Setting the agenda for cross-border acquisitions & financing for Nordic companies
Opening Dinner with Guest Speaker - 22 March
Join fellow delegates at the opening networking dinner at Opera Terra at OperaKallären for an evening of networking and entertaining ahead of the forum.
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Registration & coffee
Chair’s welcome remark
Keynote welcome address: Starting, growing and selling a business in an age of innovation
- Dealing with high growth companies
Panel: The Nordic dealmaker's outlook
- Outlook of deal activity in the Nordic region and beyond
- Key factors influencing corporate and investor confidence
- Deal drivers for the year ahead and what are the expected emerging markets?
- Cross-border deals trends – Where are the acquirers coming from and what sectors are they acquiring?
- Sector focus – which have seen the most activity and which are appealing for the panellists?
- Outlook for IPOs in the next 12 months
Fireside Chat: Leadership during a complex and transformational deal
- A CEO will share his lessons learned from a recent transaction
- Focus on how value will be created and challenges faced
- How do leadership teams capitalise on an industry-defining merger for their business?
- Klaus-Anders will share his lessons learned from one such transaction
On-Stage Q&A: The future of Nordic financing
- Mid-cap focus – Market update and an outlook to financing
- What economic issues have affected banking and financing?
- What financing alternatives are available?
- How can financiers position themselves in the market?
- Who should banks be collaborating with?
- Will we see more banks restructuring or divesting their divisions in 2017?
- Are large-cap deals on the horizon?
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.
On stage Q&A: The rise of Chinese buyers – What is the driving force?
- Success stories of an Asian firms investing into the Nordic region
- What size companies are looking to invest in the Nordics and which sectors are appealing?
- Nordic tech sector focus – have the valuations in the region been a catalyst for investments?
- Why the Nordics and where else are Asian buyers looking to acquire?
On stage Q&A: Boom in carve-outs and divestments
- Positive reasons to carve-out / divest a unit and how to create value doing so?
- What to think about during a carve-out?
- Divestment success stories and lessons learned
- Are more spin-offs on the horizon?
Panel: Effective strategies for deal execution
- What are the emerging trends of the current due diligence processes in the Nordic region?
- How can buyers seek to understand, price and mitigate less familiar risks?
- Techniques for sell-side and buy-side due diligence processes to maximise value
- The future of insurance for Nordic deal processes
Panel: The deal making questions for corporates
- How to choose an advisor and common mistakes made - is that advisor really best choice for that particular deal?
- How often do you really make deals?
- How do you choose a deal that will really make an impact?
- How to choose your strongest board members?
- Does your board need a Tech expert?
- Best practise for getting deals done
Presentation: 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.
Private Equity Stream
Panel: Private equity exit opportunities
- Positives and negatives of portfolio maturity
- Using IPO’s as an exit route successfully
- Ideal dual tracks procedures used
- The importance of effective valuations
- IPO insurance, advising on the risks – Latest trend on W&I insurance and how to work on a dual-track process
- Who can be insured and why is Denmark more insured than Sweden?
Panel: Direct or indirect investment in infrastructure
- Are infrastructure funds or institutional investors’ best placed to manage infrastructure assets?
- How best should institutional investors approach investing in infrastructure investment?
- What challenges face institutional investors wishing to execute a direct infrastructure investment?
- What risk exposure are institutional investors and infrastructure fund managers looking for?
- Where will institutional investors and infrastructure funds be successful.
- Are institutional investors ready to start off loading assets in 2017?
On-Stage Q&A: Growth opportunities and value creation through inbound investments
- The speakers will discuss their appetite for recent deals in the region and their recent investments in Joe & The Juice and Hemnet
- Identifying the right targets to invest in and managing the risks
- How to ensure value creation with minority stake investments
- Strategies for growth – how to successfully take investments into new markets and expand globally
Chair’s closing remarks & networking drinks
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