International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IM&A)
Online Program Description
The International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IM&A) program covers the entire M&A process—from strategy all the way to post merger integration (PMI). It has been constructed by leading faculty members and M&A experts from the industry in a multi-year effort. This program is the only globally oriented Mergers & Acquisitions Certificate Program.
The IM&A program is structured in four modules based on our IM&A Framework and Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions (for more information click below). It is available to take online or onsite at one of our training locations.
Module 1: Essentials of M&A
M&A Process: Sell-side & Buy-side
Strategies for M&A
Success Factors in Transactions
Takeover Strategies and Defence Tactics
Module 2: Due Diligence
Other DD Areas and Challenges in
Module 3: Valuation
Deal Financing & Payment Structure
Deal Design & Structure
Private Equity & Start Up Valuation
Valuations in Emerging Markets
Module 4: Post Merger Integration (PMI)
Integration Project Management and Work Stream Coordination
Synergy Identification and Extraction
Communication Channel Optimization and Change Management
Business-as-usual and Quick Wins
The online format is a self-study designed course with on-demand video lectures and required readings. The course assignments including real-life business case studies, multiple choice questions, and more. There is no time constraint to complete the online course; therefore you may work at your own pace and take breaks if needed.
Online Course Fee
- Takes about 100 hours online to complete
- Leading faculty from academia and the industry
- Split into four, easy-to-digest modules
- Content updated quarterly
- Access to most up-to-date online course content
- IM&A Designation upon completion
- First year of Annual Membership Fee
- Access to the entire IMAA e-Library
- Global network of charterholders and experts
The IM&A Designation
The IM&A is the most internationally recognized designation offered in the field of M&A. The IMAA Charter signals to employers, peers, and other professionals that you have completed the most comprehensive M&A education program available and are proficient in all areas of the mergers and acquisitions process.
The IM&A Designation adds:
Displaying the IM&A Designation on your Resume/CV, business card, and LinkedIn profile demonstrates to potential employers and clients your certified expertise in M&A.
Expand your current knowledge and professional profile with the most relevant and comprehensive content available, created by the world’s leading faculty and experts.
Increase your professional value with the tools and skills needed to succeed in your future projects, deals, and transactions.
IMAA connects M&A practitioners and like-minded professionals, in order to provide a platform for networking, knowledge-exchange, and sharing best practices.
Increase your visibility and expand your career opportunities by contributing to the IMAA community and gaining access to our industry experts and practitioners.
IMAA trains a wide variety of professionals. With five offices on three continents and a diverse set of faculty, participants from around the world benefit from a globally minded, professional education.
Participants by Region
Gain full access to IMAA resouces by becoming an IM&A participant. Included with your first year memershipt is our e-Library, M&A statistics, and publications from our expert faculty.
Accreditation and Recognition
We are the global number #1 provider in M&A education. Companies sign up their employees in order to prepare for transactions or to enhance their qualification for the next promotion. 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|
|No time constraint|
|Work from anywhere in the world|
|Different dates & locations worldwide|
|Networking with peers|
|Complete the program in 6 days|
|Meet face to face with faculty|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you have any questions, please do reach out to us by:
see our international contact details
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 for the online program it may take about 100 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 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 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 1’500 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 don’t gain only purely 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.