The 14th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum Deal Making in an Age of Disruption

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Event Details

Oct 04, 2018

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Atlanta, GA

$595 USD

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For questions about this event, please call 1-800-308-1700

Thanks to robust economic growth and new US tax reform legislation, mergers and acquisitions are expected to heat up in 2018. This October, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute is pleased to present the 14th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum at the offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta, GA. The premier professional education and networking summit in the Southeast, our forum continues to provide timely and essential content for corporate counsel, corporate development, and M&A professionals devoted to the art of the deal.

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CLE Credits available*

*Number may vary in accordance with state guidelines

Special Offers

Group discounts available. Call 1-800-308-1700 for details.

Why You Should Attend

  • This conference is the only event to focus exclusively on the regional issues affecting entrepreneurs and M&A professionals throughout the U.S. Southeast.
  • Our faculty features esteemed industry professionals from key institutions, including Ernst & Young, Houlihan Lokey, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, King & Spalding LLP, and more.
  • Attendees can network with successful entrepreneurs throughout the day and at our post-conference rooftop reception.
  • Participants will gain valuable guidance to stay ahead of the competition in today's middle market.

    Who Should Attend

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Strategic Sellers
  • Investment Bankers
  • Transactional Lawyers
  • M&A Advisors
  • Business Entrepreneurs
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Andrea Farley

    Troutman Sanders LLP

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    Michael E. Hollingsworth II

    Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

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    Rahul Patel

    Partner, King & Spalding

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    Gregory E. Wolski

    Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Oct 04

    8:00 AM
    Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast
    8:55 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:00 AM
    The State of the M&A and Private Equity Market

    This program begins with our staple discussion on current trends and developments influencing deal activity and financing structures in 2018. Members of our distinguished panel will host a conversation about M&A landscape in the Southeast, highlighting sectors of growth and transactions worth watching.

    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    Private Equity Round Table

    In an ever-shifting political and regulatory environment, private equity firms are required, now more than ever, to be diligent in managing prospects against risks.  This session will address exciting opportunities and emerging threats in private equity, as well as how new changes in tax reform and financial legislation may affect the PE environment.

    11:15 AM
    11:30 AM
    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout #1:

    Changing of the Guard: Discovering the Next Generation of M&A/PE Leaders
    Some of the largest private equity firms in the country, such as Blackstone, KKR & Co, and the Carlyle Group, have undergone recent leadership change. Such change warrants questions around how the direction of the firm may be influenced by the differing generations stepping into prominent roles. This session explores how the influence of next generation leadership will affect firm strategy and future deals, as well as the potential impact on the broader middle market.

    Breakout #2:

    In Search of Skeletons: A Careful Consideration of Data Privacy and Security
    Given the recent Facebook fiasco and the introduction of the General Data Protection Act, issues of data protection and security are top of mind.  How can professionals effectively protect crucial components of a deal in an age of big data and ubiquitous hyperconnectivity? In this session, our panel of experts will discuss high-priority targets for cyber criminals, key actors or malicious players in the market, and best practices for proper data governance over the entire deal lifecycle.

    12:30 PM
    Keynote Luncheon
    1:30 PM
    Business as (Un)usual: Technology's Continued Impact in M&A

    With the continued explosion of innovation across industries, it is difficult to ascertain what technologies will continue to make a true impact on M&A.  Cryptocurrencies, to take only one example, rely so much on blockchain that the two seem nearly synonymous. Yet even if one has paid little attention to the cryptocurrency revolution, dealmakers everywhere should care about blockchain and its disruptive footprint across sectors. This session takes a look at the myriad of ways new or emerging technologies are impacting the deals environment. How, at a practical level, are leading firms leveraging new technology in their M&A practice? To what extent is target company investment in artificial intelligence, blockchain and other nascent technologies impacting potential deals? And what takeaways should M&A professionals keep in mind about the risks and opportunities associated with this latest wave of innovation?

    2:30 PM
    2:45 PM
    Influencing the Deal: The Impact of Representation and warranties Insurance in the Current Market

    According to a recent study, 29% of US deals now reference representation and warranties insurance (RWI) as part of the negotiation process—a remarkable development when considering overall market sentiment not two years prior. Building upon takeaways from last year’s program, this final session offers a comprehensive look at how RWI has fundamentally reshaped both the US middle market and contemporary deal structure throughout the region. Is RWI a welcome or worrisome harbinger of deals to come?

    3:45 PM
    Closing Remarks & Rooftop Reception


    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Atlanta Offices

    Atlantic Station
    201 17th Street NW
    Suite 1700
    Atlanta, GA 30363

    We are hosting a guest room block at the nearby Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel. For guest rooms at the group rate of $209/night plus taxes, please contact the hotel directly and reference the “Thomson Reuters Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum” room block. The cut off date for guest room reservations is Friday, August 31, 2018. Rooms are subject to availability. For assistance with guest room reservations, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at

    Twelve Atlantic Station
    361 17th Street NW
    Atlanta, GA 30363

    Twelve Atlantic Station is located within convenient walking distance of the Nelson Mullins office.

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