• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 21 days


This course looks in detail at the different ways in which mergers and acquisitions transactions are structured.

The programme

You’ll learn about legal structures, stock purchases, asset purchases, tax loss mergers and reverse mergers.

As you explore these different transaction structures, you’ll consider the legal and corporate documents involved and the tax implications for both buyer and seller.

By the end of the Mergers and Acquisitions - Structuring the Deal course offered by FutureLearn in partnership with the New York Institute of Finance, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the seven categories of advanced structuring
  • Describe the accounting rules
  • Explore how tax-free deals are accomplished
  • Assess the meaning of tax-free deals
  • Compare the difference between stock and asset purchase
  • Investigate the tax considerations for buyers and sellers
  • Identify the triangular and reverse triangular structures
  • Classify the three legal structures of M&A along with their advantages and disadvantages
  • Explain the purpose of the engagement letter
  • Explore the various corporate documents involved in the M&A process
  • Identify where legal documents fit in

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 21 days
    • Intensity 4 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1 - Review, Documents & Legal Structures

Understand the documents like engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, term sheets, letters of intent and the structures that underpin M&A

  • Week 2 - Triangular Mergers, Tax and Accounting Notes

Review tax considerations, tax-free deals and further accounting rules

  • Week 3 - Considerations and Structuring

Learn about advanced structuring, tax loss mergers, break up/sum of parts/split off, LBOs merger structure, roll ups, consolidation plays, distressed/bankruptcy structures, Special Purpose Acquisition Corps (SPAC), reverse merger and a private equity industry review

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This course is ideal for financial analysts and associates. It is also suitable for directors and managers who have transitioned, or hope to transition, to mergers and acquisitions from other areas, such as equities or fixed income.
  • To get the most from this course you will need a good knowledge of financial analysis, a basing understanding of corporate finance (TVM, cash flows and discounting) and be well-practised with MS Excel.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    209 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 209 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • National

    209 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 209 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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