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Congratulations to the ACG University 2013 Class:
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Call for 2013 ACGU Applicants
About ACG University

Designed as an exclusive and in-depth deal educational and networking program,
ACG University 2013 will enroll 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 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 third Friday morning from 7:30 am – 12:00 pm beginning in January 2013.
Class 1: Strategic / Opportunity 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
To Apply, please submit your application at this link by close of business October 26th.

Space for
ACG University is limited. Candidates must be sponsored by an ACG Member. Selection will be based on prior experience, commitment, as well as overall composition of the applicant pool.

Applications are due by October 26th and notifications will be given by late November for the Class of 2013 beginning in January 2013.

ACG University will be 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).

Tentative 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. Click here to view a list of our 2011 ACGU Class and our 2012 ACGU Class.
Special Thanks to our ACG University Sponsor:

ACG University 2013 Co-Chairs:

Steven Higgins, Managing Director, Janney Capital Markets

David Stienes, Partner, LLR Partners

ACG University 2013 Steering Committee (to date):

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:

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
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