The DIFC Academy is proud to partner with The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) in providing M&A certifications to the DIFC community and the wider UAE.

The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) is an international think tank for Mergers & Acquisitions. The Institute helps organizations and individuals to advance their M&A capabilities and be part of their global M&A community.

In their open and in-house programs, the complete range of challenges are covered: strategy, due diligence, valuation, and post merger integration.

Established more than 15 years ago, the Institute has built the largest and best faculty pool from around the world sharing their insights and know-how.

As the leading institution for M&A and a globally active institute, IMAA programs offer a wealth of experience and know-how and are the most substantial and complete educational offering in existence.


What is IMAA's competitive advantage?

The most lucrative, but also most challenging mergers and acquisitions are global opportunities, so why limit your training to a local training that may only focus on national laws and settings? IMAA's curriculum is the international golden standard in the M&A industry. IMAA programs equip you with global best practices, combined with regional expertise. IMAA trainings are not at mere introductory or theoretical level. Every session is crafted and taught by IMAA M&A veterans, who are willing to share their insights and know-how gained from years of real-world practice.

Five M&A Programs – Choose your Area of Focus

Based on IMAA's best practice frameworks and the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions, the institute offers 5 distinct M& A certificate programs and designations. Each program is designed to address the specific needs of professionals and organizations already executing transaction and M&A strategies and of those looking to break into this field. Each certificate program is comprised of four modules, either spread across an intensive onsite program, virtual live format or taken online at your own pace.

Click each program below to find out more.


The International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IM&A) program dives deep into the entire M&A process-from strategy and valuation to execution and post-merger integration (PMI).

Whether managing or advising a merger or acquisition, we will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to skip the common pitfalls and succeed. After ompleting the program participants will become charter holding members of the IMAA.


The Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP) certification dives into the nuts and bolts of the transaction journey—auditing, consulting, and deal advisory are among just a few of the areas visited during the M&AP Training.

Whether managing or advising a merger or acquisition for your company or assisting your clients, we will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to skip the common pitfalls and succeed.


The Certified Post Merger Integration Expert (CPMI) tackles the challenges faced by newly merged entities. By equipping you with an overview of the Mergers and Acquisitions process and the skills to set the right tone and prepare for the integration, IMAA empowers you to implement changes and realize synergies successfully.

The Certified Post Merger Integration Expert (CPMI) is a tailored program to address the needs of advisors, management consultants, change specialists, corporate M&A and integration teams.


The Legal Mergers and Acquisitions Expert certification training program covers all relevant topics within the M&A process from a legal standpoint: pre-deal, during due diligence and negotiations, as well as post acquisition. 

Join a global network of legal experts and M&A professionals interested in legal issues and become a LM&A Charterholder.


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.

Training Programmes

Prof. Damodaran provides you with several fundamental approaches to valuation, their advantages and limitations, and extensive examples of each. The mix of valuation techniques and applications in this training attracts a range of professionals including equity research analysts, CFOs, heads of business strategy and M&A, chartered accountants, consultants, M&A analysts, portfolio managers, and venture capitalists draw the most from this training.