Mergers and acquisitions can be critical to the success of corporations and their managers. In this course, we explore the economic motivations for M&A activity, as well as valuation, transaction structuring, financing, and tactics. We consider the central role of corporate managers, investment bankers and other advisors, private investors and investment funds, public financial markets, and regulators. We discuss how some M&A activity is a symptom of agency problems, while other restructurings can help to realign the goals of managers and shareholders. The course is balanced between lecture, cases, and student presentations. Active participation is essential.
Instructor Biography - Elena Pikulina
Course Outline - Class of 2018 (updated January 25, 2017)
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