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ACG University Steering Committee
ACG University 2016 Co-Chairs:

Jonathan Chou,
Eureka Growth Capital

Eric Steager,
Independence Blue Cross

Class Leaders:

Adam VeVerka, NewSpring Capital

Brian McDaid, Spring Capital Partners

Steve Higgins, Baker Tilly

Laura Anastasio, Baker Tilly

Sasank Aleti, LLR Partners

Nina Fairchild, Citi Commercial Bank

Brian Kerr, Orix Mezzanine & Private Equity

Dave Stienes, LLR Partners

Brian Doerner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Erin Lizotte, Berwind Corporation

Jay Roberts, VirMedica

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

An exclusive, in-depth deal education and networking program,
ACG University enrolls 40 up and coming M&A dealmakers 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 dealmaking skills and strategies through lecture and hands-on case work to create savvy, knowledgeable dealmakers.
  • Create cohorts to facilitate long-term relationship/network building among future M&A leaders within the deal community. Each class is composed of a 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.

2016 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 $795 per person and includes 12 month membership in ACG (payment will be due upon acceptance, there is no fee to apply).

2016 dates are:
Friday January 22, 2016 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, February 5, 2016 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, February 19, 2016 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, March 4, 2016 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, March 18, 2016 Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Friday, April 1, 2016  Program 7.30 AM - 12.00 Noon
Thurs., April 14, 2016 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 Past Class Attendees on our Alumni Page.

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