A Practical Guide to Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

6 Credits: Finance


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A Practical Guide to Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

Course Level
CPE Credits

6 Credits: Finance

Course Description

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), driven by globalization, long-term markets, and various barriers to growth, often result in new organizations whose financial and strategic options are much improved. Thus,  M&A can be a valuable tool by which companies can quickly attempt to increase revenue. This course discusses all facets of M&A and divestitures, such as types, structures, the process, valuation methods, tax implications, essential compliance requirements (e.g. SEC filing, accounting rules), and financial analysis of combinations.

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Learning Objectives

After completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of mergers;
  • Identify the different types of mergers;
  • Recognize the benefits of mergers;
  • Identify antitrust guidelines used by the Justice Department;
  • Recognize Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules regarding mergers;
  • Recognize different defensive measures used by target companies;
  • Identify advantages and disadvantage of different methods of financing a merger;
  • Recognize how different mergers may affect taxation and financial results;
  • Recognize how to account for transactions under the acquisition metho;
  • Identify different approaches and techniques for merger valuation; and
  • Identify different types of divestitures and methods used to divest.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
April 19, 2023

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation

Basic Accounting

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Compliance Information

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