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Mergers and Acquisitions

Best Practices in Strategic M&A

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.


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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.

Enhance your understanding of M&A process models and best practices
Acquire a toolkit and models for testing, validating and valuating a deal
Gain understanding of the M&A due diligence process and develop your due diligence skills
Deepen your understanding of the post-merger integration process at an organizational and individual level
Develop skills and tools for leading M&A integration
Understand how M&A can help your company accomplish its strategic objectives
Identify and develop tools for different phases of the M&A process for your company
Enhance post-merger integration and ensure continuance in business and customer relationships
Ensure your organization is prepared for an M&A process


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.

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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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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

Dr. Pekka Mattila serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. He is a specialist in strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing.

Dr. Mattila works frequently with European, Asian, North American and African executive audiences and is a much-requested speaker at corporate and other events around the world. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behavior, marketing and sociology.

In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Mattila has had an active business career. Currently, he serves as Chairman or 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. From 2012 to 2014, he served as a Board Member at a leading Finnish bank. Currently, he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery, and from 2009 to 2017, he served as Chairman of the Board for the foundation operating the renowned Helsinki Festival. He is a Founding Member of the Nordic Institute of Business and Society and the Chairman of the Board of the Helsinki Advanced Interaction Studies Institute.

Since spring 2011 Mattila has served as the Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto University Executive Education. He holds a DSc in sociology from the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA from the London Business School.

Dr. Jukka Luoma

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).

Program Fee and Registration

The program 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.

Register for the program by August 24, 2018.

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