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

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

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Jonathan McReynolds

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Nicole Harris

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Eric Salvarezza

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Deal Economy Series


James J. Cramer
TheStreet; CNBC

Darren Abrahamson
Bain Capital Private Equity

Alex Darden
EQT Partners Inc.

Kyle Fox
H.I.G. Capital

Matthew Greenberg
Pepper Hamilton

Lori Heinel
State Street Global Advisors

Mary Lehner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

James Manges
Trilantic Capital Partners

Stephen Master

Dianne McKeever
Ides Capital

Randy Paine 

Kimberly Petillo
Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Edward Richards
The Lubrizol Corporation

Gino Sabatini
W. P. Carey Inc.

Christina Wojcik
Seal Software 


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

Moderator: Kimberly Petillo-Décossard, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Panelist: Kyle Fox, PE Consultant, H.I.G. Capital
Panelist: Jelena Guzenko, Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, Siemens
Panelist: Gino Sabatini, Head of Investments, W. P. Carey Inc.

Panelist: Chris Schulitz, Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, Paychex, Inc.
Panelist:  Daniel Yunger, Managing Director, Kekst CNC 

Private Equity Forecast: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Omar Pringle, Partner, Corporate and M&A, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Panelist: Darren Abrahamson, Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity
Panelist: Alex Darden, President and Head of US Infrastructure, EQT Partners Inc.
Panelist: James Manges, Partner, Head of Consumer, Trilantic Capital Partners

Panelist: Stephen Master, Vice President, GTCR
Panelist: Eric Schaefer, Managing Director, Eurazeo Capital



8:30-9:00 AM

9:00-9:05 AM

Registration & Breakfast

Opening Remarks

9:05-9:50 AM

9:50-10:35 AM

10:35-10:55 AM

Networking Break

4:45-5:45 PM

4:40-4:45 PM

Cocktail Reception

Closing Remarks

2:35-3:20 PM

10:55-11:40 AM

The Evolution of Shareholder Activism: New Strategies and Tactics

Moderator: Ele Klein, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel

Panelist: Kal Goldberg, Partner, Finsbury
Panelist: Quentin Koffey, Portfolio Manager, Strategic Investments, D.E. Shaw & Co.
Panelist: Dianne McKeever, Chief Investment Officer, Ides Capital

Panelist: Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Panelist: Kai Liekefett, Partner, Chair, Shareholder Activism Practice, Sidley

11:40-12:20 PM

Cannabis and Consumer Products:  Keynote Interview with Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth Corporation

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

Speaker:  Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth Corporation

12:25-1:45 PM

1:45-2:35 PM

Innovation, Disruption and Integration in Corporate Dealmaking

Moderator: Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, The Deal

Panelist: James Batson, Investment Manager, Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF
Panelist: Rachel Bhattacharya, Director, Corporate Finance, Strategic Initiatives, Investor Relations, General Motors
Panelist: Edward Richards, Vice President, Corporate Business Development, The Lubrizol Corporation

Panelist: Matthew Greenberg, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Panelist: Eric Ziff, Managing Director, Aon Transaction Solutions 

3:20-4:05 PM

Cut Through the Red Tape: Deal Certainty, Antitrust Risk, and Foreign Investment Roadblocks in the Current Environment

Moderator: Mary Lehner, Partner, Antitrust, Competition and Trade, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Panelist: Deepak Gupta, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, Covanta Energy Corporation
Panelist: Tatyana Mosenkis, Business Development Director, United Technologies Corporation
Panelist:  Greg Psihas, Head of Corporate Development, Lockheed Martin

Panelist: Satish Raman, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Fractal Analytics
Panelist:  Raj Ratnakar, Chief Strategy Officer, Fortive

4:05-4:40 PM

M&A and FinTech: Extension, Not Disruption

Moderator: Chris Nolter, Senior Writer, The Deal

Panelist: Angelo Greco, Chief Business Development Officer, CardConnect, a First Data Company
Panelist: Tal Hacohen, Partner, Orrick
Panelist: Lonne Jaffe, Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners
Panelist: Randy Paine, Co-head, Key Corporate Bank and President, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.

Panelist: Christina Wojcik, Vice President, Legal Services, Seal Software 

Closing Keynote Interview Closing Keynote Interview with Lori Heinel, Executive Vice President, Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer, State Street Global Advisors

Interviewer:  Lex Suvanto, Global Managing Director, Financial Communications & Capital Markets, Edelman 

Speaker:  Lori Heinel, Executive Vice President, Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer, State Street Global Advisors 

Luncheon & Special Keynote Address:  Jim Cramer’s Business Outlook for 2019 

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


  • Fund Managers
  • Institutional Investors
  • C-Level Executives and Board Members
  • Private Equity Firms

The Deal Economy conference attracted senior executives and dealmakers from a variety of sectors. Attendees walked away with smart strategies, actionable tactics and connections to the people who were shaping the future of dealmaking.

Who Attends:

  • Corporate Development & Strategy Executives
  • Investment Bankers
  • Corporate Advisory Firms
  • M&A Professionals

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James Batson
Bentham IMF

Jelena Guzenko

Lonne Jaffe
Insight Venture Partners

Quentin Koffey
D.E. Shaw & Co.

Greg Psihas
Lockheed Martin


Bob Marese
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.

Lex Suvanto

Kai Liekefett

Ele Klein
Schulte Roth & Zabel

Angelo Greco

Omar Pringle
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Raj Ratnakar



top hedge funds
top hedge funds

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

Eric Ziff
Aon Transaction Solutions

Rachel Bhattacharya
General Motors

Bruce Linton
Canopy Growth Corporation

Kal Goldberg

Tal Hacohen

Eric Schaefer
Eurazeo Capital

Deepak Gupta

Chris Schulitz
Paychex, Inc. 

Satish Raman
Fractal Analytics

Daniel Yunger
Kekst CNC