Thursday, June 21st 2 p.m. EST
What's on the minds of strategic dealmakers? On June 18th, The Deal and Merrill DataSite will publish the results of a market survey among deal market participants to assess where companies will be focusing their deal activity over the coming months. With record amounts of cash, (some $850bn according to REL Consulting), investors impatient for growth, and a non-recessionary environment, all the key ingredients should be in place to create increasing levels of M&A activity. That, as we know, is still not happening across the board.
In this slow-growth environment, where will strategic dealmakers be placing their bets? What types of acquisitions will companies be making in the near future? Will add-ons, minority stakes or the transformational deal take precedence? Will there be a global focus to their deals, and if so, which areas of the world seem to offer the most promise? Once deals are executed, what are the new integration challenges today's economic environment pose?
Join The Deal's Suzanne Miller as she puts these and other questions to our expert panel on June 21 at 2 p.m. EDT. After just 60 minutes, you'll have a refreshed perspective on the possible directions this market will take and be better-placed to plot the course for your business over the next 6 to 12 months. Register your place today and we'll be sure to remind you when the webcast takes place and when the on-demand replay is available. We look forward to you joining us from your desk.
Editor, corporate dealmaking
The Deal LLC
Suzanne Miller is senior editor, Corporate Dealmaker at The Deal LLC, where she writes a column on M&A-related issues including corporate deal strategies, risk management and M&A trends. She also oversees the Deal's annual Most Admired Corporate Dealmaker awards and writes about exchanges and derivatives. Some of her previous roles include senior writer and editor at JPMorgan Private Bank and London bureau chief at CBS MarketWatch. She has also written about capital markets, emerging markets and banking for Institutional Investor magazine, The Banker magazine and Euromoney, among other publications.
Vice president, M&A of the Corporate Development Group
Applied Materials Inc.
Greg Psihas is corporate vice president, mergers and acquisitions at Applied Materials Inc. He oversees the company's transaction execution and integration activities. Since joining Applied Materials in 2005, he has served as primary deal leader and lead negotiator on approximately $7 billion in acquisitions, including all five of the company's largest cash transactions.
Prior to joining Applied Materials, Psihas was director of corporate development at Eaton Corp. From 1999 to 2003, he worked as director of M&A for an investment of Apollo Management LLP, Clark Retail Group. Following graduate school, he was hired as a corporate M&A associate by CNA Financial. Psihas spent the first nine years of his career at Shell Oil Co. in various roles within the downstream refining and marketing finance organization.
Psihas graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in 1988 and the University of Notre Dame with an M.B.A. in 1998.
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Jason Hutchinson is a managing director and head of the technology group for Houlihan Lokey Inc. in San Francisco. He specializes in technology mergers and acquisitions, including exclusive sales, public company divestitures, leveraged buyouts, defensive advisories and fairness opinions. He has been an M&A banker his entire career and has advised public and private clients worth $100 million to $25 billion on numerous mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions. His recent noteworthy advisory assignments include Foundry Networks Inc., Macrovision, SSA Global Technologies and SeeBeyond Technology Corp., among others.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Hutchinson was a managing director with Piper Jaffray & Co. Prior to that, he was a managing director for the technology M&A group at Merrill Lynch & Co. He earned a B.A. from Tufts University, an associate degree from Oxford University and a J.D. from Emory University.
Senior vice president, corporate development
Nuance Communications Inc.
Bruce Bowden joined Nuance in 2010 to drive company-wide strategy and lead efforts to grow the business through acquisitions and business relationships. He came to Nuance from Nokia, where he led the company's global merger and acquisition activity, and he previously held strategy and corporate development leadership positions at PepsiCo, neufCegetal (Paris, France) and the Boston Consulting Group. Bowden holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.