Mergermarket Corporate Development Forum - Europe

The Mergermarket Corporate Development Forum - Europe returns in-person to London!

The Biltmore Mayfair, London

Agenda

08:30 - 09:15
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Registration and Breakfast

09:15 - 09:20
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09:20 - 09:35
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Chairperson's Sneak-Peak at Mergermarket’s M&A Deal Drivers EMEA Q1 Report

09:35 - 09:55
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Keynote Presentation: Building A More Diverse and Inclusive Corporate Workplace in 2022

Has the pandemic hindered progress made in recent years?  There are many crucial moments in dealmaking and quite often diversity and inclusion of different backgrounds/cultures has been viewed as the intangible element left to address in the post-integration phase.  

  • How has COVID-19 impacted the industry’s progress towards inclusion and diversity? 
  • How can you adapt global strategies to be sensitive to local needs while keeping core company values?
  • What ‘culture’ moments really matter in a deal and how can you make sure you embed these into your value creation plan at the pre-deal phase? 
  • Where are we losing people in our D&I efforts and what are the hard questions we should be addressing in the corporate world?
Owen Marks
Owen Marks Head of Rare Diseases and Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair, Pfizer
09:55 - 10:40
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Panel: Deal leaders panel – Has European M&A reached new heights?

This panel will evaluate where we are in the cycle to inform future impact on deal flow and value drivers for M&A in the current uncertain global economy but specifically the skittish European market.

  • Where are we in the cycle? Is now the right time to sell – what can we expect from the current inflation environment?
  • Will the ambitions of the Net zero drive in M&A bring dealmaking to new heights?
  • What are the new M&A defence strategies companies are using to stay afloat?
  • Which key value drivers are dealmakers paying particular attention to? How do deal teams evaluate value successfully?
  • Which sectors are ripe for consolidation?
  • What is the outlook for international linked M&A?
10:40 - 11:10
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Networking coffee break

11:10 - 12:40
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The long view of M&A – private equity vs. corporate acquirors

If youare a corporate acquiror in 2022 then private equity is coming to eat your lunch -or to eat you. With M&A multiples at 30-year highs find out how competition between private equity and strategic acquirors for deals is driving a valuation frenzy, how private equity is gatecrashing strategic acquirors' growth plans, and what corporate acquirors can do to respond. If youare a corporate acquiror in 2022 then private equity is coming to eat your lunch -or to eat you. With M&A multiples at 30-year highs find out how competition between private equity and strategic acquirors for deals is driving a valuation frenzy, how private equity is gatecrashing strategic acquirors' growth plans, and what corporate acquirors can do to respond. If youare a corporate acquiror in 2022 then private equity is coming to eat your lunch -or to eat you. With M&A multiples at 30-year highs find out how competition between private equity and strategic acquirors for deals is driving a valuation frenzy, how private equity is gatecrashing strategic acquirors' growth plans, and what corporate acquirors can do to respond. If youare a corporate acquiror in 2022 then private equity is coming to eat your lunch -or to eat you. With M&A multiples at 30-year highs find out how competition between private equity and strategic acquirors for deals is driving a valuation frenzy, how private equity is gatecrashing strategic acquirors' growth plans, and what corporate acquirors can do to respond. 10:50The long view of M&A private equity vs. corporate acquirorsIf youare a corporate acquiror in 2022 then private equity is coming to eat your lunch -or to eat you. With M&A multiples at 30-year highs find out how competition between private equity and strategic acquirors for deals is driving a valuation frenzy, how private equity is gatecrashing strategic acquirors' growth plans, and what corporate acquirors can do to respond.Philip Whitchelo, Board Advisor, Sterling Technology11:20 PanelPositive thinking around ESG If you are a corporate acquiror in 2022 then private equity is coming to eat your lunch - or to eat you. With M&A multiples at 30-year highs find out how competition between private equity and strategic acquirors for deals is driving a valuation frenzy, how private equity is gatecrashing strategic acquirors' growth plans, and what corporate acquirors can do to respond.

11:40 - 12:25
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Panel: Positive thinking around ESG

2022 – The world has dramatically changed, ESG is on everyone’s agenda and now is becoming a money-making strategy instead of another checkbox.

  • Are net-zero emissions on the agenda finally?
  • Will the new EU regulations prompt the UK government to adjust their own regulations?
  • How have changing consumer priorities and motivations created market opportunities?
  • How are sustainability strategies affecting M&A decisions?
  • What is best practice for sustainability considerations versus growth strategies are two becoming one?
  • What are the business risks associated with neglecting an ESG strategy?
  • How can firms mitigate business and reputational risks?
  • How can firms turn a vulnerability into an opportunity?
Tanja Gihr
Tanja Gihr Managing Director, Head of ESG Advisory EMEA , Sustainable and Impact Banking, Barclays
Jussi Uskola
Jussi Uskola Vice President, M&A, Fortum
Alessandra Castelli
Alessandra Castelli Global Head Editorial Development, M&A and ECM, ION Analytics
12:25 - 12:45
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12:45 - 13:45
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Networking lunch break

13:45 - 14:30
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Panel: Supremely confident activists in Europe – no one is immune

Britain remains the most attractive country for activists. Brexit, the pandemic and supply chain disruptions have put made many firms targets with growing focus on environmental, social and corporate governance causing concern.

  • Can we expect these recent developments to emerge across Europe and will we see more international activists pick up targets?
  • Looking at the increasing significance of ESG Activism, will firms broaden their commitments to climate solutions for their clients – how will this be implemented?
  • What sectors are high on an activists hit list?
  • Which other European countries are ripe for an activist’s pick?
14:30 - 15:00
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Panel: Incorporating innovation and new technologies into the M&A processes

Big data, analytics and AI have the potential to transform the effectiveness of corporate development teams, but are yet to reach their full potential particularly in M&A.

This panel will examine where experts think the biggest innovations in the industry are and what new technologies are available to aid the M&A process more smoothly.

  • How are companies using new technologies to shape M&A deals – is it just used in the due diligence phase?
  • What are the best ways to determine the value added and how do you monetise these technologies?
  • Bloc-chain in action
  • Understanding the changing roles of the workforce because of new technology and what do you need to plan for?
  • Identify cyber-risks in business and the new developments for resilience
  • How can firms access financing via new technology such as enabler platforms and easier connectivity?
Rafael Lajeunesse
Rafael Lajeunesse CEO, ReachX
Charlie Taylor-Kroll
Charlie Taylor-Kroll Senior Reporter Public Markets, Mergermarket & Dealreporter
15:00 - 15:30
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Fireside chat: A day in the life of Head of M&A

A head of M&A will give an insight into his day, discussing issues such as deal origination and due diligence, active portfolio management and the challenges of managing simultaneous acquisitions and divestments, the team and how it fits into the corporate setting as well as sharing deal specific insights. The speaker will also highlight the importance of retaining critical talent and ensuring the best individuals are in the leadership roles as well as discussing the current competitive market for hiring talent.  

Alessandra Castelli
Alessandra Castelli Global Head Editorial Development, M&A and ECM, ION Analytics
15:30
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Conference end and networking drinks