M&A Strategy Working Group

Group Charter

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have always been one of the most complex corporate transactions, with significant potential to both create and destroy substantial economic value. From general strategic considerations to financial market timing, from legal aspects to governance and integration management, everything needs to go right for a deal to yield the desired benefits. These challenges are only amplified by today’s turbulent economic environment– but so are the opportunities from increased disruption and innovation. Our mission is to equip global M&A professionals with the network, knowledge and skills required to navigate today's fast-changing economic and financial conditions.

Group Themes

At this time, M&A Strategy Group is focused generally on these major themes:

  • Understanding the M&A landscape post-COVID-19 across key sectors

  • Understanding the M&A landscape post-COVID-19 across key geographies (North America, Asia, UK, Middle East, etc.)

  • Assessing the impact of new privacy laws on deal value and compliance measures

  • Understanding the dynamics and changing strategies across the M&A deal size tiers (F100, Mid-Market, SMB, etc.) 

  • Litigation trends and evolutions across the M&A landscape

  • The impact of shareholder activism on divestitures and other M&A strategies 

  • National security concerns and trade tensions on cross-border transactions

  • Antitrust scrutiny in technology and related sectors

  • Competition and creativity in Private Equity dealmaking

  • The M&A lifecycle evolution across deal size and complexity level

Group Leader

Andrey Golubov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Andrey Golubov joined the School as Assistant Professor of Finance in July 2015. Prior to coming to Rotman he was a faculty member at Cass Business School (United Kingdom) and a visiting scholar at NYU Stern School of Business (United States). Andrey studies how firms make investment and financing decisions, particularly those involving corporate control considerations.


His current research examines various aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and firm value and performance. Andrey's research on these topics is published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Finance. Dr. Golubov is the 2020 recipient of the Bank of Canada Governor's Award and has been named as one of the Poets & Quants Top 40 Under 40 Business Professors. He currently teaches mergers and acquisitions in the MBA and executive education programs.

Member Profiles

Members are senior leaders in global corporate M&A, strategy and corporate development roles.

Group Leader Introduction

Meet Dr. Andrey Golubov in this brief conversation with KATALYST CEO Carlos Alvarenga.

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