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Five views from policymakers on M&A

Geopolitical events continue to provide a challenging backdrop to M&A in Europe. In an effort to help give dealmakers clarity in navigating this new political era, attendees to Acuris events in 2017 events have benefitted from these first-hand views by government ministers and political commentators.


Irene  Garrido Valenzuela Irene Garrido Valenzuela Secretaria de Estado de Economía y Apoyo a la Empresa Bio

We were honoured to be joined by the Spanish Government’s Secretary of State for Economy and Business Support, Irene Garrido Valenzuela. The unique and unparalleled insight from a key member of government provided an excellent opportunity to highlight the prospects for the Spanish economy and policy initiatives to support investment. The keynote speech celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Mergermarket Spanish M&A and Private Equity Forum, hosted in partnership with Cuatrecasas and BBVA as lead strategic partners, which has tracked the evolution of M&A in Spain over the past decade. The agenda of the anniversary edition looked to address the opportunities in the market through interactive debates and case studies with guest speakers and in particular, our keynote address.

Paschal Donohoe Paschal Donohoe Fine Gael TD - Dublin Central Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform Bio

Paschal Donohoe, the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central and in June 2017 was appointed as the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform. Opening the programme at Deal Drivers Ireland, a half-day event examining drivers of corporate and private equity M&A activity, Mr Donohoe tops a programme focussing on practical views on deal execution. The event takes place on 26 September in Dublin.

Maurizio Bernardo Maurizio Bernardo Chairman - the finance committee Ministry of Economy

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Italian M&A and Private Equity Forum. At the Mergermarket event this year, Maurizio Bernardo, Chairman of the Finance Committee at the Ministry of the Economy, will open the conference with a keynote welcome address. He joins a rollcall of prominent keynote speakers at this event such as Giuseppe Recchi, the former Executive Chairman of Eni, and Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission and ex-Italian Prime Minister. The event is supported by Chiomenti and PwC as lead strategic partners. The event takes place on 19 October in Milan. 


In July this year, Unquote Italian Private Equity Forum attendees were welcomed by Fabrizio Pagani, Head of Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance Office.

Manuel Caldeira Cabral Manuel Caldeira Cabral Minister for Economy Government of Portugal Bio

Manuel Caldeira Cabral, the Minister for the Economy for the Government of Portugal joins our first event in Portugal as keynote speaker. Hosted in conjunction with Cuatrecasas, he will share his views on the key threats and drivers for the Iberian economy and the impact that the turmoil in the banking sector has had on dealmaking. Mr Cabral was previously an advisor of the Economy Department of Universidade do Minho and was also an advisor for the Portuguese Insurers Association. In 2015, Manuel was elected to the Assembly of the Republic by the Braga district of Portugal. The event takes place on 9 November in Lisbon.

Andrew  Neil Andrew Neil Publisher & Broadcaster The Daily Politics (BBC 2) Bio

Lord Digby Jones, a staunch Brexiteer serial non-executive director and former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, delivered a confident outlook for UK business and the opportunities for private equity in his keynote address at Debtwire’s European Mid-Market Forum in May. He put forward arguments that Europe would not snub UK exports for fear of losing out on UK trade opportunities.

For serial acquirers from Europe attending Mergermarket’s European Corporate Development Summit, Andrew Neil provided them a no-holes-barred review of the UK’s snap general election in his keynote on global current affairs. The event is dedicated to in-house M&A teams handling deal origination, execution and integration.

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Jennifer Ghoni Speakers, Acuris
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Elisa Basili Speakers, Acuris
Matthew Robinson Events Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa Acuris

Matthew is responsible for the content, production, marketing and operations team for custom events and conferences. He oversees event portfolios for Mergermarket, Debtwire, Unquote and PaRR brands. 

Matthew Robinson Events Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa Acuris

Matthew is responsible for the content, production, marketing and operations team for custom events and conferences. He oversees event portfolios for Mergermarket, Debtwire, Unquote and PaRR brands. 

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