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Secrets to Building an M&A Function

In this course, learn the secrets to building a mergers and acquisitions function from Bani Bedi. Bani goes over how to create a function step by step, approach a valuation model, calculate success metrics, and more.

What you’ll learn

  • Building an M&A Function Step-by-Step
  • Prioritizing Lists
  • How to Approach an Origination Model
  • Success Metrics Throughout the Deal Process

Course content

Building the Diligence and Integration Muscles

Expectations Around the Diligence Process

Offensive vs. Defensive Strategy

Maturing the Process

Using Internal Relationships

Who should be the first hire?

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone interested in learning more about how to create an M&A function from scratch, or looking to improve an existing M&A function.


Bani Bedi
Senior Vice President at Smartsheet

Bani Bedi is a Senior Vice President at Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR) where she leads the Corporate Development, Corporate Strategy, Partnerships and Pricing/Packaging teams. Previously, Bani was a Director on Amazon’s Corporate Development team where she led strategy and M&A for multiple Amazon business units. Prior to Amazon, Bani was a founding employee at Catamaran Ventures (a $1BN+ AUM investment firm) where she invested in high-growth companies. Bani started her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers based in NYC and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA, cum laude, in Physics and International Relations from Wellesley College.


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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.

Where can I watch the courses?

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!

How much does the Academy cost?

There is a monthly membership for $150/month, billed monthly or an annual membership for $120/month, billed annually (save 20%)

How do I cancel?

If you choose to cancel your M&A Science Subscription and wish to end recurring payments go to My Account Billing and hit Cancel for the subscription or payment plan. You will automatically lose access to the academy content at the end of the billing period.

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M&A Science Summer Summit June 2021

This course includes the sessions from our M&A Science Summer Summit June 2021. The sessions cover a range of topics including change management, building corporate development teams, sourcing, and more.
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Managing Director - VRC
Toby Tester
Senior Consultant & Project Manager at BTD
Trish Mosconi
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer & Corporate Development at Synchrony
Sergio Vasquez Botero
Director at BZS Consultants
Ivan Golubic
CFO | Corporate Development M&A