Mergers and Acquisitions and LBO


Contact hours
12 H
Number of spots
Open to visitors

Pedagogical contribution of the course to the program

No educational contribution associated with this course for this program.


Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) are making headlines again. After a substantial drop in takeover activity during the financial crisis, the global M&A market reached new heights in 2021 - with announced deal values totaling $4,562 billion. The objective of this course is to provide participants general knowledge on M&A from a corporate finance perspective. After successful completion of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the most fundamental issues and concepts in the M&A field. Without being exhaustive, the following topics will be covered during the course: Reasons for companies to enter the M&A market, takeover motivation theories, wealth effects for acquirer and target shareholders, the takeover process, business valuation, merger arbitrage, and leveraged buyout transactions. The course will also adopt a practitioner’s point of view and layout real-life examples of valuation techniques and tools. Bridging the gap between research and practice, this course is ideal for those interested in M&As and/or willing to work in the M&A industry. No special knowledge of mergers & acquisitions is required, however general corporate finance know-how and some financial calculation skills (in Excel) would be helpful.

Teaching methods


- Lectures
- Tutorials

In group

- Projects
- Case studies/texts


- Discussions/debates


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Learning objectives

Cognitive domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
  • - (level 4) figure out the particularities of LBOs to other forms of takeovers
  • - (level 4) investigate theories and reasons for companies to do takeovers
  • - (level 4) break down the typical takeover process
  • - (level 5) determine wealth effects for acquirer and target shareholder
  • - (level 6) formulate merger arbitrage strategies
  • - (level 6) develop a deep understanding of the main valuation techniques

Affective domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
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1. The M&A environment - Terminologies - Merger waves 2. Merger reasons - Reasons advanced by firms - Merger motivation theories 3. Shareholder wealth effects - Events studies - Deal announcement returns - Freerider problem and merger arbitrage 4. Takeover process - Trade sale - Buyout 5. Business valuation - DCF - Multiples

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Knowledge in / Key concepts to master

- Basic corporate finance know-how - Key concepts: NPV, WACC, basic accounting, arbitrage - Calculation skills (in Excel) are helpful

Teaching material

Mandatory tools for the course

- Computer
- Calculator

Documents in all formats

- Photocopies
- Case studies/texts
- Worksheets

Moodle platform

- Upload of class documents
- Interface to submit coursework
- Assessments


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Additional electronic platforms

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Recommended reading

Berk and deMarzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson More reading sources will be provided in class

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EM Research: Be sure to mobilize at least one resource

Textbooks, case studies, translated material, etc. can be entered
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List of assessment methods

Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 1Exam week
Written / Group / English / Weight : 50 %
Details : Written group work, more details will be provided in class.
This evaluation is used to measure ILO1.1-PGE, ILO1.2-PGE, ILO1.3-PGE
Final evaluationExam week
Written / Individual / English / Weight : 50 %
This evaluation is used to measure ILO2.2-PGE, ILO4.1-PGE, ILO4.2-PGE
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