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To learn how your organization can participate in this conference, contact Jonathan McReynolds at or +1 212-224-3026.

With volatility and uncertainty jarring the public markets and high valuations dominating the private segment, what tactics and strategies can dealmakers employ to best structure transactions? The middle market continues to be ripe for deal activity as U.S. corporations and private equity firms look down market to deploy capital.

Join senior executives, influential dealmakers and investors for a day of networking and discussion about the outlook for transactions in the middle market.

This invitation-only, intimate dinner brings together today’s leaders in dealmaking and the firms that serve them in a unique environment for networking and business development. Qualified registrants will be contacted about dinner attendance. Learn more about the dinner 




Jonathan McReynolds

P: 212-224-3026


Nicole Harris

P: 212-224-3040


Eric Salvarezza

P: 631-664-1311

W Dallas Victory
2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75219  



  • Fund Managers
  • Institutional Investors
  • C-Level Executives and Board Members
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Corporate Development & Strategy Executives
  • Investment Bankers
  • Corporate Advisory Firms
  • M&A Professionals

The Deal Economy conference attracted senior executives and dealmakers from a variety of sectors. Attendees departed with smart strategies, actionable tactics and connections to the people who are shaping the future of dealmaking in the middle market.

Who attends:



The State of the Market:  Examining M&A in the U.S.

As political uncertainty, changing regulation and unstable markets have weighed on much of the large cap dealmaking in the U.S., where are dealmakers going to find deals? The middle market continues to be a vibrant area, as U.S. companies, still eager for growth look down market to spend capital. Meanwhile, PE firms, once known for large LBOs and club deals, make growth equity deals and hire specialists in venture capital and entrepreneurship. The popularity has pushed valuations in the middle market to all-time highs. How do dealmakers navigate this landscape and find good deals without overpaying?

Panelist: Drew Flanigan, Principal, Riverside Company
Panelist: Ned Fleming, Founder & Managing Partner, SunTx Capital Partners

Not Your Parents’ PE: How Private Equity Is Investing in the Future

With private equity still sitting on record piles of cash, investors are seeking the next big investment boom. From healthcare to technology to financial services to organic foods, private equity continues to be a big player in the growth of new and developing industries. What is the outlook for PE going forward? What are the hottest sectors for investment, and what has fallen out of favor? This panel will provide a unique analysis of the different sectors and markets that are attracting private equity investment, and what is driving those trends.

Moderator: Thomas Yang, Partner, Akin Gump
Panelist: Mike Hollander, Principal, GTCR

Achieving Growth through Carve-outs and Divestitures

Addition by subtraction is true, too, in corporate America, especially today as the age of the American conglomerate comes to an end. With investors – both retail and activists alike -- hungry for pure-plays and dealmaking still strong, corporates are honing their portfolios through divestitures. How do you know when a unit is noncore and when it’s time to sell? How do you navigate a sale of part of your business and refocus around another asset? How do you determine if there is value in the company’s real estate that can be captured? For buyers, how do you know it’s a good time to double down on acreage someone else deems noncore?

Panelist: Maureen Kelly Cooper, Executive Director, Corporate Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield
Panelist: Conner Searcy, Managing Partner, Trive Capital
Panelist: Jason Pizza, Managing Director, Strategic Solutions, Grant Thornton

Innovation Through M&A

The days of big R&D budgets are all but lost, but companies continue to innovate, often times through dealmaking. How are corporates using deals to shape their businesses and position themselves for the future? Corporate dealmakers and advisers discuss innovation through dealmaking and how to balance this with shareholder returns and long-term growth.

Moderator: Tom Harris, Partner, Haynes and Boone
Panelist: Dawud Crooms, Senior Counsel, 7-Eleven, Inc.



Mike Hollander

Ned Fleming
SunTx Capital Partners

Conner Searcy
Trive Capital



Registration, Networking & Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am

9:00am – 9:05am

Opening Remarks

9:05am – 9:55am

9:55am – 10:45am

Networking Break

10:45am – 11:05am

11:05am – 11:55am

Spotlight Session:  Using Technology to Gain a Competitive Advantage in M&A

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

11:55am – 12:30pm

Networking Luncheon

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Closing Remarks

2:20pm – 3:10pm

1:30pm – 2:20pm

Capital Raising: Growing American Companies

Early-stage companies are exciting but propose their own sets of challenges when it comes to dealmaking. Inconsistent and unsophisticated systems often underlie some of the most promising businesses, but what happens when these companies seek capital, or are ready to sell? This panel will examine the ins and outs of raising money, acquiring and selling early-stage companies.

Panelist:  Elyse Stoltz Dickerson, CEO & Founder, Eosera, Inc.
Panelist: Chris Sugden, Managing Partner, Edison Partners
Panelist:  Tim Wegener, Co-Founder and Partner, Caruth Capital Partners

3:10pm – 3:15pm

3:15pm – 4:15pm

Networking & Cocktails

Tom Harris
Haynes and Boone


On the evening of April 30, 2019, The Deal will host an invitation-only dinner to bring together today's leaders in dealmaking and the firms that serve them. Sponsor firms have the opportunity to join The Deal in this unique environment for networking and business development. For more information, please contact Jonathan McReynolds at or 212.224.3026.

Thomas Yang
Akin Gump

Drew Flanigan
Riverside Company 

Jason Pizza
Grant Thornton

Chris Sugden
Edison Partners

Maureen Kelly Cooper
Cushman & Wakefield

Nicole Jordan
Grant Thorton

Dawud Crooms
7 Eleven, Inc.

Elyse Stoltz Dickerson
Eosera, Inc.

Tim Wegener
Caruth Capital Partners