Has the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed the dealmaking environment or just changed the landscape? As companies are struggling to stay afloat, keep jobs secure and manage shareholder expectations, how can dealmakers do their part to manage the process of identifying noncore assets and bring them to market? What roadblocks are they facing when looking to sell in this difficult environment? What struggles exist in the process of acquiring assets in a social distanced world? Is it even possible to get a deal done virtually? On the other side of the table, what opportunities do divestitures give private equity firms and other bidders? Is this a buying opportunity to for companies looking to expand?
Kristy N. Waterman is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Government Affairs of Dean Foods Company, a leading food and beverage company and the largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fresh fluid milk and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s legal and regulatory matters and ethics and compliance, in addition to acting as counselor to the board of directors and executive leadership team.
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