University. Prior to joining Kellogg in 1996, he taught...
Ed Zajac joined the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management after completing his Ph.D. in organization and strategy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. At Kellogg, he received the James F. Bere Chair and the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Unive...


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