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ICAEW joins Cass M&A Research Centre

World leading accountancy body to help identify new M&A research topics

One of the world's leading professional accountancy bodies has announced a partnership with the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School.

The Corporate Finance Faculty at ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is the latest partner to link up with the centre, which carries out research into the global M&A industry.

Under the partnership, ICAEW will help identify and fund new research projects together with the centre's senior sponsors at AXA Private Equity, Credit Suisse and Ernst & Young.

David Petrie, Head of Corporate Finance at ICAEW, said: "The Centre is at the cutting edge of academic research in M&A and this tie-up will be of real value to both parties. This strategic partnership is another step in increasing our engagement with corporate finance professionals throughout their careers in business and practice."

Director of the M&A Research Centre, Professor Scott Moeller, said: "We are delighted to have the ICAEW team bringing valuable new insights and experience to the centre. With more than 6,000 members, the corporate finance faculty at ICAEW is the largest network of professionals involved in corporate finance in Europe. We look forward to working with ICAEW, to identify new research topics that provide commercially valuable insights for professionals across the M&A industry."

Professor Moeller added: "This is an exciting time for the M&A Research Centre as we continue to expand our mix of partners. By combining academic expertise with industry knowledge in banking, private equity, accounting and consulting, we aim to be at the forefront of thinking on M&A."

Launched in 2008, the M&A Research Centre is the first of its kind at a major business school to carry out research into the global M&A industry. 

Among its research is the annual M&A Maturity Index, which ranks the maturity of M&A markets in 148 countries. The centre has also conducted influential research for the UK Government on the economic impact of M&A on the UK economy.

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