Self-Paced Online Course: Mergers & Acquisitions

Study Hours: 18

Mergers and acquisitions are significant transactions in the high-technology sector. In this module, students gain an understanding of how company acquisitions are engineered, the transactions are negotiated and structured. The benefits and costs of an acquisition are discussed and contrasted with other forms of exit for company founders.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of various exits for startup investors, including sale of the company in an M&A transaction and IPO.
  • Explain how merger and acquisition transactions are structured, and why triangular approaches are often adopted to limit liabilities and minimize tax exposure.
  • Identify the steps in the merger/acquisition process, including the process of preparing a company for sale, due diligence and the roles of the officers, brokers and bankers in the M&A transaction.
  • Identify the various exit routes targeted by startup ventures.
  • Describe how patent and intellectual property sale transactions are structured.
  • Understand the role of private equity buyers in the merger/acquisition marketplace.

Course Sections

The course is organized into the following sections:

  • M&A: How Mergers and Acquisitions are Structured
  • M&A: The Merger & Acquisition Process
  • M&A: Alternative Routes and Exits for Startup Ventures
  • M&A: Avoiding Unintentional Poison Pills
  • M&A: Valuation for
  • M&A: Transactions
  • M&A: Case Study of a High-Tech M&A Exit
  • M&A: The Broker/Intermediary
  • M&A: Patent Asset Sale
  • M&A: Private Equity Acquirers
  • M&A: Due Diligence in
  • M&A: Escrow
  • M&A: Hostile Takeovers
  • M&A: Making the Decision to Sell a Company
  • M&A: Acquiring a Company

Course Information:
Study Hours: 18

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