Mergers & Acquisitions

As a finance professional dealing with mergers and acquisitions, you will be facilitating the process of purchase of one company by another or consolidation of companies into a single entity, right from inception to the final merger.

What do mergers and acquisitions specialists do?

Mergers and acquisitions specialists research potential acquisitions to find those that are relevant and financially beneficial, conduct financial analysis of all data relevant to the potential merger, including a risk assessment of the target company’s current management and operational structure. They carry out structuring of the deal itself, including negotiation of an equitable agreement, employee contracts, financing and future liabilities and ensure integration of the target company after the merger itself has been executed.

What does a typical day at work involve?

On a typical day at work you may

  • Checked Study data on companies and perform valuations of similar deals to prepare a good analysis
  • Checked Prepare financial models as part of the valuation and deal structuring
  • Checked Exchange information with potential buyer companies to check pricing and alignment with the acquiring company's direction to determine feasibility for a potential sale
  • Checked Conduct talks and meetings with management and owners of potential targets for acquisition
  • Checked Prepare due diligence reports after investigations into the company that is to be acquired, to identify and quantify potential risks
  • Checked Prepare Legal documents in a business sale or acquisition

Job roles in mergers and acquisitions

They conduct market research, discussing options for buying and selling companies and presenting findings and suggestions for merger and acquisition prospects for the business.
The M&A Associate oversees and guides/coaches activities of M&A analysts concerning the engagement of prospective business/company owners and executives through telephone, email, and social media platforms prior to qualifying these potential mergers and acquisition as viable prospects for the business.
Manages all aspects of an organization's policies towards achieving growth through mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Analyzes possible impact on the organization, estimates cash flow and probability, identifies potential risks and creates corresponding solutions.

How to become a Mergers and acquisition professional?

Step 1
Take any stream at +2

You may take any stream at +2 to make you eligible for bachelors studies but opting for Commerce stream would help you gain a strong base.

Step 2
Take a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Commerce or Management

Taking BCom, BBM, BBA or BMS degrees is recommended for further studies in the field of Banking and Finance. Generally the duration of these courses are 3 years.

Step 3
Take an MBA (with Specialisation in Banking & Finance)

You may take an MBA (Banking & Finance) which is generally of 2 years duration in India. Specialisation in Mergers and Acquisitions is not generally available in India although it is available as an elective for MBA (Banking & Finance). Foreign universities provide MBA with specialisation in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Note :

Short term certificate courses in mergers and acquisitions are provided by reputed management institutes.

Mergers and Acquisitions Colleges

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Requirements for masters in Mergers and Acquisitions

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (PGP at IIM Ahmedabad ( Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring (MACR) available as elective )

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor's degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • Min 80 percentile score in CAT with min of 70 percentile in each of the three components (VR, DILR and QA)
  • ‘Application Rating' (AR) score calculated based on their percentage of marks obtained in the 10th standard, the 12th standard and the bachelor's degree programme respectively is used to shortlist candidates.
  • Analytical writing test.
  • Personal interview.

Foreign (MSc Investment Banking (with a compulsory module in Mergers and Acquisition) at Queen Mary University of London)

  • Undergraduate Degree in any discipline. At the minimum a 2:1 or overseas equivalent ( approximately 60 to 69%) is required.
  • English Language Proficiency :Minimum 6.5 IELTS overall and 6.0 in Writing. Or an overall score of 92 including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking in TOEFL:
  • Contact details of one or two referees who will be asked to provide references. At least one should be an academic referee.
  • Statement of purpose.

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Skills Required

Communication skills

Good communication skills are required for carrying out discussions regarding mergers and for presenting the findings and suggestions.

Interpersonal skills

Interpersonal skills are essential for fruitfully utilising negotiation strategies for striking deals.

Accounting skills

Working in this field requires a thorough understanding of accounts which calls for skill in working with numbers.

Analytical skills

M & A professionals needs to have a good understanding of the factors that impact the industry. This requires good analytical research skills, awareness and foresightedness.

Problem solving ability

Good problem solving skills are essential while evaluating prospects of mergers, conducting risk analysis and finding suitable solutions.


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