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Booth School of Business

Mergers and Acquisitions – London and Helsinki

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Jun 11—Sep 4
5 daysModules info
London, UK
EUR 8500 ≈USD 9540
EUR 1700 per day


In partnership with Aalto University in Finland, this program provides advanced skills and tools for using M&A to accomplish your strategic objectives.

This Mergers and Acquisitions program approaches M&A from both a strategic and a financial perspective. The program focuses on M&A as a tactic to implement company strategy and deepens participants' understanding of different phases of the M&A process: target identification; the deal phase; due diligence; different valuation methods. The second part of the program focuses on the M&A integration process and leading change, and introduces research-based evidence on the statistics and psychology of typical post-merger processes.

This is a modular program taking place in London and Helsinki. By attending this program, you will:

  • Enhance your understanding of M&A process models and best practices.
  • Gain understanding of the M&A due diligence process and develop your due diligence skills.
  • Acquire a toolkit and models for testing, validating, and valuating a deal.
  • Deepen your understanding of the post-merger integration process at an organizational and individual level.
  • Develop skills and tools for leading and implementing change.


London – M&A Strategy and Process

Process Model and Target Identification

  • M&A process models and best practices
  • Tools to identify and prioritize acquisition targets
  • Test and validate a potential deal thesis

Deal Phase and Due Diligence

  • Due diligence activities necessary to test and investment thesis
  • Developing synergy estimates
  • Key risk issues to be investigated in due diligence
  • Developing a due diligence plan

Deal Phase Valuation

  • Fundamentals of valuation using DCF methods
  • Typical valuation methods used in practice
  • Impact of tax issues for buyers and sellers

Helsinki – M&A Integration and Leading Change

Reaching Strategic Agility

  • Differentiating between the three forms of agility
  • Igniting cultural change
  • Cultivating changeability
  • Understanding management innovations

Structural Innovations for Changeability

Making the most of resource fluidity * Tapping into the potential of virtual structures * Cultural integration and identity building

Who should attend

This program is meant for senior managers who are investigating acquisition as part of their growth strategy, CFOs, investment bankers, corporate lawyers, and other experts participating in an M&A process.


Steve Morrissette''s career includes large corporate experience in mergers & acquisitions and banking as well as entrepreneurial projects as an investor and founding CEO of several start-up businesses. In addition to 25 years of practitioner expertise, his academic career includes 12 years of...
CURRICULUM VITAE Dr. Pekka Mattila serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. He works frequently with both European and Asian executive audiences on themes of strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadersh...
Jukka Luoma is an Assistant Professor in Marketing since 2015, specializing in strategic marketing. His teaching and research focuses competitive dynamics, market-oriented strategies, and the use of models and data in organizational decision making. CURRICULUM VITAE TEACHING 2017, 2016 Global...


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