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* as long as you remain a Charterholder in good standing, i.e. meet continued education requirements and settle membership dues.


What to Expect From Hospitality M&A Certification

The International Hospitality Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IHM&A) program dives deep into the entire M&A process in the hospitality industry – from strategy and valuation to execution and specificities of post merger integration in hospitality. 


Whether managing or advising a merger or acquisition for your company or assisting your clients, we will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to skip the common pitfalls and succeed.


In the highly interactive virtual live course or the self-paced online course, you’ll take your skills to the next level by practicing:

Expanding your M&A perspective

Hone new target identification strategies and advanced synergy analyses to close the best deals and navigate common post-merger integration pitfalls.

Mapping out the negotiation landscape

Identifying the true stakeholders and likely competitors for the target ahead of time, so you’re ready with the right strategies and tactics for closing the transaction without trouble.

Improving your foresight

By “looking ahead and reasoning back,” you’ll practice implementing exceptional value analysis and comprehensive due diligence so you can lead your team into unlocking the most lucrative merger and acquisition opportunities.

Deepening your understanding of the hospitality industry for successful transactions

Learn from our experts what impact global trends and related (recovery) strategies have on the hospitality industry, how to successfully navigate operational, cultural and organisational challenges and how to valuate and manage hospitality assets sustainably.

Included In The Hospitality M&A Course

This cross-disciplinary curriculum provides a holistic view of the M&A process – from strategy and valuation to execution and post-merger integration management in the hospitality industry.


You will delve into the challenges and opportunities presented by new technology and learn all the terminology and best practices for cross-border deals, corporate inversions, earn-outs, spin-offs, restructurings, corporate governance and more opportunities. Different strategic approaches for private and public companies will also be examined. 


The IHM&A program is structured in four modules based on our IHM&A Framework and Body of Knowledge:

Essentials of M&A

This module covers the fundamentals of Mergers & Acquisitions:


Learning Outcomes


Due Diligence

In the Due Diligence module, we discuss the key questions and topics to address in a due dilligence. It covers the following areas of DD in depth:


Learning Outcomes



In the valuation module, you will explore the


Learning Outcomes


Deep Dive into Hospitality

The Deep Dive into Hospitality module gives you a thorough introduction into the following aspects:

Learning Outcomes

Who participates

While you will meet an international mix of participants from various industries, the International Hospitality Mergers and Acquisitions program is designed for mid-management to senior executives in the C-Suite, directors of public and private companies, board leaders, and heads of strategy and corporate development. It is also geared toward advisers, investment bankers, transactional lawyers, private equity investors as well as individuals involved in transactions or in post merger integration. Individuals and teams are welcome to attend.

By Function

By Industry

By Region


Hold an academic degree (e.g. PhD, JD, DBA, MBA or Bachelor Degree); and/or hold one or more professional designations (such as CPA, CFA, CAIA or equivalent)

We’re Trusted By


After successfully completing the course, you will receive the IHM&A Charter. As IMAA’s IM&A is the most internationally recognized designation offered in the field of M&A the corresponding IHM&A charter signals to peers, clients, employers, and other professionals that you have not only completed one the most comprehensive M&A training programs available but have also gained specific insights and expertise in transactions in the hospitality industry ultimately demonstrating you are proficient in all areas of the mergers and acquisitions process.



Accreditation and Recognition

We are the global number #1 provider in M&A education. Participants sign up or companies send their employees in order to prepare for transactions or to enhance their qualification. Future employers reach out to us to check the credentials of candidates and their current status as a charterholder. Potential clients look to us to recommend advisors. We are a high quality provider and are recognized by many other institutions as a continued education provider. Find out more about our accreditations and recognition.

Comparison: Online vs. Onsite Program
Real-life business cases
All mandatory course materials included
Lifelong online access to most current content
1-year Individual IMAA Membership
Start right away
On-Demand video lectures & direct tutoring
Full flexibility
No time constraint
Work from anywhere in the world
Different dates & locations worldwide
Interactive discussions
Networking with peers
Complete the program in 6 days
Meet face to face with faculty
How long does it take to complete the IHM&A Certificate?

The IHM&A Certification is designed as a part-time program for professionals. The total time of completion depends on your prior background and time you can devote to this. In total for the online program it may take about 60 hours of study. Our fastest participants complete it within 2 months.

What is included in the fee?

Our tuition fees include all mandatory and recommended study materials. In addition you get access to our e-library.

When can I enroll for and start with the IHM&A Certificate?

You can enroll at any time for the Certificate Program online and start right away. For our onsite M&A courses please check the dates and locations.

Can I take the M&A Certificate entirely online?

Yes, you can take the entire program online from anywhere in the world or while travelling. This is what many of our participants do. For the completion of the M&A Certification there is no physical attendance necessary. However, you can combine online with onsite workshops to reach your designation.

How many participants take your M&A programs?

Our courses and programs in Mergers & Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Valuation and Post Merger Integration (PMI) have taken by more than 2’200 participants from all around the world.

What is the difference to other training providers?

We are the number #1 provider and set the standards. Compared with academic executive education offerings, our faculty members are not pure academics – they have closed M&A deals as professionals themselves. So you not only gain theoretical insights, but you will learn hands-on knowledge. Compared with for-profit providers, we are purely focused on M&A trainings and bring in a solid foundation, great structured approach to learning, and the international dimension – and we reinvest in improving our offering.

What is the difference to other certificate programs?

If you compare our programs with the CFA, CAIA, CIMA, or others – we are purely focused on M&A only and are very complementary to these programs. There is very little overlap among the content and insights that our programs provide. Most of them accept our program as continued education.

Where can I ask more questions about your M&A training?

If you have additional questions, please reach out to us via chat, contact form, or give us a call. We are looking forward to hearing from you and learn about your needs and questions.

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Wa’il Selfo

Company: Saudi Aramco Position: Supply Chain Management Consultant Quote Marks

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.

Paolo Buiatti

Company: LafargeHolcim Position: Senior Manager M&A
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Colleen Murray

Company: Massy Position: Associate General Counsel & Chief Counsel M&A and HSSE Quote Marks

I was in a search of M&A training to enhance my overall knowledge on all aspects of M&A from the stage of initial business strategy to post merger integration. I was impressed with the course contents of the IM&A and M&AP programs, the collection of data on global M&As and the access to resources via the e-library during and now after completion of the programs.

The course content for each module was presented in a very structured, easy to follow and yet comprehensive manner. The case studies and other assignments were practical and an effective means to ensure transfer of knowledgeThe course content was indeed helpful to my current profession as well as useful in attaining greater understanding of the roles played by other professional disciplines within the M&A process. I would recommend the programme to my peers and colleagues.

Jelena Brdar

Company: Gategroup Position: Manager M&A and Investments Quote Marks

I thoroughly enjoyed the International Merger & Acquisition Expert program. Challenging topic and content. It made me think about how I can link different elements of my lesson and progressing this into further M&A career and learning. It was logical well-structured and well researched content with many practical case studies, ideas and resources for improving practice. I have added a very useful M&A knowledge related to financial evaluation, due diligence and post-merger integration process.

This was the first time I have taken a course program in an online format, and I was delighted with it and look forward to coming back to IMAA for more classes in the future. I consider this a great course, with a well – experienced tutor and I would strongly recommend it to my peers and colleagues!

Sébastien Perroud

Position: Entrepreneur & C-Level Executive Quote Marks I am an entrepreneur, with strong operational and management experience, having successfully closed the financing of my Management Buy-In fund. However, during the first discussions on potential transactions with the team of Novastone Capital Advisors, my lead co-investor, I quickly realized that I needed to develop my M&A skills, in order to better prepare myself for this journey. I decided to take the IM&A program, as the content of the 4 modules perfectly matched my needs and the online self-study allowed me to start immediately and follow the program at my own pace. The content exceeds the expectations I had and the platform is very comfortable to use. The training was practical with the freedom to work on cases that helped me better understand the different aspects of M&A transactions in my industry. I would definitely recommend this program to my colleagues and peers who are looking to acquire a company in a Management Buy-In or Buy-Out transactions.


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