US Corporate Development Summit

October 2020


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Explore the entire M&A life cycle

This new flagship conference explores the entire M&A life cycle, from origination through execution to integration. Driven by the deep expertise of our Chicago-based Mergermarket editorial team it will focus on deals across the middle market, whether strategic or sponsor-driven.

The detailed agenda will feature a morning of plenary panels exploring critical topics such as how firms can improve their technology through acquisitions, and the challenge of divestment strategies in a slowing economy. Later in the afternoon two streams will target deal execution and post-merger integration, the two pillars that are the foundation of any succesful merger or acquistion. The morning will also host a series of smaller roundtable breakouts covering specifc industries and specialist interests to allow delegates to share their experiences directly.

Join us for panels, keynotes and extensive networking with both corporate development executives and private equity portfolio managers.

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  • 08:15


  • 08:55


  • 09:00

    Panel – Dealmaker outlook

    Current M&A activity; deal drivers; hot sectors; M&A in a downturn

  • 09:45

    Keynote - Elections and Economics

    Predictions for the presidential race; impact on the economy; sectors to avoid under a new administration

  • 10:15

    Panel – Acquiring innovation

    Adding technology through acquisitions; valuing transformation; M&A vs in-house development

  • 11:00


  • 11:30


    Small group topics including: M&A tech; Industrials; Healthcare; Tax structures; Anti-corruption

  • 12:30


  • 13:15

    Panel – Financing the mid-market

    Unitranche vs senior/junior; finding the right lender; negotiating covenants; current deal terms

  • 14:00

    Fireside chat - Benefits beyond borders

    Advantages of cross-border acquisitions, legal challenges, tax efficent structures, culture clashes

  • 14:30

    Panel – Divestment strategies

    Carve-out trends; getting the timing right; shareholder activism & other triggers

  • 15:00


  • Stream A - Execution

    • 15:30

      Masterclass - Deal terms

      Deep dive into the latest deal terms; consideration and pricing; working capital adjustments; valuation & earnout mechanisms

    • 16:00

      Presentation – Trends in RWI

    • 16:20

      Panel – Exit strategies

      Public vs private exits; PE to PE; multipliers in a slowing economy; valuing tech

    • 17:00


  • Stream B - Integration

    • 15:30

      Panel – How culture drives value

      Crystallising synergies; embeding culture early; retaining human capital; preparing for divestments

    • 16:00

      Case study - Integrating Successfully

    • 17:00