Coffee & Networking
Chair’s welcome remarks
Keynote presentation – Macroeconomic and geopolitical outlook
This keynote presentation will review how the Nordic countries have fared during and after the pandemic. How have government stimulus programmes supported businesses? What has been the knock-on impact of this been on M&A or distressed deals?
Panel – Global M&A outlook and deal origination
The Nordic region has seen healthy M&A activity recently, experiencing an eye-watering EUR 120.3bn across 1,165 deals YTD21. This represents a 98.5% value increase and a 4.9% volume increase compared to FY20, according to Dealogic data. Market sentiment is optimistic and there are no indications of significant changes to market conditions in the short-term. However, many in the market are beginning to prepare for a correction in the market in the longer term.
Break and networking
Fireside chat – Impactful infrastructure investing
Infrastructure investments have traditionally offered long-term, stable returns. However, the climate crisis is likely to have a great impact of the sector, but also gives way to opportunities for infrastructure companies to be leaders in the energy transition.
Panel – Healthcare and biotech sector focus
Changing demographics and the impact of the Covid-19 virus have created opportunities in digital health and biotech in the Nordics. Private equity firms are investing in the space at a rapid pace, but what are the challenges in deal origination, exit valuations and the buyer opportunities for assets?
Stream B: ESG | Panel - Energy transition
This panel will discuss the ongoing impact of the energy transition, which is leading businesses to move away from current energy systems to a more low carbon options, is creating transformation at a heady pace as business models change how they fundamentally operate. This transformation is fuelling M&A and divestments as businesses rapidly seek to respond to changes and 'future proof' operations.
Stream A: Innovation | Fireside chat – Surge of tech buyouts
The rise of private tech companies acquiring smaller startups, armed with abundant fundraising and growth ambitions, as well as the mega fundraising rounds by tech funds in seen 2021 has bolstered valuations and buyout activity in the tech space. This panel will discuss whether valuations will reach a ceiling and the pipeline for tech buyouts in the Nordics.
Stream A: Innovation | Fireside chat – Payments & FinTech focus
At the start of last year, M&A in the FinTech sector was expected to soar. However, the pandemic and reduced economic activity led to subdued economic activity leading some FinTechs to reassess growth priorities. This panel will review the opportunities and challenges in the FinTech and payments space as well as deal pipelines and origination.
Chair’s closing remarks & networking drinks
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