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The DIFC Academy, in collaboration with IMAA, proudly brings you the HR Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (HRM&A) certification programme.

The HR specialization is geared towards individuals who are looking to further develop their understanding of the HR function and its significance during pre-deal or the post-merger integration phase.


Program Description

The HR specialization is geared towards individuals who are looking to further develop their understanding of the HR function and its significance during pre-deal or the post-merger integration phase. The program content offers best practices which were developed by our distinguished faculty members after decades of experience in managing HR related projects in corporate and consulting roles.

This program is also delivered over a series of virtual live sessions providing both structure and flexibility.


Training Dates & Schedule


Rolling intake, start anytime and complete within 12 months

Virtual Live

March 11 - 22, 2024

8am - 11:15am EST | 1pm - 4:15pm CET

8pm - 11:15pm SGT | 4pm - 7:15pm GST

Interactive Online Live

April 11 - June 6, 2024

April 11 | 5pm - 6pm GST

April 25 | 5pm - 8:15pm GST

May 9 | 5pm - 8:15pm GST

May 23 | 5pm - 8:15pm GST

June 6 | 5pm - 8:15pm GST

August 7 - October 2, 2024

August 7 | 6pm - 7pm GST

August 21 | 6pm - 8:15pm GST

September 4 | 5pm - 8:15pm GST

September 18 | 5pm - 8:15pm GST

                  October 2 | 5pm - 8:15pm GST

October 10 - December 5, 2024

Oct 10 | 5pm - 7pm GST

Oct 24 | 6pm - 9:15pm GST

Nov 7 | 6pm - 9:15pm GST

Nov 21 | 6pm - 9:15pm GST

Dec 5 | 6pm - 9:15pm GST


Topics Covered

Throughout the training the following topics will be covered:

    • Deal Types
    • M&A Process
    • Strategies for M&A
    • M&A Negotiation
    • Introduction to Due Diligence
    • Success Factors
    • Takeover Strategies and Defence Tactics
    • Financial Due Diligence
    • Tax Due Diligence
    • Legal Due Diligence
    • Human Resources (HR) Due Diligence
    • Commercial Due Diligence
    • other Due Diligence ares
    • Integration Governance
    • Synergies
    • Function Integration
    • Change Management and Cultural Issues
    • Compensation & Benefits: Pensions & Compensation Systems
    • Integrating the organization/ staffing in the integration process/communication
    • Managing layoffs / outplacement
    • Labor Law & Labor Agreements
    • Employee representation (unions, work councils, …)
    • Total Rewards
    • Talent Retention



IMAA values not only good teaching but solid M&A experience. This is made clear by IMAA faculty’s unique ability to explain complex theoretical concepts using personal experiences and ‘war stories’ alike. Some of the faculty members you can expect to meet at this training and the experience they bring with them includes:

Konrad Deiters 

Global Commercial Leader M&A Advisory Services at Mercer


Mark Pearson

Managing Partner at AGM Transitions

*excerpt of members of IMAA’s faculty; subject to change


Who Participates

  • Mid-management to senior executives in the C-Suite
  • Directors of public and private companies
  • Heads of strategy and corporate development
  • Advisors
  • Members of chartered accountants’ associations
  • Transactional lawyers
  • Private equity investors


What is Included

  • Interactive small virtual classroom setting
  • Taught by leading faculty and industry experts
  • Networking with industry professionals and faculty
  • IM&A Designation upon completion
  • First-year IMAA charter holding membership included
  • 1 year e-Library access
  • Online self-study materials and virtual classroom presentations
  • Sessions are recorded and uploaded to learning platform


Program Fees


Online Certificate Fee: USD 3,290

Virtual Live

Virtual Live Regular Fee: USD 4,390

Virtual Live Early Bird Fee: USD 3,790 *Valid until 2 months before the training starts




Online learning platform provided by IMAA

Virtual Live

Online virtual classroom access provided by IMAA

Interactive Online Live

Online virtual classroom access provided by IMAA



Register your interest to join here.


For more information or to request for an assistance, please  contact [email protected].

HR Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (HRM&A)
Mar 11, 2024 1:00 PM -To- Dec 05, 2024 5:00 PM

HR Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (HRM&A)

In association with Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA)

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