What You'll Learn in this M&A Course

  • Mergers & acquisitions concepts and main drivers

  • M&A frameworks in the US, UK, and Canada

  • The main transaction structures and features

  • Private equity and leveraged buyouts

  • Deal flows and transaction documents

  • Hostile takeovers and board defenses

  • The basic principles of negotiations

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Week 1: Introduction

    • General Sources

    • M&A Basics

    • M&A Drivers

    • Agency Costs

  • 3

    Week 2: Acquisition Structures and Business Valuation

    • Recommended Reading

    • Acquisition Structures

    • Corporate Formalities

    • Introduction to Business Valuation

    • Business Valuation: UK Approach

    • Business Valuation: US Appraisal Rights

    • Business Valuation: Fair Value in Canada

  • 4

    Week 3: Business Valuation; Mergers and Similar Structures

    • Recommended Reading

    • Business Valuation Methods

    • Amalgamations (Canada)

    • Plans of Arrangement (Canada)

    • Mergers (United States)

    • Triangular Mergers (United States)

    • De Facto Mergers (United States)

  • 5

    Week 4: Private Equity and LBO; Negotiating and Documenting Transactions (I)

    • Recommended Reading

    • Private Equity and LBOs

    • Preparations Phase; Engagement Letter

    • Pre-Due Diligence Phase; Information Memorandum; Letter of Intent

    • Confidentiality Agreement

    • Due Diligence

  • 6

    Week 5: Negotiating and Documenting Transactions (II)

    • Recommended Reading

    • Acquisition Agreement (I)

    • Acquisition Agreement (II)

    • Closing and Post-Closing; Purchase Price

    • Locked Box Mechanism

    • MAC/MAE Clauses

  • 7

    Week 6: The Board and Hostile Takeovers

    • Recommended Reading

    • Defensive Mechanisms: UK

    • Defensive Mechanisms: US (I)

    • Defensive Mechanisms: US (II)

    • Defensive Mechanisms: Canada (I)

    • Defensive Mechanisms: Canada (II)

    • The Role of Governments

  • 8

    Week 7: Introduction to Business Negotiations

    • Recommended Reading

    • Negotiations and Value Creation

    • Key Concepts

    • Preliminary Considerations

    • Hard Bargaining Tactics

    • Irrationality & Emotions

  • 9

    End of Course Survey

    • Let Us Know What You Think

Your Benefits

  • Designed and taught by a leading expert

  • Reliable, thorough, and up-to-date

  • Start anytime, from anywhere

  • Contains over 8 hours of video lectures

  • Complete in 7 weeks or based on your own schedule

  • Earn an official course completion certificate

Your Certificate

Upon successful completion, you will be issued an official course certificate. This will be particularly useful when you apply to universities, colleges, or jobs and promotions.


  • Who should generally take this course?

    This course is recommended for anybody looking for an in-depth expert introduction to mergers & acquisitions from a business and legal perspective, covering both theory and practice.

  • Is this course suitable for (international) students?

    Absolutely. The course is particularly helpful for those who are preparing for or currently enrolled in business, management, or legal studies abroad.

  • Is this course suitable for professionals?

    Yes. It is an excellent course for those looking to familiarize themselves for professional reasons with the main principles of M&A.

  • How long does it take to complete?

    The course is flexible and it really depends on you and how much time you can devote to it. While it could be easily completed at a quicker or slower pace, we would generally suggest 7 weeks as a rough guide.

  • For how long can I access the course?

    You may access the course for 12 months. We believe that you should be able to take as much time as you want, and go back to sections or specific materials as many times as you need.

  • What if I have any questions or problems?

    No worries. Feel free to contact our friendly team at any time, and we'll help you out. Promised.

Course Design


Martin Petrin

Professor Petrin is a globally recognized corporate governance specialist with over ten years teaching experience. Before joining academia, he practiced with an international business law firm and advised major corporations. Professor Petrin has published widely in his areas of expertise, including as the author and editor of several books, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.