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ACG University Steering Committee

ACG University 2015 Co-Chairs:

Neil Haimm, Partner, Drinker Biddle

Jonathan Chou, Eureka Growth Capital

ACG University 2015 Steering Committee:
Brian Berkin, LLR Partners
Brian Doerner, Ballard Spahr
Steve Gord, Boathouse Capital
Steven Higgins
Andrew Kurz
Brian McDaid, Spring Capital
Jack Slye, LLR Partners
Barry Smith, The Pine Hill Group
Dave Stienes, LLR Partners
Adam VeVerka, NewSpring Capital
ACGU Alumni come from top M&A firms through out the region including:

Private Equity:
Argosy Private Equity
Eureka Growth Capital
Graham Partners
Inverness Graham
Larsen MacColl Partners
LLR Partners
Milestone Partners
NewSpring Capital
Versa Capital Management

Mezzanine Funds/Lenders:
Boathouse Capital
CMS Mezzanine
Fox Chase Bank
LBC Credit Partners
Merion Partners
Susquehanna Bank
TD Bank

Investment Bankers:
Boenning & Scattergood
CMF Associates
Fairmount Partners
Falcon Capital
Harris Williams
Janney Capital Markets
Mufson Howe Hunter
Phoenix Capital Resources
Stifel Nicolaus Investment Banking

Corporate Acquirers:
Brother Int'l
Cardone Industries
CH Briggs

Accounting Firms:
Asher & Co.
Ernst & Young
Fesnak & Associates
Grant Thornton

Law Firms:
Drinker Biddle
Duane Morris
Pepper Hamilton
Morgan Lewis
Reed Smith
ACG University Classes

About ACG University
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Invest in the future of your best junior deal professionals

Designed as an exclusive and in-depth deal educational and networking program,
ACG University enrolls 40 up and coming M&A deal makers who possess an average of 2 – 4 years of deal experience in this serial education program which is designed to:

  • Teach a broad range of essential deal making skills and strategies through lecture and hands-on case work to create savvy, knowledgeable and skilled dealmakers.
  • Create cohorts which will facilitate long-term relationship/network building among future M&A leaders within the deal community. Each class will be composed of a balanced number of private equity and corporate buyers, investment bankers, attorneys, accountants and lenders.
  • Offer access to all the resources of ACG and the broader deal community in Philadelphia through membership (included). Graduates will also be invited to become part of the ACG Young DealMakers Group.

About the Course Work
ACG University will immerse participants into the life cycle of a deal using a case study method for teaching the key elements of sourcing, valuing, financing, negotiating, structuring and closing a deal. Each class will include pre-reading, expert level instruction, practictioner panel discussions, team-based case work/presentation of findings and feedback. Classes will take place every second or third Friday morning from 7:30 am – 12:00 pm beginning in January with 10 minutes of break time per hour.
Class 1: Strategic / Opportunity Analysis – Sourcing Deals & Building Your Acquisition Strategy
Class 2: Valuation – Methodologies and Approaches
Class 3: Due Diligence – Financial, Operational, Technical, Management
Class 4: Acquisition/Debt Financing – Financing your deal to match your exit
Class 5: Minority Investments/Growth Equity Financings
Class 6: Negotiating the Purchase Agreement & Closing the Transaction
Class 7: The 100 Day Plan & Why Deals Fail followed by a Closing Reception!
Applications for ACGU 2016 will be accepted until October 30, with space limited to approximately 40 students.  Candidates must be sponsored by an ACG Member and selection is based on prior experience, commitment, as well as overall composition of the applicant pool.  Further requirement and prerequisite information can be found at the bottom of the of this page and is particularly useful for those seeking the offered CPE or CLE credits of this course.  ACG University runs once per year from January through April.

2015 Schedule

ACG University is composed of seven classes, meeting roughly every two - three weeks on Friday morning from 7.30 am – 12.00 noon at the offices of Drinker Biddle in center city Philadelphia. Ten minutes of break time per hour will be given. Pricing is $745 per person and includes 12 month membership in ACG (payment will be due upon acceptance, there is no fee to apply).

2015 dates are:
Friday January 23, 2015 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, February 6, 2015 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, February 20, 2015 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, March 6, 2015 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, March 20, 2015 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, April 10, 2015  Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Thurs., April 23, 2015 Program 12.30 - 5.00 PM, Closing Reception 5.00 - 7.00 PM

Past graduates rate this program very highly for both its practical educational content and its valuable network building.

View our current ACGU 2015 Class

View Past Class Attendees on our Alumni Page.
Additional Information and Requirements
Objectives: Please see:

i.    "About ACG University and Course Work"  in the center of this webpage.

ii.    The 2011
Curriculum provides an example of how the objectives break down by class session.

Prerequisites, Experience,  Level of Difficulty:

i.    2-4 years of experience in private equity, corporate development, investment banking, law, accounting or
lending are required.  

ii.    Intermediate Level of Difficulty: It is assumed that such junior level candidates will have the relevant education and job training to have mastered the deal-making basics required to successfully participate in the intermediate difficultly level classes of the program and the analytical skills necessary for group presentations and individual class participation.  

iii.    Applicants must also demonstrate the commitment necessary to successfully complete the program.  

iv.    Participants are chosen from a pool of approximately 40 applicants based on the overall composition and quality of the pool.  

v.    Applicants must be sponsored by an ACG member.


i.    Essential Deal-Making Skills and Strategies

ii.    In accordance with statute 11.63, subject matter is professional skills development.

Advanced Preparation: 

Each class will require pre-reading and preparation for group presentations of case studies.

Teaching Method:

The course will be taught by experts using lecture, case study analysis and participants will give group presentations. Instructors are experts from the local M&A deal-making community qualified by relevant work experience and academic credentials.

Continuing Education Credits:

28 PA CPE or CLE credits will be awarded by instructors to participants who successfully complete ACG University.

Reviewed and Updated:

Last reviewed Winter/Spring of 2014/2015.  This CPE program has been reviewed to ensure that its activities, materials and delivery systems are current, technically accurate and effectively designed by program designers prior to the event.  The program sponsor reviews the course materials annually to ensure that they are accurate and consistent with currently accepted standards relating to the program’s subject matter.


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