Merger and Acquisition


Course Objectives

  • To give the capacity to apply, in real world situations, the techniques (tools and models) that have been developed in corporate finance, with a specific focus to new markets, i.e. disruptive companies (start-ups, platforms etc.);
  • To work on a wide range of cases. Case topics will include mergers and acquisitions and capital structure issues. This course will emphasize the central importance of financial analysis, valuation and modelling to guiding optimal decision making;
  • To meet professionals active in new markets (CEOs, bankers, practioners).

The final grade will be composed of :

  • Class participation : 10%
  • Case study : 25%
  • Presentation : 25%
  • Final Exam : 30%


Lecture 1 : A brief introduction
Lecture 2 : Valuation
Lecture 3 : Financing : focus on debt and capital markets
Lecture 4 : Synergies – value creation
Lecture 5 : M&A process, price maximization and legal issues
Lecture 6 : Major decisions big firms face today and conclusion
Conclusion  : What Next ? Stairway to the future




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Jerayr Haleblian, Cynthia E. Devers, Gerry McNamara, Mason A. Carpenter, Robert B. Davison, Jerayr Haleblian, Cynthia E. Devers, Gerry
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Vernimmen, Pierre Quiry Pascal & 3 more “Corporate Finance : Theory and Practice” (3 nov 2017), Wiley