This year's Keynote: Matthew Benson

Matthew is based in EY’s Dubai office and leads EY’s Transaction Support team, including Financial Due Diligence, Commercial Due Diligence, and Corporate Finance Strategy across Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMEIA), with a specific focus on in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for the last three years. Prior to that Matthew worked for EY’s Transaction Advisory Services team in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for fourteen years, after starting in EY’s audit practice in London.

As well as leading buy-side and sell-side transaction support engagements for both corporate and private equity clients, key developments that Matthew is involved in digital due diligence, data analytics, and advice in relation to purchase price mechanics and addressing due diligence findings into sale and purchase agreements for domestic and inbound clients.


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Diego  Biasi Diego Biasi Co-Founder & CEO Quercus Investment Partners Limited Bio
Ahmad  Alanani Ahmad Alanani Co-founder Sancta Capital Bio
Brad Watson Brad Watson Partner EY Bio
Mazen Boustany Mazen Boustany Partner Baker & McKenzie Bio
Mark Storrie Mark Storrie Senior M&A Underwriter AIG Bio
Simon  Charlton Simon Charlton Acting CEO AHAB
Arun  Reddy Arun Reddy Managing Director Houlihan Lokey Bio
Prof. Scott Moeller Prof. Scott Moeller Director M&A Research Centre Cass Business School Bio
Jean-Paul  Pigat Jean-Paul Pigat Head of Research Lighthouse Research Bio
Melissa  Forbes-Miranda Melissa Forbes-Miranda Senior Associate Baker & McKenzie Bio
Jayshree  Gupta Jayshree Gupta Partner Baker & McKenzie Bio
Samantha  Bartel Samantha Bartel Managing Partner Instinctif Partners Bio
Campbell  Steedman Campbell Steedman Managing Partner Winston & Strawn LLP Bio
Shibeer Ahmed Shibeer Ahmed Partner Winston & Strawn LLP Bio
Catherine Ford Catherine Ford Editor-at-Large Mergermarket Bio
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Elias  Lambrianos-Sabeh Elias Lambrianos-Sabeh Head of MENA Debtwire Bio
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