Nordic M&A and Private Equity Forum


Setting the agenda for cross-border Acquisitions & financing for Nordic companies

28 March 2019

Radisson Blu Waterfront
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  • 08:15

    General registration and coffee

  • 08:45

    Breakfast Briefing - Risk Lab: Insurance Update

    Marsh and RiskPoint

  • 09:30

    Chair’s opening remarks

    Strong economic performance has led to robust outbound M&A, a steady IPO pipeline and record-breaking PE buyout activity. The chairperson outlines some key data points that tells the story of Nordic corporate trends and points to future patterns.

  • 09:40

    Keynote: How immune is the Nordic region to global geopolitics?

    Trade wars and populism may not be home-grown issues, but their effects could be acutely felt. In this opening session, we explore trends in the region’s major export markets and how they may affect domestic corporate activity.

  • 10:10

    Panel: Macro effects on M&A

    Taking the lead from the keynote presentation, a panel of leading dealmakers will offer their response to how Nordic corporates can navigate these global risks. The panel will also take note of domestic market developments that may influence deal activity, including labour market dynamics, oil prices and the effects of populism.

  • 10:50


  • 11:20

    Morning coffee and networking

  • 11:50

    Fireside chat: Day in the life

    This on-stage interview features conversation with a corporate development senior executive, providing a perspective on how their team oversees global acquisitions and portfolio management.

  • 12:20

    Panel: Corporate strategies

    This session will feature discussion with acquirers that have hit the headlines in the past year. The conversation will examine the strategic approaches to portfolio management and key milestones during recent deal processes.

  • 13:00


  • Stream 1: M&A and Private Equity

    • 14:00

      Chair’s opening remarks

    • 14:05

      Nordic private equity outlook

      2018 is set to record the highest number of buyouts in the Nordics on record as Private Equity continues to grow in prominence on the back of increased fundraising and abundant dry-powder available to deploy.

      What growth strategies are GPs looking towards for portfolio companies?

      What are the benefits and disadvantages of different exit opportunities? Will dual-track continue to be a popular route?

    • 14:45

      Panel: Behind the scenes of recent IPOs

      This session goes inside the boardroom of recent IPO transactions to explore how the deals came together. We also explore how underwriters navigated the challenges of listing in 2018, as equity markets turned from record bull runs and the IPO window began to close.

    • 15:25

      Afternoon coffee and networking

  • Stream 2: Tech

    • 14:00

      Chair’s opening remarks

    • 14:05

      Panel: Where to buy a start-up

      Technology deals have been on the rise globally as companies seek to acquire innovation. Serial acquirers are targeting companies that are radically different from their traditional M&A target – low earnings, early-stage companies with a handful of employees and strong entrepreneurial identity. Conducting deal origination for companies that are under the radar requires a strategic understanding of emerging technologies and the right advisors. The typical profile of rival bidders looks different, with these companies typically too small to entertain private equity. In this session, we explore the challenges of finding and buying start-ups.

    • 14:45

      Fireside chat: What founders want from a deal structure

      Securing access to new technology can challenge the traditional approach of serial acquirers. Partnerships, alliances, corporate venture and minority deals have all been a way for major corporates to benefit from innovation whilst the start-up retains some independence from the corporate entity. How does this fit with the Nordic model of corporate governance? In this session, our speakers consider how deals can be structured, how founders can be incentivised and the integration roadmap.

    • 15:25

      Afternoon coffee and networking

    • 15:50

      Human talent driving M&A value

      Human Resources play a critical role in merger integration to achieve strategic, financing and operational goals. It’s essential that HR are involved in the transaction lifecycle to ensure the deal reaches its objectives.

      • What value can a dynamic team bring to a large scale vs. small scale deal? What are the different HR goals of integration?
      • How can companies optimise an HR strategy to avoid talent flight?
      • What sort of valuations can funds seek from selling a top management team?

    • 16:20

      Panel: Private equity digital leaders

      The competition for tech experts is fierce. The labour market in Sweden has already seen a shortage of software engineers to support its flourishing tech industry. How do private equity firms build their own internal competency? This discussion will explore the different approaches of PE houses in supporting portfolio companies on digitalisation initiatives. Some, where technology has been an industry vertical, retain their expertise in a dedicated tech team, whilst others layer their experts through all their industry specialties. For those that don’t do tech, how do operating partners support portfolio companies adopt new technologies?

  • 16:50

    Chair's closing remarks

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