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Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring

Code: 2MiF10     Acronym: MAR

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Management Studies

Instance: 2020/2021 - 2S

Active? Yes
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Finance

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIF 44 Official Syllabus after 2020-2021 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Jorge Bento Ribeiro Barbosa Farinha

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,50
Jorge Bento Ribeiro Barbosa Farinha 1,50
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2021-02-14.

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Teaching language



The main objective of this curricular unit is to introduce the students to the analysis of mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring topics in oder to enable students both to analyses such operations in their professional practice as well as to identify possible academic research questions.

Learning outcomes and competences

Understanding of the main challenges on mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring (research) topics

Working method



Part I - Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

1. Introduction and M&A Mechanisms
2. Accounting Aspects of M&A
3. Financial and Deal Structuring Aspects of M&A
4. Sources of Value Creation and Theories of M&A
5. Empirical evidence on M&A

Part II - Other Corporate Restructuring operations

1. Corporate restructuring strategies overview
2. Divestitures
3. Spin-offs, split-ups and split-offs
4. Equity carve-outs
5. Voluntary liquidations
6. Tracking stocks

Mandatory literature

DePamphilis, Donald; Mergers, acquisitions, and other restructuring activities : an integrated approach to process, tools, cases, and solutions, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-12-385485-8

Complementary Bibliography

Gaughan, Patrick A.; Mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings. ISBN: 0-471-31670-9
Sudi Sudarsanam; Creating Value From Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Times/ Prentice Hall, 2010

Teaching methods and learning activities

This curricular unit will use a theoretical and practical methodology. In the first part of the class, the theoretical exposition of the main concepts of diagnosis and valuation of M&A transactions will be followed by the practical application of these concepts in companies involved in real-life mergers, acquisitions or other corporate restructuring transactions.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Teste 65,00
Trabalho escrito 25,00
Participação presencial 10,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 40,00
Frequência das aulas 21,00
Trabalho escrito 20,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Group assignments, and a final test

Goup assignment is compulsory for all students, regardless of whether they undertake the normal or recourse final exam

Class participation is assessed through the participation in quizzes in class, and grading of these will be proportionloa to the number of quizzes made.

Calculation formula of final grade

Group assignments (25%), final test (65%), and quizz participation (10%)

A minimum grade in the final exam of 8 marks out of 20 will be required for a passing grade in this course, regardless of the grades obtained in the group assignment and quizz participation and even if the weighted average grade computed as above equals or exceeds 9.5 marks(in a  scale of 0 to 20 marks).

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