In addition to strategy consulting, Watermark offers another key service that no other investment banking firm to our knowledge offers: our classes on mergers and acquisitions. For sellers, our half-a-day class teaches best practices on how to prepare their companies for an exit and helps attendees appreciate how to know when their company is indeed ready to enter the marketplace to be sold. For acquirers, the full-day Master Class on M&A seeks to strengthen client outcomes in M&A. Thus far, in the absence of an existing in-house M&A team, many firms’ only option to educate themselves has been to send one or two executives off to a week-long training program at a prestigious university, at a cost of $10,000-15,000 per person. The problem with training only one or two persons is that effective M&A typically requires many more company members to have expertise in M&A. Watermark’s Master Class walks clients through all the processes involved in M&A transactions at a fraction of the cost of university-run courses.