Saudi Arabia M&A Breakfast in Riyadh

In partnership with Merrill Corporation

15 October 2018

Ritz Carlton Riyadh
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Join your peers in the M&A community for breakfast with Mergermarket and Merrill Corporation at the Saudi Arabia M&A Breakfast in Riyadh.

As a delegate, you will hear exclusive data analysis from Mergermarket and take away new information on how innovation can accelerate deal execution in the Middle East, courtesy of Merlin Piscitelli Head of Region at Merrill Corporation. You will also be able to gain insight into the private equity outlook in Saudi Arabia.

Places are limited, register for free below.

  • 09:00


  • 09:30

    Saudi Arabian M&A Review

    Saudi Arabian deal flow has been boosted recently by both Vision 2030 and value expectations aligned with lower for longer oil prices. The TMT sector remains the most active with a busy pipeline expected as TMT companies have little room to grow organically and consider regional or international bolt-on deals such as Zain Saudi. The financial services sector is also set to be active with the upcoming take-over of RBS backed Alawwal Bank by SABB. This presentation will cover:

    • An overview of domestic vs. foreign deal activity
    • Where is Saudi Arabia on the global outlook for M&A activity?
    • Saudi Arabian deal pipeline – sectors to watch
  • 09:45

    Saudi Arabian M&A and Private Equity Outlook

    Saudi Arabian private equity activity has seen a steady increase in the value and volume of exits recently spurred on by favourable demographics including a young population. Interest in the consumer food and beverage sub-sectors has also led to an active market as well as the attraction of Saudi’s recent privitisation drive. However, there are still barriers to entry including the high proportion of family owned businesses, a developing legal system and a lack of exit opportunities. This presentation will explore:

    • What type of transactions are being seen? M&A, Joint Ventures or Private Equity deals?
    • What opportunities and challenges are investors facing in the market and how can these be managed?
    • Has Vision 2030 attracted enough foreign investors to the region? And how can international players work with local family businesses?
    • What are the exit opportunities? Trade sales vs. IPOs and secondary buyouts
  • 10:00

    How can innovation accelerate deal execution in the Middle East

    The financial services industry, globally and in the Middle East, is facing ever-changing competitive dynamics, as well as increased regulation calling for accountability and transparency. FinTech is transforming the sector and innovation is set to revolutionise M&A and Due Diligence processes making dealmakers capable of conducting rapid, secure and compliant M&A with deeper insight and better analytics. The presentation will cover:

    • How innovation is transforming the financial services sector globally and in the Middle East
    • How technology can bring better efficiencies to the M&A lifecycle through speed, analytics, and collaboration for both buyers and sellers
    • How to utilise AI and machine-learning to manage the expansional growth of M&A data
    Merlin Piscitelli
    Merlin Piscitelli
    Head of Region, Merrill Corporation
  • 10:15



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