ACG University is the single best networking/educational initiative in our region. An exclusive, in-depth deal education and networking program, ACG University enrolls 40 up and coming M&A dealmakers who possess an average of 3 - 6 years of deal experience in this serial education program.
ACGU Goals: This in-depth 7-part program 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 to facilitate long-term deal networks among future M&A leaders. Each class is composed 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 be part of ACG Philadelphia Young Dealmakers.
Applications for ACG University 2020 will be accepted starting in August 2019. When you apply online, you will receive an email with instructions on what else is needed to complete your application. This includes a resume & a short survey.
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.
APPLICANT GUIDANCE BY FUNCTION:
Accountants: 3 to 4 years of Transaction Advisory Services experience (and currently in a TAS Practice) or alternatively M&A Tax. M&A tax in most firms is not under the “TAS” umbrella. There are occasions when certain audit professionals may be appropriate for the program, especially if they oversee Private Equity clients, and are involved in purchase accounting and post acquisition work.
Attorneys: should have a reasonable base of varied deal knowledge in addition to a growing legal skill set. For this reason, strong attorney applicants typically have 4-6 years of experience and are not yet at the partner-level or counsel-level discussions.
Investment Bankers: For those who made transition into banking (from another discipline that may not be M&A related): 2 years of M&A experience is requested. For those that started investment banking right out of college: 2-3 years, depending on reference from senior people at firm.
Others: If you are a professional whose work has regularly touched on or supported mergers and acquisitions over the past 4-6 years (rather than your work relating to those individuals who themselves do M&A work), please do consider applying. For purposes of class dynamics and maintaining consistency in the class, professionals with longer experience focused on the M&A space are over-qualified for this type of program.
Pricing is $1295 per person and includes seven classes, three networking events as well as a two-year membership in ACG (payment will be due upon acceptance, there is no fee to apply).
ACGU 2020 Class Dates & Details:
ACG University meets on Friday mornings from 7:30am - 12:00pm starting in January at the offices of Drinker Biddle in center city Philadelphia. Dates for 2020 to be posted.