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The IR Magazine & Governance Intelligence M&A Forum was a multi-stakeholder conference that helped 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 was warming up we discussed how best to prepare for a wave of M&A activity while navigating the increasingly difficult approval process.
We were 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 learned how to drive shareholder value in 2023 and beyond.
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Welcome to the M&A Forum 2023
Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine and Governance Intelligence
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?
Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine and Governance Intelligence
Alexander Fries, director, corporate development, Progress
Alex Khutorsky, vice president, mergers and acquisitions, DuPont
Thomas Le, vice president, corporate development, Ziff Davis
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.
Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Governance Intelligence
Leigh Oliver, partner, Clifford Chance
Natalie Wong, senior director, M&A legal, Booking Holdings
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.
Moderator: Steve Wade, head of content, IR Magazine and Governance Intelligence
Brendan Dowhaniuk, vice president of corporate development, Hoonigan
Michael Higgins, corporate strategy and investor relations, Advanced Drainage Systems
Cross-border M&A in an era of growing geopolitical risks
Here we will explore how growing geopolitical risks are influencing and challenging M&A activities and strategies. We will delve into the impact of geopolitical factors on cross-border deal sourcing and execution and share strategies for navigating these challenges as the risks evolve.
Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
Renee Latour, partner, Clifford Chance
Steven Rosenberg, senior director, global M&A, WTW
Streamlining the due-diligence process: Tools, technologies and best practices
The due diligence process is one of the most essential parts of M&A, but also one of the most time consuming. Recent developments in technology and AI promise huge boosts in efficiency, but for many companies the risks still outweigh the rewards. Here we will look at how deal teams are optimizing their approach to due diligence, and debate the risks and benefits associated with adopting new tools into the process.
Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Governance Intelligence
Saswat Bohidar, associate general counsel, corporate transactions, HPE
Scott Hile, vice president, corporate development, Enviva
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.
Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine & Governance Intelligence
Jeff Angerman, deputy general counsel, Blackbaud
Dania Nasser, senior associate, general counsel, Canon
Choose a topic and discuss with your peers in a highly interactive roundtable discussion.
Closing remarks and networking drinks
Steve Wade, head of content, IR Magazine & Governance Intelligence
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Associate general counsel
Deputy general counsel
Senior director, global M&A
Senior director, M&A legal
Vice president, corporate development
Scott Hile is Vice President – Corporate Development at Enviva and is an accomplished mergers and acquisitions and global business leader, skilled at effective verbal and written communication, sought for mentoring. Known for uniting globally dispersed teams around cohesive project visions in achieving organizational goals. He has a track record of providing education and building capability in direct reports. He has experience with over 75 M&A and joint venture transactions (40+ closed, lead on 35+) and has 13+ years of evaluating, diligencing, and negotiating, and now 4+ years of successfully sourcing, transactions globally across a range of deal sizes and structures.
Vice president, head of M&A
Alex Khutorsky is Vice President, Head of M&A for DuPont de Nemours, Inc. He joined DuPont in 2019 and has been active in DuPont’s ongoing portfolio transformation. Alex has been an M&A practitioner for over 25 years. He began his career as an M&A attorney at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. He then spent almost 20 years as an M&A banker at several Wall Street firms including Bear Stearns, Bank of America, and The Valence Group (now part of Piper Sandler).
Associate general counsel, corporate transactions
“Saswat Bohidar serves as Associate General Counsel for Corporate Transactions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. During his time at HPE, Saswat has advised on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and other strategic transactions, leading a team of attorneys and legal professionals across the globe. Prior to HPE, Saswat worked as a corporate attorney at Davis Polk and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.”
Vice president, corporate strategy and investor relations
Advanced Drainage Systems
Vice president of corporate development
Vice president, corporate development
Thomas Le is Vice President of Corporate Development at Ziff Davis (NASDAQ: ZD), where he has led and/or contributed to over $1 billion of M&A transactions. Ziff Davis is a serial programmatic acquirer that owns and operates a portfolio of media and software businesses. Thomas is responsible for the full investment process spanning origination, evaluation, and execution. Prior to Ziff Davis, he was an early and growth stage investor at Tenfore Holdings, an ecommerce and enterprise software focused venture capital firm based in New York. Prior to that, Thomas held equity analyst positions at firms including Lazard Capital Markets and J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
Senior associate general counsel
Director of corporate development
Senior conference producer
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Head of content
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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:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|AGC and assistant CS||Uber Technologies||Senior counsel, corporate law||Allstate|
|Associate general counsel||Foot Locker||SVP, IR and treasurer||G-III Apparel Group|
|Chief communications, IR officer||ResMed||VP, IR, M&A||Ameriprise Financial|
|Corporate secretary||Viatris||VP, global corporate media relations||Henry Schein|
|CS and chief governance officer||Chevron||VP, associate general counsel||Shake Shack|
|Chief governance counsel||John Wiley & Sons||VP, chief SEC counsel and secretary||American Water Works|
|Director, communications||Casella Waste Systems||VP, corporate development||Wheel Pros|
|Executive director, IR||Insmed||VP, corporate development||Zimmer Biomet|
|Executive director, IR||Perella Weinberg Partners||VP, deputy general counsel||Blackbaud|
|General counsel and CS||Aterian||VP, IR||CACI|
|Manager, IR||Brookfield||VP, IR and communications||World Kinect|
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