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ACG University Steering Committee
ACG University 2013 Co-Chairs:
Steven Higgins, Managing Director, Janney Capital Markets
David Stienes, Partner, LLR Partners
ACG University 2013 Steering Committee:
Neil Haimm, Partner, Drinker Biddle
Scott Heery, KPMG
Richard Jaffe, Partner, Duane Morris
Kenneth Jones, Boathouse Capital
Daniel Krane, Drinker Biddle
Lori Lasher, Partner, Reed Smith
Barry Smith, The Pine Hill Group
Eric Steager, Director of Business Development, Independence Blue Cross
David Strauss, Partner, Ernst & Young
Adam VeVerka, Director of Business Development, NewSpring Capital
ACGU Alumni come from top M&A firms through out the region including:
Argosy Private Equity
Eureka Growth Capital
Larsen MacColl Partners
Versa Capital Management
Fox Chase Bank
LBC Credit Partners
Boenning & Scattergood
Janney Capital Markets
Mufson Howe Hunter
Phoenix Capital Resources
Stifel Nicolaus Investment Banking
Asher & Co.
Ernst & Young
Fesnak & Associates
ACG University Classes
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Designed as an exclusive and in-depth deal educational and networking program,
2013 will e
nroll approximately 30 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
through membership (included). Graduates will also be invited to become part of the ACG Young DealMakers Group.
About the Course Work
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 third Friday morning from 7:3
0 am – 12:00 pm
beginning in January 2013.
Class 1: Strategic /
Analysis – Sourcing Deals & Building Your Acquisition Strategy
Class 2: Valuation – Methodologies and Approaches
Class 3: Due Diligence & LOI – Financial, Operational, Technical, Management
Class 4: Financing – Financing your deal to match your exit
Class 5: Buyout Alternatives: Recaps & Growth Equity Financings
Class 6: Negotiating the Purchase Agreement & Closing the Transaction
Class 7: The 100 Day Plan: Integration & Closing Reception!
How to Apply
Applications are accepted each year from early August through the end of October, with space
limited to approximately 35 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 left-hand column 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 May.
to review the closed 2013 application.
ACG University is composed of seven classes, meeting roughly every three weeks on Friday morning from 7.30 am – 12.00 noon at the offices of Drinker Biddle in center city Philadelphia. Pricing is $695 per person and includes 12 month membership in ACG (payment will be due upon acceptance, there is no fee to apply).
2013 dates are:
Friday January 18, 2013 AM Program 7.30 - 12.00 Noon
Friday, February 8, 2013 AM Program 7.30 - 12.00 Noon
Friday, March 1, 2013 AM Program 7.30 - 12.00 Noon
Friday, March 15, 2013 AM Program 7.30 - 12.00 Noon
Friday, April 12, 2013 AM Program 7.30 - 12.00 Noon
Friday, May 3, 2013 AM Program 7.30 - 12.00 Noon
Thurs., May 16, 2013 PM Program, Closing Reception
Past graduates rate this program very highly for both its practical educational content and its valuable network building.
View Past Class Attendees:
2011 ACGU Class
2012 ACGU Class
2013 ACGU Class
Additional Information and Requirements
Objectives: Please see:
i. "About ACG University and Course Work" in the center of this webpage.
breaks down the objectives 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 up to 30 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 will include accounting and auditing, professional skills
development as well as specialized knowledge and applications.
Each class will require pre-reading and preparation for group presentations of case studies.
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 all seven 4 hour classes.
Reviewed and Updated:
Last reviewed Winter/Spring of 2013. 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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