The Deal Economy Dallas

Jun. 21, 2021
8:45 am - 1:25 pm

About this In-Person Event

As the economy recovers, and the market adjusts to the new post-pandemic normal, 2021 is shaping up to be a banner year for M&A activity. Sellers of strong, well-performing middle-market businesses find themselves in a favorable position to capitalize on opportunities from well-funded buyers or strategics, while buyers are seeing a growing pool of companies starting to evaluate strategies and noncore assets.

How has the Covid-19 pandemic forced dealmakers to change their approach? How has deal sourcing changed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic? Are carve-outs a favorable deal type for both buyers and sellers? will SPACs continue to play a significant role in the M&A market? Will ESG play a significant role in dealmaking?

Join The Deal and a roster of senior corporate executives, private equity and institutional investors, and corporate advisers for The Deal Economy Dallas. This full day, in-person event explores the opportunities, obstacles and risks middle-market dealmakers face in the current environment and how to navigate through them.


Tiffany Kosch
Managing Director, CenterGate Capital

Ms. Tiffany Kosch is a Managing Director at CenterGate Capital a $350 million lower middle market private equity fund. Tiffany has over 20 years of investment experience creating value in lower middle market companies.

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Damian Burke
Managing Director, Main Street Capital Corporation
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Dodie Butler
Board Chair and Board Member, Thomas Crown, Inc.
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Ross Gatlin
CEO & Managing Partner, Prophet Equity
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Barrett Lidji
Partner, Northaven Capital Partners
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Jack Sadden
Partner, Valesco Industries
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Adam Shulman
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel - Acetyl Chain and Business Strategy & Development, Celanese Corporation
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9:15am – 10:05am
Private Equity Update

Will the recovery bring back larger deals? Will the market for more exits via SPACs and IPOs stay robust? Will a rising nationalistic sentiment and a post-Covid focus on reliable and resilient supply chains lead to a more local bias in sectors such as healthcare, clean energy and green infrastructure? What are investor expectations for the rest of 2021?

Panelist: Damian Burke, Managing Director, Main Street Capital Corporation

Panelist: Daniel Grinnan, Vice President, The Riverside Company

Panelist: Tiffany Kosch, Managing Director, CenterGate Capital

10:05am – 10:25am
Networking Break
10:25am – 11:15am
The Art of the Carve-Out Deal

Private Equity firms are circling as they look to create value from overlooked corporate business units. Meanwhile, the pool of targets is growing for PE and strategics alike, as the pandemic has forced many corporations to look inward and assess their own operations. How has the carve-out deal changed during the pandemic? What mix of buyers are corporates seeing for carve-out transactions? How does PE differentiate itself in a process for a carve-out asset?

Panelist: Dodie Butler, Board Chair and Board Member, Thomas Crown, Inc.

Panelist: Adam Shulman, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – Acetyl Chain and Business Strategy & Development, Celanese Corporation

11:15am – 12:05pm
SPACs Fill Unique Role in M&A Landscape

SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) are shell companies created for the sole purpose of taking a private company public and have been playing a significant role in the M&A market, as capital flows at a staggering rate into these “blank check” companies. For sellers, SPACs expand the investor pool and provide a way to access capital that otherwise might not have been available and may be more desirable than an outright sale to another corporate or PE buyer. Will we see the SPAC frenzy continue, and what nuances do investors and companies need to be aware of?

12:05pm – 1:05pm
Networking Luncheon
1:05pm – 1:55pm
The State of Middle Market M&A

The recovery of M&A activity toward the end of 2020 continues to accelerate in 2021, and as valuations remain high, we see targets coming from a growing pool of sellers. Paused deals have re-emerged, private equity still has record amounts of dry powder to deploy, and companies that were hit hard during the pandemic are reassessing strategies and noncore assets. What sectors will see opportunity during the recovery? What obstacles may affect deal flow? How will the new presidential administration’s laws and regulations on tax and trade change the landscape? What role will M&A play in the overall global economic recovery?

Panelist: Ross Gatlin, CEO & Managing Partner, Prophet Equity

Panelist: Barrett Lidji, Partner, Northaven Capital Partners

Panelist: Jack Sadden, Partner, Valesco Industries

Health & Safety

Health & Safety Advisory

If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, feeling unwell or suspect to have symptoms of COVID-19, please seek medical attention and do not attend the event.

Health & Safety Measures

We are closely working with the event venue to keep you as safe as possible during the event and we will be providing further information in due course on the precautions we will be taking. This information will be updated regularly to reflect local guidance.

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