Singapore Management University (SMU) Partners with IMAA to Provide Best Practices in Mergers & Acquisitions Education

Singapore Management University (SMU) Partners with IMAA to Provide Best Practices in Mergers & Acquisitions Education
New York, NY, January 31, 2019 --( Singapore Management University (SMU) and the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) announced a new collaboration that aspires to set new standards of learning within the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) landscape in South East Asia. This partnership aims to make global best practices in M&A available to a wider audience in the region, with the launch of the International Mergers & Acquisitions (IM&A) Expert programme.

The IM&A Expert programme offers participants a comprehensive end-to-end understanding of the M&A process, from strategy and valuation to execution and post-merger management. Developed by IMAA and its faculty members in a multiyear effort, the 4-day programme is taught by leading academics with practical knowhow and M&A industry experts with significant experience in local and cross-border transactions. Participants who have successfully completed the programme will receive a IM&A certification

“This newly launched programme is highly interactive and practical, offering a unique blend of academic theory and real-world insights,” said Dr. Katharina Lange, Executive Director, SMU Executive Development.

“Our cooperation is great next step for companies seeking new growth and the M&A community as a whole in the region,” added Prof. Christopher Kummer, president of IMAA. “We are honored to partner with SMU, a premier university in Asia that is internationally recognized for its world-class research and distinguished teaching.”

With the programme, both institutions aim to enhance the M&A capabilities of professionals and companies. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge and foundation to leverage M&A as a strategic capability that delivers successful business outcomes. In addition to open enrollment programs, companies will be able to benefit from an in-house version or tailored training in this field.

“We will be able to offer programmes for companies interested to expand by acquisitions in any region of the world. SMU Executive Development, which delivers interdisciplinary and experiential learning for executives, and IMAA, which possesses the international expertise in M&A, offer clients and prospects a holistic value proposition with this new initiative,” added Dr. Lange.

The first joint open programme will be hosted from March 6 – 9, 2019 in Singapore. Further information can be found at To register, please visit

Media Contacts:

Valerie Won
Assistant Director, Corporate Communications
Singapore Management University
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Bettina Kolbe
Director Business Development South East Asia
Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
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About the Singapore Management University (SMU)
A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and to produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU’s education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative and project-based approach to learning.

Home to over 10,000 students across undergraduate, postgraduate professional and post-graduate research programmes, SMU, is comprised of six schools: School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law, and School of Social Sciences. SMU offers a wide range of bachelors', masters' and PhD degree programmes in the disciplinary areas associated with the six schools, as well as in multidisciplinary combinations of these areas.

SMU emphasises rigorous, high-impact, multi- and interdisciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance. SMU faculty members collaborate with leading international researchers and universities around the world, as well as with partners in the business community and public sector. SMU’s city campus is a modern facility located in the heart of downtown Singapore, fostering strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community.

About the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA)
Established in 2004, the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) is the globally leading think tank for Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) with activities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Its mission is to improve M&A by helping organizations and professionals to improve their capabilities as well as by contributing to research in this field The Institute provides a home to a global community of M&A professionals.
Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA)
Prof. Christopher Kummer