The Deal Economy: Middle Market Week

Jul. 27, 2020 - Jul. 31, 2020

About This Event

Has the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed the dealmaking environment or just changed the landscape? At the end of 2019, global M&A was strong, boosted by large deals in healthcare and technology, easy access to liquidity and a healthy amount of new-money deals and refinancings.

The effects of the pandemic have reached far and wide across the financial markets, and while much of the M&A has cooled, dealmaking in some areas has continued to see interest as private capital seeks to fund innovative companies. Innovation is vital, as the challenges in the current market have changed every aspect of the dealmaking process from book to close.

Join The Deal and a roster of senior corporate executives, private equity and institutional investors, and corporate advisers for The Deal Economy: Middle Market Week. This virtual event features a week of online sessions exploring the opportunities, obstacles and risks dealmakers face in the current environment and how to navigate through them.

The Deal Economy: Middle Market Week features daily broadcasts of panel sessions and interviews, and your registration provides access to the entire week of sessions.  You can view them live as they happen or on demand at a time that is convenient for you.

Speakers

Rick E. Hansen
Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, General Motors Company

Rick E. Hansen is Assistant General Counsel–Corporate, Securities, and Finance–and Corporate Secretary at General Motors Company (Detroit, MI).

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Sean Alford
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, J2 Global
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Brad Armstrong
Partner, Lovell Minnick
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Ben Axler
Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Spruce Point Capital Management
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Vin Batra
Managing Director, Configure Partners
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Brendan Carroll
Senior Partner & Co-Founder, Victory Park Capital
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Andrew Dunn
Managing Director, One Equity Partners
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Jaime Forsyth
Managing Director, Monomoy Capital Partners
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Tim Frehner
Principal, Corporate Value Consulting, Grant Thornton
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Ross Gatlin
CEO and Managing Partner, Prophet Equity
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Jeff Goldfarb
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Jacobs
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Daniel Haders
Managing Director, Digital Health, Nex Cubed
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Florence Hosanna
Director, ORIX Growth Capital
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Paul Humphreys
Partner, Corporate and M&A, Freshfields
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Denise Jackson
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare
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Priya Pradhan Karkar
Vice President, Business Development, Kline Hill Partners
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Tiffany Kosch
Managing Director, CenterGate Capital
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Wade Kruse
National Managing Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
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Pamela Marcogliese
Partner, Corporate and M&A, Freshfields
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Ryan Maupin
Principal, Grant Thornton
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KJ McConnell
Principal, GTCR
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James Mitarotonda
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barington Capital Group
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Abhay Nayak
Head of Global Strategy, Commercial Development and Customer Experience, Zoetis
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Jeffrey Pierce
Managing Partner, Snow Park Capital Partners
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Barrett Popst
Managing Director, Grant Thornton
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James Rasteh
Partner and CIO, Coast Capital Management
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Eric Schaefer
Managing Director, Eurazeo
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Saema Somalya
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Fifth Third Bancorp
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Pete Stevenson
President & COO, eCare21, Inc.
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Patrick N.W. Turner
Managing Director, VSS
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Matthew Vaughn
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Par Pacific Holdings, Inc.
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Kristy N. Waterman
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, DFA Dairy Brands
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Lauren Taylor Wolfe
Managing Partner, Impactive Capital
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Suzanne Yoon
Founder and Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners
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Agenda

Monday, July 27:
11 a.m. Eastern
State of the Market: Dealmaking in a Post-Covid-19 World

It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of the financial markets. As the world, and the markets, get back to normal, how can corporations position themselves to get back into the dealmaking game? Sectors including software as a service, healthcare IT, logistics and business services remain some of the ripest areas for private capital investment, but will that continue? How are investors navigating the current market? And how are businesses dealing with the disruption caused by Covid-19?

Moderator: Wade Kruse, National Managing Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Grant Thornton

Panelist: David DeSantis, Senior Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Head of U.S. Private Debt, CVC Credit Partners

Panelist: Jaime Forsyth, Managing Director, Monomoy Capital Partners

Panelist: Florence Hosanna, Director, ORIX Growth Capital

Panelist: Eric Schaefer, Managing Director, Eurazeo

1 p.m. Eastern
Middle Market Activism Amidst Covid-19

Covid-19 has transformed the style of campaigns activists employ at middle market companies – but insurgencies continue unabated. Smaller capitalization businesses continue to come under fire from a wide variety of activists. Companies are finding themselves in the crosshairs of campaigns targeting executive pay and performance, governance and PIPE financing deals, and many middle market companies have recently instituted two-tier poison pills in hopes of discouraging activists and hostile bidders. This panel will review the changing tactics of insurgent managers at smaller capitalization companies facing coronavirus-driven headwinds.

Moderator: Ronald Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Ben Axler, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Spruce Point Capital Management

Panelist: James Mitarotonda, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barington Capital Group

Panelist: Jeffrey Pierce, Managing Partner, Snow Park Capital Partners

Panelist: James Rasteh, Partner and CIO, Coast Capital Management

 

3 p.m. Eastern
Using Carve-Outs and Divestitures to Create Long-Term Shareholder Value

As companies recover and rebound from Covid-19, how do dealmakers manage the process of identifying noncore assets and bringing them to market? What roadblocks are faced in the process of acquiring such assets, and what challenges face corporates looking to sell? How are corporations looking at noncore assets as capital becomes tougher to acquire? On the other side of the table, what opportunities do divestitures give private equity firms and other bidders?

Moderator: Chris Nolter, Senior Writer, The Deal

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

Panelist: KJ McConnell, Principal, GTCR

Panelist: Barrett Popst, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

Panelist: Suzanne Yoon, Founder and Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners

4 p.m. Eastern
Keynote Interview with Denise Jackson, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the nation’s leading innovator in healthcare talent solutions and staffing services. In January, in a $475 billion deal, they acquired Stratus Video, a provider of video remote language interpretation services for the healthcare industry. The acquisition was meant to diversify AMN’s business and position themselves for a downturn, but shortly after the deal closed Covid-19 hit and the healthcare industry found themselves on the front lines of the pandemic. AMN pivoted and used the platform to roll out new and different services through telehealth, coupled with their 2019 acquisition of Advanced Medical they found themselves expanding outside of healthcare and into school systems as well. Ms. Jackson will discuss how AMN was able to diversify and create additional opportunities in this unique situation.

Interviewer: David Marcus, Senior Writer, The Deal

Speaker: Denise Jackson, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare

Tuesday, July 28:
11 a.m. Eastern
Exploring the Challenges in Add-on or Bolt-on Deals

Typically, dealmakers view add-on or bolt-on deals in two categories: same products, new markets or new products, same markets. Each style of dealmaking carries its own challenges. Expanding into new geographies through deals poses regulatory, cultural and financial roadblocks. At the same time, adding new products also poses its own challenges in sales integration, systems and staffing. What challenges are posed in due diligence in cementing an innovative deal, and how do dealmakers maneuver through those issues?

Moderator: Tom Terrarosa, M&A Reporter, The Deal

Panelist: Brad Armstrong, Partner, Lovell Minnick

Panelist: Tiffany Kosch, Managing Director, CenterGate Capital

Panelist: Angie Wirick, Vice President, Finance, AtriCure, Inc.

1 p.m. Eastern
Keynote Interview with Kristy N. Waterman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, DFA Dairy Brands

This past November, Dean Foods initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings with the intention of using the process to protect and support its ongoing business operations, address debt and unfunded pension obligations, while working toward a sale of the company. Kristy Waterman will discuss the challenges they faced while navigating a bankruptcy and complicated restructuring process featuring five separate deals all in the middle of the global Covid-19 crisis.

Interviewer: Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, The Deal

Speaker: Kristy N. Waterman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, DFA Dairy Brands

3 p.m. Eastern
Is Sustainability Sustainable?

Keynote Interview with Saema Somalya, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Fifth Third Bancorp
Do investors, who often complain about companies’ ESG practices really care about these initiatives? Or are they just a lever to enact greater short-term change? Saema Somalya, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Fifth Third Bancorp explores the concept of being socially conscious while maintaining the sustainability of shareholder returns. What is the role of the shareholder vote? How are the SEC and federal regulations playing a part in corporate behavior? Before Covid-19, ESG was the buzzword in the market, but how has the pandemic impacted the discourse and the semantics around sustainability?

Interviewer: Armie Lee, Writer, The Deal

Speaker: Saema Somalya, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Fifth Third Bancorp

4 p.m. Eastern
Shaping Corporate Strategy to Capitalize on Petcare and Protein Trends

Keynote Interview with Abhay Nayak, Head of Global Strategy, Commercial Development and Customer Experience, Zoetis
As the world leader in Animal Health, Zoetis must continually shape its strategy to address how the world cares for pets and farm animals in this $40 billion market. Abhay Nayak, Head of Global Strategy, Commercial Development and Customer Experience for Zoetis, leads the company’s planning around internal and external investments that can re-define its innovative portfolio of medicines, vaccines and digital technology for animal care. Hear Abhay discuss many of the market trends that make animal health an exciting and forward-looking industry; people’s increasing passion for pet health and wellness; the role that sustainability plays in Zoetis’ business strategy; and new innovations in diagnostics, data analytics and precision livestock farming that are creating more individualized and efficient models for pet care and protein production.

Interviewer: Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, The Deal

Speaker: Abhay Nayak, Head of Global Strategy, Commercial Development and Customer Experience, Zoetis

Wednesday, July 29:
11 a.m. Eastern
Navigating Cross-Border Deals

With worldwide travel and connectivity disrupted by the coronavirus, how has the market changed for cross-border deals? How are multinational companies looking at aspirations in foreign markets and growth plans abroad? Has the art of cross-border deals changed following Covid-19? How are PE firms, which still have record amounts of dry powder, finding deals in new markets, and how are they navigating these processes in a new world?

Moderator: Lisa Botter, Assistant Managing Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Andrew Dunn, Managing Director, One Equity Partners

Panelist: Paul Humphreys, Partner, Corporate and M&A, Freshfields

1 p.m. Eastern
Spotlight Session: Distressed Investing

As a result of the current market environment, investors seeking acquisitions of distressed or bankrupt businesses or assets may be faced with navigating the distressed sale process. These transactions can be particularly complex and require specialized knowledge. This session will cover the investor considerations for distressed acquisitions.

Panelist: Vin Batra, Managing Director, Configure Partners

Panelist: Ryan Maupin, Principal, Grant Thornton

3 p.m. Eastern
ESG Initiatives: Balancing Sustainability and Growth

Eco-friendly, socially conscious and pro-governance investments have been hailed recently with a surge in focus on ESG initiatives. But sustainability and profitability don’t always go hand in hand. How can dealmakers balance sustainable investments with profits and long-term growth? How do companies plan for future growth but also stay prepared for shorter-term issues? What are the biggest challenges facing companies making a pivot to more sustainable practices, be it in manufacturing, operations or dealmaking?

Moderator: Ronald Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Ali Dibadj, Partner, AllianceBernstein

Panelist: Daniel Hanson, Chief Investment Officer, Ivy Investment Management Company

Panelist: Pamela Marcogliese, Partner, Corporate and M&A, Freshfields

Panelist: Matthew Vaughn, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Par Pacific Holdings, Inc.

Panelist: Lauren Taylor Wolfe, Managing Partner, Impactive Capital

Thursday, July 30:
11 a.m. Eastern
Spotlight Interview with Jeff Goldfarb, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Jacobs

Jacobs Engineering Group has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last several years, driven by both the reinvigoration and shaping of its culture as well as portfolio change through significant acquisition and divestiture. In this session, Mr. Goldfarb will discuss the key elements and lessons learned from this outstanding transformation.

Interviewer: Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, The Deal

Speaker: Jeff Goldfarb, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Jacobs

1 p.m. Eastern
Inside the Boardroom in a Time of Crisis

Keynote Interview with Rick E. Hansen, Asst. General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, General Motors Company
Rick Hansen will give a window into the boardroom and discuss how boards engage in a time of crisis. How do company executives and directors engage regarding crisis management, M&A activity, governance, strategic investments and tactical decisions in an adverse environment? Boards must also consider what is important to investors in the context of these issues, and how investor feedback informs important decisions made inside the boardroom. Mr. Hansen will also explore ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) initiatives in the framework of M&A and strategic activities and discuss General Motors’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Interviewer: David Marcus, Senior Writer, The Deal

Speaker: Rick E. Hansen, Asst. General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, General Motors Company

3 p.m. Eastern
Valuations Post-Covid-19

A sellers’ market turned at the drop of a hat for dealmakers, as capital or serial acquirers were pulled into conserving business operations, employment levels and communication among employees. With valuations coming off lows, how should dealmakers view the market? Is it time to be an opportunistic buyer or conserve capital to make sure you can weather the next downturn? For deals that are getting done, what are the main motivations for those sales, and what are owners expecting from the market?

Moderator: Chris Nolter, Senior Writer, The Deal

Panelist: Sean Alford, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, J2 Global

Panelist: Brendan Carroll, Senior Partner & Co-Founder, Victory Park Capital

Panelist: Tim Frehner, Principal, Corporate Value Consulting, Grant Thornton

Panelist: Priya Pradhan Karkar, Vice President, Business Development, Kline Hill Partners

Panelist: Patrick N.W. Turner, Managing Director, VSS

Friday, July 31:
11 a.m. Eastern
The New Face of Healthcare: A New Digital Revolution

Valuations and sales of many companies in healthcare are in waiting as elective and nonessential surgeries and healthcare procedures remain on hold. The attention has shifted to the burgeoning stay-at-home healthcare industry, more specifically the digital stay-at-home healthcare industry, where companies that offer in-home and remote services are growing, garnering high valuations and receiving investments to keep up with demand. What does the future of healthcare look like, and how are industries such as cybersecurity, payment technology and automation playing a role in the new face of healthcare?

Moderator: Armie Lee, Writer, The Deal

Panelist: Daniel Haders, Managing Director, Digital Health, Nex Cubed

Panelist: Lenard Marcus, General Partner, Edison Partners

Panelist: Pete Stevenson, President & COO, eCare21, Inc.

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