Credits: 6

Schedule: 31.10.2019 - 09.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Professor Sami Torstila

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):,

For questions related to course admission and registration:

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

II (fall 2018) Töölö campus

II (fall 2019) Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

By the end of the course students will be able to work with mergers and acquisitions in a way that utilizes both academic research findings and corporate best practice.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course includes up-to-date information on corporate practice relating to mergers and acquisitions and valuation work. No background in valuation is presupposed, so the course will address valuation from first principles. The focus of the course is on financial aspects of mergers and acquisitions, but strategic, legal, and other considerations are covered in specific lectures. The course is planned to be of help to students interested in management consulting, general management, or entrepreneurial careers.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Please see detailed syllabus.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1. Lectures, Assoc. Prof. Sami Torstila.
2. Cases and exercises (50%).
3. Final exam (50%), based on the material distributed in lectures.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Please see detailed rubric.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Classroom hours 21 h
Class preparation, 24 h
Case preparation 75 h
Exam preparation, 40 h
Exam, 3 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Reading list distributed in lectures.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is an advanced level M.Sc. course. It is intended for CEMS students, exchange students and other M.Sc. programme students at BIZ. There are no prerequisites.

Students who are in the MSc Finance program at Aalto (or similar Finance programs at other universities) should take the course 28E33000 Capstone: Mergers and Acquisitions for Finance majors, which has valuation skills as a prerequisite.

However, if a student has not completed B.Sc. degree in Finance specialization area at Aalto University and has not completed B.Sc. Capstone Valuation course or its equivalent, it is recommended to complete 28E35300 Mergers and Acquisitions.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Via WebOodi. See the registration time in WebOodi.

For any registration related matter, please contact the department study coordinator.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A maximum of 50 students can be accepted to the course.

CEMS students are prioritized and guaranteed a place in the course.
Remaining seats are given in the order of registration to all other M.Sc. students at BIZ and to exchange students.


Registration and further information