2015 M&A Conference - Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

  7:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. CST | Minneapolis Marriott City Center

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Bruce Engler, Faegre Baker Daniels 
8:45 a.m. Market Update: Current Deal Activity, Valuations and Outlook 
Valuable insights into today’s robust deal environment (including debt financing markets and a focus on middle market trends)

Robin Engelson, Sapphire Financial Group
Kurtis Fechtmeyer, Northland Securities
Sima Griffith, Aethlon Capital, LLC
Dan Gulbrandson, Piper Jaffray & Co.
Lisa Kro, Mill City Capital
Moderator: Morgan Burns, Faegre Baker Daniels
9:35 a.m.  Keeping the Spirit Alive: General Mills and Hormel Become “Entrepreneurs” in the Organic Space
Two iconic food companies share their perspective on the challenges and opportunities of acquiring a mission-driven company and preserving its entrepreneurial spirit

Michael Clausman, Hormel Foods Corporation
Jana Gaffaney, General Mills
Nicholas Rhoads, General Mills
Moderator: Michael Stanchfield, Faegre Baker Daniels
10:15 a.m.  Break 
10:40 a.m.  The State of Private Equity: Trends, Challenges & Opportunities
A wide-ranging discussion of important private equity developments

Jason T. Brass, Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Incorporated
Jeffrey P. Greiner, Northern Pacific Group
Glenn Gurtcheff, Harris Williams & Co.
Christina Miller, Norwest Equity Partners
Moderator: Ryan Miske, Faegre Baker Daniels
11:20 a.m. Employment Issues in M&A: 5 Things Every Dealmaker Should Consider
Experienced professionals provide practical guidance on ways to anticipate and resolve common employment issues in deals

Stephanie Kent, Target Corporation
Jonathon T. Naples, Polaris Industries Inc.
Kathy Noecker, Faegre Baker Daniels
Mark O'Sell, UnitedHealth Group
Moderator: Jonathan Nygren, Faegre Baker Daniels
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Choose one of the following:

Networking Lunch
Get to know other conference attendees while enjoying lunch

Lunch Panel
Keeping the Train on the Tracks
Successfully navigating a dual track liquidity process in today’s IPO and M&A environments
Kenneth Baronoff, Peter J. Solomon Company
Stephen Day, Navidar
James Frommelt, Craig-Hallum Capital Group
Moderator: Jon Zimmerman, Faegre Baker Daniels

Franchise Market Update Lunch
Transactions, Trends and Tactics
Examining some of the most recent transactions and analyzing key trends related to the acquisition or sale of companies that rely on the franchise distribution model to reach some or all of their ultimate consumers

1:15 p.m.
Representation and Warranty Insurance: Updates on This Important and Rapidly Changing Industry
In today’s deal market, every participant in M&A transactions needs to be familiar with representation and warranty insurance

Linda Crow, Faegre Baker Daniels
Peter W. Klein, Peter W. Klein, P.A.
Jay Rittberg, AIG
Craig Schioppo, Marsh USA Inc.
Moderator: Kate Sherburne, Faegre Baker Daniels
1:55 p.m. Financial Considerations Driving Deals: Quality of Earnings, Adjusted EBITDA & Projections
The art and science of generating, successfully presenting, and evaluating these critical financial deal metrics

Craig Arends, CliftonLarsonAllen
Peter Erickson, Triple Tree
Brent Johnson, Grant Thornton
Steve Soderling, Tonka Bay Equity Partners
Moderator: Keith Radtke, Faegre Baker Daniels
2:35 p.m.
3:00 p.m. H.B. Fuller’s Transformational China Deal: A Real Life Case Study
Learn about the strategy and challenges (including integration) in H.B. Fuller’s $230 million deal involving Tonsan Adhesives

Jim Giertz, H.B. Fuller
Timothy Keenan, H.B. Fuller
Sally Qin, Faegre Baker Daniels
Moderator: George Martin, Faegre Baker Daniels
3:40 p.m.  Current Trends in M&A Deal Terms and Tactics
Senior dealmakers discuss and debate the deal points, processes, and strategies that differentiate successful buyers and sellers in today’s market

Chrisanne Corbett, KPMG Corporate Finance
Brian Holcomb, Greene Holcomb Fisher
Steven Kennedy, Faegre Baker Daniels
Scott Richardson, Houlihan Lokey
Moderator: Chris Hofstad, Faegre Baker Daniels
4:20 p.m. Reception 
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