About IMAA

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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Our Mission

The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances has the world’s largest free-of-charge M&A Statistics database. Our faculty are the authors of many leading M&A books. Thats why IMAA is frequently covered in the news world wide.

Design, conduct, and disseminate high-quality, avant-garde, and innovative basic and applied research.

Act as an integrator of different stakeholders in the business community and interdisciplinary science

Collect, maintain and provide specialized resources and information

Provide an international forum devoted to the dialogue of business, politics, society, and science.

Create, provide and offer educational opportunities for professionals, students and the interested public.

Collaborate with academic, government and industry partners

Accreditation & Recognition

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), established in 1909, has the mission to be a global leader in the profession by providing opportunity and open access to people of ability wherever they are in the world, supporting and promoting the highest ethical, governance and professional standards, and advancing the public interest. They have more than 208,000 fully qualified members and 503,000 students worldwide. ACCA does not only accept our programs and trainings as Continued Education, but has formally signed a cooperation agreement with the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances.

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), established in 1887, sets standards in a wide area of practices including business, industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. With more than 418’000 members in 143 different countries, the AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing accounting professionals. IMAA programs and M&A courses qualify to count towards the mandatory continued education requirements for AICPA’s charterholders.

CPA Australia is one of the largest accounting organizations in the world with a membership of more than 155’000 members working internationally in 118 counties across the globe. Over 25’000 members have senior leadership positions. The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances certificate programs and M&A trainings are accepted as continued education for CPA Australia Charterholders.

The Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) has been setting the standard for excellence in lifelong education for financial professionals for more than 45 years. Their designations such as the PFP, CIM, CIWM, and MTI have CE requirements, and the designation holder is responsible to assess the CE value of a non-CSI activity. Hence, our M&A workshops and trainings including certification programs are accepted as to fulfil the continued education requirements for CSI’s designations.

Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada) is a national organization established to support a unified Canadian accounting profession. The organization is devoted to promoting the highest standards, ethics and best business practices. The M&A workshops and trainings including certification programs by IMAA are accepted as to fulfil the continued education requirements for Canada’s CPAs.

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) consists of more than 5’000 members and students in over 40 countries. The institution is responsible for overseeing the professional activities of charterholders in practice, and ensuring that education and training standards are maintained. IMAA’s M&A certificates and M&A courses can be accepted as structured continued professional developlment (CPD) for CPAs of Ireland.

The CFA Institute is a global association of investment professionals which provides the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. The CFA Institute requires every CFA holder to participate in continuing education (CE) programs on a yearly basis. Through a rigorous application process, the CFA Institute recognizes only the top educational providers for CFA professionals to complete their CE requirements with. Some of IMAA’s educational offerings are accepted as CE credits with the CFA Institute.

The branch of the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) in Vienna is recognized and listed as a research institute by the Government of the City of Vienna, Austria. See our profile at the City of Vienna.

Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), established in 1973´, is the only institution authorized by law to register and grant practicing certificates to CPAs in Hong Kong. The organization has more than 39’000 members and more than 18’000 registered students. M&A certificates and trainings offered by the Institute can be accepted as continued education for HKICPA charterholders.

The Institute of Certified Public Accountantsin India with more than 147’000 members is a body of professionals practicing in the discipline of Accounting, Auditing, Taxation & Business Regulatory Laws, Finance & Management. IMAA’s programs meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

The United Nations are a intergovernmental organization. The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances is a registered NGO in the field of Academia at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. We can visit United Nations conferences and meetings open for civil society participation in the area of economic and social development. You will find us listed in the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales(ICAEW) consists of over 147’000 members and provides professional development opportunities, resources, and guidance for ICAEW Chartered Accountants. IMAA’s M&A trainings and certificates can be accepted as Continued Education for ICAEW Charterholders.

The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) is the national accountancy body of Singapore with over 32’000 members. IMAA’s trainings and M&A certificates qualify structured and verifiable Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org. IMAA’s Registry Sponsor ID: 139759

The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) is recognized bythe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a continued professional education provider. View our programs at SHRM’s website

The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) has been approved as an organization by the Institute for Banking & Finance in Singapore. Some of our programs and formats have been accredited and qualify participants to receive funding for attending and participating in our trainings. View our accredited programs at IBF Singapore

IMAA Intstitute provide premier quality continuing education for professionals and organizations across the globe. We have been granted the ISO certification by TUEV Austria for ISO Norm 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO Norm 21001 Educational organizations, and ISO Norm 29990 Learning services for non-formal education and training (please see Certificate).

We provide premier quality continuing education for professionals and organizations across the globe. We have been granted the ISO certification by TUEV Austria for ISO Norm 9001 Quality Management SystemsISO Norm 21001 Educational organizations, and ISO Norm 29990 Learning services for non-formal education and training (please see Certificate).


In addition to our own accreditations and recognition, our faculty teaches, our content is used at and we cooperate with many top ranking business schools that are triple accredited with the highest standards in the educational sector: AACSBAMBA and EQUIS. But as we do not provide academic degree programs, these accrediting institutions are not applicable for our Institute. Still we have joined the AACSB as a business education alliance member to promote the cooperation between business schools and businesses.


The Institute and our faculty members are mentioned in over 300 appearances in the media (TV, radio and newspapers) such as Bloomberg, CNN, Dow Jones News, Financial Times, The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.


Governments and non-governmental organizations seek our advice and information, like the Bank of England, the Dubai Economic Council, the Government of Canada, Enterprise Singapore, the parliament of Germany, various embassies around the world, and ministries in the United States as well as the US Chambers of Commerce for example, turn to us for insights and rely on our support.


We provide you with a substantial collection of testimonials and a selected reference list of companies, please refer to our testimonials page.


We and our programs are also recognized or accepted by other high quality institutions as a continued education provider for continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing professional education (CPE).


Below we list a selection of organizations that we collaborate with or contributed to with our know how and expertise. We maintain good formal and informal relationships with many other organizations.

We are a business education alliance member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – a global business education network and association. Many of our academic faculty members teach at AACSB accredited top business schools.
We cooperate with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and offer their certified accountants opportunities for continued education.
We are a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) headquartered in Chicago and are part of their chapter in Austria. ACG is a global community for middle-market M&A deal-makers and business leaders. Our trainings are endorsed by some ACG chapters.
We cooperate with PwC Academy in Sri Lanka and with PwC in many other locations, for example in our IM&A program in Dubai.
BIZIT Inc. was established in August 2019 by spinning out from Tryfunds Inc. It operates the largest global M&A platform in Japan "BIZIT M&A", which is used by approximately 5,200 users in 158 countries around the world and supports the overseas expansion and M&A of Japanese SMEs.”
Some of our trainings are endorsed by and of interest to members of the German Federal Association of Private Equity Companies.
We are a member of the German Federal Association for Mergers & Acquisitions and involve some of their board members and corporate members as faculty.
Frequently our trainings get endorsed by various CFA Societies in different countries and are attended by CFA Charterholders for continued education.
We collaborate with and support the Controller Institut with their M&A training in German (“M&A Lehrgang“) in Vienna.
We are a member and collaborate with the Association for Post Merger Integration (“Gesellschaft für Post Merger Integration e.V.”) headquartered in Germany. Some of their members are also faculty members at IMAA.
We are a member of the International Council For Open And Distance Education and share their mission to promote greater quality educational opportunity.
We cooperate with PwC Academy in Sri Lanka and with PwC in many other locations, for example in our IM&A program in Dubai.
We collaborate with and support the Munich Business School in cooperation with the Controller Institut with their M&A training in German (“M&A Lehrgang“) in Munich.
We are a member of the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB). Their mission is to ensure high quality in continued education. By providing M&A trainings with the highest standards, we believe to make a useful contribution for the advancement of this field.
The Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA) cooperates with the Institute in our M&A trainings as we also support their events and network.

Study Options

The online format offers an extensive training but with maximum flexibility for busy professionals. This course is designed for self-study with on-demand video lectures specifically produced for the online format.

The onsite format is held in an intensive 30 hours program. Networking opportunities are provided in all programs to connect with an elite and diverse group of professionals and instructors.

Live & Interactive. The virtual format is a live and interactive format that offers the same interactive opportunities as the onsite format, but with the luxury of never having to leave home or office.


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Gary Gadson

Company: Norval LLC
Position: Managing Partner & CEO
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Before my CPMI certification, I participated in several integration efforts; however, the process didn’t feel very well organized, and I participated without fully understanding the drivers of the acquisition.  I felt like a better structure or roadmap had to exist to merge two companies more efficiently.  The CPMI training has equipped me with the framework to effectively implement an integration plan.  The instructors at IMAA are practitioners with real world experience who can relate to the variety of issues surrounding post-merger integration efforts.  This was a very worthwhile training that will add tremendous value to me as an executive and investor.

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Company: Kerry Group
Position: Global Business Development Director
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I attended the onsite IM&A training and was pleasantly surprised with its high level. The training was superbly organized; Chris Kummer is a fascinating speaker and lecturer with a massive body of knowledge in strategy and finance. The 5 day training was well organized to cover all aspects of M&A and utilized world known experts for specialized sections. I am very content that I decided to attend this training as it significantly enhanced my M&A knowledge needed for my role.

  • IM&A

Anna Schwartzur

Company: Sterling
Position: Chief of Staff to the CFO & Head of Strategic Initiatives
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Knowing how critical integration is to the success of M&A and wanting to learn more, I embarked on a process to find a program that offered a wide selection of instructors with years of real-life experiences, a good selection of topics covered, and a professionally built portal for a virtual experience. IMAA was at the top of the list! The team was incredibly responsive during my selection process and helped make a decision to enroll a no brainer. The actual classes were even better than I anticipated. The instructors were able to offer real world examples and brought topics to life. The collaborative set up of learning through a case study offered an opportunity for the classmates to interact, debate, and build a strong integration process together. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning more about the Integration part of M&A. You will learn a tremendous amount in the time together and meet others tackling similar challenges.

  • CPMI

Sean Janelle

Company: Montview Global Consulting
Position: Founder
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As someone who has worked in M&A but wanted to expand my knowledge in the M&A lifecycle, I looked at many organizations to take a Post Close Integration class. I landed with IMAA because I trusted their worldwide acclaim, their professional partners, and their world-renowned speakers. The virtual classroom was very beneficial for our class. We were spread across seven time zones, and we could collaborate from our homes or offices and meet many people from various backgrounds and geographies. We had several breakout sessions which did not take time to gather and allowed effective one-on-one times with each other. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to gain a comprehensive understanding of the M&A lifecycle from world-leading experts in the field and through an organization highly sought after across the globe. 

  • CPMI

Meghna Verma

Company: salesforce
Position: Sr. Business Analysis People Leader
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The curriculum for the CPMI program is well designed. Expertise of instructors and examples provided are helpful to understand the complex context of M&A. Exercises and Case Studies assignments compel you to think hard and provide an immersive experience.

  • CPMI

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Available Programs

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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