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Middle East M&A and Private Equity Forum

Mergermarket’s Middle Eastern M&A and Private Equity Forum is the annual event for the region's corporate acquirers and private equity investors. Attended by 200 senior delegates, you can expect to meet a wide variety of expert advisors to help get the deal done. The debate focusses on the key trends on the M&A outlook in the Middle East.

    • 09:00

      Registration & Coffee

    • 09:45

      Chair’s welcome remarks

      Ruth McKee
      Ruth McKee
      Head Middle East North Africa , Mergermarket
    • 10:00

      Keynote: Macro factors in the region

      Key growth drivers of the GCC market and how it is expected to develop. The growing interest in privatization and the deal opportunities that it presents.

      Phil  Gandier
      Phil Gandier
      Managing Partner - Transaction Advisory Services MENA , EY
    • 10:30

      Keynote Panel: MENA M&A Growth drivers and Risk factors

       Panellists will give a forward analysis of the main deal drivers and deal outlook that will translate into transactions likely to be seen in MENA for 2017/18. How can buyers mitigate risks in a transaction? How are consolidation plays in the region driving M&A? Which sectors are likely to see transformational M&A? Will increased volatility create new M&A opportunities?

      Huda  Al Lawati
      Huda Al Lawati
      Chief Investment Officer , Savola Group
      Rami Farhat
      Rami Farhat
      Investments and M&A Director , Al Faisaliah Group
      Tushar   Singhvi
      Tushar Singhvi
      VP Corporate Development & Investments , Crescent Enterprises
      Mark Storrie
      Mark Storrie
      Senior M&A Underwriter , AIG
      Melissa  Forbes-Miranda
      Melissa Forbes-Miranda
      Senior Associate , Baker & McKenzie
      Brad Watson
      Brad Watson
      Partner , EY
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large , Mergermarket Group
    • 11:15

      Networking coffee

    • 11:45

      Keynote Panel: Private Equity in the year ahead

      Private equity funds will consider favoured exit routes in the current environment. How do PE funds go about generating value from these mid-cap/smaller deals? Digitalization as an approach to create value in portfolio companies. What new private sector opportunities have been created for investors in a period of diversification?

      Mahmoud  Atalla
      Mahmoud Atalla
      Managing Director , Gulf Capital
      Omar Rifai
      Omar Rifai
      Head of Portfolio Management, Global Executive Director, MENA , Standard Chartered Private Equity
      Christian  de Gabriele
      Christian de Gabriele
      Execution Management, Client Coverage , Standard Bank
      Anil Menon
      Anil Menon
      M&A and IPO Leader , EY
      Prof. Scott Moeller
      Prof. Scott Moeller
      Director M&A Research Centre , Cass Business School
    • 12:30

      Fireside chat: Food & Beverage

      Investment opportunities in Food and Beverage in the Middle East.

      Tom  Hodgson
      Tom Hodgson
      Managing Director, Investments , Fajr Capital
      Jayshree  Gupta
      Jayshree Gupta
      Partner , Baker & McKenzie
    • 12:50

      Networking Lunch

    • 14:15

      Working with Family businesses

      Stakeholders in family business have in the past limited sell off but we are seeing more succession stories as the family businesses are handed down to the next generation.

      • Is there a shift in the attitude of family businesses towards private equity?
      • Best practices for working with family businesses and how to bring them into international capital markets.
      • Defining the criteria firms are focusing on to do deals.
      • What are the challenges of a family business IPO?

      Amin  Nasser
      Amin Nasser
      Chief Operating Officer , Gulf Marketing Group
      Ahmad  Kilani
      Ahmad Kilani
      CEO , Tabarak Commercial Investments
      Mazen Boustany
      Mazen Boustany
      Partner , Baker & McKenzie
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large , Mergermarket Group
    • 15:00

      The ProVita Case Study: a controlled auction for a successful PE exit.

      Chad   Floe
      Chad Floe
      Operating Partner and Managing Director , TVM Capital Healthcare Partners
    • 15:35

      Chair’s closing remarks

      Ruth McKee
      Ruth McKee
      Head Middle East North Africa , Mergermarket