Mergers and Acquisitions

Best M&A Practices for the Next Decade

The Mergers and Acquisitions program gives you a structured understanding of the M&A process and equips you with the necessary tools and skills to succeed in each phase of it.

The program focuses on M&A as a means to implement company strategy and deepens participants’ understanding of different phases of the process, from the M&A strategy and deal phase to post-merger integration and leading change. The program also provides a solid foundation for divestments or other separations.

The Mergers and Acquisitions program will significantly improve your ability to perform and contribute when participating in any phase of the M&A process. You will learn the latest knowledge and best practices from the leading experts in the field, which you can share with your organization.

4,5 ECTS credits can be transferred from the Mergers and Acquisitions program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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September 29, 2023

The gold standard in executive-level M&A programs in the Nordics. 

A comprehensive M&A program with a dedicated integration training module.

Since 2017, this consistently popular program has received excellent customer feedback. The overall impression of the program is 5.35 / 6.0.

"In a year besieged by pandemic uncertainties, M&A rode a roller coaster. Lockdowns led to a sharp dive in the first half of the year. But as soon as these began to ease, M&A soared back up. Globally, companies announced a record $1.4 trillion worth of deals in the post lockdown months from June to October 2020, 84 percent higher than in the first five months of the year." 

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During the program, you will learn to make your organization better prepared for M&A in the changing business and technology landscape. You will learn to identify and use the right tools for each phase of the M&A process. You will enhance your organization’s chance of smart acquisitions, successful integrations, and continued business success.

Learn how M&A can help your organization to accomplish its strategic objectives and how you can best lead (or contribute to) a successful M&A
Get to know the entire M&A process and what it means for you and your organization in different phases
Learn key frameworks, tools, and best practices, including how to recognize common success factors and pitfalls


The program is for companies applying or investigating acquisitions as a part of their strategy to expand or acquire new capabilities. It is also suitable for companies applying or investigating divestments as part of their strategy.

The program is designed for executive and management team members participating now or in the future in an M&A process. Managers and experts from the CFO’s office, strategic development, HR, and others will also find this program very valuable.

Contents and Schedule

The program will be taught through a mix of lectures, exercises, and case discussions.

Industry guest speakers are invited to the program to share their experiences and learnings on the M&A process and integration.

Program schedule will be updated in January 2023.

Program Schedule 2022

Instructors and Guest Speakers

Marcus Alexander

Marcus Alexander is Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Vlerick Business School in Belgium and a Fellow of the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre in London.

He was an Associate Fellow at Oxford University and contributes regularly to courses at the Danish Technical University and The Stockholm School of Economics.

Professor Alexander is an expert in group-level strategy and the role of the corporate center; managing globally; strategy process, innovation and execution; and mergers, acquisitions, and alliances. He has authored many articles and books (including 3 Harvard Business Review articles).

Alexander worked as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London, Boston, Spain, and Australia. He then co-founded a company that he subsequently sold to an advertising agency, before moving into a more academic career. He continues to carry out consulting assignments, working primarily as a facilitator and ‘Business Counsel’ to senior management teams. Over the last 30 years he has also worked with over 50 Group CEOs around the world.

Alexander has been a non-executive director of 9 companies in 5 different countries, and a trustee of 2 charities.

Tapio Koivumäki

Tapio Koivumäki is Leader of Operational M&A Advisory in Finland, including integration, separation and operational due diligence services for corporate and private equity clients.

Koivumäki has worked on numerous complex deals over the last 10 years in TMT, E&R, IP&S, Chemicals, Security, Insurance and Food industries. He is experienced in top management advisory, programme blueprinting, synergy and milestone development, Day1 readiness checks, TSA development, execution support, and synergy and separation reviews.

Koivumäki holds M.Sc. (Econ) and CEMS MIM from Helsinki School of Economics. 

Carola Lindholm

Carola Lindholm is Partner in Castrén & Snellman's M&A team and a member of the board and management team. She has worked within M&A for almost 20 years and been involved in some 300 transactions, most with a cross-border element.

Carola Lindholm is often consulted for strategic M&A advice, and she takes a particular interest in the possibilities and risks climate change and constantly changing regulation bring for future businesses and investors. She regularly work on deals for both domestic and international clients in a variety of industries—the financial, insurance and health care industries, to name a few—and has also been involved in several major energy, renewables, and infrastructure transactions on the Nordic market.

Tomi Merenheimo

Tomi Merenheimo is the managing partner of Magnusson in Finland and the Chairman of Magnusson International.

He is a former managing director of a top 10 Finnish law firm and was previously Vice President of Legal Affairs and Investor Relations at a major Finnish-listed technology company and licensed telecommunications operator.

Merenheimo focuses on contract law, mergers and acquisitions, employment issues and technology. He has solid experience in leading transaction processes and integrating acquired businesses, with experience of well over 300 M&A cases. His area of specialization is the management of cross-border transactions, typically including several jurisdictions. Merenheimo has many board positions in different industries and he is well known for his business-minded approach and skills to find alternatives and solutions in difficult situations.

Marko Pöllänen

Marko Pöllänen is Partner and the leader of Deloitte’s Transaction Services team in Finland and he is specialized in M&A advisory including financial due diligence engagements in both buy-side and sell-side transactions.

Pöllänen has long experience from developing strategy, executing M&A transactions and valuation projects. Pöllänen has led several diligence projects to both corporate and PE clients. His clients include both domestic and international companies of all sizes.

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 an Associate Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business. He is also an Associate Partner at Nordic Adviser Group, advising his clients on mergers & acquisitions and investment strategy projects.

From 2009 to 2010, Torstila 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 and equity and debt offerings.

Torstila 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 specializing in Tax Law from the University of Helsinki.

Eero Vaara

Eero Vaara is Professor in Organisations and Impact at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in UK, and visiting Distinguished Professor at Aalto University.

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. 

Debbie Wrench

Debbie Wrench leads the Swedish Post Merger Integration team. Wrench has over 15 years of experience in working on mergers, integrations and separations. Wrench has hands-on experience of planning and implementing integrations and separations in the UK, USA, Europe and Chile.


Wrench has worked on over 20 integration/separation assignments. She has experience as both an advisor to clients on their integration/separation strategy and approach as well as having first-hand experience of identifying and delivering synergies as a Senior Manager in Industry.

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