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New York Institute of Finance

Accounting Principles for M&A

New York Institute of Finance via edX Professional Education


In this course, you will learn how to apply accounting and federal income tax principles to project earnings and cash flows, specifically of the post-combination entity.

To drive concepts home, you will work on real world examples and journal entries for common to complex M&A; accounting treatments.

This course is part of the New York Institute of Finance’s popular Mergers & Acquisitions Professional Certificate program.


Session 1: Equity Methods of Consolidation

  • Lesson 1: General Accounting Guidelines
  • Lesson 2: Significant Control
  • Lesson 3: Summary of Accounting Under the Equity Model
  • Lesson 4: Dividends and Excess of Costs over Book Equity
  • Lesson 5: Adjustments for Intercompany Transactions
  • Lesson 6: Tax Considerations of the Equity Method
  • Lesson 7: Cash Flow Accounting in Equity Methods
  • Class Exercise

Session 2: Cost Method and Consolidation

  • Lesson 1: The Cost Method
  • Lesson 2: Four Sub-Categories of the Cost Method
  • Lesson 3: Consolidation
  • Lesson 4: Minority Interests

Session 3: Purchase Accounting

  • Lesson 1: Purchase Accounting Basics
  • Lesson 2: Steps to Record Acquired Balance Sheet
  • Lesson 3: Step 1: Eliminate Existing Goodwill
  • Lesson 4: Step 2: Reduce Equity Accounts
  • Lesson 5: Step 3: Adjusting Assets and Liabilities to FMV
  • Lesson 6: Step 4: Intangible Assets
  • Lesson 7: Step 5: Record Unrecognized Restructuring Charges
  • Lesson 8: Fair Value of Consideration
  • Lesson 9: Fair Value of Contingent Payment
  • Lesson 10: Calculating Goodwill
  • Lesson 11: Non-Controlling Interests
  • Lesson 12: Accretion and Dilution

Session 4: Special Topics - Internal Revenue Code Section 338(G) and 338(H)(10) Transactions

  • Lesson 1: Section 338 Overview
  • Lesson 2: Tax-deductible Goodwill and Intangibles
  • Lesson 3: NOL Carryforwards and Others


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