Learning the ropes of M&As
, Joanna Sinclair
The Mergers and Acquisitions program approaches M&A from a strategic, financial and change leadership perspective. The program focuses on M&A as a tactic to implement company strategy and deepens participants’ understanding of different phases of the M&A process, from M&A strategy and the deal-phase process to post-merger integration and leading change.
The objective of this program is to add significantly to your ability to perform and contribute when participating in an M&A process. It provides you with advanced skills and tools for using M&A to accomplish your strategic goals.
You will learn both up-to-date information on corporate practice relating to mergers and acquisitions, and the most significant academic research on the topic.
During this program you will ensure your organization is prepared for an M&A process. You are able to identify and develop tools for different phases of the M&A process for your company. You will enhance post-merger integration and ensure continuance in business and customer relationships.
The Mergers and Acquisitions program is for companies applying or investigating acquisitions as a part of their growth strategy.
This program is designed for division level executives, CFO office, strategic development, corporate lawyers, HR, communication and other experts participating now or in the future in an M&A process.
The program will be taught through a mix of lectures, exercises and case discussions.
Industry guest speakers will invited to the program to share their experiences and learnings on M&A process and integration.
Dr. Sami Torstila
Sami Torstila is Associate Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business.
Sami Torstila specializes in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and managerial finance.
Torstila is Associate Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He is also an Associate Partner at Nordic Adviser Group advising his clients in projects related to mergers & acquisitions and investment strategy.
From 2009 to 2010, Sami was visiting scholar at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and from 1996 to 1997 investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs in London. At Goldman, he worked with mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt offerings.
Sami received a D.Sc. degree in Finance in 2000 and an M.Sc. degree in Finance with honors in 1996, both from Helsinki School of Economics. He also holds an LL.M. degree with a specialization in Tax Law from the University of Helsinki.
Dr. Eero Vaara
Eero Vaara is a Professor of Organization and Management at Aalto University School of Business.
Eero Vaara is a Professor of Organization and Management at Aalto University School of Business, and he is also a permanent Visiting Professor at EMLYON Business School, France, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Lancaster University, UK.
Professor Vaara has a PhD in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and MSc degrees from Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki School of Economics. Eero Vaara’s research interests focus on organizational, strategic and institutional change, strategic practices and processes, multinational corporations and globalization, and methodological and philosophical issues. He is generally regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars in postmerger integration. His research has been published in the very leading journals of the field, and he has authored several books. He is now serving as an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal.
Dr. Pekka Mattila serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. He works frequently with European, Asian, African and North-American executive audiences on themes of strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing.
Since spring 2011 he has served as the Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto University Executive Education.
In addition to his academic activities Dr. Mattila has conducted an active business career. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Board or as a Member of the Board at a number of innovative companies. Previously he served in executive, management and senior staff positions in the Nordic financial services industry. Currently he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery. From 2009 till 2017 he served as the Chairman of the Board of the Helsinki Festival. He is a Founding Member of Nordic Institute of Business and Society.
Dr. Mattila holds a doctorate and masters in sociology at the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA at London Business School. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behaviour, marketing and sociology. Dr. Mattila has authored a number of managerial books on leadership, change management and strategic marketing and sales.
Dr. Mattila’s consulting and coaching career started in 2003, and his corporate clients comprise over 270 Nordic and international companies, entrepreneurial ventures as well as prominent public sector institutions and NGOs.
Dr. Jukka Luoma is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at Aalto University School of Business, specializing in strategic marketing.
Jukka's teaching and research focuses on competitive dynamics, market-oriented strategies, and the use of models and data in organizational decision making.
Building on an operations research background, Luoma earned his doctoral degree in marketing at the Aalto University School of Business. Previously, he has also had visiting scholar positions at the Darden School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce, both at the University of Virginia. Luoma’s research appears and is forthcoming in top-ranked academic journals in his field (e.g., Journal of Marketing, Strategic Management Journal).