What we do

The Cass M&A Research Centre (MARC), founded in 2008, is the only such research centre at any major business school focused on both the research and practice of M&A. With its proximity to the City of London, Cass is perfectly placed to maintain close contacts with M&A bankers, lawyers, consultants, accountants, journalists and other key players.

The result has been and is new, cutting-edge insights into the entire M&A field, from deal origination to completion, from financing to integration, from emerging markets to the boardrooms of the world's largest companies.

A valuable addition

MARC is one of over 20 research centres at Cass, which consistently achieves the highest independent ratings. A number of corporations, regulators, professional services firms, exchanges and universities are already using MARC for swift access to the latest research and practical ideas.

The Centre is proud to have its Senior Sponsors, Credit Suisse and EY, and Sponsors, Acuris (formerly Mergermarket), Ardian and Willis Towers Watson, as research partners.

In September 2011, the M&A Research Centre was chosen by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), one of the three 'triple-crown' organisations (along with AMBA and EQUIS) from which Cass Business School holds accreditation, to be the 'Spotlight' feature in its Research/Scholarship Resource Center.  This is a great honour for both MARC and Cass, and it emphasises the unique nature of the Centre's work and structure.  You can read the feature here.

Seminars and events

For the last three years we have run the Cass Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre Conference, this year it took place on 20 August. Find out more about this year's Cass Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre Conference.

Just recently...

Fireside chat with Susan Kilsby
Cass Business School was delighted to welcome renowned business leader Susan Kilsby to Bunhill Row on Wednesday 9 May.  Ms Kilsby spoke to Professor Marianne Lewis, Dean of Cass Business School, about her career, leadership experience and her views on the current Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) market. Ms Kilsby was formally introduced by Professor Scott Moeller, Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC).

Most acquisitions and divestments don’t maximise value – even when some dealmakers think they do
The M&A Research Centre provided the market analysis for a PwC and Mergermarket study of 600 global senior corporate executives which found that only 61 per cent* of buyers believe their last acquisition created value. However, acquirers that prioritise value creation from the onset of the deal outperform their industry benchmark by 14 per cent on average 24 months after completion, while divestors that prioritise value creation can outperform industry peers by 6 per cent for the same period.
21 February 2019.