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Strategic Mergers and Acquisition in 202X

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 tools and skills you need for succeeding in each phase of the process.

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 objective of the program is to add significantly to your ability to perform and contribute when participating in any phase of the M&A process. You can bring the knowledge and best practices that you learn to your organization.

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Benefits

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. You will 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
The entire M&A process and what it means for you and your organization in different phases
Key frameworks, tools, and best practices, including how to recognize common success factors and pitfalls

For

The Mergers and Acquisitions program is for companies applying or investigating acquisitions as a part of their strategy to expand or to acquire new capabilities.

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.

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Contents and Schedule

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.

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Instructors

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.

Pekka Mattila

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.

Jukka Luoma

Jukka Luoma is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Aalto University School of Business, specializing in strategic marketing.

Professor Luoma is an expert in competitive dynamics, market-oriented strategies, and the use of models and data in organizational decision making.

He has also had visiting scholar positions at the Darden School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce, both at the University of Virginia.

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.

Program Fee and Registration

The fee for the Mergers and Acquisitions program is € 8,500 (+ VAT).

The program fee includes learning materials, lunches and coffee breaks during the program days.

Please note that the program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.

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