The 2018 New York M&A and Private Equity Forum Best Practices & Emerging Opportunities in the Current Market

Event Details

Apr 25, 2018

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

New York, NY

$495 USD

The Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute is pleased to present a two-day forum on mastering the art of mid-market mergers and acquisitions in the current business climate. Helmed by a faculty of accomplished legal and deals professionals, this must attend summit presents a comprehensive guide to corporate development from both a pre-and post-M&A perspective.

The New York M&A and Private Equity Forum (Wednesday, April 25) offers an extensive take on mastering the deal negotiation process and key growth areas in the current market. From a promising China deals outlook to areas primed for activity across the tri-state area, this Forum delivers timely and comprehensive advice for both M&A novices and serial acquirers. Corporate development professionals, in-house counsel, and transactional lawyers will receive expert guidance on M&A financing, M&A due diligence concerns and more.

The New York M&A Post-Merger Integration Forum (Thursday, April 26) focuses on post-merger best practices and key performance measures in large and small businesses. Attendees will gain critical insights into measuring success across the enterprise, uniting disparate cultures, defining new organizational leadership, and building a successful integration management office.

Register today! Online registration now available.  Please read further for special pricing packages.

CLE Credits available*

*Number may vary in accordance with state guidelines

Special Offers

Single and two-day group discounts available. Call 1-800-308-1700 for details.


Why You Should Attend

  • This conference focuses on the regional issues affecting entrepreneurs and M&A professionals throughout the New York tri-state area.
  • Our faculty features esteemed professionals and trusted advisors from key institutions throughout the region.
  • Stay ahead of the competition with essential takeaways on issues critical to the middle market.
  • Network with colleagues and gain a head start on deal activity in the current year.

    Who Should Attend

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Corporate Development professionals
  • Transactional & M&A lawyers
  • Strategic Sellers
  • Investment Bankers
  • M&A Advisors
  • Business Entrepreneurs

    Pricing Options

    Interested parties may select from the following options. Please call 1-800-308-1700 for assistance.

    $495  – The New York M&A and Private Equity Forum (Wednesday, April 25) – one day pass

    $495 – The New York M&A Integration Forum (Thursday, April 26)  – one day pass

    $695  – The New York M&A and Private Equity Forum AND The New York M&A Integration Forum – two day pass

  • Event Co-Chairs

    Shevaun McGrath

    Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

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    Kimberly C. Petillo-Decossard

    Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

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    Event Details

    Wednesday, Apr 25

    8:30 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:30 AM
    Welcome From the Co-Chairs

    Shevaun McGrath, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

    Kimberly C. Petillo-Décossard, 
    Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP


    9:45 AM
    2018 China Deals Outlook: Will the "Belt & Road Initiative" Drive Deal Activity?

    Chinese acquisitions along Belt & Road countries reached record highs in 2017, leading to speculation that outbound M&A deals from China are expected to pick up in 2018. It is also expected that most prospective deals will stem from the Belt & Road Initiative, China’s massive plan to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a vast logistics and transportation network. This engaging session will take a deep dive into:

    • Investments encouraged by Beijing, tied to Belt & Road investments
    • Banned or restricted investments – what are they and what will the impact be?
    • Assessment of outbound deal activity to date
    • The impact on U.S. buyers and sellers

    Brian Zheng, Fintech Investor, Former Fund Manager & Sector Analyst, MUFG Singapore

    George Davidson, Vice Chairman of the Board, The National Bureau of Asian Research
    Euan Rellie, Senior Managing Director, Co-Founder, BDA Partners
    Feng Xue, Managing Partner & Chief Representative, Shanghai Office, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    10:45 AM
    11:00 AM
    Where the Deals Are: New York M&A Deal Landscape and Ripest Sectors for Acquisition

    Take a deep dive in analyzing the top deals to date in the greater New York area – Who is acquiring who, and why? What are the hottest sectors for deal activity and what are the trends and factors driving such activity?

    • The latest data and analysis on M&A market trends
    • Hottest deals to date in 2018
    • Top sectors experiencing growth
    • Trends driving acquisitions and new start-up ventures making an impact

    Shevaun McGrath, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

    Alan Konevsky, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Counsel, Mastercard
    Kimberly C. Petillo-Décossard, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
    Youmna Salameh,  Director, Houlihan Lokey
    Elizabeth Sanders, Chief Counsel, Transactions/M&A, Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Konstantinos Yiannopoulos, Senior Counsel, U.S. M&A, Siemens Corporation

    12:00 PM
    Shareholder Activism and M&A Deals

    Shareholder activism has quickly become one of the most formidable and challenging facets of today’s deal environment. With investors and activist hedge funds adopting vigilant perspectives on public company corporate governance, the importance of understanding the nuances of activist behavior.  Learn how to address unwanted shareholder action.

    • Best practices for handling insiders when negotiating a merger transaction
    • Rate returns on activist funds
    • The utility and limitations of an extensive pre-signing market check
    • Fiduciary issues raised by exclusivity agreements and “don’t ask, don’t waive” clauses
    • The target’s desire to enhance closing certainty while preserving the right to terminate in appropriate circumstances

    Richard M. BrandPartner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


    Stefani Carter, Senior Counsel, Estes Thorne & Carr
    Quentin Koffey, Portfolio Manager, D.E. Shaw & Co.
    Stefania Monda, Counsel, Corporate M&A and Capital Markets
    Daniel Moore, Managing Director, Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

    1:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    2:00 PM
    M&A Financing: Debt vs Equity and the Financial Structuring of the Deal

    Even the best laid M&A deal can go awry if the deal’s financing is not carefully thought out or appropriately suited for both the buyer and seller. This conversation offers practical guidance on:

    • Weighing your financing options
    • Bond issuance
    • Debt-financed M&A
    • Private equity vs. debt
    • Stock issuance
    • Tax liability

    Jason Malak, Senior Managing Director, Brunswick Capital Group and Affiliates

    Neil FosterCOO & CFO ChryonHego Coporation
    Michael Lasch, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Pine Street Capital
    William J. Miller, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
    Richard D. Smith, Partner, Nelson Mullins LLP

    3:00 PM
    3:15 PM
    M&A Due Diligence: Vital Cybersecurity and Risk Assessment Safeguards

    Buyers often tend to view prospective acquisitions through rose-colored glasses. As a result, important deal facets and aspects of the acquisition target may be missed. This invariably leads to additional time and costs in closing the deal, or in potentially derailing the deal altogether. While due diligence is a time consuming and extremely detailed endeavor, it is vital that the buyer conduct a thorough and complete due diligence investigation and risk analysis.

    • Cybersecurity and data privacy risks
    • Strategic fit with buyer
    • Financial performance, growth margins and projections
    • Technology and IP
    • Customers and sales

    Heidi Gordon, Associate, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

    Lisa Hageman, Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Global M&A, Diageo
    Adele Hogan, Director, Deutsche Bank
    Keeley Mooneyhan, President & Co-Founder, HR Matters, Inc.
    David R. Owen, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

    4:15 PM
    Closing Comments & Conclusion
    Euan Rellie

    Senior Managing Director, BDA Partners

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    Konstantinos Yiannopoulos

    Senior Counsel, U.S. M&A, Siemens Corporation

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    Thomson Reuters New York Corporate Offices

    3 Times Square, Floor 30 (at 42nd Street & 7th Ave.)
    New York, NY 10036

    Please be advised that Thomson Reuters has not secured a room block for this program. We recommend staying at a number of nearby hotels within walking distance of our corporate offices.

    Nearby Hotels

    The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City (0.2 mi)


    LUMA Hotel Times Square


    The Westin New York at Times Square (0.2 mi)


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