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. Founded in 2004, the Institute consists of respected faculty and trainers from around the world who contribute to the research, resource content, and programs. As the leading academic institution for M&A and a globally active institute, our programs offer a wealth of experience and know-how and are the most substantial and complete educational offering in existence. Our M&A certificate programs are the only internationally broadly recognized education programs and its content is relevant to both developed countries and emerging markets. IMAA participants and institute members represent over 70 countries, including students and junior professionals to board level executives and government officials. We are committed to providing excellence in M&A education and research, and are dedicated to making mergers, acquisitions and alliances beneficial for businesses and our participants succeed with their projects and careers.

Number of countries
40 +
Number of companies
1090 +
Number of participants
1690 +

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 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 Institute 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).

Study Options IMAA

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.

Testimonials About IMAA

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Claudia Senties

Company: EY Parthenon
Position: Senior Associate
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I took IMAA's IM&A certificate program as I wanted to fill a gap in my skill set on transitioning from the integration team to the deal team. Therefore, participating in IMAA's on-site IM&A certificate program was a very enriching experience that provided me the space and the right network to discuss, share experiences, and learn from both IMAA's faculty and M&A professionals with diverse backgrounds. Moreover, IMAA's on-site comprehensive curriculum and access to an online learning platform and library helped me deepen my understanding of M&A instilling the ability to ask the right questions at the right time, and also equipped me with the necessary practical finance & valuation skills crucial for success in this transition in my career. The real-world case studies and interactive learning modules were particularly valuable, allowing me to apply theoretical knowledge to actual scenarios. Furthermore, IMAA's global recognition opened doors to new opportunities and bolstered my credibility in the M&A field. I am truly grateful for the supportive community of experts and peers who fostered a collaborative learning environment, enriching my networking capabilities, and instilling confidence in my strategic decision-making abilities.

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Aline Soghomonian

Company: TAQA Group
Position: Legal professional
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I always had the passion to discover about the M&A world. IMAA fulfilled my wish with the most relevant aspects of the M&S covered in just one course out of the New York City. With great content, lots of interactive work, mostly hands on course and insightful discussions, it was so enjoyable to receive a wealth of knowledge about the subject. Martin, a great mentor who made it fun and engaging for all, and with the examples from his extensive experiences, he made it absolutely unforgettable experience for us, and although there was a lot to learn, it was so light and easy to follow for everyone. I would highly recommend the IMAA course to anyone wanting to get into the industry.   

Special thanks to Nicole for making this course so complete with her daily super support to all of the attendees and the fantastic food she arranged for us throughout each of the days of the training.

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Emmanuel Kolade

Company: Omnify
Position: Director, Finance & Controller
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"I recently completed IM&A program virtually and M&AP program online.

These programs were expertly crafted by industry leaders and seasoned practitioners, and they provided an in-depth understanding of the intricacies involved in M&A transactions. From business valuation and due diligence to post-merger integration, every aspect was covered in detail.

The collaborative nature of the program facilitated networking with fellow executives and professionals from diverse industries. Engaging in discussions and sharing experiences not only broadened my professional network but also enriched my learning experience through different perspectives.

I highly recommend this program to executives and professionals aspiring to excel in the field of M&A. It has been an enriching experience that has not only added a valuable credential to my profile but has also empowered me with the necessary tools to make strategic and informed decisions in the ever-evolving world of business."

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Ezinne Joshua

Ezinne Q. Joshua

Company: Aquamore Finance
Position: Associate Portfolio Manager
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As a part of my MBA program, I enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Finance course. The assessment process required a role-play exercise in which my group represented the buy-side while the target group represented the sell-side in the acquisition of a company. This novel and challenging process made me curious about the overall concept of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and its complete scope. In my research, IMAA was featured many times, and I enrolled in the program. After completing two courses, I can attest that every experience has provided me with new perspectives on how to approach deals and a shift in my understanding of stakeholder engagement/management. The valuation class helped me improve my financial modelling skills, while the IM&A course provided me with knowledge on deal processing, strategy, due diligence and commonly overlooked aspects of a deal that could either make or break the process – before and after a merger. I highly recommend the IM&A course to anyone seeking deeper insights and understanding into the complete end-to-end cycle of mergers and acquisitions. The program has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the intricacies of M&A transactions effectively, and I am confident that it will do the same for anyone who enrols.

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Shaune Lim

Company: Assured Asset Management
Position: CEO
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I had the privilege of taking the IM&A and Financial Modeling and Business Valuation Course with Trainer Rohit Pratap in an online format. Even though the course was conducted completely virtually, Rohit did an exceptional job of keeping students engaged and explaining complex integration, merger, acquisitions, and financial concepts in a clear, understandable way.

Rohit structured the course thoughtfully, with relevant real-world examples and case studies that helped reinforce key learnings. He made effective use of interactive tools and discussions during our virtual lectures to promote student participation.

One aspect that really stood out was Rohit's dedication to ensuring students grasped the material. He patiently answered questions, provided valuable feedback on assignments, and made himself available outside of class. I appreciated that he customized his teaching style to suit the virtual delivery method.

Overall, this was one of the most well-organized, enriching online courses I've taken. Kudos to IMAA in delivering such a great and seamless user experience. I gained invaluable financial knowledge and skills that I can apply directly in my career. Rohit is a phenomenal educator, and I highly recommend this IM&A and Financial Modeling and Business Valuation Course to other students looking to expand their business acumen.

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Available Programs Imaa Institute

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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