About the Transaction Advisors Institute

Founded in 2013, the Transaction Advisors Institute provides a suite of programs and current information on M&A strategy, deal structuring, and integration best practices.

Our sole aim is to help in-house M&A professionals improve their deal process and performance.

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William Jefferson Black
Managing Director & M&A Conference Series Chair

William is a co-founder of the Institute and serves as Chair of the annual M&A Conference Series.
Earlier he was a member of the management team at a fast-growing investment banking and financial advisory firm (where he met Nora Hickey).


Diane Damian
New Member Development 

Diane dedicates her time to making meaningful introductions and fostering new relationships with corporate M&A professionals. 

Her experience includes serving as Legal Assistant to the Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a large public company supporting them through multiple complex M&A transactions.


Nora K. Hickey
Managing Director & President

Nora is a co-founder of the Institute and works across the full range of programs and activities. 

She brings a unique combination of academic publishing, professional services marketing, and business operations experience to the Institute.


Alyssa Kelly
Speaking Faculty Chair

Alyssa is focused on selecting the speaking faculty for the prestigious M&A Conference Series. 

Before joining the Institute she was a Business Development Senior Coordinator at Latham & Watkins.


Prof. Stephen G. Morrissette
Faculty Director

Steve is a Visiting Professor of Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he teaches Merger & Acquisition Strategy.  

His 30 years of practitioner expertise include various Chief Financial Officer roles where he was responsible for M&A and post-merger integration.

His academic career includes 15 years of full-time teaching on Strategic Planning, M&A, and Capital Planning.

Elizabeth M. Nassar
Executive Vice President

Elizabeth plays a key role in delivering the Institute's programs while providing exceptional and well-aligned support to both new and long-standing Members of the Institute. 

She joined the Institute in 2014 after a career in business development and account management.


Michael Parnello
Executive Vice President

Michael leads the development and growth of the Institute's Membership programs. He works closely with corporate M&A teams to align their Membership benefits with the needs of their organization.

Michael joined the Institute after helping launch and grow a number of successful ed-tech companies.


Greg Schlimm
M&A Research Faculty

Greg has more than 20 years of corporate M&A experience across buy and sell side transactions. 

He completed a Doctorate of Business Administration at Warwick Business School with a focus on value creation during post-merger integration. Greg is also a graduate of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA (an alliance of LSE, HEC Paris, and NYU Stern) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.