Mergers & Acquisitions

Cox School of Business

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  • 5 days
  • in person

Cox School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Leadership teams and board members involved in growing a company through M&A or selling a company
  • Private company owners
  • Corporate directors
  • Chief financial officers and finance directors
  • Business development officers
  • Business analysts
  • Division and unit heads pursuing acquisitions

About the course

Mergers & Acquisitions: Where Theory Meets Practice is a new kind of program at SMU Cox. We’re delivering practical intellectual stimulation that satisfies your academic curiosity and balances theory with ready-to-use insights. You get the academic rigor you expect plus interactive exercises, real-world case studies and lessons from leading industry practitioners that help you turn ideas into action.

This results-focused balance begins with leadership from Associate Dean Shane Goodwin, Ph.D., a former investment banker with more than 20 years of M&A experience on Wall Street, including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

In addition to our own expert faculty, Dr. Goodwin has tapped the unmatched SMU Cox network for M&A experts from Goldman Sachs, Evercore, AT&T, PepsiCo, Gibson Dunn, McDermott Will & Emery and Kimberly-Clark, plus former strategy consultants from McKinsey and Bain.


  • M&A Strategy
  • Regulatory Considerations
  • M&A Process
  • Due Diligence
  • Valuation - DCF
  • Relative Valuation
  • Private Company Valuation
  • Accounting & Tax Issues
  • Payment & Consideration Issues
  • Legal Issues
  • Post-Closing & Integration Issues
  • Private Equity
  • Negotiations Seminar
  • Multi-Constituent Decision Making
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Cross-Border M&A


Bill Dillon

Bio William R. Dillon is the Herman W. Lay Professor of Marketing and professor of statistics at the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University (SMU).  He also serves as senior associate dean.  He received his PhD in marketing and quantitative methods from the City University of New Yo...

Shane Goodwin

Bio Dr. Shane Goodwin is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.  Additionally, Dr. Goodwin leads The Applied Corporate Governance Institute at The Center for Global Enterprise, a nonprofit, nonpa...

Russ Hamilton

Research Accounting for income taxes and effects on firm value Audit quality, including tax-related restatements and tax-related material weakness ratings Impact of executives on tax outcomes Teaching Financial Accounting I Advanced Partnership Taxation

James Linck

Bio Dr. James S. Linck (Jim) is the finance department chair, and also holds the distinguished chair in finance at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business.  Prior to joining the Cox faculty, he was the BB&T scholar in the finance department at the University of Georgia'...

William Maxwell

Bio William Maxwell is a Professor of Finance at the Cox School of Business.  He received his PhD. from the George Washington University in 1998.  He holds the Mary Jo Vaughn Rauscher Chair in Financial Investments and is the Director of the Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies and the EnCap ...

Robin Pinkley

Bio Dr. Robin L. Pinkley is the Janet and Craig Duchossois Endowed Professor of Management and Organizations at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where she previously served as chairman of the Organizational Behavior Department and director of the America...

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