ACG University

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 - 5 years of deal experience in this serial education program. The 2018 Application process is now closed.

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.

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, practitioner panel discussions, team-based case work/presentation of findings and feedback. ACG University is composed of seven classes, meeting roughly every two - three weeks on Friday mornings from 7:30am - 12:00pm starting in January at the offices of Drinker Biddle in center city Philadelphia.
ACGU Application Process

Applications for ACG University 2018 will be accepted from August 7 - October 27, 2017. 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.

ACGU Pricing
Pricing is $995 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 2018 Dates: all classes are held at Drinker Biddle & Reath and run from 7:30am - 12:00pm, except for the final class on Thursday, April 19th which will be from 12:30pm - 5:00pm, followed by a closing reception.

Class 1: Friday, January 26, 2018
Class 2: Friday, February 9, 2018
Class 3: Friday, February 23, 2018
Class 4: Friday, March 2, 2018
Class 5: Friday, March 16, 2018
Class 6: Friday, April 6, 2018
Class 7: Thursday, April 19, 2018


ACGU Class Details:

  • Class 1: Strategic / Opportunity Analysis – Sourcing Deals & Building Your Acquisition Strategy
  • Class 2: Due Diligence - Financial, Operational, Technical, Management
  • Class 3: Valuation - Methodologies and Approaches
  • 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!
CPE and CLE Credits are available for the class. Students will receive the required documentation at the completion of the class. To receive full credits, please make sure to sign in to each class. Further requirement and prerequisite information can be requested 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.

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.

Thank you to our ACG University Sponsors