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Building Corporate Development

To be effective each transaction type requires different corporate development focus, alignment, skill sets and structure. Learn how to build an in-house corporate development team that can pivot focuses.

What you’ll learn

  • Resources to utilize when building an M&A function
  • The ideal relationship between corporate development and other business functions
  • Corporate development structure options
  • Finding the right people for your team

Course content


Joint Ventures

Reasons for an Acquisition

Advice for New People Getting into Corporate Development

Common challenges you may face when building a corporate development team

How to hire a corporate development team

Who is this course for

This course intends to provide knowledge and advice on how to build a corporate development function.


Ivan Golubic
CFO | Corporate Development M&A

Ivan Golubic served as an executive, focusing on a strategic approach to corporate development and operational initiatives. Directed all mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestiture initiatives and manages strategic partnerships, executing deals from $0.5 - $2B per year in various industries. Ivan Golubic is a Vice President Finance, Strategy and Corporate Development: M&A, JVs, Strategic Partnerships; Non-For-Profit Executive Director and BOD member.


Upon completing the course, students will receive a badge for "Building Corporate Development".

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What is the M&A Science Academy?

The M&A Science Academy is an online-platform where you can access courses taught by M&A professionals. The courses cover a wide variety of M&A topics such as integration, divestitures, due diligence, management styles, and more.

The M&A Science Academy includes courses from M&A experts who are eager to share their stories, failures, and successes.

Our goal is to provide users with knowledge from industry practitioners that can be applied to their own practices.

What is included in an M&A Science Academy subscription?

A subscription includes access to all M&A Science courses, downloadable PDFs, webinars, and more. New content and courses will be added regularly.

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All courses are available 24/7 on the M&A Science Thinkific page.

Which courses are right for me?

The M&A Science Academy courses were created to cover a range of  topics based upon common M&A challenges. We are going to be adding new content regularly so feel free to explore new areas!

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This course includes sessions from the M&A Science Holiday Virtual Summit we held in December 2020. Topics range from integration to negotiation, to general corporate development insight, success metrics, and more.
Emma Barton
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PJ Patel
Co-CEO & Senior Managing Director - VRC
Howard Rosen
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Kimberly Baird
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Ashley Rice
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Learn about sourcing and strategy from podcast interviews with various M&A professionals.
Russ Hartz
VP of Corporate Development at ANSYS, Inc.
Scott Kaeser
Owner / Head Of Corporate Development at First Choice Dental Lab