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The Deal Economy Conference

September 24, 2018  |  The University Club of Chicago

To learn how your organization can participate in this conference, contact Jonathan McReynolds at jmcreynolds@thedeal.com or +1 212-321-5259.

Deal Economy Series

As deal volume has grown over the past year, uncertainty has weighed on deal dollar values. The middle market remains one of the most active segments for deal activity, and we continue to see larger firms tapping into the middle market, as well as large strategics continuing to add new technologies and systems to their legacy businesses. What is the outlook for the middle market, and can it sustain enough transactional activity through 2018?

The Deal Economy Chicago features a roster of senior executives, influential dealmakers and investors for a full day of discussion and forecasting with a focus on deals and transactions in the middle market.



Middle Market Overview: The View from Below a Billion Dollars

Panelist: Brad Charchut, Managing Director, Credit, Bain Capital Credit, LP
Panelist: Carey Davidson, Managing Director - Head of Capital Markets, Monroe Capital LLC
Panelist: David Robbins, Managing Director, Head of Credit Strategies, Monomoy Capital Partners
Panelist: Sheryl Schwartz, Managing Director, Caspian Private Equity

Private Equity in the Middle Market: Thinking Small to Grow Big

Moderator: Mark Habner, Chief Executive Officer, Beckway Group

Panelist: Adam Blumenthal, Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners
Panelist: Kevin Miller, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Panelist: Mark Nicholson, Vice President, Corporate Development, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
Panelist: David Schnadig, Managing Partner, Cortec Group
Panelist: Suzanne Yoon, Founder and Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners

Special Situations

Panelist: Duncan Bourne, Managing Director, Wynnchurch Capital
Panelist: Christopher S. Brothers, Managing Partner, Solace Capital Partners

Examining the Tech Explosion in the M&A Market

Moderator: Lawrence Chu, Partner, Goodwin Procter

Panelist: Patrick Burns, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Dover Corporation
Panelist: Michael Hollander, Principal, GTCR
Panelist: Chad Neale, Managing Director, ACA Aponix
Panelist: Andrew Nunes, Partner, Fasken
Panelist: Natalia Sokolova, Managing Partner, Sokol Family Office

Shareholder Activism: It’s Not Just a Large-Cap Issue

Panelist: Stephen Gill, Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets, Vinson & Elkins
Panelist: Laurie Hays, Executive Vice President, Edelman
Panelist: J. Daniel Plants, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Voce Capital Management 
Panelist: Ted White, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Legion Partners
Panelist:  Scott S. Winter, Managing Director, Innisfree M&A Incorporated

8:30-9:00 AM

9:00-9:05 AM

Registration & Breakfast

Opening Remarks

9:05-9:50 AM

9:50-10:35 AM

11:20-12:05 PM

10:55-11:20 AM

10:35-10:55 AM

Networking Break

Spotlight Session

Speaker: Nichole Jordan, National Managing Partner, Markets, Clients & Industry, Grant Thornton

12:05-1:05 PM

1:05-1:50 PM

2:15-3:00 PM

Networking Luncheon

4:15-5:15 PM

4:10-4:15 PM

3:25-4:10 PM

Cocktail Reception

Closing Remarks

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Duncan Bourne
Wynnchurch Capital

Christopher Brothers
Solace Capital Partners

Carey Davidson
Monroe Capital LLC

Sheryl Schwartz
Caspian Private Equity



Jonathan McReynolds

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Nicole Harris

P: 212-321-5567


Eric Salvarezza

P: 631-664-1311

Kurt Summers
City of Chicago

Adam Blumenthal
Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Winning Strategies for Corporate Dealmakers

Panelist: John Mims, Vice President, Corporate Development, Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
Panelist: PJ Patel, Co-CEO and Senior Managing Director, VRC
Panelist: Elizabeth Williams, Senior Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development, Tenneco Inc.

Michael Hollander

Kevin Miller
McDermott Will & Emery

Patrick Burns
Dover Corporation

David Schnadig
Cortec Group

Elizabeth Williams
Tenneco Inc.

Natalia Sokolova
Sokol Family Office

1:50-2:15 PM

Keynote Interview with Brian Modoff from Qualcomm Incorporated

Interviewer: David Callaway, CEO, TheStreet, Inc.

Speaker: Brian Modoff, Executive Vice President of Strategy and M&A Qualcomm Incorporated

Ted White
Legion Partners

John Mims
Echo Global Logistics, Inc.


The University Club of Chicago | 76 E. Monroe Street | Chicago, IL 60603


PJ Patel

David Robbins
Monomoy Capital Partners

J. Daniel Plants
Voce Capital Management

Scott S. Winter
Innisfree M&A Incorporated

Lawrence Chu
Goodwin Procter

Brad Charchut
Bain Capital Credit, LP

Suzanne Yoon
Innisfree M&A Incorporated

Dress code is traditional business or business casual attire. Shorts, t-shirts, athletic shoes and denim are not permitted.

Brian Modoff
Qualcomm Incorporated


3:00-3:25 PM

Keynote Interview with Treasurer Kurt Summers

Speaker: Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago

Complimentary tickets are available. Please register to see qualification criteria.