Complete this M&A course to:

  • Avoid missteps in M&A valuation

  • Properly identify risks in M&A valuation models and pro forma forecasts

  • Reduce the amount of time absorbed by the M&A valuation process

M&A Valuation Master Class | Curriculum

Friday, February 24, 2023
10:00 am - 4:30pm (CST)
Live online

Building a valuation model for M&A

  • Understanding and comparing variousProfessor Donna Hitscherich
    Professor Donna Hitscherich
    valuation methodologies
  • Understanding a discounted cash flow model
  • Understanding valuation multiples
  • Understanding the LBO valuation model used by PE firms
  • Estimating growth rates and terminal value
  • Methods for determining the discount rate
  • Methods for selecting multiples


Governance of the valuation process

  • Understanding risk premiums
  • Stress-testing valuation models / identifying bias
  • Applying appropriate valuations discounts
  • Testing assumptions in diligence
  • Understanding valuation ratios and drivers
  • Using outside advisors for quality-of-earnings and fairness opinions
  • Validating and stress testing the valuation


Applying the valuation model

  • Linking valuation modeling and bids/LOIs
  • Differences applying valuation principles to public companies versus private companies
  • Adapting valuation for venture-backed and high growth companies, distressed companies, and minority interests
  • Using valuation sensitivity analysis to maintain pricing discipline
  • Linking valuation to deal structure
  • Knowledge capture / process refinement
  • Avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls


M&A Valuation Master Class | Certificate

You will receive 5.5 CLE (if applicable) and course certification for LinkedIn.

You will also be invited to join a confidential discussion space for exchanging ideas, best practices, recommendations, and information with other M&A Master Class alumni.  

Certificate of Completion


M&A Valuation Master Class | Faculty

Professor Donna Hitscherich is a senior lecturer of Finance, director of the Private Equity Program, and a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School.

Prior to her position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, holding positions at CS First Boston, J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc., and Banc of America Securities. At J.P. Morgan, she helped found the takeover defense team and served as a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the M&A fairness opinions issued by the company. 

As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm’s fairness-opinion review committee and a major contributor to the firm’s training programs for managing directors and associates.

Prior to her investment banking career, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

She has been teaching for the Transaction Advisors Institute since 2021.  

M&A Valuation Master Class | Testimonials

The M&A Valuation Master Class was terrific. The exchanges with the professor and participants was invaluable. The course material was very informative and I'll use it in the future.

General Counsel

Donna is a great instructor and is engaging. I learned a few things today and it was good to interact with peers in breakout rooms.

Vice President of Corporate Development

I found the content and Donna exceptional... I would definitely take another M&A Master Class.

SVP - Global Commercial Operations

This M&A Master Class was interesting and relevant, supported by great discussions and an awesome instructor.

Senior Manager - Business Development

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