Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

Online Course on Due Diligence and Acquisitions

Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions Online CPD Training Course

Buying and selling a business can be a very risky step to undertake, with over half of all transactions failing. Carrying out proper due diligence is the most effective way to reduce that risk and to improve your chances of a successful transaction.

Due diligence should help businesses add value to their new acquisitions. As well as simply checking things out it should be structured to help businesses make better development decisions.

Often thought of as dull, expensive and time consuming, due diligence gives answers to crucial questions. How can you be sure you are buying the company you think you are? How do you avoid unexpected costs and nasty surprises? How do you negotiate the best deal? Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions will help newcomers quickly get to grips with this complex area, learning what to look out for and what to avoid.

Despite being one of the most important steps of the process of acquisition, due diligence is frequently misunderstood and mishandled. This course aims to change that.

4 hours of CPD, 120 days access for £75 less 10% discountFinancial Fluency Special Price £67.50
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At the end of this online CPD course you will be able to

• Master the practical aspects of due diligence, including how to best out of the
process through planning and selecting the right advisers
• Recognise the importance of integration, how to avoid common pitfalls and the
subsequent failure of acquisitions
• Identify and quantify potential problems and liabilities
• Understand potential problems with cross-border due diligence and create a strategy to cope with these issues

This course is written for people working in the accounting and finance industry at all levels.

Key areas covered

• Why due diligence?
• What is due diligence and how is it useful?
• What is valuation?
• How do due diligence and valuation interlink?
• Structuring and managing due diligence
• Due diligence disciplines
• Sellers of businesses


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“Due diligence is very important for M&A. This course gave the overview and systematical knowledge on Due Diligence. Meanwhile, the case study could be reference as well.”

“I have done a few online courses and I felt this was the most varied, and therefore, the most pleasant”

“It highlighted some important issues…It also highlighted how easy it is to get it wrong!”

“Clear, easy to understand, I can immediately apply in my work.”

“It not only covered the fundamentals of DD to serve as a start but it also delved into some of the more specific issues so that one could obtain a more in depth understanding of the subject matter.”

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Flexible learning

Learners take their own route through the topics covered in the course. They will learn at their own pace through a variety of interactive activities designed to accommodate a range of learning styles.

Due dilligence - why
Due dilligence - structuring & managing
Due dilligence - disciplines
Due dilligence - sellers of business

About the Author of Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

Peter Howson
Peter Howson is a director of AMR International, London’s leading independent provider of commercial due diligence. He has so far worked on over 200 due diligence assignments.

In addition he has over 25 years of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and business development experience gained both in industry and as an adviser.

Prior to joining AMR in 1998, Peter worked at United Engineering Steels (a joint venture between British Steel and GKN), TI Group, T&N and spent three years in corporate finance at Barings.

At TI Group he worked in its Spanish joint venture with the Japanese company Kayaba and subsequently on 70 transactions, which transformed TI from a UK based supplier of commodity products to a global manufacturer of niche engineering products.

At Barings he was a member of the Corporate Finance team concentrating on manufacturing industry.

Peter has a degree in Economics, is a CIMA qualified accountant and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. He has written three M&A and due diligence related books:
• Due Diligence: The Critical Stage in Acquisitions and Mergers, published by Gower April 2003
• Acquisition Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smarter M&A Deals (with Denzil Rankine), published by FT/Prentice Hall October 2005
• Commercial Due Diligence: The Key to Understanding Value in an Acquisition, published by Gower May 2006

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Course Price and Features

4 hours of CPD, 120 days access for £75 less 10% discountFinancial Fluency Special Price £67.50
Use promo code FF101 at checkout to receive the Financial Fluency special price
Use promo code FF20 at checkout to receive £100 discount on 5 or more courses

• This course provides 4 hours of verifiable CPD
• You can access the course unlimited times for 120 days following purchase
• Full price = £75 (plus VAT) less 10% Financial Fluency discount = £67.50 (plus VAT)

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