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The Corporate Secretary & IR Magazine M&A Forum is a multi-stakeholder conference that helps companies build shareholder support, guarantee certainty of close and deliver on the strategic aims of M&A deals. At a time when the M&A market is warming up we discuss how best to prepare for a wave of M&A activity while navigating the increasingly difficult approval process.
We are joined by 100+ corporate governance, corporate development and investor relations professionals in New York on November 7 to stay up-to-date on the outlook for M&A and learn how to drive shareholder value in 2023 and beyond.
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Welcome to the M&A Forum 2023
M&A outlook: Anticipating a boom in deal making
Tight credit conditions and high interest rates persist, but after a slump in deal making interest is gathering. How much activity has been happening behind the scenes, and when are we likely to see this interest materialize? How can companies position themselves to make the most of this expected rise in M&A once the market is fully active?
Navigating regulatory change: Respond to increased anti-trust requirements
Despite growing interest, the regulatory landscape remains a significant challenge for deal teams. We’re seeing tougher merger guidelines proposed by the DoJ and FTC, with new HSR filing requirements expected at some point next year. In this panel our experts will discuss how the regulatory landscape is evolving around M&A and how best to prepare.
Morning networking break
Communicating deal value: Ensuring companies and shareholders are in sync
Just because a deal seems intuitive internally doesn’t mean it will be intuitive to your shareholders. In this session we’ll discuss the red and green flags investors face around M&A and share advice on communicating deal value in a transparent, meaningful way.
Preparing for a rise in M&A related activism
Almost half of all activist campaigns include M&A demands. With activism back to pre-pandemic levels, and Universal Proxy rules making it easier to run campaigns, companies should have a clear response plan in place to deal with hostile demands around acquisitions, divestitures and term changes to announced deals.
M&A tech trends: Managing cyber-risks and leveraging opportunities in AI
On July 26, the SEC adopted amendments intended to enhance and standardize disclosures related to cybersecurity. Meanwhile, companies are grappling with a host of new risks and opportunities presented by the steady adoption of AI. In this panel, we discuss the impact of these trends on deal teams and share advice on leveraging new technologies to drive efficiency in M&A.
Analysing M&A risks and opportunities through an ESG lens
Companies are increasingly integrating ESG considerations into their M&A strategies, with studies showing that investors are willing to pay a premium for targets that demonstrate high ESG maturity. Furthermore, ESG red flags can have significant impact on deals, resulting in additional closing conditions, valuation reduction and even deal cancellations.
Afternoon networking break
Help yourself to a glass of bubbly and discuss the topic with your peers in a highly interactive roundtable discussion.
End of conference and networking drinks
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Our attendees are leading governance, IR and corporate development professionals with a strategic role within their company.
Below is a sample of attendees who have joined our event in the past:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Chief corporate governance officer||Huntington National Bank||SVP, corporate development||Paramount|
|Chief legal officer||AtriCure||SVP, financial planning & analysis||Interpublic Group|
|Director of corporate development||Progress||SVP, market leader||Datamaran|
|Director, M&A integration & operations||Jamf||Vice president||SMBC Nikko Securities America|
|Director, strategy||Gartner||Vice president||Zimmer Biomet|
|EVP||Edelman Smithfield||Vice president||Autonomous Research|
|EVP and general counsel||Selective Insurance Group||VP, legal services & chief privacy officer||The Cheesecake Factory|
|EVP, corporate development||Barnes & Noble Education||VP,corporate development||Booking Holdings|
|EVP, chief legal officer||Shore United Bank||Vice president of investor relations||PBF Energy|
|EVP and general counsel||Matthews International||VP, corporate counsel||Zebra Technologies|
|Head of corporate development||Equitable||VP, deputy general counsel||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|Head of enterprise M&A||The Hartford||Vice president, M&A and ventures||Xerox|
|Head of ESG North America||Aon||VP||Edelman Smithfield|
|Managing director||Noble Capital Markets||VP corporate development and treasury||DistributionNOW|
|SVP, investor relations||fuboTV||VP legal||Shake Shack|
|SVP, corporate development||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||VP, corporate development||Wheel Pros|
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