ACG University


Nominate Your Best & Brightest Young DealMakers
Apply now for the 2020 ACGU Class
Deadline to apply is October 31st, 2019

A core mission of ACG San Francisco is to provide educational and professional development to the M&A community as well as help M&A professionals build and expand their deal networks. One of the programs our chapter offers is ACG University (ACGU). It assists firms in grooming their up and coming young professionals but also may be of value to seasoned professionals that desire a more in-depth understanding of various aspects of the deal flow beyond their areas of specialization. ACG University is a valuable tool for future M&A deal-making. This 7-week executive education initiative will be led by some of the region's most successful and experienced M&A dealmakers. The program immerses deal professionals (representing different functions within the deal process) into the life cycle of a transaction, teaching the key elements of sourcing, valuing, financing, negotiating, structuring and closing a deal. 

ACG University provides some of the following benefits:

  • Teaches a broad range of essential deal making skills and strategies through lecture and discussion to create savvy, knowledgeable and skilled dealmakers. 
  • Creates cohorts to facilitate long-term deal networks among current and future M&A leaders. Each class is to include private equity and corporate buyers, investment bankers, attorneys, accountants, lenders & other M&A professionals.
  • Offers 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 Young ACG*, as appropriate.

Accepted ACG University students that are already ACG members or Young ACG members will receive a discount to ACG University.

ACGU Course Offerings:

  • Class 1 (January 6): M&A Process Intro / Focus on the Sell Side: Preparing a Company for Sale
  • Class 2 (January 13): Valuation – Methodologies and Approaches
  • Class 3 (January 27): Focus on the Buy Side:  Strategies for Acquisition/Debt Financing
  • Class 4 (February 3): Due Diligence
  • Class 5 (February 10): Negotiating the Purchase Agreement & Closing
  • Class 6 (February 24): Minority Investments/Growth Equity Financings
  • Class 7 (March 2): Integration Essentials

Review our Class of 2019 Report Card here: 


ACG University Candidate Qualifications:

  • Young Professionals and Seasoned Professionals Are Welcome 
  • Minimum Requirements: 
    - 5 years professional work experience that includes M&A deal experience 
    -  Sponsored by ACG Member and/or ACG Affiliate Firm

ACGU Pricing
*Please note that payment will be due upon acceptance, there is no fee to apply. Deadline to apply is October 31st, 2019.

  • $695 per person and includes all 7 classes and a 1-year first-time 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


                                ACG University is proudly sponsored by the following ACG SF Affiliate Organizations: