Mergers and Acquisitions Finance


Course Objective 

Making decisions concerning mergers and acquisitions is both an art and science. In combining two separate companies, issues of strategy, price and corporate culture must come together in one coherent analysis of the new combined company. 

This course introduces participants to the economic and finance aspects in mergers and acquisitions. It will enhance participants’ understanding of aspects pertaining to the drivers and varieties of mergers, merger economics, structuring and financing options. Participants should be able to:

  • Learn about the drivers, motives and varieties of mergers and acquisitions
  • Understand how merger economics apply, how mergers are valued and evaluated
  • Learn about the process, structuring (cash and/or share payments) and financing options 
  • Learn about merger risks and failures

Course Outline and Duration

The course will be covered over one (Saturday afternoon) three-hourly lecture session. Participants will also be expected to study the assigned readings and materials and be sufficiently prepared to ask questions during the lecture session.

The main outline of the course is as follows:

Course outline:

Drivers, motives and varieties of mergers and acquisitions

Merger economics: valuation steps; understanding merger synergies and estimating the economic cost and benefits

Process, forms of structure and financing options

Why acquisitions fail?


Case Review


There are no required textbooks.

Additional Readings

Several additional readings will be assigned with the course.

Intended for

Managers, engineers and individuals who are keen on acquiring a basic understanding of mergers and acquisitions process, structuring options and underlying economic and financial valuation aspects.

Course Instructor

Frankie has a fourteen-year career in technology and venture capital, and is the Managing Founder of Innovation Ventures. He currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in Exploit Technologies and is their nominee director on the boards of Commontown Pte Ltd, BLC Solutions Pte Ltd and D-SIMLAB Technologies Pte Ltd.

Since January 2009, he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Engineering and Technology Management (ETM), National University of Singapore Faculty of Engineering.  He is currently running a course “Finance for Engineering and Technology Managers” for students undergoing MSc and PhD programmes offered by the ETM in NUS.

Frankie is a Singaporean and holds Master of Science degrees in Financial Management (with Distinction) from the University of London, United Kingdom and in Strategic Management (Dean’s Honours List) from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also a graduate of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom, and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore.

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