The Alliance of M&A Advisors (AM&AA) Announces Partnership with DePaul University to Offer the CM&AA Designation

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Robert T. Slee, CM&AA Professor, and author of Private Capital Markets, the first book of its kind dedicated to explaining the behavior of players in private markets will include, in his course segment, an illuminating update on Private Capital Markets, the results of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets project that he architected in early 2009.

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DePaul, one of the largest private Universities in the Midwest is the first of many institutional expansions planned for the Certification Program. Dr. Karim Pakravan, AM&AA member and Associate Professor of Finance at DePaul, will make a special presentation to the CM&AA course attendees.

The AMAAs Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) certification is the premiere advanced professional credential available to today's business advisory professionals, including CPAs, CFAs, attorneys, and many others. The CM&AA training program is designed to help M&A professionals take their professional and leadership competencies to a new 'gold standard' level of excellence and to help business clients select a financial advisor of the highest caliber.

It is a week-long program aimed at business professionals working in the middle market ($5-500M). In five days, advisors will walk away with the information, certification and tools - and more importantly - the confidence to make the most of their mid-market business as an executive or financial advisor.

The CM&AA Certification has become the "Gold Standard" for Middle Market Corporate Financial Advisors credentialing, earning up to 36 EPE credit hours. The Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor Credentialing Program provides comprehensive, current information, insight and inspiration from the instruction by top practicing M&A professionals to networking with peers.

The remaining 2010 sessions are:

Sept. 20, 2010 - Sept. 24, 2010 (DePaul - Chicago), Nov. 1, 2010 - Nov. 5, 2010 (DePaul - Chicago)


Intermediaries, Investment Bankers, CPAs and other front-end financial advisors, attorneys, M&A Consultants, Corporate Executives, Board of Directors & Owners, Personal Financial Planners, Private Investors, and Appraisers. Also Executives, Directors, Managers and those interested in learning more about the world of M&A.


The Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) offers a unique perspective on the middle marketplace for mergers and acquisitions. This partnership represents the first advanced educational program for business leaders and advisory professionals.

As business sellers and buyers are often left to their own devices to make important decisions, this five-day program has been designed to specifically address a large and highly fragmented market of mergers and acquisitions ranging in $5m-$500m in transaction value. During this program, industry experts will offer their views on current and future trends; Practicing M&A instructors provide content that address both theoretical and applicable topics and tools in the real world of M&A. The synergy of this partnership represents the highest quality of available knowledge and thought leadership for middle market M&A services.

Those who successfully complete the test will be awarded an advanced professional credential "Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor" (CM&AA) and membership to the AM&AA.


  • An Overview of the Private Capital Marketplace
  • The Dynamics of an M&A Engagement & Practice Management
  • Buy- and Sell-Side Representation, Traditional Investment Banking
  • Business Valuation and M&A Standards, Accounting, Finance
  • Traditional Business Valuation and Transactional Valuation
  • Other M&A Legal and Tax Issues
  • Acquisition & Growth Financing
  • Review and Examination for Credentialing


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