Chair of

Mergers and Acquisitions

About us

The Chair of Mergers and Acquisitions focuses its research and teaching activities on the broad area of corporate finance with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, and corporate valuation.

Professor Dr. Aktas holds the Chair of Mergers and Acquisitions at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management since September 2013. He is also the co-director of the executive education program devoted to Mergers and Acquisitions at WHU. He previously worked at Skema Business School (France), EMLYON Business School (France), and Louvain School of Management (Université catholique de Louvain). Being interested in empirical corporate finance in general, Professor Dr. Aktas is known for his research articles on Mergers and Acquisitions published in leading international journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Economic Journal, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Banking & Finance. His research has been featured on the programs of leading international conferences, and quoted in widely read international media, such as the Financial Times, The New York Times, and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He was a visiting researcher at the Anderson School of Management (UCLA, Los Angeles) in 2001–2002. Professor Dr. Aktas is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Pulcra Chemicals.


Recent research publications –
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Our team

Professor Dr.
Nihat Aktas

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CV & Publications

Johanna Häring

Personal Assistant
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Talha Umar

Research Assistant
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Andreas G. Zetzsche

Chair Affiliate
Former Group Head of M&A RWE AG, Essen

Our alumni

Dr. Alexander Witkowski

"Empirical Essays in Corporate Finance"
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Dr. Santo Centineo

"Essays in Empirical Corporate Finance: Family Firms, Investment Decisions, and Performance"
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Dr. Ali Özdakak

"Empirical Essays on Initial Public Offerings and Mergers & Acquisitions"
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Dr. Can Deniz Dogan

“Essays in Mergers and Acquisitions”

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Our teaching

Bachelor and Master courses –
as well as final theses.

  • Corporate Finance, mandatory BSc course, 2nd semester
  • Valuation and M&A, elective MiF course, 1st semester
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, elective MiM course, 2nd semester
  • Investment Banking, MBA
  • Mergers & Acquisitions, MBA
Get in touch

Get in touch with us –
We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Nihat Aktas


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WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Chair of Mergers and Acquisitions
Burgplatz 2
56179 Vallendar

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