ACG University


Nominate Your Best & Brightest Young DealMakers

ACG University is a networking/educational initiative for the brightest young M&A dealmakers in our region and is a valuable tool for future M&A dealmaking. Each week for 7 weeks, a team comprised of some of the region’s most successful and experienced M&A dealmakers and deal advisors will lead a series of lectures, discussions and interactive breakout sessions exploring all aspects of M&A deals. Now is the chance for you or someone on your team to apply!  

ACGU Goals:
This in-depth 7-part program is designed for dealmakers who possess an average of 5 years of deal experience and will:

  • Teach a broad range of essential deal making skills and strategies through lecture and discussion 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 San Francisco through membership (1-year membership included). Graduates will also be invited to become part of the Young ACG Group.

About the ACGU Program:
ACG University will immerse participants into the life cycle of a deal, teaching the key elements of sourcing, valuing, financing, negotiating, structuring and closing a deal.
Each class will include expert level instruction and discussion. ACG University is composed of seven classes, meeting roughly every Monday evening from 4:00pm – 7:00pm starting in January 2020.

ACGU Course Offerings:

  • Class 1: Sourcing Deals & Building Your Acquisition Strategy
  • Class 2: Valuation – Methodologies and Approaches
  • Class 3: Due Diligence
  • Class 4: Acquisition/Debt Financing
  • Class 5: Minority Investments/Growth Equity Financings
  • Class 6: Negotiating Purchase Agreement & Closing
  • Class 7: Integration Essentials

Review our Class of 2019 Report Card here: 

ACGU Pricing
*Please note that payment will be due upon acceptance, there is no fee to apply.

  • $695 per person and includes all 7 classes and a 1-year ACG membership (value of 1 year membership alone is $495).   
  • $400 per person for qualified current ACG members.

Please fill out the application survey HERE and send applicant resume to

Space for ACG University is limited. Candidates must be sponsored by an ACG Member or ACG Affiliate Firm. Selection is based on prior experience, commitment, and overall composition of the applicant pool. For more information, please contact Tyler Smith, ACG San Francisco (925) 787-3128 or email us at


We would like to thank the following Sponsor for their support of ACG University: