Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
20 Duffy BlvdCharlottesville, Virginia 22903
This course adopts the perspective of a CFO of a publicly held corporation as the strategic partner to the CEO with an emphasis on the role of financial analysis in creating corporate value. It draws heavily from analytical techniques provided in Financial Management and Policies and Valuation in Financial Markets courses and extends the concepts introduced in those courses to examine key policy challenges that confront public corporations. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.
This course is designed to provide students with a practical understanding of the merger and acquisition marketplace, addressing such topics as why companies grow through acquisitions, how acquisition or merger candidates are analyzed strategically and valued financially, and ultimately, whether and how mergers and acquisitions create value for stakeholders. Takeovers and mergers are a daily fact of life, have evolved into a critical part of every CEO or manager's strategic toolbox, and will most likely affect every person who enters the corporate world at some point in their career. Whether a student chooses to be a senior corporate manager, an M&A practitioner, or merely an informed armchair observer, the course is intended to provide the analytical framework to evaluate an acquisition from a strategic, financial, structural, tactical, legal, and ethical perspective. Students will apply learned content to real business situations, including the opportunity to develop, create, and present an acquisition proposal to an actual corporate client during the class.