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  • International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IM&A)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP)
  • Legal Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (LM&A)
  • Certified Post Merger Integration Expert (CPMI)
  • HR Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (HRM&A)
  • Valuation training with Prof. Aswath Damodaran
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International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IM&A)

This training goes beyond the introduction level and theoretical concepts as it’s designed with ready-to-use tools and practices for industry professionals. Every session is crafted and taught by our M&A veterans who share their insights and know-how gained through years of real-world practice.

Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP)

The Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP) is a program designed to meet the needs of auditing, consulting, deal advisory, investment banking, and legal professionals. The M&AP covers all aspects of the transaction process and provides insight into running a successful M&A boutique. Gain knowledge in best practices for the M&A process, valuation, due diligence and also for a unique module on Running a Successful M&A Practice. Gaining the M&AP designation signals to employers, colleagues and clients that you invest in being the best M&A practitioner you can be.

Legal Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (LM&A)

Promising deals can go awry because of poor understanding of legal aspects or simply, a lack of preparation and negligence. The Legal Mergers and Acquisitions Expert certification training program covers all relevant topics within the M&A process from a legal standpoint: pre-deal, during due diligence and negotiations, as well as post acquisition. Join a global network of legal experts and M&A professionals interested in legal issues and become a LM&A Charterholder!

Certified Post Merger Integration Expert (CPMI)

The Certified Post Merger Integration Expert(CPMI) is a tailored program to address the needs of advisors, Human Resource professionals, Project Managers, management consultants, change specialists, corporate M&A and integration teams. The program covers all aspect of the post-merger integration process from planning to implementation. The CPMI program is the only globally oriented Post Merger integration certification in existence and is internationally recognized.

HR Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (HRM&A)

The HRM&A program is designed to meet the needs of Human Resource professionals involved in M&A transactions in both corporate and consulting roles. The HRM&A program covers all aspects of the transaction process relevant for HR including strategy, due diligence, Post Merger Integration (Best of PMI), and compensation and benefits. Gain knowledge in best practices for the M&A process and better understand the HR function and its significance during pre-deal or the post-merger integration phase. The HRM&A designation prepares HR practitioners in preparing for the challenges and practical realities of M&A transactions.

Valuation training with Prof. Aswath Damodaran

The objective of the training is to provide the fundamentals of each approach to valuation, together with limitations and caveats on the use of each, as well as extended examples of the application of each.

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More than a decade of global activity & excellence in M&A Education & Research

The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) is a not – for – profit think tank for Mergers & Acquisitions which pursues research and provides educational certificate programs, workshops, resources, and expert knowledge in the field of M&A. We provide premier quality continuing education for professionals and organizations across the globe. We have been granted the ISO certification by TUEV Austria.


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Wa’il Selfo

Position: Supply Chain Management Consultant, Saudi Aramco
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I decided to enroll in the program due to my new role in M&A activities in the company.  The support team at IMAA were very helpful during the onboarding stage and throughout the course.  The virtual course featured many seasoned veterans who shared both the theoretical aspects of the M&A process and also their practical experience.  The format was very interactive and I gained a lot of from this course.  I highly recommend this course for anyone just getting into the field as it will provide a solid foundation of knowledge.

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Christian B. Waegt

Position: Program Lead M&A ERP, Novartis
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When I was searching a training to widen my knowledge in post-merger integrations, the CPMI course at IMAA has been recommended to me. This course was an easy choice as it brings a deep and solid foundation of all aspects around the planning and execution of PMI projects, but also comes with a unique possibility to get real-life experience. Not only the good conversations with the lecturers, but also the active exchange with my course fellows widened my perspective and gave good practical hints on what works and what doesn’t. I can strongly recommend this course to all who are supposed to start an integration project or plan to take a leading role.

  • CPMI

Lauren​ Gerow

Position: Manager, Corporate Projects and Communications, Bond Brand Loyalty
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After detailed research on M&A continuing education in the marketplace, selecting IMAA’s Post Merger Integration Certification was an easy choice. The CPMI program offers relevant courses, knowledgeable professors and flexibility. The interactive virtual environment allowed for the opportunity to learn from experts from across the globe and network with industry professionals. This program gave me the confidence to facilitate complex integration discussions, practical resources and the ability for me to support my organization in achieving their growth objectives. I would highly recommend this investment to anyone who is responsible for overall M&A strategy, function integration or change management considering professional development- a great virtual classroom experience!

  • CPMI

Samuel Buma

Position: President at B. E. Capital Group
  • IM&A

Dr. Jürg Stucker

Position: Partner at Oaklins (Switzerland)
  • Valuation

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A key value proposition of IMAA is the networking opportunities offered to enrich your M&A network, increase dealmaking, and advance your career.

This is the fourth module of the Mergers & Acquisitions Professional certificate program, participants will explore various aspects of how to run a successful M&A practice and projects. This is also a module that can be combined with the International M&A Expert training program, in order to earn both designations: the M&AP and IM&A.
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With organic growth opportunities narrowing, telecom players need a better way to screen potential M&A targets. A data-rich, heat map–based approach can help. The recent surge in telecom M&A activity raises an important question: which acquisitions will create the most value for your company? Always important, mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have become essential among expansion-minded telecom players in Europe as organic growth opportunities begin to evaporate. […] Read more

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