Participant Kent Matsumoto on the program’s highlights
Despite eight out of 10 mergers and acquisitions failing, the rate of M&A activity worldwide continues to break records. As businesses flush with cash look to consolidate in order to become more competitive, they view mergers as a way to reduce their costs of doing business while increasing their revenue from greater market share.
Through Wharton’s Mergers and Acquisitions program, you will interact with peers from around the world as you learn how to integrate the strategic, managerial, economic, and financial decisions that affect the execution of mergers and acquisitions. With many acquisitions now occurring across borders, Wharton offers a unique learning program that attracts global finance leaders. You and your peers will gain new insight into why acquisition strategy is related to all elements of the process, including valuation, negotiation, deal structure, due diligence, and integration.
Wharton faculty, led by Robert Holthausen, an expert on corporate evaluation who serves as editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics, apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help you navigate the complex minefield of M&A activity.
Faculty will facilitate discussions and case studies, and several real-world M&A simulations, enabling you to gain experience in successfully navigating a transaction while dealing with a whole array of issues from taxation to due diligence to anti-trust questions. Developed to improve your odds for success, Mergers and Acquisitions will teach you strategies you can hone and execute quickly for measurable results.
Session topics include:
- Valuation Methods and Financial Analysis
- The Strategic Rationale for Acquisitions
- Strategies for Successful Due Diligence and Post-Acquisition Integration
- Effective Negotiation
Overall, Mergers & Acquisitions will help you learn how to:
- Think more from an investment banker perspective
- Evaluate strategic acquisitions using a number of tools and frameworks
- Effectively negotiate and manage strategic alliances
- Gain more expertise in conducting due diligence and other steps in an M&A activity
This program is a complement to Building and Sustaining Growth through Strategic Alliances, which focuses on how to identify, develop, and sustain successful partnerships. Strategic Alliances will also help you evaluate partnerships over time to assess their long-term potential for success.