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Banking and Capital Markets, Investment and Asset Management

FT Digital Dialogues: EMEA M&A - A new state of play

Webinar |
Speakers include:
Claire Coppel

Claire Coppel

Allen & Overy

Mark Beith

Mark Beith

Apax Partners

Merlin Piscitelli

Merlin Piscitelli

Datasite

Overview

What will the new M&A environment in EMEA look like after the coronavirus pandemic and what shifts can dealmakers make to look ahead of the crisis and find new opportunities?

Hosted by the Financial Times, in partnership with Datasite, this webinar presents a fresh perspective on these pressing questions, as well as the wider state of play in EMEA dealmaking and seeks to map out what the new world of M&A will look like post-pandemic.

EMEA has experienced a decade-long boom in M&A activity, highlighted by some of the largest deals in history being made in recent years. 2020 was set to be similar, however, in March this year, the coronavirus pandemic hit the global economy hard with volatile financial markets, a huge drop in consumer spending and surges in unemployment levels. Not only did dealmaking activity slowdown but it immediately had leaders in private equity, investment banking, advisory and law pondering a completely different playing field for future dealmaking once the economy starts to emerge out of the crisis. 

A continued downturn in M&A activity is still on the horizon but the industry is starting to look to the future and assess its options for survival. One of the most important factors of future dealmaking will be how deals can be made as the world of work continues to move rapidly towards remote and virtual processes. Furthermore, M&A players need to identify the regulatory shifts that are likely to be brought in as governments desperately seek to jumpstart their economies back into gear.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 06/30/2020 13:45:0006/30/2020 15:05:00falseFT Digital Dialogues: EMEA M&A - A new state of playWhat will the new M&A environment in EMEA look like after the coronavirus pandemic and what shifts can dealmakers make to look ahead of the crisis and find new opportunities?Hosted by the Financial Times, in partnership with Datasite, this webinar presents a fresh perspective on these pressing questions, as well as the wider state of play in EMEA dealmaking and seeks to map out what the new world of M&A will look like post-pandemic.EMEA has experienced a decade-long boom in M&A activity, highlighted by some of the largest deals in history being made in recent years. 2020 was set to be similar, however, in March this year, the coronavirus pandemic hit the global economy hard with volatile financial markets, a huge drop in consumer spending and surges in unemployment levels. Not only did dealmaking activity slowdown but it immediately had leaders in private equity, investment banking, advisory and law pondering a completely different playing field for future dealmaking once the economy starts to emerge out of the crisis. A continued downturn in M&A activity is still on the horizon but the industry is starting to look to the future and assess its options for survival. One of the most important factors of future dealmaking will be how deals can be made as the world of work continues to move rapidly towards remote and virtual processes. Furthermore, M&A players need to identify the regulatory shifts that are likely to be brought in as governments desperately seek to jumpstart their economies back into gear.FT-Digital-Dialogues:-EMEA-M&A---A-new-state-of-playa40c9af3c51b40c8ac20e9bae871a178MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (4)

Claire Coppel

Claire Coppel

Partner - Corporate M&A
Allen & Overy

Claire Coppel is a corporate finance expert and advises a range of clients on private and public M&A, equity capital markets transactions, corporate governance and shareholder activism.

Mark Beith

Mark Beith

Partner & Managing Director - Apax Digital
Apax Partners

Mark Beith is a Partner of Apax Digital and leads the team in Europe. He focuses on minority and buyout investments in high-growth software, internet and tech-enabled services businesses. He joined Apax in 2017 and has over 15 years of experience. He has led and participated in key deals including Signavio and Solita. 

Prior to joining Apax, Mr Beith was at Silver Lake, where he executed the acquisition of several software businesses. He has also invested in early-stage technology businesses across Europe, Asia and Africa. Previously, he was at Apollo Global Management, where he executed private equity and credit investments across a range of sectors, and before that he was a member of the European and UK M&A teams at Morgan Stanley. 

Mr Beith holds an M.A. in History from the University of Cambridge.

Merlin Piscitelli

Merlin Piscitelli

Chief Revenue Officer EMEA
Datasite

Merlin Piscitelli is Chief Revenue Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Datasite. In his role, he is responsible for setting and managing the sales strategy and its deployment across this diverse and complex region, including coordinating and managing teams and sales representatives across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is based in London.

Mr Piscitelli has been driving the M&A digital transformation in EMEA since joining Datasite in 2006. He has served in several leadership roles within the organisation, including Head of Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Director of Sales, helping drive technological innovation and deal velocity across the region.

Prior to joining Datasite, he served as a sales and business development professional for Infotrieve, now part of Copyright Clearance Center, a global licensing technology content solutions business and document delivery provider.

Mr Piscitelli holds a BS in Business/Marketing from Florida State University.

Nestor Paz-Galindo

Nestor Paz-Galindo

Managing Director & Head of EMEA M&A
UBS Investment Bank

Nestor Paz-Galindo is a Managing Director and Head of EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions, and also a member of the European Regional Leadership Group. 

Prior to joining UBS in 2016, he spent 22 years with JPMorgan in various senior roles as an MA and coverage banker. He started his career at JP Morgan’s Latin America M&A group working in New York and Buenos Aires. In 2000, he relocated to London to lead the TMT M&A effort for Southern Europe until 2005 when he moved to Portugal to Head JP Morgan’s Portugal Office. In 2011, Mr Paz-Galindo moved back to London where he was involved with key financial sponsor accounts for JP Morgan for five years.

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Moderated by (1)

Kaye Wiggins

Kaye Wiggins

Private Capital Correspondent
Financial Times

Kaye Wiggins is the Financial Times’ Private Capital Correspondent, and part of the team behind the FT’s premium corporate finance briefing, Due Diligence. Before joining the FT in 2019, she was a reporter at Bloomberg News, most recently covering litigation and white-collar crime. She has an MA in Financial Journalism from City University of London and a BA in Modern History from Oxford University.

Agenda - 30th Jun

  • 1:45pm
    Access to webinar opens
  • 2:00pm
    Introduction from the FT

    Highlighting a recent M&A news feature

  • 2:05pm
    Discussion begins
  • 2:50pm
    Audience Q&A
  • 3:00pm
    Webinar ends

Discussion Points

  • Taking stock: 
    • What major shifts has M&A experienced as a result of the global crisis?
    • How have dealmakers reacted to the situation and what immediate strategies, if any, have worked well?
    • To what extent will M&A activity in EMEA be on a downturn? Can we already see future opportunities arising?
    • Will we see a short-term surge in dealmaking as struggling companies consider selling up?
  • Due diligence:
    • Are we likely to see significant changes in regulatory rules around M&A?
    • How should regulators be assessing the environment and thinking about future deals?
    • What processes should dealmakers be looking to improve as we enter a different M&A playing field?
  • A new ecosystem:
    • Are there new opportunities arising from a surge in restructuring deals?
    • How will effective dealmaking be conducted in the future as the world continues to shift to virtual and remote working?
    • What lessons and inefficiencies should be identified from dealmaking processes before Covid-19 and adapted to the new way of working?
    • Are there specific areas or players in the M&A sector that will benefit more?
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Presented by (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Datasite, formerly known as Merrill Corporation, is a leading SaaS provider for the M&A industry, empowering dealmakers around the world with the tools they need to succeed across the entire deal lifecycle.