CPA Firm Mergers and Acquisitions (CPE Course)

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Mergers and Acquisitions

CPE Credit: 3 hours

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $30

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Course Description
One of the key events in the life of a CPA is selling one’s practice. This one-time event is fraught with issues that could severely impact one’s retirement. In the CPA Firm Mergers and Acquisitions course, we cover a multitude of issues related to selling one’s practice, including how a valuation is formulated, which points deserve in-depth negotiation, how to transition clients to the successor, how to plan for a succession event, and how to increase the value of one’s firm.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: FN1028

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what is required for a successful merger transaction.

  • Explain the circumstances under which a CPA firm may need to sell out, acquire, or merge with another firm.

  • Specify the metrics that could be of interest when evaluating a merger or acquisition candidate.

  • Identify the reasons for structuring an acquisition to look like a merger.

  • Describe the reasons for the various due diligence activities.

  • Explain the circumstances under which the financial viability of a buyer can be harmed.

  • Specify the methods commonly used to value a firm for an internal sale.

  • Describe the best funding method to support an internal sale.

  • Describe the actions that can be taken to build a CPA firm’s brand with clients.

  • Specify the most important criteria to use when searching for a successor.

  • Identify the circumstances under which succession planning can fail.

  • Identify the different forms of training and other forms of support that can be given to employees.

  • Describe the clauses in a partnership agreement that relate to the financial viability of the firm.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Finance

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

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