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Recommend a good intensive for M&A?

Mergers & Acquisition Courses OnlineWould anyone be able to suggest a good Mergers &Acquisition course? Interested in attending one that covers both the operational considerations (assuming payrolls, international hiccups, etc.) as well as pricing and evaluating the deal. An ideal format would be a 1 to 3 day intensive. Many thanks in advance.


Topic Expert
Brenda Morris
Title: Board of Directors, Audit Committee Chai..
Company: Boot Barn
(Board of Directors, Audit Committee Chair, Boot Barn) |

I recently saw a course through a FENG newsletter that seemed to meet your needs. See the details below:


From Matt Bud, Chairman of The FENG, Matt writes:

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (The Alliance) is a proud sponsor of The FENG.

I am delighted to announce the upcoming CM&AA (Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor), which will include an International focus, and will be taught in partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management January 19-23, 2015 on the campus in Glendale, Arizona – the Valley of the Sun. Members of The FENG will receive a 10% discount.

Please see below for a special invitation from the participating faculty leaders of Thunderbird. All questions about this special CM&AA program should be directed to the phone number and/or website shown below and not to me.

Regards, Matt


Dear Colleague:

We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to a great educational program that will be taking place at Thunderbird School of Global Management January 19-23, 2015 on the campus in Glendale, Arizona – the Valley of the Sun.

In conjunction with the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA), the program will focus on all the many aspects of mergers and acquisitions on both a domestic and international basis, and will lead the participant to becoming a “Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor” (CM&AA). This certificate is a professional designation given by The Alliance. More and more this designation is becoming the standard that advisors operating in small- to mid-market merger and acquisition space are expected to meet. After successfully completing the course and test, participants will automatically receive the certification as well as initial membership in the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA). See attached for more information.

Participants will receive the CM&AA designation from the AM&AA and a separate Certificate of Completion from the Thunderbird Center for Global Entrepreneurship. For those who wish to earn CPE units, the course counts as 40 units.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there. No. 1 Ranked School of International Business

Dr. Gary Gibbons
Professor of Global Finance

Dr. Robert D. Hisrich
Professor of Global Entrepreneurship
Director, Center for Global Entrepreneurship

Thunderbird School of Global Management
1 Global Place
Glendale AZ 85306

For more information call: 877-844-2535 or go to: or e-mail infoatamaaonline [dot] org

Sarah Jackson
Title: Associate Editor
Company: Proformative
(Associate Editor, Proformative) |

As that event is over, you might want to check out the M&A courses here at the Proformative learning platform.

Best... Sarah

Topic Expert
Mark Richards
Title: VP Operations and Finance
Company: VP / CFO - Private Company
(VP Operations and Finance, VP / CFO - Private Company) |

Agree with Sarah that you should start with Proformative - get a base at reasonable price.

I took a course at a local university, that was taught by an executive, so the advice was more hands on.

Mike Adhikari
Title: Owner
(Owner, ) |

Certified M&A Advisor (CM&AA) has been mentioned above. It is offered by AM&AA (Alliance of M&A Advisors,

Its 50th class (C50) will start on May 2nd, 2016 in Chicago at the DePaul university. It is a 5-day class. Many desribe the cousre as "drinking from a fire hose". Typical class has CFOs, CPAs, M&A advisors, corporate executives, attorneys, etc.

For full disclosure, I have been president of AM&AA for the last 10 years. Reach me if you need more info.

Mike Adhikari
Title: Owner
(Owner, ) |

Additional CM&AA classes for 2016.
C51: 9/19/2016 @ DePaul University: Chicago
C52: 11/14/2016 @ Pepperdine University, Los Angeles

Felix Meyers
Title: Manager
Company: KPMG
(Manager, KPMG) |

Our team currently take the Mergers and Acquisitions Professional certification course with the MAP Institute. It is probably the technical most advanced and flexible program in the market. However, they do not offering any more on-site programs this year. So it depends what you are looking for.


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