Day 1: 26 April 2022 - Live

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    10:00 - 10:00

    Registration and coffee

    10:00 - 10:05

    Chair’s welcome remarks

    10:05 - 10:35

    Keynote Presentation: The State of the German economy

    This Keynote will explore as a leader of the European economy, how the state of the German market impacts the wider global economy and what we can expect from interest rates going forward. The expert will also examine the ongoing geopolitical tensions and trade issues that will affect M&A in the DACH region.

    10:35 - 11:20

    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.

    • What are the business risks associated with neglecting an ESG strategy?
    • How can firms mitigate business and reputational risks?).
    • Are net-zero emissions on the agenda finally?
    • Will the new EU regulations prompt the German 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? 
    11:20 - 11:50

    Networking break

    12:05 - 12:50

    Panel: The Future of Private Equity in Germany 

    This session will examine the challenges private equity investors are facing in Germany. How are dealmakers sourcing and allocating funds looking at expected returns, risk profiles, sector merits and how Germany sits in a broader European global context. This panel will discuss: 

    • How can GPs create a strategy in an overcrowded market targeting a limited pool of LPs?  
    • What level of diversity are LPs looking towards in terms of portfolio makeup?   
    • How is LP regulation towards ESG affecting GPs and fundraising commitments? 
    12:30 - 12:50

    Fireside chat: Day in the life of a Head of Equity Capital Markets

    Hear from a Head of Equity Capital Markets in the DACH region discuss how their daily routine from strategy to execution and how listings have been impacted by COVID-19 and what forecasting trends are here to stay.

    Thorsten Pauli
    Thorsten Pauli Head Equity Capital Markets Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Bank of America
    13:50 - 14:20

    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?
    14:20 - 14:50

    On-stage interview: Incorporating innovation and new technologies into the deal process

    Big data, analytics and AI have the potential to transform the effectiveness of corporate development teams, but are yet to reach their full potential. This session will examine where experts think the biggest innovations in the industry are and what new technologies are available to aid the deal process more smoothly. 

    • How are companies using new technologies to shape their 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?
    Patrick Costello
    Patrick Costello Germany Reporter, MERGERMARKET
    14:50 - 15:20

    Presentation: Words matter in M&A

    The way investors (corporate and private equity) approach due diligence has changed – red-flags have gone from deal-breaker to “deal-consideration”.  Companies are more risk averse and want to understand the risks that have been identified and options for mitigating these – whether this requires an SPA clause, separate insurance or other mitigant.  

    We’ll provide some examples of our experience in performing due diligence and placing transactional risk insurance, these include:

    • Identified red flags in due diligence and how wording in the SPA was used to mitigate the risk ensuring the deal could proceed
    • How transactional risk insurance has helped getting a deal across the finishing line
    • Innovative and bespoke insurance for terms previously considered deal-breakers
    15:20 - 15:30

    Chair's closing remarks


    Networking dinner