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From Crisis to Recovery: Planning for success in a new normal

Webinar |
Speakers include:
Stephanie  Barter

Stephanie Barter

Platinum Equity

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Alvarez & Marsal

Amit  Laud

Amit Laud

Alvarez & Marsal

Overview

In the midst of a crisis, balancing short term imperatives with long term strategic goals can be challenging. But unprecedented times present businesses with a unique opportunity to reassess their fundamental value drivers, reimagine how to best capitalise on those drivers and bend the fixed cost curve in a way that can lead to a stronger more competitive business. How can organisations navigate the transition from crisis to recovery? What can be learnt from the differing response from business across​ the globe​? What steps can Private Equity firms take to help their portfolio companies take to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic and to emerge stronger?

The Financial Times, together with Alvarez & Marsal, are pleased to partner on the latest FT Digital Dialogue-From Crisis to Recovery: ​Planning for success in a new normal. ​The discussion will leverage global expertise to address the pressing challenges facing Private Equity Firms and their portfolio companies as they strategise their recovery.

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Speakers: (3)

Stephanie  Barter

Stephanie Barter

Partner
Platinum Equity

Stephanie Barter oversees Platinum Equity’s in-house M&A Operations group, a team comprising functional experts across a wide range of operational disciplines that conducts due diligence on prospective acquisitions.  She works closely with Platinum Equity’s M&A teams to deploy diligence resources and ensure that a comprehensive analysis of each prospective investment is completed.  Based on the knowledge acquired during diligence, the M&A Operations team also works hand-in-hand with Platinum Equity’s Portfolio Operations group to develop detailed post-acquisition transition, integration and long-term business plans tailored to the needs of the acquired business.

Ms. Barter joined Platinum Equity in 1998 and has served in a variety of operations capacities, including portfolio company assignments as Chief Operating Officer at Peak Technologies and Chief Information Officer at NextiraOne. Ms. Barter was previously Vice President of Customer Service at Foresight, a company acquired by Platinum Equity in 1996.

Ms. Barter holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Rhode Island.

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Managing Director | Private Equity Performance Improvement
Alvarez & Marsal

Richard Jenkins is a Managing Director, with Alvarez and Marsal Private Equity Services, and leads the CFO Services/Interim Management Service Offerings.  He routinely serves as an interim C-level executive for private equity-owned companies to drive improvements to overall business performance. These improvements are derived by capitalising on strengths of an organisation and developing corrective actions to address business deficiencies.  Key areas of focus include: evaluating and developing comprehensive strategic plans, identifying and implementing operational improvements, improving working capital management, implementing functional improvements at the departmental level, directing significant organisational management changes.

Amit  Laud

Amit Laud

Managing Director | Private Equity Performance Improvement
Alvarez & Marsal

Amit Laud is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in London, with 20 years of hands-on leadership in managing large technology programmes,   e-commerce platforms, post-merger integrations and program management offices. He has helped clients across Europe to implement business and technology strategies, drawing on his  extensive  experience in the high tech, telecoms and business services industries.

Most recently Mr. Laud supported the ExCo of a Global Healthcare Company with €2.3bn turnover provider of medical supplies develop a comprehensive internal and external benchmarking study, and headcount / cost review to identify opportunities to improve efficiency of SG&A across Europe. He also led a large cost reduction project for a global communications software and services company with headquarters in Germany, where he reduced the SG&A costs by 18% over a 5 month period. 

Moderated by: (1)

Arash Massoudi

Arash Massoudi

Corporate Finance and Deals Editor
Financial Times, and Co-Creator, FT Due Diligence

Arash Massoudi is Corporate Finance and Deals Editor at the Financial Times based in London, where he has worked since 2014. Prior to that, he was capital markets reporter in the FT's New York bureau. He is the co-creator of the FT’s premium corporate finance briefing called Due Diligence. He joined the FT in London in 2011 from the US government where he served in the Commerce department.

Agenda - 8th Jun

  • 3:45pm
    Access to webinar opens
  • 4:00pm
    Discussion begins
  • 4:40pm
    Q&A
  • 4:50pm
    Discussion closes

Key talking points:

● Pivoting to Cash: ​How can organisations boost their liquidity to successfully navigate the uncertain months ahead? How accessible and effective are government support schemes in meeting immediate cash needs? How can opportunistic PE firms deploy rescue capital to fill the deficit?

● Preserving Value: ​How can a quick and decisive approach to cost-cutting and reorganisation prevent more drastic restructuring action further down the line?

● From Defence to​ Offence:​ ​How can organisations capitalise on the rise in distressed assets? At what pace can we expect M&A activity to resume post-crisis?

● Success in a New Normal​: Those who emerge from a crisis strong are better poised to assert market dominance. How can organisations prepare for a success in future that few of us can define?

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