M&A Professional Certificate Virtual Series

New York Institute of Finance


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M&A Professional Certificate Virtual Series

Comprehensive analysis of the major facets of the Mergers & Acquisitions industry and the skills engaged in executing all areas of transactions from pre to post-merger integration.

  • How to identify a successful merger or acquisition opportunity

  • How to structure a variety of M&A deals resulting from different circumstances

  • Regulations concerning mergers & acquisitions

  • How to model and utilize free cash flow for capital budgeting and evaluation and integration of acquisitions

  • Accounting for mergers & acquisitions


Registration Includes:

  • 9 Online Virtual Sessions

  • 2 Supplemental Digital Content eLearning Modules
  • Professional Certificate Examination

Participants must complete the virtual sessions, the two e learning courses,  as well as pass the examination to receive a NYIF Professional Certificate of Mastery.


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Module 1

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Overview
  • Key Drivers of a Successful Acquisition

Module 2

  • Attractiveness of Target Companies
  • Acquisition Structure

Module 3

  • Sequence of Events
  • Documentation and Agreements

Module 4: Advanced Technical Indicators

  • Managing for Value Creation
  • How Does the Integration Process Affect Value Creation?

Module 5: Comparative Technical Indicators

  • Valuation
  • Financing the Acquisition

Module 6: Technical Theories

  • Anti-takeover Mechanisms
  • Anti-trust Policies

Module 7

  • Legal structures
  • Tax structures
  • Accounting

Module 8

  • Letter of Intent
  • Seller paper, earn outs, hope certificates

Module 9

  • Special cases
  • Tax loss mergers
  • Break-up/sum-of-the-parts/split-offs
  • LBOs
  • Roll-ups, consolidation plays
  • Distressed (Bankruptcy) M&A
  • Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. (SPAC), Blind pool
  • Reverse merger, backdoor IPO


  • Free Cash Flow and the Objectives of the Firm
  • Components of Free Cash Flow
  • Cost of Capital
  • Capital Budgeting Using Free Cash Flow
  • Modified Free Cash Flow
  • Using Free Cash Flow to Evaluate Acquisition Opportunities
  • Integration of Acquisitions


  • Equity Method of Consolidation
  • Purchase Accounting for Business Combinations
  • Forecasting the Performance of the Combined Company
  • Internal Revenue Code Section 338(g) and 338(h)(10) Transactions
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