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FINA5603 Mergers and Acquisitions

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Trimester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit presents theories and empirical evidence on mergers and acquisitions focusing on the implications for managers. The aim is to develop an analytical framework that allows students to identify relevant information and provide a basis for selecting appropriate action. There is recourse to concepts developed in other units. Students find concepts covered in organisation theory, finance and strategy classes particularly helpful.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the link between firm competencies and a mergers and acquisitions strategy; (2) identify the relevance of different valuation approaches (e.g. discounted cash flow, relative valuation and real option); (3) appreciate the level of precision possible and ways of bridging the 'valuation gap' between potential acquirer and the target; and (4) identify the potentially problematic issues in a mergers and acquisitions deal from a regulatory perspective.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) group assignment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ACCT5602 Accounting and FINA5530 Managerial Finance; enrolment in the Master of Business Administration (coursework) or the Master of Business Administration (coursework and dissertation); 42520 MBA Flexible 42530 MBA Advanced 43520 MBA Full Time or approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
Intensive period—lectures/seminars/workshops: 5 sessions (7–8 hours) over 7 weeks
Trimester—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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