Due Diligence for Acquisitions (VO)

Learn how to plan, evaluate, analyze, and then synthesize the information accumulated during a mergers and acquisitions (M & A) project.

Watch a qualified CPA instructor teaching the course and access a copy of the same course material that is provided to attendees of an in-person session.
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The seminar focuses on the core part of a mergers and acquisitions (M & A) project: how to plan, evaluate, analyze, and then synthesize the information accumulated. It will deepen participants’ understanding of the things to consider, plan and watch for in M & A transactions.

The due diligence process has multiple objectives: deciding whether to proceed, providing a basis for pricing the transaction, and preparing for life after the deal is consummated. In this seminar, participants will be able to deepen their understanding of M & A transactions, understand strategic objectives of a due diligence review, plan an acquisition, develop valuation and pricing recommendations, understand critical issues in confidentiality agreements and identify key issues in a prospective acquisition. 

Financial managers and accountants who have experience in M & A and would like fresh perspectives, those undertaking due diligence for the first time, and those on the receiving end of a due diligence review.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • identify and execute the components of the due diligence process,
  • evaluate financial data and apply financial review procedures,
  • describe non-financial due diligence areas of consideration (HR, IT, etc.), and
  • identify common lessons learned and tips and traps in the due diligence process.


  •  M & A process overview
  • Planning for the transaction
  • Financial review: quality of earnings and normalized EBITDA, net working capital and net debt
  • Financial, human resources, legal and operational reviews 
  • Purchase agreement and purchase price adjustments
  • Integration matters
  • Common findings and conclusion

Post-secondary level course in finance or equivalent knowledge and a basic understanding of, or experience in, mergers & acquisitions.


12/13/2021 - 3/25/2022
Video on Demand
Online registration not available.

Personal Passport Eligibility

Corporate Passport Eligibility


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