Why You Should Attend!



The evolving political, regulatory and economic climate will shape deal activity in 2017.  Top executives are analyzing the evolving valuation landscape to understand the outlook for the next 6-12 months versus 1-2 years.

Argyle is bringing together leading corporate divestiture, acquisition, and M&A executives to discuss these key issues at our annual Corporate Divestitures and Acquisitions Forum in New York City on January 18.

We will focus on the most pressing issues that M&A executives are facing, including:

KEYNOTE: "Downstream Perspectives on M&A in the Current Oil Price Environment," presented by Richard Oblath, Vice President, Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd.

PANEL: "Managing Complex Cross-Border M&A Transactions"

PANEL: "Driving Successful Divestitures and Carve-Outs in the Modern Marketplaces"

KEYNOTE: "Advanced Gardening:  Recovering from a storm (the unsuccessful acquisition of Office Depot) and getting back to growth through an acquisition and divestment program," presented by Jason Ellis, Senior Company Counsel, and Mark Weiss, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, both from Staples.

Unlike other events, Argyle hosts invitation-only forums that are limited to top level M&A executives, and therefore attendance is complimentary.  Our discussion based format is geared specifically towards Chief Strategy Officers, Chief Corporate Development Officers, as well Corporate Development, Business Development, M&A, FP&A, Transaction, and M&A Counsel executives at a VP or Director level.
 
We look forward to bringing together another fantastic faculty in 2017 and to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 M&A leaders.

This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Laura Laxamana at llaxamana@argyleforum.com.

Speaker
Vinay Bassi Vice President & Global Head of Corporate Development/M&A
Nielsen
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Hyman Buchwald Vice President, Corporate Development
Xylem
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Jason Ellis Senior Company Counsel
Staples
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Speaker
Irene Hendricks Vice President, Human Resources - Mergers and Acquisitions
Guardian Life
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Mark Herrington Operating Executive
Marlin Equity Partners
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Speaker
Joseph Dana Hughes Vice President, Worldwide Business Development
Pfizer
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Speaker
Nicholas Ktorides Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
The Chefs Warehouse
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Speaker
Liam Logue Head of Corporate Development
UDG Healthcare PLC
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Thomas Meyding Partner
CMS
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Diana Ng Head of People and Organizational Development, North America and Europe
Coach
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Richard Oblath Vice President, Downstream Global Acquisition and Divestment Projects
Shell International Petroleum Co.Ltd
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Charles Owen Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
Harman International Industries
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John Paradisi Managing Director, Group Head Corporate Development and M&A
CIT Group
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Siran Tanielyan Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A
Viacom
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Mark Weiss Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
Staples
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Eric Ziff Managing Director
Aon Mergers & Acquisitions Group
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  • 8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 9:05am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
  • 9:05am - 9:40am Keynote Presentation: “Downstream Perspectives on M&A in the Current Oil Price Environment”
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    Richard Oblath
    Vice President, Downstream Global Acquisition and Divestment Projects 
    Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd

  • 9:45am- 10:05am Thought Leadership featuring Aon
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    Eric Ziff
    Managing Director
    Aon

  • 10:05am- 10:30am Coffee Break
  • 10:30am - 11:15am Panel Discussion: “Managing Complex Cross-Border M&A Transactions”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • What are the greatest challenges in assembling and managing a cross-border transaction team? What are some of the best practices and lessons learned? What is your key role in the process?
    • How would you typically approach a due diligence exercise in a cross-border transaction?  How would you address compliance issues in cross-border transactions in particular given the different levels of sensitivity in European jurisdictions in the past?
    • To what extent do cultural differences play a part in cross-border deal outcomes? What are the major cultural differences between the US and Europe and how should one go about addressing them?
    • To what extent have regulatory matters, in particular over-regulation, affected the transaction in which you participated?
    • Have you experienced that differences in legal systems had a major impact on the success of a transaction?
    • What are the best practices for ensuring proper communication in a transaction?
    • Share purchase agreement and contract negotiations: What are the key differences between the US and Europe in the approach to the SPA in general and to risk allocation between buyer and seller specifically?
    • Deals can fail due to poor post-acquisition integration. What should one typically do or not do to ensure a smooth integration?

    Moderator:

    Siran Tanielyan
    Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A
    Viacom

    Panelists:

    J. Dana Hughes
    Vice President, Worldwide Business Development
    Pfizer

    Thomas Meyding
    Partner
    CMS Germany

    Charles Owen 
    Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions 
    Harman International Industries

  • 11:15am - 11:35am Coffee Break
  • 11:35am - 12:20 pm Panel Discussion: "Driving Successful Divestitures and Carve-Outs in the Modern Marketplaces"
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • How does an organization determine when and what to divest?
    • What does the internal thought process look like?
    • What are the strategic and financial objectives of divesting?
    • Valuations: How do you find the common ground from the buyer and seller perspective?
    • When determining the parameters of a carve-out, what information is pertinent and needed to be successful?
    • In what ways can private equity be a meaningful player throughout the carve-out process?
    • What are some of the challenges that you frequently encounter in a divestiture transaction from both the buyer and seller perspective?
    • How have you seen private equity be a key player in divestiture transactions?
    • How are you working to improve the processes involved in these deals to ensure success?
    • In what ways can private equity help drive this success?

    Moderator:

    Liam Logue
    Head of Corporate Development
    UDG Healthcare PLC

    Panelists:
    Vinay Bassi
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
    Nielsen

    Hyman Buchwald 
    Vice President, Corporate Development 
    Xylem

    Mark Herrington 
    Operating Executive
    Marlin Equity Partners

    John Paradisi 
    Managing Director, Group Head Corporate Development and M&A 
    CIT Group

  • 12:20pm - 1:20pm Lunch
  • 1:20pm- 2:00pm Keynote Session: "Advanced Gardening: Recovering from a storm and getting back to growth through an acquisition and divestiture program"
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    Jason Ellis
    Senior Company Counsel
    Staples 

    and

    Mark Weiss
    Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
    Staples

  • 2:00pm- 2:15pm Coffee Break
  • 2:15pm- 2:50pm Fireside Chat: “The Role of HR in M&A Transactions”
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    Irene Hendricks
    Vice President, Human Resources - Mergers and Acquisitions
    Guardian Life 

    Interviewed by:

    Diana Ng
    Head of People and Organizational Development, North America and Europe
    Coach

  • 2:50pm- 3:25pm Keynote Session: "Going Global- International M&A"
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    Nicholas Ktorides
    Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
    The Chefs Warehouse

  • 3:25pm - 3:30pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Cocktail Reception

What will be discussed? Explore hot topics and challenge areas such as:

The Modern Day Deal

Discuss best practices and lessons learned with regards to due diligence in the evolving marketplace. Learn how leading executives are:

  • Identifying, sourcing, analyzing and executing the most valuable deals 
  • Improving business processes critical to the deal-making process
  • Adapting to the current economic , regulatory, and political climate 
  • Leveraging emerging tools and technologies to enhance efficient deal making

Delivering a Transaction’s Full Enterprise Value

Stakeholders often risk failing to extract the full value of a deal. Indeed, identifying value is more difficult than ever before, given the complexity of accounting rules, regulations, tax legislation, and ambiguous cash flows. Learn how leading M&A executives are:

  • Strategies  to grow and expedite business after closing
  • Determining when and what to divest
  • Effectively executing integrations and negotiating value
  • Improving processes to ensure success

Collaboration with External & General Counsel

M&A executives work closely with both the General Counsel as well as External Counsel to effectively execute deals. Discuss best practices in collaborating with the legal team and successfully integrating existing teams within a newly acquired company post transaction.

  • Understanding the current regulatory, compliance and legal factors at play
  • Identifying and assigning various responsibilities to specific parties throughout the deal 
  • Integrating new in-house M&A and legal personnel into the in-house team
  • Aligning approaches to due diligence and cultural communication

Adapting to the Evolving Political, Regulatory, Economic Climate

In a year of rapid-fire political, regulatory, and economic changes, dealmakers will discuss the most pressing issues that present a myriad of new risk to M&A executives. Learn how M&A leaders are confronting the ever-changing terrain for mergers and acquisitions.

  • Complying with changing regulations that are impacting the transaction landscape
  • Mitigating risk within an unstable economic climate
  • Employing security measures against volatility
  • Analyzing the evolving valuation landscape

Building a High Performing M&A Team

Discuss the most important cultural, human capital related, and structural components necessary to running a high performing M&A team. Executives will discuss:

  • Skillsets necessary to succeed in today’s deal making landscape
  • Understanding how technology has impacted team culture, structure and processes 
  • The best metrics to determine the success of an acquisition
  • Best practices with regards to driving cultural alignment post-transaction

Driving Successful Divestitures and Carve-Outs

What are the strategic and financial objectives impacting valuations, divestitures and carve-outs in today’s deal making landscape? M&A executives will discuss:

  • Determining when and what to divest
  • Within a valuation, identifying common ground from the buyer and seller perspective
  • Key factors that define a successful carve-out
  • Private equity’s role as a meaningful player throughout carve-outs and divestitures

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you!

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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Venue

The Fitzpatrick Grand Central


141 E. 44th Street
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (800) 367-7701
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