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The M&A market has survived the current volatile environment of global and geopolitical uncertainty in robust health. Cross-border deals and disruptive transactions continue to prevail, as shareholders back smart and strategic deals and companies continue to search for the technologies and capabilities needed to be competitive. The passing of U.S. tax reform will have a profound impact on companies and their M&A strategy, while private equity firms continue to look for the right targets on which to deploy their stockpiled capital. 

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



James J. Cramer
TheStreet, Inc.

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Aeisha Mastagni

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Andrew Olinick

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Jonathan McReynolds

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Nicole Harris

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Eric Salvarezza

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Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr.

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The Deal and BoardEx are business units of TheStreet, Inc.

Andrea Kramer
Hamilton Lane

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Michael Ingrassia
Mastercard Worldwide

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Michelle Edkins

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David Wicks

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James J. Cramer
Founder, TheStreet, Inc.
Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer”
Co-Anchor, “Squawk on The Street”, CNBC

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State of the Market:  Getting Deals Done in a Volatile and Uncertain Environment

Given continued high equity valuations, historically low interest rates and volatility all around, what are the tactics and strategies dealmakers can employ to best structure transactions in the current environment? This panel will address how to weigh the trade-offs involved in using cash, stock and debt to finance deals as well as expectations for cost synergies and top-line and/or market share growth.

Private Equity Forecast: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities

What are the trends currently prevailing in PE and what does the foreseeable future hold? What are the most promising sectors and segments for PE and the most prevalent means of financing transactions in them? This panel will cover these topics as well as the impact of the macroeconomic and political climate, high equity valuations, volatility and rising interest rates – and how to meet the challenge of doing due diligence in this environment.

Innovation, Disruption and Integration in Corporate Dealmaking

Recent effective, innovative and disruptive deals – and what made them so successful in terms of financial and operating strategy and results – offer important lessons for corporate dealmakers. Looking forward, what are the most promising opportunities for employing those techniques in 2019?  What are the biggest challenges? This session will cover both, as well as examine the role that integration plays in these calculations, and what forecasting techniques can best ensure that projections are realistic.

The Evolution of Shareholder Activism:  New Strategies and Tactics

As Activism becomes more commonplace, new trends and tactics have emerged. This panel will examine some of the most interesting: dissident campaigns, including a surge in withhold-vote campaigns, proxy fights coupled with hostile bids and activists’ hiring of multiple proxy solicitors to target retail and institutional investors separately. What are the challenges facing corporate management when targeted by multiple activists with different investment objectives and horizons?

Antitrust, Tax and Trade Policies:  Exploring the Changing Regulatory Environment

Recent changes in antitrust, tax and trade policies have numerous implications for dealmakers. What should we make of the Trump administration’s attack on the AT&T-Time Warner deal? Does the move reflect a one-off political battle between the White House and CNN or an actual policy shift from regulatory caution regarding horizontal mergers to an outdated aversion to vertical ones? The panelists will also address how dealmaking will be affected by tax issues surrounding foreign corporate earnings and how far CFIUS is likely to go in challenging cross-border deals.

M&A and FinTech: Extension, Not Disruption

The financial services industry has embraced fintech as an object lesson in how to avoid disruption. Rather than attempt to fend off technology as a competitive threat, the industry has used M&A to refresh and expand its existing business through bolt-on deals that add new technology to their retail, commercial and investment banking systems. This panel will delve into this case study in how the“if-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em” approach can extend the life of an otherwise creaky business model.