The IBSA Conference: Trends in Cross-Border Corporate Acquisitions

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom 19 Nov 2014

The IBSA Conference: Trends in Cross-Border Corporate Acquisitions
19 November 2014, Mandarin Oriental, London (CPD 6h)


The International Business Structuring Association invites its members and guests to discuss the trends in cross-border corporate acquisitions at an international conference on 19 November at the Mandarin Oriental, London. The IBSA multidisciplinary professional community is joined by a number of in-house experts to debate the current strategies of international business growth by acquisition, challenges posed by new regulatory requirements on acquisition financing and taxation, and latest cross-sector acquisition trends in both established and emerging markets. The conference day is full of intensive sessions focusing on the business, tax, IP and finance aspects of M&A, extended networking breaks and followed by an IBSA cocktail reception. Join us in a multidisciplinary debate of the global M&A trends? What’s on the agenda?

Session I: Global M&A in 2014: The Big Picture
In the opening session of the IBSA conference we examine the key corporate and commercial issues affecting M&A activity in 2014. The overview presentation by the international tax director of Squire Patton Boggs will examine the strategies driving the current global growth by acquisition trend. The in-house expert panel discussion will provide insights into the top-level business decision making and processes behind a number of successful strategic acquisitions across different industries such as publishing and information (Reed Elsevier), technology and telecommunications (Nokia), engineering and construction (SNC-Lavalin). Director of Mergers at Competition and Markets Authority will add a regulatory perspective to the debate, while corporate and tax partners at Davis and Polk will link the commercial aspects of cross-border acquisitions to practical business structuring issues. See the full speaker list and register for the conference. 

Session II: The Impact of Taxation on Global Acquisitions
The second conference session focuses on the tax-related aspects of structuring international acquisition deals. Directors of Tax Informa, Wells Fargo and Bank of New York Mellon will discuss the changing regulatory requirements related to global M&A deals. We will cover the latest updates on tax inversions debate, examine overall consequences of rising tax audit scrutiny on existing cross-border M&A structures. The speakers will consider the short and long-term implications of international tax reforms and strategies to decision making and dealing with uncertainty. Partners at HSBC, KPMG, PWC and Deloitte will continue debating the complicated international compliance issues from financial perspectives, covering risk minimisation, reputational consequences and importance of adopting strong multi-jurisdictional transparency policies. Find out more about the conference speakers. 

Session III: Intellectual Property Valuation for Cross-Border Acquisitions
Session Three of the conference covers the intellectual property aspects that affect structuring of cross-border acquisitions. Baker & McKenzie partners will discuss approaches to balancing the often conflicting tax and IP priorities of corporate deals. A former director of acquisitions and strategy at Core Media Group will illustrate the importance of IP with practical case studies. These in-depth presentations will be followed by a lively panel discussion on the importance of aligning IP valuation and protection efforts to an overall business growth and legal strategies. The experts on the panel will represent Thirteen Old Square Chambers and Atlas Tax Chambers, Memery Crystal, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Hogan LovellsRead the full description of the four multidisciplinary sessions covering the tax, finance and IP issues in international M&A.

Session IV: Financing Strategic Corporate Acquisitions: Opportunities and Risks
The final session of the conference explores key considerations of acquisition financing in emerging markets. A presentation by White & Case partners will be followed by a panel of experts from McCarthy Tétrault, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Herbert Smith Freehills and Fasken Martineau, discussing current M&A trends and forecasts for 2015 in such diverse territories as Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. The event concludes with a summary of opportunities and risks of structuring cross-border acquisitions, along with the challenges of securing and protecting appropriate investment for international growth, delivered by a Linklaters speaker. See the full conference schedule and reserve your pass now!

Confirmed Speakers
Omleen Ajimal, Director of International Tax, Squire Patton Boggs
Gary Howlett, Global Tax Director, Kaspersky Lab
Will Pearce, Corporate Partner, Davis Polk
Nelson Jung, Director of Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority
Alexandra Smyth, General Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions, Reed Elsevier
Crispin Vicars, Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, Nokia
Hetal Patel, Senior Vice President, M&A, Strategy & Risk, SNC-Lavalin
Brenda Coleman, Partner, Ropes & Gray
Jonathan Cooklin, Tax Partner, Davis Polk
Andy Hewitt, Head of Tax,
Glyn Fullelove, Group Tax Director, Informa
Louise Li , Director of Tax - EMEA and APAC, International Taxation, Wells Fargo
Lorraine White, MA, Head of EMEA and US Securities Tax, BNY Mellon
Ed Turner, Head of Tax Product, HSBC
Peter Grant, Director - Operational Taxes, KPMG
Neil Fletcher, Partner, Tax, PWC
Martin Killer, Director, Financial Services Tax, Deloitte
Keith Brockman, EMEA Tax Director, Mars
Michelle Blunt, IP Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Mark Bevington, Corporate Tax Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Anne Fairpo, Barrister, Thirteen Old Square Chambers
Tim Ryan, Partner, Memery Crystal
Ash Von Schwan, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Sarah Turner, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Prabhu Narasimhan, Counsel, White & Case
Peita Menon, Partner, White & Case
Tina Blázquez-López, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
Jim Ho, Senior Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Ian Yeo, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kirill Zenin, Partner, Fasken Martineau
David Avery-Gee, Partner, Linklaters

Register for the conference
Attendance is limited to 100 qualified delegates, contact the IBSA to secure your place. Dowload the full conference agenda and registration form.

Delegate pass costs
Standard rate: £875
IBSA Member: £700 (20% discount)
IBSA Member early bird: £438 (50% discount) 

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