The Deal Economy conference explores the most effective strategies for deals and transactions, focusing on the opportunities and challenges facing dealmakers in 2019.  

Join The Deal for a day of networking and education comprised of compelling keynotes, one-on-one interviews and panel discussions providing actionable tactics and connections to the people shaping the future of dealmaking.

For more information about The Deal Economy conference, view the agenda and speaker roster from the 2018 Conference.

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 

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On the evening before the conference, 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.



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


Sense of the Markets: Navigating the Current Environment

Continued strength in the overall economy has been met with cautious optimism from dealmakers who have brought megadeals back into the fold and keep pounding the drum in the middle market. Still, with multiples at highs, threats of a trade war and a potential economic slowdown, how are dealmakers navigating the current market? How are they dealing with external factors in the market and regulatory climate, as well as internal changes such as an increased focus on corporate governance?

Private Equity Dealflow

A stream of healthcare, technology, financial services and manufacturing transactions in the middle market as well as high-profile take-private and buyout deals continue to feed dealmakers in private equity. With mounds of cash still in their coffers, rapid capital deployment remains imperative as quality and affordable targets become increasingly difficult to source. How are private equity pros navigating the current market to put their dry powder to work? Are some industries more primed for growth than others? Are some undervalued? Are dynamics leading to a rise in alternative investments such as credit or growth equity funds?

Corporate Strategies: Identifying “The Next Big Thing”

With new technologies, software, algorithms and proprietary products popping up all over the world, it can be difficult for corporates and private equity to find the right deal with the right team that fits their criteria. How are dealmakers expanding their deal networks and in what new ways are they sourcing deals? With geography playing less and less of a factor, deals are also growing more complex. How do companies perform due diligence on far away targets that operate in different regulatory and consumer climates?

How is ESG Changing the Governance Landscape?

Institutional investors and shareholder activists continue to play a massive role in affecting environmental, social and governance efforts at the companies and corporations in which they invest. How are these investors quantifying and prioritizing ESG issues and what are companies doing to tackle them? How much do ESG policies dictate investors’ decision making?

Uncertainty in the Market: Exploring Anti-Trust and National Security 

Regulatory uncertainty at home and abroad has weighed on certain sectors and geographies of dealmaking over the past few years. Technology, healthcare, financial services and defense remain hotbeds for regulatory scrutiny, but are also growth sectors in need of capital and consolidation in their own right. How do dealmakers handle the uncertain regulatory climate? How do corporations know when to pull the trigger on a potentially risky deal and when to walk away? What does the future look like for foreign investment in the U.S.?

Risk: How Can Dealmakers Protect Themselves in Deals?

Reps and warranty insurance, increased break-up fees, insurance against activist investors and director and officer insurance continue to gain in popularity as dealmakers and corporates look to mitigate risk in deals. What tools are dealmakers using to reduce and mitigate risk and how are these tools impacting deal structure and the way companies operate? How do companies and advisers protect themselves from various pitfalls and threats to the dealmaking process?