• Thursday, 26 September 2019

  • 08:00

    Registration and refreshments

  • 08:50

    Opening remarks

  • 09:00

    Keynote address

  • 09:30

    M&A update: Outlook and opportunities in Australia and beyond

    Australian M&A has been in good shape in recent years, with M&A volume increasing 5% year-on-year; and 2019 only sees this ascent continuing. Apart from the mega deals at the top end of the market, the mid-market has firmly established itself as good source of deal activity. The continued presence of private equity and more focus from superannuation funds and family offices helps to fuel momentum. However, at the forefront of everyone’s minds is increased regulatory scrutiny and macroeconomic uncertainty. Against this backdrop, join our panel of leading advisors to examine the current M&A landscape in Australia and beyond, and hear their views on the next 12 months.

    • What are the macroeconomic and political developments shaping the M&A landscape?
    • What role are superannuation funds, private equity and family offices playing  in addition to traditional advisers?
    • Which sectors are most attractive and less impacted by instability?
    • What is outlook for 2019 and beyond?
  • 10:30

    Networking coffee break

  • 11:00

    Regulatory focus: An update on the current environment

    Australia, just like many countries around the globe, has been making wholesale changes to the way it regulates.  Whether it is the increased scrutiny on foreign investments, stricter governance, or protectionism, they all have the ability to extend the time it takes to get deals done. The Royal Commission findings have shaken up banking sector and, in the longer term, have the potential to create M&A opportunities. However, smart investors are looking to see what might come next. Our panellists will discuss how these regulatory hurdles are impacting M&A.

    • What are the latest government policy shifts and regulatory updates?
    • Which sectors outside of finance are likely to see increased deal flow due the Royal Commission findings?
    • What sort of regulatory challenges do international buyers face in Australia, and how can they effectively manage them to get deals done?
    • In the event that a deal is subject to regulatory review, how can this be planned for in advance, from announcement to completion?
  • 11:45

    Case study: The Good, the bad, and the lessons learnt

    This session will provide a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of a transaction, with perspectives from each participant in the deal.

  • 12:15

    Networking lunch

  • 13:15

    Public markets: Shareholder activism and public company takeover defences

    As investment strategies such as shareholder activism, hostile takeover bids, and other special situations become increasingly influential, corporates in Australia must ensure that they have developed a distinct playbook in order to communicate and engage with shareholders. In this session, our expert panel of speakers share their insights.

    • How is activism and hostile M&A unfolding, and which sectors and countries have seen the most activity?
    • What sort of activity are we seeing in M&A activism, and what can we learn from recent transactions?
    • What defensive measures should be taken to decrease the likelihood of an attack, and what sort of procedure and plans should be in place if a shareholder decides to take action?
    • What new role will boards have to take?
  • 14:00

    Private Equity and corporates: A winning partnership?

    Record levels of dry powder in private equity has increased the pressure on fund managers to commit capital towards deals, with them now appearing in every deal. For corporates this increased competition has driven up prices and slowed down the execution process. However, with access to capital, expertise in navigating regulatory hurdles, good deal-sourcing channels, and post-deal value creation capabilities, private equity can be a natural partner instead of competitor. With this in mind, our seasoned GPs and corporates discuss the opportunities and challenges.

    • How can private equity support Australian M&A, and what are the benefits of GP/corporate partnerships?
    • Strategic investors vs private equity firms: What different expertise and approaches does each player bring to the table?
    • What are the differences in expectations and interests, and how can they be minimised?
    • What do the panel predict will happen over the next 12 months?
  • 14:45

    Presentation: Effective post-merger integration

    This session will focus on developing a solid post-merger integration plan, as well as what needs to be in place once the deal-makers walk away, and how to avoid the pitfalls that cause many transactions to fail.

  • 15:15

    Networking coffee break

  • 15:45

    Cross-border: Australia, open for business

    Australia has firmly established its position as an attractive destination for international strategic and private investors, through its ability to deliver favourable deal opportunities, positive economics, and relative political stability. Although the US remains its top partner, Japan, Europe, and China also have a strong interest in the availability of quality companies and good returns. While there has been some push back by FIRB in recent months, sentiment and interest remains strong. Our panel of industry experts will give an overview of the current situation and discuss how Australia can position itself to take advantage of the right opportunities.

    • Are local and international regulatory bodies hindering the potential for cross-border activity?
    • Which sectors are most attractive for cross-border M&A?
    • How do you identify the right targets and most suitable partners?
    • How do corporates attract and overseas buyer, what image do they need to project?
  • 16:30

    Hot industries in focus: Deal drivers for Australian M&A

    Moderated by industry leaders, these roundtable discussions will focus on each sector: where the deal flow is coming from, the best practices when conducting due diligence, and how to source the right local partners to work alongside.

    • Natural resources
    • Healthcare
    • Education 
    • Infrastructure
  • 17:15

    Close of conference and cocktail reception