SPA Fundamentals

Specialisation: M&A

Course summary

In this 90-minute course we will explore the main concepts of the Share Purchase Agreement or SPA. You will learn more about the contractual process encountered in M&A transactions and you’ll get an insight of the general structure of the SPA and its most important concepts.

This course is perfect for second and third year analysts active in M&A advisory whom already have been involved in some M&A transactions and have a basic knowledge of the SPA.

Learning goals

This course enables you to put the more technical individual sections of the SPA into context and prepares you to become a worthy discussion partner in your next SPA drafting session.

Course structure

This course is structured in multiple short videos and ends with an exam. In addition to the videos and quizzes you can find readings, best practice templates and related videos about trending topics in the - course materials section - on the left (once you have entered the course). These materials are part of the curriculum and required for the exam.

To complete the course successfully and obtain a course certificate you are required to achieve a score of 75% on your exam, finish one of the challenges and assess one challenge of your peers. Note that you can retake exams.

Course masters


Matthies Haentjens
M&A professional

Matthies Haentjens is an experienced M&A and Valuation advisor with a passion for taking financial training for young professionals to the next level. Prior to starting Postinitial Matthies worked at KPMG Corporate Finance and private equity firm Axivate Capital Partners, where he has worked on several Sale & Purchase Agreements