Nordic M&A and Private Equity Forum

  • 08:30

    General registration and coffee

  • 08:15

    M&A Insurance Breakfast Briefing

  • 09:10

    Chair’s opening remarks

  • 09:20

    Keynote Presentation: Macro trends outlook

    Despite increasing geopolitical uncertainty and worries over the global economy, M&A in the Nordic region has remained relatively stable driven by continued foreign interest in high-quality assets. This keynote will explore the factors that are likely to have the most significant impact on deal activity over the coming year.

  • 09:45

    Deal Leader's Panel

    In this panel, deal leaders will take the lead from the keynote presentation to discuss the key trends in the Nordic M&A and private equity landscape and expectations for the next 12 months. Although deal activity in the Nordics had a slow start in 2019, the region hasn’t been hit as hard in the context of a global 11% drop in M&A. The region has also gone against the trend of rising protectionism and has seen increased investment from China as a result. .

  • 10:30

    Morning coffee and networking

  • 11:00

    Presentation: Deal terms update

  • 11:20

    Panel: Value creation and growth strategies

    In the face of increasing valuations, competition for high quality assets at a fair price is likely to rise. This panel will explore strategies that corporates can deploy to ensure positive returns from their investments.

  • 12:00

    Lunch

  • Stream A: Deals

    • 13:00

      Chair’s opening remarks

    • 13:10

      Panel: Private equity outlook

      Private equity firms appear to be taking advantage of the high valuations, which combined with the continued openness towards foreign investment has driven exits to their second highest YTD point by both value and volume on Mergermarket record.

    • 13:50

      Panel: Importance of organisational culture in transactions

    • 14:30

      Afternoon coffee and networking

    • 14:50

      Case Study: Day in the life

      A Head of M&A from an active acquirer will provide insights into their daily routine from corporate strategy, deal origination, execution and integration.

    • 15:20

      Panel: Infrastructure investments

      • In March, EQT’s fourth infrastructure fund hit its hard cap of €9 billion, making it the largest fund raised so far this year. 
      • Several Nordic LPs are also increasing their commitments to the asset class and new pools and platforms have been established to facilitate super-sized pension fund investment into infrastructure. 
      • Core infrastructure sectors such as energy as well as telecoms have been particularly active in 2019. Var Energy’s acquisition of Exxon Mobil’s Norwegian oil and gas assets for €4.1bn was the largest deal recorded this year. 

      This panel will explore what is driving infrastructure’s growth in the Nordic region.

  • Stream B: Digital

    • 13:00

      Chair’s opening remarks

    • 13:10

      Panel: Innovation through acquisition

      The Nordic tech sector continues to attract significant interest with high levels of M&A activity as companies seek to acquire innovation.

    • 13:50

      Panel: Digital transformation to improve operational efficiency

      Technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) have the potential to greatly impact operational performance by saving costs and optimising efficiency. This panel will explore how both corporates and PE firms can utilise new technology to support their companies embarking on digitalisation journeys.

    • 14:30

      Afternoon coffee and networking

    • 14:50

      Case Study: Valuations outlook

    • 15:20

      Panel: Public vs private markets

      The Nordic IPO market is expected to remain relatively inactive following a slow start to the year. However, the window is not completely shut yet with firms like EQT listing on the Stockholm Nasdaq in September.

      Although only Spotify and Slack have gone public through direct listings, this new approach could signify a shift in how private companies access public capital markets. This panel will explore what this means for the traditional IPO process. 

  • 16:00

    Chair's closing remarks

  • 16:10

    Networking drinks