Mergermarket Germany Forum 2018

21-22 March 2018, InterContinental Hotel, Düsseldorf

Mergermarket Deal Making Day

InterContinental Hotel
22 March 2018
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    • 09:15

      Registration and Coffee

    • 09:45

      Chair's welcome remarks

    • 10:00

      Keynote: Industrial sectors in the age of disruption

      This presentation will cover how technology is reshaping the industrial sector and the challenges and opportunities it is creating. What does this mean for key German industries such as the automotive sector?

    • 10:25

      Panel: Deal Drivers, Deal Origination and Challenges

      This session will give an overview of the German M&A landscape; examine what is driving deal flow; outline challenges deal makers are facing and how they are being overcome and end with an outlook on the rest of the year. How do German corporates go about identifying possible M&A targets? What tools do they use, how much do they rely on advisers or local networks, what is the role of local managers in suggesting possible targets and what considerations need to be taken into account.

    • 11:10

      A day in the life of.....

      This session would be a one-on-one interview with a key corporate M&A practitioner working in Germany, discussing what their day looks like.

    • 11:30

      Networking coffee

    • 12:00

      Made in Germany......Via China

      This session will focus on Chinese direct investments in Germany companies. Which sectors are Chinese What are the factors influencing Chinese valuation expectations and investors' willingness to pay focus on? Issues to explore would be plan versus reality; changed perceptions; challenges encountered and how they were overcome.

      Ralph  Hagelgans
      Ralph Hagelgans
      Partner, Livingstone
    • 12:30

      Panel: The Future of Private Equity in Germany

      This session will examine the challenges private equity investors are facing in Germany; why have they not been to shake off the old “Heuschrecken” comparison? It will also explore the different types private equity investors currently active in Germany (international vs. local; sector focussed; special sits), examine what they are looking for and what they can offer their prospective portfolio companies.

      Can  Toygar
      Can Toygar
      Director, CVC Capital Partners
    • 13:10

      Case Study

      Insight into a recent private equity or M&A deal.

    • 13:25

      Networking Lunch

      • STREAM A: Next Generation International Dealmaking

      • 14:25

        Post-Merger Integration

        While practitioners stress the importance of a well structure post-merger integration process, many deals still falls short of expectation due to failed integration processes. Panellists will discuss when an integration process starts; who should be involved; tools and processes, what do you need; and how do smaller businesses handle an integration process.

      • 14:55

        Cross-border opportunities and Inbound M&A

        This session will feature German companies looking to make acquisitions outside of their home country and discuss topics such as what they are trying to achieve; how do they deals with the different regulatory environments; the role of local advisers and protectionism.

        Bettina Haedrich
        Bettina Haedrich
        Senior Director Corporate Business Development, QIAGEN
      • 15:20

        Coffee break

      • 15:10

        IPO Pipeline in Germany

        The IPO market is making a comeback. This session will explore the changed market place; the companies currently preparing for an IPO; expectations investors will have of them and why in a dual track process, the IPO route might win out.

      • STREAM B: Getting Deals Through in Germany

      • 14:25

        Family Business

        This session would compare and contrast the investment strategies of key family offices operating in Germany. How do they compare with private equity investors, what do they see as a successful transaction, what does their risk profile look like? What is the investment criteria if family offices?

        Emma-Victoria  Farr
        Emma-Victoria Farr
        Financial Reporter, Mergermarket
      • 14:55

        Case study: Corporate Carve-outs in Germany

        Case study looking at the process and learnings of a recent carve-out. What are the main challenges in the process of a carve-out?

      • 15:20

        Coffee break

      • 15:35

        Shareholder Activism in Germany

        Shareholder activism has gradually become part of corporate life in Germany and is still on the rise. Panellists will discuss updates and trends from current cases of activists in German companies. What are activist investors looking for in these targets? What are the typical characteristics of shareholder activists in Germany?

        William Mace
        William Mace
        Senior Reporter, Activistmonitor - Acuris Group

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