Mergermarket Germany Forum

room Intercontinental, Dusseldorf
  • 09:30

    Registration and coffee

  • 10:00

    Chair's welcome remarks

  • 10:10

    Keynote Presentation: Market outlook

    This keynote will explore how the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and subsequent pressure on financial markets as well as ongoing geopolitical tensions and trade issues will affect M&A in the region.


    This session will explore the latest foreign direct investment (FDI) policy changes and their impact on dealmaking, potential economic recovery, and what trends we can expect for the year ahead.

  • 10:30

    Panel: Deal activity

    Despite ongoing challenges including further waves of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns as well as global trade tensions and growing regulatory pressure, M&A activity is likely to accelerate in 2021 as both pulled processes return and new processes enter the market. Competition for premium assets is fierce, leading to more aggressive dealmaking including a rise in pre-emptive bids.


    This session will explore how changes to FDI screening is likely to affect cross-border M&A activity; the impact of COVID-19 on pricing and valuations and the sectors likely to emerge strongest from the pandemic.

  • 11:10

    Break

  • 11:30

    Fireside Chat: Day in the life

    Hear a Head of M&A discuss how their daily routine from corporate strategy, deal origination, execution, and integration has been impacted by COVID-19 and what trends are here to stay.

  • 12:00

    Panel: Strategic portfolio management - Finding opportunities in uncertain economic conditions

    The pandemic has caused many companies to reconsider their portfolio strategies, both with a shorter-term focus on generating liquidity but also on refocusing to ensure they are prepared for future market disruptions. Divesting non-core businesses can help to rebalance and potentially fuel growth.


    This session will explore the expected rise in corporate divestitures and the benefits and challenges of different strategies including spin-offs and carve outs, including public IPOs.

  • 12:35

    Panel: How pandemic-proof is your next acquisition?

    One likely long-lasting impact of COVID-19 is the growing importance for businesses to prove that they can not only ride out any further waves of COVID but can survive other unknown potential risks and supply-chain disruption.


    This session will explore the benefits of more stringent due diligence criteria and scenario planning.

  • 13:15

    Lunch

  • 14:15

    Chair's welcome

  • 14:20

    Presentation: Adapting to a new deal-making environment using technology

    That pandemic acted as the catalyst to accelerate digital transformation as companies and investors across all industries sought to maintain business operations in a new remote environment. It has become clear that strong technological competency has helped ease the pressures of conducting deals remotely but moving forward, how can technology be used to gain competitive advantage and successful outcomes?


    This session will explore how firms can utilise advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and web analytics to make smarter and more efficient decisions and gain deeper insights throughout deal origination, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring processes. 

  • 14:40

    Panel: Digitalization and innovation to build resilience

    Digital transformation is not a new trend, the continued growth of new technologies has been dubbed the fourth industrial revolution. But in many industries, the adoption of these technologies remained relatively low, until the pandemic drove companies to adapt their footprint to futureproof their strategy. With both corporates and sponsors looking to invest in innovation, digital enabled businesses across all sectors could prove ripe targets for acquisition.


    This session will explore which sectors and sub-sectors how shown resilience throughout the crisis and are likely to continue to see growth. 

  • 15:20

    Roundtable workshops and Networking opportunities

    Sustainability has climbed higher on the agendas of not only boards and management but also consumers, employees, and regulators, creating a sharpened focus on the importance of considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in M&A. And increasingly it is seen as a question of value-generating business development rather than merely risk mitigation.


    Join a roundtable discussion of your choice to explore further how to integrate ESG into your deal practices. 

    Alternatively, optimise your time at the event by utilising our dedicated one-to-one meeting space to connect and build new relationships. 

  • 16:30

    Day 1 end

  • 09:30

    Registration and coffee

  • 10:00

    Chair's welcome remarks

  • 10:10

    Keynote interview: Private equity key trends

    Private equity firms remain a key driver of European M&A, buoyed by a healthy financing market, and extensive amount of dry-powder available to deploy. The DACH region saw a robust start to 2021, with buyout activity at its highest on Mergermarket record.


    A veteran private equity investor will explore the impact of COVID-19 on fundraising, buyout and exit trends in the region.

  • 10:30

    Panel: Private equity: would you buy it?

    Our panel of PE heavyweights debate hypothetical investment opportunities to explore the various approaches to the deal process, value creation strategies as well as sector views.

  • 11:10

    Break

  • 11:40

    Data presentation: Deal financing

    This session will explore the deal financing options and the structures and deal terms available as well as sources of capital. 

  • 11:40

    Workshop: Spotlight on SPACs

    The popularity of special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, has been on the rise in the US in recent years, with the market turbulence and historically low interest rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic further fuelling activity. However, until recently the trend appeared to not have reached the European market in a significant way. But with many PE firms seeing them as an as a strong alternative to the traditional IPO route, there is a strong possibility that activity will continue to grow across European exchanges as demand outstrips supply in the US and regulators look at reforms to improve their openness to SPACs.


    This session will explore why SPACs are so attractive, their key benefits and issues for sponsors to consider versus traditional PE and IPO exit strategies as well as if this is a temporary response to a COVID-impacted market or a longer-term trend here to stay.

  • 12:00

    Panel: Restructuring outlook and opportunities in a distressed environment

    Many predicted a rise in distressed M&A opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses struggled to cope with the new landscape. However, government employment and financial support schemes as well as the temporary suspension of insolvency filing obligations in Germany, have helped prop up troubled companies for now. But it is expected that once these support programs end, there will be a sharp rise in opportunities around distressed and special situations.


    This session will explore the restructuring trends and market outlook in Germany after the impact of COVID-19, and what the opportunities are for distressed investors.

  • 12:40

    Chair's closing remarks

  • 12:45

    Conference end and networking

  • 09:30

    Registration and coffee

  • 10:00

    Chair's welcome remarks

  • 10:10

    Keynote Presentation: Market outlook

    This keynote will explore how the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and subsequent pressure on financial markets as well as ongoing geopolitical tensions and trade issues will affect M&A in the region.


    This session will explore the latest foreign direct investment (FDI) policy changes and their impact on dealmaking, potential economic recovery, and what trends we can expect for the year ahead.

  • 10:30

    Panel: Deal activity

    Despite ongoing challenges including further waves of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns as well as global trade tensions and growing regulatory pressure, M&A activity is likely to accelerate in 2021 as both pulled processes return and new processes enter the market. Competition for premium assets is fierce, leading to more aggressive dealmaking including a rise in pre-emptive bids.


    This session will explore how changes to FDI screening is likely to affect cross-border M&A activity; the impact of COVID-19 on pricing and valuations and the sectors likely to emerge strongest from the pandemic.

  • 11:10

    Break

  • 11:30

    Fireside Chat: Day in the life

    Hear a Head of M&A discuss how their daily routine from corporate strategy, deal origination, execution, and integration has been impacted by COVID-19 and what trends are here to stay.

  • 12:00

    Panel: Strategic portfolio management - Finding opportunities in uncertain economic conditions

    The pandemic has caused many companies to reconsider their portfolio strategies, both with a shorter-term focus on generating liquidity but also on refocusing to ensure they are prepared for future market disruptions. Divesting non-core businesses can help to rebalance and potentially fuel growth.


    This session will explore the expected rise in corporate divestitures and the benefits and challenges of different strategies including spin-offs and carve outs, including public IPOs.

  • 12:35

    Panel: How pandemic-proof is your next acquisition?

    One likely long-lasting impact of COVID-19 is the growing importance for businesses to prove that they can not only ride out any further waves of COVID but can survive other unknown potential risks and supply-chain disruption.


    This session will explore the benefits of more stringent due diligence criteria and scenario planning.

  • 13:15

    Lunch

  • 14:15

    Chair's welcome

  • 14:20

    Presentation: Adapting to a new deal-making environment using technology

    That pandemic acted as the catalyst to accelerate digital transformation as companies and investors across all industries sought to maintain business operations in a new remote environment. It has become clear that strong technological competency has helped ease the pressures of conducting deals remotely but moving forward, how can technology be used to gain competitive advantage and successful outcomes?


    This session will explore how firms can utilise advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and web analytics to make smarter and more efficient decisions and gain deeper insights throughout deal origination, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring processes. 

  • 14:40

    Panel: Digitalization and innovation to build resilience

    Digital transformation is not a new trend, the continued growth of new technologies has been dubbed the fourth industrial revolution. But in many industries, the adoption of these technologies remained relatively low, until the pandemic drove companies to adapt their footprint to futureproof their strategy. With both corporates and sponsors looking to invest in innovation, digital enabled businesses across all sectors could prove ripe targets for acquisition.


    This session will explore which sectors and sub-sectors how shown resilience throughout the crisis and are likely to continue to see growth. 

  • 15:20

    Roundtable workshops and Networking opportunities

    Sustainability has climbed higher on the agendas of not only boards and management but also consumers, employees, and regulators, creating a sharpened focus on the importance of considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in M&A. And increasingly it is seen as a question of value-generating business development rather than merely risk mitigation.


    Join a roundtable discussion of your choice to explore further how to integrate ESG into your deal practices. 

    Alternatively, optimise your time at the event by utilising our dedicated one-to-one meeting space to connect and build new relationships. 

  • 16:30

    Day 1 end

  • 09:30

    Registration and coffee

  • 10:00

    Chair's welcome remarks

  • 10:10

    Keynote interview: Private equity key trends

    Private equity firms remain a key driver of European M&A, buoyed by a healthy financing market, and extensive amount of dry-powder available to deploy. The DACH region saw a robust start to 2021, with buyout activity at its highest on Mergermarket record.


    A veteran private equity investor will explore the impact of COVID-19 on fundraising, buyout and exit trends in the region.

  • 10:30

    Panel: Private equity: would you buy it?

    Our panel of PE heavyweights debate hypothetical investment opportunities to explore the various approaches to the deal process, value creation strategies as well as sector views.

  • 11:10

    Break

  • 11:40

    Data presentation: Deal financing

    This session will explore the deal financing options and the structures and deal terms available as well as sources of capital. 

  • 11:40

    Workshop: Spotlight on SPACs

    The popularity of special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, has been on the rise in the US in recent years, with the market turbulence and historically low interest rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic further fuelling activity. However, until recently the trend appeared to not have reached the European market in a significant way. But with many PE firms seeing them as an as a strong alternative to the traditional IPO route, there is a strong possibility that activity will continue to grow across European exchanges as demand outstrips supply in the US and regulators look at reforms to improve their openness to SPACs.


    This session will explore why SPACs are so attractive, their key benefits and issues for sponsors to consider versus traditional PE and IPO exit strategies as well as if this is a temporary response to a COVID-impacted market or a longer-term trend here to stay.

  • 12:00

    Panel: Restructuring outlook and opportunities in a distressed environment

    Many predicted a rise in distressed M&A opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses struggled to cope with the new landscape. However, government employment and financial support schemes as well as the temporary suspension of insolvency filing obligations in Germany, have helped prop up troubled companies for now. But it is expected that once these support programs end, there will be a sharp rise in opportunities around distressed and special situations.


    This session will explore the restructuring trends and market outlook in Germany after the impact of COVID-19, and what the opportunities are for distressed investors.

  • 12:40

    Chair's closing remarks

  • 12:45

    Conference end and networking