8.15am – 9.00am Registration
9.00am – 9.10am Opening Remarks
9.10am – 10.10am The next drivers of strategic M&A
As the M&A market begins its ascent following a challenging 2022, join a panel of experts in discussion with leading global law firm, Eversheds Sutherland as they discuss the current deal environment (valuation and pricing), the themes driving M&A activity in 2023 (in particular protectionism and supply chain) and how to successfully navigate a deal process in the current environment.
- Eric Knai, M&A partner, Eversheds Sutherland
- Anthony Kenny, assistant corporate general counsel, GSK
- Lee Holland, M&A chief counsel, Howden
- Chris Halliday, senior partner M&A, Eversheds Sutherland
10.10am – 11.10am Supercharging legal teams with AI: Automate processes, reduce cost and drive business growth
AI technology is rapidly becoming a critical component for lawyers as they look to maximise resources without increasing cost in challenging and uncertain economic times. Join industry experts in discussion with leading AI company, Luminance, for a panel that explores how AI can be used to supercharge legal teams by automating processes and boosting workflow efficiencies, all while empowering non-legal functions and driving business growth.
- Jaeger Glucina, chief of staff, Luminance
11.10am – 11.20am Coffee Break
11.20am – 12.20pm Converting risk into opportunity: value creation in a volatile deal environment – an expert panel discussion moderated by Aon
The discussion will focus on key challenges which clients and their advisers face executing M&A deals in the current climate, consider strategies for addressing a variety of deal-related uncertainties to enhance and create value and provide a range of insights – from the investment bank, legal and broader advisory perspectives – on the outlook for dealmaking in 2023.
- Andrew Ballheimer, former global managing partner, Allen & Overy LLP
- Anka Taylor, EMEA head of M&A insurance, Aon
- Derek Shakespeare, Chairman of EMEA mergers & acquisitions , Deutsche Bank
Dwayne Lysaght, co-head of EMEA M&A, J.P. Morgan
- Moderated by Piers Johansen, managing director, Aon
12.30pm – 1.10pm Virtual Vaults – managing complex due diligence processes in a challenging market
The discussion will help in-house counsel and advisers to identify the current issues and challenges during the due diligence preparation phase in M&A transactions. In this panel, we explain how to make the process work for you, as a buyer or a seller, how to avoid common mistakes and keep control of the M&A due diligence process.
- Jeroen Kruithof, CEO, Virtual Vaults
- Nathalie Tidman, editor, Legal Business
1.10pm – 2.10pm Lunch
2.10pm – 2.40pm Fireside chat presented by Charles Russell Speechlys
- David Coates, partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
- Nathalie Tidman, editor, Legal Business
2.40pm – 3.20pm Fireside Chat: Walking the ESG walk: value creation through sustainability
A discussion between Caroline Cormier, Corporate Development at Upfield (a KKR portfolio company), and Luise O’Gorman, global head of ESG Transaction Advisory at Aon, about implementing a sustainability-led value creation thesis and applying ESG through corporate strategy.
- Caroline Cormier, corporate development, Upfield
- Luise O’Gorman, global head of ESG transaction advisory, Aon
3.20pm – 3.40pm Coffee Break
3.40pm – 4.40pm Navigating evolving risks in cross-border M&A
- Vica Irani, partner, Jones Day
- Julian Runnicles, partner, Jones Day
- Mary Bartle, senior M&A counsel, Informa
- Allesandro Galtieri, deputy GC, Colt
4.40pm – 4.50pm Closing remarks
4.50pm – 6.00pm Drinks and canapes
Derek Shakespeare, Chairman of EMEA mergers & acquisitions , Deutsche Bank
Derek Shakespeare is a Managing Director and Chairman of EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions, Deutsche Bank AG, based in London. Derek joined the bank in January 2022 after 12 years at Barclays and has over 30 years of investment banking experience.
Selected transactions include: Advisor to the consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake on its £4.25bn acquisition of Chelsea Football Club; Advisor to Intact Financial Corp. on its £7.1bn breakup bid for RSA Insurance Group PLC and subsequent sale of Codan Denmark; Advisor to Chrysaor Holdings on its $4.3bn merger with Premier Oil; Advisor to Lawrence Stroll and his Yew Tree consortium on its investment in Aston Martin Lagonda, and to Aston Martin Lagonda on subsequent capital raises; Advisor to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on its $16.8bn merger with Union National Bank and Al Hilal Bank. Derek has extensive experience of private and public M&A and capital raising including valuation, negotiation and structuring of mergers, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures.
Derek holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Andrew Ballheimer, former global managing partner, Allen & Overy
Andrew Ballheimer was the global managing partner of A&O, retiring in late 2020. He spent over 35 years practising as a multiple award-winning M&A and capital markets lawyer, working in London, New York and Tokyo and advising multinational corporations and global financial institutions on a wide range of matters.
Following his retirement from A&O, Andrew has joined the boards of UK Government Investments and Factor Law Inc. He is a member of the M&A Global Advisory Board at Aon and a senior adviser at Teneo Strategy Limited. He has been a member of the UK Trade and Business Commission and was a trustee of Moorfields Eye Charity for 12 years. He is also a Visiting Professor.
Piers Johansen, managing director, Aon
Piers has a diverse range of public and private M&A experience, having worked as a lawyer at Norton Rose, Skadden, The Takeover Panel and J.P. Morgan before joining Aon.
Piers co-leads globally professional adviser coverage for Aon’s M&A business, and is responsible for developing and managing relationships with law firms, investment banks and other professional advisers as part of a structured client approach focused on bringing Aon’s diversified capabilities to help create client value and drive deal-related efficiency.
Anka Taylor, EMEA head of M&A insurance, UK and EMEA, Aon
Anka is the head of UK and EMEA teams specialising in the design, structuring and placement of insurance products to support buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. Key products include Warranty and Indemnity, Tax Insurance, and other legal contingency policies such as litigation risk.
Eric Knai, partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Anthony Kenny, associate general counsel corporate, GSK
An experienced General Counsel and business adviser with experience of providing legal, risk management and compliance advice to businesses in all sectors.
Held senior positions within the legal and risk management teams of professional services firms, industry and private practice.
A seasoned project and programme manager, coach, mentor and leader of cross-functional teams (finance, tax, HR and external legal counsel) with extensive experience of delivering services and solutions that meet customer requirements, reduce costs for the business and increase profitability.
Strong interpersonal, communication and influencing skills used to lead change, integration and restructuring projects. Collaborative team player able to adapt quickly to different sectors and environments.
Specialities include M&A, corporate law, corporate governance, compliance, regulation (pharma, telcoms and financial services including fund formation), risk management, tax, treasury , commercial contracts ( procurement, supply, IP,IT), benefits programmes, pensions, insurance, privacy (global), human rights, real estate, construction contracts, HR and project leadership.
Work with external industry and professional bodies to raise awareness of issues applicable to the legal profession and/or business community with the aim of influencing the development of the law, regulations, policy and guidance.
Lee Holland, M&A chief counsel, Howden
Lee leads Howden’s global M&A activities from a legal perspective. Howden is an acquisitive insurance intermediary business, completing over 30 acquisitions in the previous financial year with an aggregate EV in excess of £2bn. Lee has been with Howden since January 2016, and has contributed to significant growth through acquisition during that period. He is a corporate lawyer by background.
Jeroen Kruithof, CEO, Virtual Vaults
Vica Irani, partner, Jones Day
Chris Halliday, senior partner M&A, Eversheds Sutherland
Jaeger Glucina, chief of staff, Luminance
Jaeger is Chief of Staff at Luminance, where she is responsible for client development and management, overseeing sales to more than 500 customers in just 4 years and advising on key relationships with Global Top 100 law firms and multinational organisations. As a passionate advocate for the application of AI in the legal sector, she is regularly invited to speak at industry-leading events around the world, including The Economist General Counsel Summit, the Corporate Counsel & Compliance Exchange and the British Legal Technology Forum. Jaeger is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, with extensive experience in insurance litigation.
Nick Lupica, EMEA Head of transaction advisory services, Aon
Nick has been working with Aon’s lead private equity clients since joining Aon’s M&A team in 2011. He leads our transaction advisory services practice across EMEA. In addition to this he co-leads our complex carve-out team. The team focuses on large complex deals which require a strict process and creative solutions to bring as much value as possible to the client. Previously Nick ran the portfolio solutions team which helped private equity firms deliver value across their portfolio. His focus is bringing the best of Aon to complex situations and clients.
Caroline Cormier, corporate development, Upfield
Caroline Cormier has 20 years of M&A and Corporate Finance experience, first as an M&A advisor spending 5 years at UBS followed by a decade at J.P. Morgan, advising global CPG clients across public and private markets on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, partnerships/minority stake acquisitions as well leveraged buyouts and various other capital markets transactions.
In 2018, Caroline moved to an in-house role with Tesco Corporate Finance and Strategy. She then joined Upfield in 2019 to set up the M&A/Corporate Strategy function following the acquisition of the business by KKR from Unilever. At Upfield, Caroline is responsible for defining and executing the inorganic strategy to support Upfield’s vision of being a global leader in sustainable and healthy plant-based food. The strategy has been implemented since the creation of the company 4 years ago through a combination of R&D partnerships, minority investments, majority transactions, etc. Caroline also oversees investor relations.
Nathalie Tidman, editor, Legal Business
Dwayne Lysaght, co-head of EMEA M&A, J.P. Morgan
Julian Runnicles, partner, Jones Day
David Coates, partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
David specialises in corporate finance advisory and transactional work for both public and private companies. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate reorganisations. David also acts for a number of growth companies and angel investors.
Ceri-Ann Mcgraa, partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Mary Bartle, senior M&A counsel, Informa
Mary is Senior M&A Counsel at Informa, a FTSE 100 constituent international events, digital services and academic knowledge group. In her role, she covers a broad range of acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures across all divisions of the company. Prior to moving in house, she focused on public and private M&A at Clifford Chance LLP in London and at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Canada.
Allesandro Galtieri, deputy GC, Colt
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