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Loyola University Chicago Executive Education to Partner With Leading Middle Market
M&A Advisory Group Groups to Offer Unique Educational Experience Beginning in Late April

CHICAGO, April 18, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago announced today that its Executive Education program is partnering with the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) to offer the first, and only, advanced educational program for business leaders and advisory professionals specializing in the market of mergers and acquisitions ranging in the area of $5m-$150m in transaction value.

The Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) Credentialing Program, targeted at CPAs and other front-end financial advisors, including attorneys, board of directors and owners, personal financial planners, private investors, investment bankers, and appraisers, includes four week-long sessions offered on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus beginning April 23. The program will be taught by both Loyola professors and M&A business practitioners, giving participants a unique combination of academic excellence and real-world M&A experience.

“At a time when mergers and acquisitions seem to be dominating the marketplace, an educational partnership like this is invaluable,” said Marilyn Stocker, associate dean for executive education at Loyola. “There are so many middle market business leaders out there looking for guidance as it relates to M&A activity, and this unique partnership allows us to directly reach out to this audience.”

Throughout the program, industry experts will offer their views on current and future trends. Loyola faculty and M&A instructors will provide content that addresses both theoretical and applicable topics and tools that executives can apply in the real world of M&A. Other important program topics include:

“The large and fragmented marketplace for middle market companies is not well served by the traditional investment bankers,” said Michael Nall, founder of AM&AA. “Knowing that, our independent professional advisors are delighted to be working with Loyola on this innovative new program of study as the body of knowledge for this overlooked sector continues to evolve.” At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Loyola University Chicago’s Executive Education department. Also, participants who are both qualified and experienced as a business professional may also elect to join the AM&AA (subject to completing the certification test).

“Those successfully completing the test will be awarded an advanced professional credential Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor membership to the AM&AA, an achievement often recognized as the primary benchmark of professional competency for the overall body of knowledge related to corporate financial advisory and transaction services for privately held companies,” said Stocker.
For more on the program, tuition costs, and registration information, interested parties should visit Loyola’s Executive Education Web site atLUC.edu/exec-ed or call 312-915-6781.

About the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors
The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors is the premiere international association serving the educational and transaction support needs of the middle market M&A profession. Its 400+ membership is composed of practicing M&A professionals, providing a wide variety of essential advisory and transaction support services. Independent members of AM&AA represent sellers and buyers of businesses ranging from $5 to $150 million in transaction value. Their services are seller representation, buyer representation, due diligence, accounting, financing, business valuation, tax planning, legal, strategic advisory, and many other transaction services. After many years of research, AM&AA members have identified “best practice” leaders in organizing a very comprehensive educational framework in mergers and acquisitions.

About Loyola’s Executive Education Program
Loyola University Chicago’s Executive Education program, housed in the School of Business Administration, provides high quality executive and management development programs on a professional development and customized basis. Courses are created or revised regularly to reflect cutting-edge content, and are taught by world class faculty. Our approach balances a firm grounding in academic disciplines with hands-on, practical business problem-solving. Participants in our courses leave with career-enhancing knowledge that influences future ways of doing business. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu/exec-ed.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.



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