The International M&A Certificate Program (IM&A)

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About the International M&A Certificate

Constructed by leading faculty members and M&A experts from the industry in a multi-year effort, the IM&A is the only globally oriented Mergers & Acquisitions Certificate Program. It is based on our unique framework and Body of Knowledge of Mergers & Acquisitions which provides a holistic view of the entire M&A process. The courses can be taken online, onsight or a combination of the two. It is suitable for all career level professionals.



Based on our IM&A Framework and Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions, the certificate program includes:
  • M&A from strategy to integration
  • Four modules
  • Case studies
  • Global faculty


The program can be taken full-time and part-time entirely online, onsite or a combination of the two all around the world:

  • Online
  • US: New York City
  • Europe: Vienna
  • Asia: Singapore


Depending on the prior experience of participants, it usually takes the following time complete this M&A certificate:
  • Online: approx. 100 hours
  • Onsite: 6 days
  • Online & Onsite: 50 hours online and 2 days

Reasons to take this program

Participants take this M&A certification program for the following reasons:


New Insights

Discover new facts and findings in fields that you already have worked in and gain new insights in areas that you have interest in getting more exposure to: Creating more career opportunities and advancement.



While being hands-on and practical, we bring the academic foundation and substance to discuss and explore the field in a structured way based on the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions which is curated by an expert committee.



While most programs by academic providers are highly theoretical, our program combines academics with deal experience, corporate M&A professionals and consultants as faculty to provide useful and practical know-how and tools.



The program does not only cover the most up-to-date expertise on M&A from the United States, but also includes international know-how from all around the world, developed and emerging markets as well as cross-border transactions.

Overview of the Content

As our M&A program covers the complete lifecycle of a transaction – from strategy all the way to post merger integration (PMI), find more high-level information about the content of each module:

Module 1: Essentials of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Forms and Methods of M&A
  • M&A Strategies
  • Success & Failure of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • M&A Process (Buy-side and Sell-side)
  • M&A Activity, Pattern and Timing
  • Hostile & Friendly M&A
Module 3: Post Merger Integration
  • M&A Strategy and Integration
  • Organization and Governance of PMI
  • Synergy identification, implementation and tracking
  • Phase 1: PMI Planning
  • Phase 2: Pre-closing Tasks
  • Phase 3: Day 0
  • Knowledge Management in M&A
  • Post M&A Review
IM&A Framework

The IM&A-Framework is developed by IMAA in cooperation with our partner organizations, contributors and faculty members. With more than 12 years of history, it already set the standard within numerous companies and institutions. The framework covers all steps within the M&A process giving structure to our 4 modules (Essentials of Mergers & Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Post-Merger-Integration and Valuation) and covering different aspects of the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions.

Module 2: Due Diligence
  • Organizing for Due Diligence
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Tax Due Diligence
  • Legal Due Diligence
  • Human Resources Due Diligence
  • Commercial Due Diligence
  • Other Due Diligence Areas
Module 4: Valuation
  • Deal Design and Financing
  • All Valuation Methods (from Cash Flows, Multiples, etc.)
  • Discounts and Premiums
  • Valuation of Synergies
  • Valuation in Emerging Markets
  • Valuation of Startups
  • Leveraged Buy Out Models0
The Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions

The Institute for Mergers, Acqusittions and Alliances has created the first standard in M&A by creating the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions (as of June 2016). It is curated by international M&A experts and faculty on a regular basis and currently going through a revision to be published in February 2017.

Online vs Onsite

The IM&A program can be taken online, onsite or a combination of the two. Choosing which option is right for you is essential to your success. The following table highlights the benefits of each of the IM&A program formats:


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

If you wish to do a combination of both online and onsite courses, please contact Ms. Julia Pohl at

20 – 24 November

Reserve your seat for Singapore

Past participants

Past Participants have during or after our trainings worked or changed to work for the following institutions (small selection):

What current and past IM&A participants say about our program

An impression from one of our on-site M&A trainings with testimonials from participants and faculty.

Rodrigo Tona
Chief Executive Officer at Termoencogibles SA de CV

Robert Semethy
Chief Procurement Officer, Erste Group Bank AG

Janette Kolega Prior
Marketing Strategist at Kolega Marketing

For more testimonials, please have a look at our testimonials and reference list for M&A trainings section.

Accreditation and Recognition

We provide premier quality continuing education for professionals and organizations across the globe. We are also recognized or accepted by other high quality institutions as a continued education provider. 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: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

We are mentioned in over 300 newspaper articles, including Bloomberg, CNN, Dow Jones News, Financial Times, The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, and Wall Street Journal. Governments and non-governmental organizations, like the Bank of England, the Dubai Economic Council, the parliament of Germany, various embassies around the world, and ministries in the United States for example, turn to us for insights and rely on our support.

American Institute of CPAs

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 Ireland

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 continued education for CPAs of Ireland.

Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in English and Wales

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in English 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.

Australia CPA

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.

CFA Institute

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.

ISO 9001 and 29990

The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) as applied and is currently going through the ISO certification process with TUEV Austria for ISO Norm 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO Norm 29990 Learning services for non-formal education and training.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), established in 1964 is an organ of the United Nations dealing with trade, investment, and development issues. The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances is a research partner of UNCTAD. See our profile on UNCTAD research platform.

CPA Canada

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.

City of Vienna

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.

United Nations

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. See our profile at the UN.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the M&A Certificate?

The IM&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 it may take about 100 hours of study. Our fastest participants complete it within 2 months.

What is included in the fee?

Our tution fees include all mandatory study materials. In addition to an electronic version of your M&A certificate after completing the program, you will also receive a printed version sent by post at no additional costs.

When can I enroll for and start with the IM&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 Certicate completely 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 completition of the IM&A Certification there is no physical attendence neccessary. However, you can combine online with onsite workshops to reach your designation.

How many participants take your M&A programs?

Each year, our Institute and faculty train more than 5’000 people in Mergers & Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Valuation and Post Merger Integration (PMI) trainings all around the world.

What is the difference to other training providers?

Compared with academic executive education offerings, our faculty members are not pure academics – they have closed M&A deals as professionals themselves. So you don’t gain only purely theoretical insights, but you will learn hands-on knowledge. Compared with for-profit providers, we are purely focussed on M&A trainings and bring in a solid foundation, great structured approach to learning, and the international dimension.

What is the difference to other certificate programs?

If you compare our programs with the CFA, CAIA, CIMA, or others – we are purely focussed 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.

Where can I ask more questions?

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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