Opportunities in Uncertain Times – Australian M&A Outlook
21 August 2012
The Westin Sydney
08:30 Registration & breakfast
09:00 Panel discussion
10:00 Q&A session
10:15 Tea/coffee & networking
With the crisis in the eurozone far from resolved and much of the global economy hanging in the balance, dealmakers have become increasingly cautious in the face of economic headwinds. In recent years, cross-border M&A in Australia has seen a marked rise in the presence of companies from Asia, but even Asia is experiencing slowing growth. While uncertainty often gives way to opportunities, investors must change their approach to deals, managing risk and becoming more selective in the process.
Topics for discussion:
Will global economic uncertainty and the outcome of the eurozone crisis have an effect on Australian deal trends over the coming months?
Given near-term and long-term prospects for commodity prices, will inbound investment in Australia slow, or will foreign bidders keep a long view in mind in the Energy and Mining sectors?
As China and India brace for a slowdown in the face of flailing global demand, what effect will this have on Australian M&A?
In light of recent takeover bids and faltering equity markets, how will revisions to takeover regulations affect Australian dealmaking?
What are the prospects for mega-deals vs. small- to mid-market deals for the remainder of 2012?
After a number of deals have fallen through, is there a growing trend of hesitance on the part of Australian companies to engage with buyers from certain geographies?
- Simon Ranson, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate and M&A,
Citi Global Banking
- Simon Pillar, Managing Director, Pacific Equity Partners
- Ian Thatcher, Australian Financial Advisory Leader, Deloitte
- Matthew Porzio, Vice President, Product Marketing, IntraLinks
- James Philips, Partner, Head of M&A, Minter Ellison (moderator)
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