Mergers and Acquisitions The Essentials You Need to Know

John Colley, Digital Entrepreneurship

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12 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. M&A Essentials Course Introduction

    • 2. My Personal Overview of Mergers and Acquisitions

    • 3. My Personal Overview of Mergers and Acquisitions Part 2

    • 4. What Do We Mean By Mergers and Acquisitions

    • 5. What Is The Difference Between A Merger And An Acquisition

    • 6. Why Do Companies Merge?

    • 7. Why Do Companies Make Acquisitions?

    • 8. What Do We Mean By Synergies

    • 9. Who Are The Advisory Players In The Market?

    • 10. Financing An Acquisition

    • 11. How Are Companies Valued in Mergers and Acquisitions?

    • 12. The Mergers and Acquisitions Process


About This Class


If you are an entrepreneur, investment banker, MBA Student or accountant, then this course will help you to start to get to grips with the process of mergers and acquisitions.  And its always smart to have as much information as you can before you start dealing with investment bankers – I should know, I am one!

In this course you will discover: 

  • What is meant by Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The difference between a Merger and an Acquisition
  • Why companies merge
  • Why companies make Acquisitions
  • What we mean by Synergies
  • Who the Advisory Players are in the M&A market
  • How Acquisitions are financed
  • How companies are value in Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The Mergers and Acquisitions process

Let's start at the beginning - what do we mean by Mergers and Acquisitions?  I am going to set out a simple definition of the term, which is often used in common parlance, without an understanding of what it really means.

Mergers and Acquisitions are two terms that are not the same although often used inter-changeably.  The course explains the difference between the two.

There are a number of reasons given for mergers and there are also five different types of Merger from a strategy perspective.

If we understand Why companies make acquisitions we can begin to understand the rationale behind the deal process.  This is a great starting point before we start to explore the Mergers and Acquisitions Process.

Synergies in a Mergers and Acquisitions deal are the benefits arising from the business combination.  These can cover a wide range of business areas and this lecture explains where these areas lie and why synergies are not always all they are cracked up to be.

There are a number of Corporate Advisors in the Mergers and Acquisitions Market who play varying and sometimes overlapping roles in the M&A process. These are identified and their roles explained.

It is helpful to gain an initial insight into the financing of Merger and Acquisition deals.  As ever, in real life, financing of deals is a complex and drawn out process, but understanding the basics of where the money comes from is an important piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

Company valuation is a highly subjective matter and the cause of much discussion and argument in a Mergers and Acquisitions deal.  We explain the fundamental basis of valuation.

The transaction process can be complex.  This final lecture walks you through an overview of the Mergers and Acquisitions process.

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