Mergermarket Germany Forum 2017

29-30 March 2017, InterContinental Hotel, Düsseldorf

    • 08:30

      Registration & Coffee

    • 09:00

      Chair's Welcome Remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner , Noerr
    • 09:15

      Keynote: The future of the economy in an era of global protectionism

      Presentation on the economic and political challenges for the global economic and financial market outlook.

      Thomas Mayer
      Thomas Mayer
      Founding Director (Former Chief Economist, Deutsche Bank) , Flossbach von Storch
    • 09:35

      Keynote Panel: Deal Drivers

      A panel of corporate M&A executives and bankers discuss key factors that will drive deals in 2017. How do companies perceive M&A as a strategy for growth? 

      Stefan Klenke
      Stefan Klenke
      Global Head of M&A , Deutsche Bahn Group
      Tobias  Ramminger
      Tobias Ramminger
      Head of Corporate M&A & Strategic Projects , Schaeffler AG
      Dieter  Veit
      Dieter Veit
      Head of M&A Germany & Co-Head of Corporate Finance , Société Générale
      Christian Grandin
      Christian Grandin
      Partner , Livingstone Partners
      Alessandra Castelli
      Alessandra Castelli
      Editor , Dealreporter
    • 10:25

      Fireside chat: Asian deals in the new normal of risk and volatility

      Interview with Fosun Group and Shanghai Electric Group discussing their investment experience doing deals in the region.

      Alan Liu
      Alan Liu
      Managing Director , Fosun Group
      Guoxing  Yang
      Guoxing Yang
      Deputy Director of Business Development , Shanghai Electric Group
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large , Mergermarket
    • 10:55

      Networking Coffee

    • 11:35

      Keynote Panel: Private Equity Outlook

      International perspectives from private equity funds on exit strategies, fundraising and successfully growing businesses.

      Uwe   Kolb
      Uwe Kolb
      Chairman , BridgePoint
      Hans Haderer
      Hans Haderer
      Senior Partner , BC Partners
      Tobias Koester
      Tobias Koester
      Managing Director , Goldman Sachs
      Herr  Sven Oleownik
      Herr Sven Oleownik
      Partner , GIMV
      Georg Schneider
      Georg Schneider
      Partner, Head of Private Equity , Noerr
    • 12:25

      Presentation: Attractive M&A Targets - what do buyers look for?

      • Can an analysis of financial measures, such as growth, size, profitability, leverage, liquidity and valuation provide insights into which companies are likely to become acquisition targets?
      • How do these measures differ for private vs. public targets?
      • And what is the relative importance of these measures in predicting the probability of a company becoming an acquisition target?

      This presentation, based on a 23-year study of 34,000 firms and 14,000 deals by Cass Business School and Intralinks, seeks to answer these questions, revealing how the financial characteristics of companies correlate with M&A activity in often unexpected ways.

      Philip Whitchelo
      Philip Whitchelo
      Vice President for Strategy & Product Marketing , Intralinks
    • 12:45

      Networking Lunch

    • Stream A: Deutschland AG on the sell side

    • 13:45

      Chinese buyers

      2016 saw a dramatic rise in deals closed by Chinese buyers. This session will look at Chinese investors’ sector preferences and the question of the deal rationale behind their choices.

      Inna  Gehrt
      Inna Gehrt
      Partner/ Head of DACH , Mandarin Capital Partners
      André  Loesekrug-Pietri
      André Loesekrug-Pietri
      Founder , ACAPITAL
      Jochen Wierz
      Jochen Wierz
      Partner , Falkensteg
      Xianbei Li
      Xianbei Li
      Senior Underwriter , AIG
      Samantha  Tomaszczyk
      Samantha Tomaszczyk
      Senior Reporter , Dealreporter
    • 14:25

      Flight risk in M&A - The art and science of retaining talent - Preview of mercer’s 2017 research report

      Mercer uncovered an overwhelming marketplace  demand for benchmark data on retention programs and how they drive deal value  in last year’s research report on People Risks in M&A  Transactions.
      As a result, Mercer launched a global research effort to learn more about how retention  incentives and transaction bonuses are used to retain key  talent after a deal — a critical component in protecting the value of most  transactions. 

      Ursula Weiszflog
      Ursula Weiszflog
      Principal International Consulting , Mercer
      Adam Rosenberg
      Adam Rosenberg
      Partner and M&A Leader for Europe , Mercer
    • 14:55

      Risk Lab

      Practical session on how to manage risk in an M&A deal.

      • What are the trends in the use of W&I insurance.
      • Cyber insurance- What types of data are at risk in an M&A transaction and what is the consequence of loss?
      • How insurance can be used as a tool to minimise risk and strategically close deals.
      Marian Joraschkewitz
      Marian Joraschkewitz
      Senior VP, Head of Private Equity and M&A Practice Germany , Marsh
      Sven Dannemann
      Sven Dannemann
      Senior Underwriter , AIG
      Jens Liese
      Jens Liese
      Partner , Noerr
    • 15:30

      Cross Border M&A and Mittelstand aquirers

      What are the key trends and factors affecting cross border transactions? How has the German Mittelstand been more acquisitive after years of shunning M&A?

      Marvin Meyer
      Marvin Meyer
      Vice President, Head of M&A , Software AG
      Jörn  Caumanns
      Jörn Caumanns
      Executive Vice President M&A , Bertelsmann
      Kai  Bonitz
      Kai Bonitz
      Head of Legal & Corporate Development , Gegenbauer
      Alexander  Hirsch
      Alexander Hirsch
      Partner, Co-Head Corporate M&A , Noerr
      Alessandra Castelli
      Alessandra Castelli
      Editor , Dealreporter
    • 16:15

      Chair's closing remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner , Noerr
    • 16:30

      Networking Drinks Reception

    • Stream B: Managing Process in Private Equity

    • 13:45

      Value Creation

      While the number of PE deals in Germany rose over the course of 2016, their value decreased indicating that PE funds are having to make do with smaller deals. How do they go about generating value from these deals? The panel will discuss challenges of doing smaller deals and best practices to transforming smaller businesses into veritable market players.

      Guido  May
      Guido May
      Partner , Silverfleet Capital Partners
      Alexander  Friedrich
      Alexander Friedrich
      Partner , Quadriga Capital
      Philipp  Haindl
      Philipp Haindl
      Managing Director , Serafin Group
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large , Mergermarket
    • 14:25

      Reserved Alternative Investment Funds- Luxembourg's new born unregulated investment vehicle

       • Quick time-to-market

      • EU marketing passport benefit through its AIFM

      • Reserved to well-informed investors

      • Flexible investment policy and restrictions

      • Multi-compartment structure with ring-fencing protection

      • Tax efficient

      Ezechiel  Havrenne
      Ezechiel Havrenne
      Partner , NautaDutilh
    • 14:55

      Fintech: The opportunity for Private Equity

      Since 2013 the number of FinTechs in Germany has grown by more than 70%. Beyond the potential for investment, Fintech offers Private Equity managers the chance to improve the profitability, focus and value of their own activities. Why is it booming now and why should Private Equity managers pay attention?

      Dominik                                  Steinkühler
      Dominik Steinkühler
      CEO , Lendico
      Nikolas Samios
      Nikolas Samios
      Chief Investment Officer , German Startups Group
      Marco Brockhaus
      Marco Brockhaus
      Managing Director , Brockhaus Private Equity
      Emma-Victoria  Farr
      Emma-Victoria Farr
      Financial Reporter , Mergermarket
    • 15:30

      Cross Border M&A and Mittelstand aquirers

      What are the key trends and factors affecting cross border transactions? How has the German Mittelstand been more acquisitive after years of shunning M&A?

      Marvin Meyer
      Marvin Meyer
      Vice President, Head of M&A , Software AG
      Jörn  Caumanns
      Jörn Caumanns
      Executive Vice President M&A , Bertelsmann
      Kai  Bonitz
      Kai Bonitz
      Head of Legal & Corporate Development , Gegenbauer
      Alexander  Hirsch
      Alexander Hirsch
      Partner, Co-Head Corporate M&A , Noerr
      Alessandra Castelli
      Alessandra Castelli
      Editor , Dealreporter
    • 16:15

      Chair's closing remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner , Noerr
    • 16:30

      Networking Drinks Reception



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