PROGRAM DATES: June 14-18 2021
PROGRAM FEE: $7,000
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 21, 2021
Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains.
Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals (Online)
Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals provides participants with an overview of the M&A process through multiple lenses including strategic, financial, legal, and operational. The program is designed to provide participants with in-depth analysis of the components of mergers and acquisitions. Participants will explore:
Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals is aimed at those with responsibility for managing, overseeing, and implementing M&A transactions. The focus will be transactions in major markets such as the U.S. and the U.K., but the course will also cover aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Participants do not need to have a background in mergers and acquisitions and the course will add value to those with previous mergers and acquisitions experience.
Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals is an immersive program designed to provide participants with an overview of the M&A process through multiple lenses.
The program aims to prepare you to:
The Learning Model
Case studies, lectures, classroom discussions, and small group discussions ensure that techniques and strategies are memorable and implementable. Case studies on law firms and other professional service firms give participants exposure to real-world issues and help them work through possible approaches and solutions to the problems that professional service firm leaders confront. Participants practice making decisions about challenging real-life management problems in professional service settings.
This program will explore the following concepts through the lens of M&A:
About the Format
Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals will take place on the Harvard Zoom platform. There will be two or three program sessions every day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET. Accepted participants should reserve this window on their calendars until we circulate a finalized program schedule. Each session will be between 1 – 2 hours long, and we will schedule a break of at least 30 minutes between the sessions.
In order to complete the program and earn a certificate of completion, participants are expected to attend every session. As with our on-campus programs, class size will be limited.
Building Community and Networks
Our highly interactive sessions and workshops will include frequent breakout group discussions and activities. These opportunities will help ensure that participants get to know each other and learn from each other’s thoughts, ideas and perspectives. Additionally, participants who complete the program will join our global Alumni Network, through which they will be invited to attend future residential and online programs offered by HLS Executive Education.
Who Should Attend?
Unlike most other M&A executive education programs, this program will provide a comprehensive look at the process including both the business and legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Participants in this program should be positioned within their organization to advise on or oversee M&A deals. In particular, individuals who are new to that role, taking on greater responsibility, or who need a more well-rounded understanding of M&A and its effects on their organization or client, will benefit from this program. Applicants to the program are not required to have a J.D., LL.B., or equivalent.
Past participants for this program have included:
This program is open to participants from around the world. Participants do not need to have a background in mergers and acquisitions and the course will add value to those with previous mergers and acquisitions experience.
Visit the Admissions page for information on the process.
Our core faculty are members of the Harvard Law School faculty – distinguished academicians, educators, researchers, authors, and practitioners in their respective fields. Representing various disciplines, they are close to practice through relationships with law firm leaders and through personal involvement as consultants for top firms around the world.
Program Teaching Team
John Coates IV – Program Faculty Chair
Benjamin C. Esty
John Van Maanen
Learn more about the faculty by visiting our Faculty page and using the drop down menu (“Search By Faculty Type”) to select the program of interest.