Mergermarket Germany Forum

20-21 March 2019, InterContinental Hotel, Düsseldorf

Mergermarket Deal Making Day

InterContinental Hotel
Düsseldorf
20-21 March 2019
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Day One | Day Two

    • 09:00

      Registration and Coffee

    • 09:15

      Breakfast Seminar: Developments in transactional risk

      Join us for this free to attend interactive seminar ahead of day two the forum. After an overview of the market and key trends, the panel will look at recent developments regarding risk transfer in respect of tax risks under W&I insurance and contingent tax risk insurance policies – as the next generation of risk transfer and deal facilitator. Following the panel discussion the audience will be encouraged to ask questions relating to their own business. Our panel of experts will look at practical cases and address real-life situations.

      Gunnar  Harlacher
      Gunnar Harlacher
      Senior Tax Underwriter , AIG
      Alexander  Qvennerstedt
      Alexander Qvennerstedt
      Senior Partner, JLT
      Ralf  U. Braunagel
      Ralf U. Braunagel
      Partner, M&A Tax, PwC
      Florian-Felix  Marquardt
      Florian-Felix Marquardt
      Associated Partner, Noerr
      Aliresa  Fatemi
      Aliresa Fatemi
      Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large, Mergermarket
    • 10:00

      Opening remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner, Noerr
      Andreas  Löhdefink
      Andreas Löhdefink
      Partner, Shearman & Sterling
    • 10:15

      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?

      Henrik  Hahn
      Henrik Hahn
      Chief Digital Officer, Evonik
    • 10:35

      Panel: Deal Drivers, Deal Origination and Challenges

      This session will put the German M&A landscape into a global context. It will 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. Globally active M&A practitioners will discuss how 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.

      Siobhan  Sweeney-Cordova
      Siobhan Sweeney-Cordova
      Executive Vice President, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation
      Philipp  von Mitzlaff
      Philipp von Mitzlaff
      Business Development Director, Paragon Partners
      Alexander  Arauner
      Alexander Arauner
      Head of Corporate Finance Advisory Germany, UniCredit
      Alexandre  Grellier
      Alexandre Grellier
      CEO, Drooms
      George Casey
      George Casey
      Global Co-Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling
      Myriam Balezou
      Myriam Balezou
      Senior Reporter, Dealreporter
    • 11:20

      Fireside chat: A day in the life of.....

      Frank Rittgen will give an insight into his day,discussing issues such as deal origination and due diligence, active portfolio management and the challenges of managing simultaneous acquisitions and divestments, his team and how it fits into the corporate setting as well as sharing deal specific insights

      Frank Rittgen
      Frank Rittgen
      Head of M&A, Bayer AG
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large, Mergermarket
    • 11:40

      Networking coffee break

    • 12:10

      Fireside chat: A day in the life of ….

      How does a family controlled business in the highly- active seed and agri industry do M&A? Alexander Wiegelmann will tell us, insights into his day, discussing issues such as deal origination and due diligence, his team and how it fits into the corporate setting as well as sharing deal specific insights.

      Alexander  Wiegelmann
      Alexander Wiegelmann
      Head of M&A, KWS Saat
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large, Mergermarket
    • 12:30

      Made in Germany......Via China

      This session will focus on Chinese direct investments in Germany companies. What are the factors influencing Chinese valuation expectations and investors' willingness to pay focus on? With Germany tightening its Foreign Investment Review Regime amidst growing Chinese investments the German high-tech sector; panelists will explore how this is impacting both large cap and mid-sized deals.

      Norbert  Stadhouders
      Norbert Stadhouders
      Finance Director, Rail Power Systems GmbH
      Karl  Ostler
      Karl Ostler
      CEO, Koller Group
      Inna  Gehrt
      Inna Gehrt
      Partner/ Head of DACH, Mandarin Capital Partners
      Ralph  Hagelgans
      Ralph Hagelgans
      Partner, Livingstone
      Florian Becker
      Florian Becker
      Partner, Noerr
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large, Mergermarket
    • 13:15

      Networking Lunch

    • 14:15

      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 able 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 situations), and examine what they are looking for and what they can offer their prospective portfolio companies.

      Uwe   Kolb
      Uwe Kolb
      Former Chairman, BridgePoint
      Jan-Daniel  Neumann
      Jan-Daniel Neumann
      Managing Director, Bregal
      Alexander  Friedrich
      Alexander Friedrich
      Partner, QUADRIGA CAPITAL Beteiligungsberatung GmbH
      Marco Brockhaus
      Marco Brockhaus
      Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Brockhaus Capital Management AG
      Georg Schneider
      Georg Schneider
      Partner, Head of Private Equity, Noerr
      Maryna Irkliyenko
      Maryna Irkliyenko
      Private Equity Correspondent, Debtwire
    • 15:00

      Cyber Risks in the World of Autonomous Vehicles

      • The Google vs. Uber Autonomous Vehicle Wars
      • The Hidden Cost in M&A
      Erik  Laykin
      Erik Laykin
      Managing Director / Practice Chair Global Data Risk, Los Angeles office, Duff & Phelps
      • STREAM A: Next Generation International Dealmaking

      • 15:30

        Cross-border opportunities and Outbound 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 deal with the different regulatory environments; the role of local advisers and protectionism.

        Bettina Haedrich
        Bettina Haedrich
        Senior Director Corporate Business Development, QIAGEN
        Alfred  Kossmann
        Alfred Kossmann
        Partner, Shearman & Sterling
        Bernd  Taucher
        Bernd Taucher
        Partner, Graf Patsch Taucher
        Jan  Krupski
        Jan Krupski
        Counsel, NautaDutilh
        Joao Grando
        Joao Grando
        Assistant Editor, Mergermarket
      • 16:50

        Chair's Closing Remark's

        Thomas Schulz
        Thomas Schulz
        Partner, Noerr
        Andreas  Löhdefink
        Andreas Löhdefink
        Partner, Shearman & Sterling
      • 17:00

        Networking Reception

      • STREAM B: Getting Deals Through in Germany

      • 15:30

        Family Businesses – the German Mittelstand

        This session will compare and contrast the investment strategies of financial investors buying into family-owned businesses in Germany. What are the key reasons for a private mid-cap company to consider private equity ownership? Do family offices offer a competitive alternative to private equity investors? Is risk a main issue for ‘Mittelstand’ companies considering a variety of investment criteria?

        Timo  Tauber
        Timo Tauber
        Head of M&A , Viessmann Group
        Florian  Wiemken
        Florian Wiemken
        Investment Director, HQ Equita GmbH
        Martin  Pfletschinger
        Martin Pfletschinger
        Managing Director, Serafin Group
        Guido May
        Guido May
        Independent
        Emma-Victoria  Farr
        Emma-Victoria Farr
        Financial Reporter, Mergermarket
      • 16:10

        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?

        Petteri  Soininen
        Petteri Soininen
        Co-Head of European Active Ownership Strategy (Engagements) , RWC Partners
        Gilles  Mentre
        Gilles Mentre
        Managing Director, Lazard
        Michael  Brellochs
        Michael Brellochs
        Partner, Noerr
        William Mace
        William Mace
        Senior Reporter, Activistmonitor - Acuris Group
      • 16:50

        Chair's Closing Remark's

        Thomas Schulz
        Thomas Schulz
        Partner, Noerr
        Andreas  Löhdefink
        Andreas Löhdefink
        Partner, Shearman & Sterling
      • 17:00

        Networking Reception

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