MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS (M&A)
WHAT ARE MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS?
In the field of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) refers to a process of corporate consolidation. In the case of a merger, two or more companies join together to form one company. In the case of an acquisition, one company purchases another. M&A also refers to the department of a financial organization that deals with such activities. M&A allows businesses to expand rapidly in their industry or to set foot in new markets, without the need to establish daughter companies from scratch.
As an M&A analyst you could work on two types of deals: buy-side and sell-side deals. In the case of buy-side advisory, you would advise clients, intending to acquire another company, and help them finance the deal. Clients would either already have a target company in mind or require you to research a suitable purchase. As a sell-side advisor, you would advise clients that want to sell their company.
SKILLS REQUIRED TO WORK IN M&A
First of all, you need to know that M&A involves very hard work, and the hours can be extremely long, especially as the close of a deal approaches. That means stamina and perseverance are requisite skills. You will be doing a lot of due diligence, so you need to have strong research skills. Soft skills like negotiation and attention to detail go without saying. Most importantly you need to have the technical skills in corporate valuation and financial modeling to analyze a merger opportunity and advise your client.
HOW CAN THE IFI TRAINING COURSE HELP ME IN MY CAREER IN M&A?
Our comprehensive investment banking course will endow you with all the skills needed for a successful career in M&A. You will cover financial statement analysis, corporate valuation and financial modeling, focusing extensively on M&A modeling. Our seasoned investment bankers will be there to illustrate all the exercises with examples from their real-life M&A work experience and provide you with valuable insights into the industry.