GSM Community Event

Merger & Acquisition, Private Equity, and Banking Training
Gallagher Hall, Room TBD

Finance Club is going to hold a training with THINKdeal in UC Davis on Oct 27th. Please find detailed information as follows.

THINKdeal Training, will be visiting University of California Davis, for a 4th consecutive academic year, to provide a 1-day training course, on the buy-side investment process, used within mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and investment banking. The program’s focus is on the buy-side (acquiring, investing) process of deal making, while providing deep insights on the sell-side (selling, divesting) and capital raising. Typically, this knowledge is gained through prior investment experience.  

Who Should Attend:

The course is a complement to MBA studies and it is non-financial modeling / quantitative focused.  The training provides differentiated knowledge by going beyond traditional academic finance, accounting, and financial modeling/valuation.  Students interested in corporate finance, investment banking, strategy consulting, private equity, corporate M&A, and corporate functions impacted by global mergers & acquisitions are encouraged to attend.

THINKdeal Training was created by executive M&A and Private Equity professionals, for the benefit of students, looking to obtain a deep and practical understanding of the full investment process. We have a passion to mentor and coach students, to help them realize their professional and academic aspirations.  We work with a variety of MBA/Masters programs including Northwestern University (Kellogg), UCLA (Anderson), Virginia (Darden), Southern Methodist University (Cox), Boston College (Carroll), Georgetown (McDonough), UC-Irvine (Merage), and a host of others.

Select topics for the upcoming training include:

Industry Primer (Including trends, metrics, type of firms, roles & responsibilities)

Firm Structures, Roles, and Employment Ecosystem, Including Often Overlooked Positions

Sell-Side Process:  Deep Review of Full Sell-side Transaction Process, Key Deliverables and Analytics

How Do Investors Think in a Sell or Acquire Scenario? 

Strategic Options:  What Are the Strategic Options and Alternatives to M&A Decisions?

Capital Raising:  What Are Different Sources of Capital? How Does One Raise Funds?  What Is the Process?

Deal Sourcing:  How Do Investors Source, Filter and Evaluate Deals?

Due Diligence: What is Due Diligence, Who is Involved, and What Are Best Practices? How is it Managed?

Analytics: Types of Deal Analytics to Sell and Acquire used in Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Investment Banking?

Legal Process:  What is the Legal Process? What is Included in the Key Transaction Documents?

Negotiations: A Seller and Acquirer’s Perspective

Operational Integration and Value Creation.  What is the Process to Plan and Execute Integrations?

Recruitment Strategies.  How Can I Pursue These Roles?  What Are the Key Skill-sets?  What Case Studies and Interview Questions Can I Expect?

Registration Information:

General Information:

Contact: Jianan Zhao,

Dates:  Training Session Held on Saturday, Oct. 28th

@ 9am to 5pm PST- Room To Be Announced

Fee: $70 per registration

Registration:  TBD