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M&A strategies in uncertain times


Slideshow: Strategic Acquirers

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 2 p.m. EST

Although U.S. companies are still armed with piles of cash, M&A activity remains overshadowed by global economic uncertainties. How are these underlying issues affecting corporate growth strategies, what are the new realities of landing deals in this environment and what does 2013 have in store? Join The Deal and its expert panelists as they look at the issues shaping dealmaker decisions.


Miller_Suzanne_New_227x128.jpgSuzanne Miller
Senior Editor, Corporate Dealmaker

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.

Expert panel:

dukejohn_142x141.jpgJohn P. Duke
Pepper Hamilton LLP

John P. Duke is a partner in the corporate and securities practice group of Pepper Hamilton, resident in the Berwyn office. Duke is co-chair of the firm's commercial department and a member of the firm's executive committee. He is a past member of the firm's Professional Responsibility and Associates committees.

Duke's practice is devoted primarily to mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, securities law compliance and corporate governance. He represents public and private companies in connection with merger and acquisition transactions, serves as issuer's counsel in public equity and debt offerings, advises investment banks in connection with underwritten public offerings, private placements and M&A advisory engagements, and represents private equity firms in connection with minority equity investments, leveraged recapitalizations and management buyouts. He regularly counsels public companies on a wide range of corporate governance and compliance issues, and has advised publicly traded companies in connection with hostile takeovers, the implementation of defensive measures and proposals by shareholder activists.

He has a bachelors degree from Loyola College and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

humphrey_headshot_142x141.jpgScott Humphrey
Managing Director, Head of US Mergers & Acquisitions
BMO Capital Markets

Scott is a Managing Director, Head of the BMO Capital Markets U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions group as well as Head of the BMO Capital Markets Industrial team. Based in Chicago, Scott oversees a team of over 50 professionals across the Industrials sector and M&A practice. He has extensive M&A advisory and financing experience at a senior level, having acted on dozens of high profile transactions. Scott spent almost a decade at Deutsche Bank and its predecessor companies, including BT Wolfensohn. In Deutsche Bank's Chicago office, he was responsible for that office's M&A practice, including client relationship management, transaction sourcing, execution and quality control. Prior to moving to Chicago, Scott spent seven years with Deutsche Bank in New York City. Previous to that, he was a principal at Brass Rock Holdings, a Cleveland-based buyout and financial advisory boutique, and spent several years in various corporate finance functions in private company settings. Scott joined BMO Capital Markets in 2007.

Scott serves on the boards of One Hope United Federation, as well as One Hope United Northern Region. Additionally, Scott is on the Board of Ways to Work, a national social impact bank. He also serves on the Board of Hemolife Medical Inc., a startup medical device business.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Brian-S.-Cook128x125-.jpgBrian S. Cook
Vice President, Corporate Development
Honeywell International

Brian S. Cook joined Honeywell in October, 2001 as a Director in the Corporate Finance Department. His primary responsibilities include leading financial due diligence and transaction structuring activities for acquisitions and divestitures on a company-wide basis. In June, 2003 he became a Director in the Corporate Planning and Development Department responsible for coordinating all aspects of acquisition and divestiture execution for the Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) Segment in accordance with Corporate and Business Segment strategy. He is also responsible for targeting company identification and pre-screening, buy and sell-side due diligence, valuation and negotiation of definitive agreements. During October, 2006 Brian was promoted to Vice President.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Brian was a Director - Transaction Support for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City.

Brian received a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a James T. Earlis Memorial Fund, Inc. Board Member.

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