The Growing Map of Middle-Market Cross-Border Deals
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 2 p.m. EST
The map of midmarket dealmaking has spread beyond its domestic borders. Cross-border midmarket deals have extended in their geographic scope as the world has become smaller and growing economies outside the U.S. have provided interesting investment opportunities. According to Thompson Financial and Deloitte U.S. Corporate Finance, total U.S. outbound middle-market deals reached $32.9 billion in 2010, of which 35% landed in Europe. Join The Deal and its expert panel in a discussion of where the action is for middle-market cross-border dealmaking and what buyers and sellers need to evaluate when making a deal outside their borders. We'll look at how midmarket firms source their opportunities abroad and manage their due diligence process on cross-border deals compared to large-cap acquirers and sellers.
Video Reporter at The Deal
Sarah Hashim-Waris is a video reporter at The Deal LLC, where she interviews dealmakers and industry experts on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and other sector news topics for TheDeal.com and Pipeline.TheDeal.com. Prior to joining The Deal's award-winning video team, Hashim-Waris was an on-air news anchor for SmarTrend News and Financial News Network Online, where she balanced on camera anchoring and production duties with writing broadcast script, as well as composing online news stories. Hashim-Waris initially launched her career in print at The New York Enterprise Report, where she worked as an assistant editor, writing feature cover articles and the "Company Next Door" section for the monthly business-to-business publication.
Through her work at NY Report, she was able to leverage relationships with small business owners in the New York tri-state area, who served as the primary readership of the publication.
Teri O'Brien is a partner in the corporate practice of Paul Hastings. She is a member of the firm's securities finance and capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions practices.
She practices in the areas of general corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions, and has represented both public and private companies in a number of different industries, including the information technology, telecommunications, semiconductor, software, life sciences/biotechnology, financial services and clean technology industries.
O'Brien has represented companies and venture capital and private equity funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and venture capital financings. She also regularly advises boards of directors and management on securities filings, listing qualifications and corporate governance issues.
O'Brien received a law degree from the University of San Diego (magna cum laude) in 2000, where she was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif and served as the executive editor of the San Diego Law Review.
She also received an undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from San Diego State University (magna cum laude) in 1993.
Crevan O'Grady joined 3i in 1997. He began his 3i career in Leeds and, following a year working in Amsterdam, was based in London for 8 years. Crevan led 3i's TMT team globally and, most recently, was responsible for running the firm's consumer sector team. He joined New York's team on September 1, 2010.
Prior to joining 3i, Crevan worked for KPMG, Leeds. Crevan has a degree in Business and Accounting from Dundee University and also qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working for KPMG.
During his time with 3i in Europe, Crevan led, amongst others, the buyouts of Malmberg Educational Information Group, De Telefoongids, Mediatel, YBR, Sparrowhawk Media and VNU Media. Crevan currently sits on the board of Touchtunes.
Cheryl Strom is an associate director of origination at the Riverside Co., a
global private equity firm specializing in the smaller end of the middle market.
In her role at Riverside, Strom helps evaluate and close transactions, working
with a team that considers more than 4,000 acquisitions annually. Prior to
joining Riverside, she spent seven years at National City Bank (now PNC
Financial Services Group Inc.), including as director, debt capital markets.
Strom's experience includes work in investor relations with Dix & Eaton, a
communications strategy consulting firm.
She earned her B.A. in communications
from John Carroll University and her M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of
Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is an active board member of
Promise Partners, a group of Weatherhead alumni who develop and support
entrepreneurial opportunities.Renee Cordes
International correspondent, Brussels
The Deal LLC
Renee Cordes is The Deal LLC's correspondent in Brussels, covering EU regulatory issues as well as corporate news. Renee focuses on financial services reform and competition law, and companies in the Benelux and other parts of Europe; most recently, she has closely
followed the Greek debt crisis.
A Chicago native, Renee has worked as a business journalist in Europe for more than 15 years at publications such as the European Voice in Brussels, Bloomberg News in Frankfurt, and startup English-language weekly business newspapers in post-Communist Hungary and Poland.