CFO Live: M&A Leadership Forum 2020 - Argyle Executive Forum Events


Deal-Making During a Pandemic

In a weak economy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can produce bountiful returns for shareholders — and cash-strapped target companies may be more motivated to find an exit.

That’s why dealmaking during the COVID-19 crisis may be sparser than usual but hardly dormant.

In fact, Berkshire Hathaway, Visa, Intuit, and Microsoft have all executed large deals in the teeth of the crisis.

But that doesn’t mean that due diligence, negotiations, and target valuations don’t require a slightly different tack.

The strategic imperative for acquisitions is strong, but buyers must pick their growth targets carefully.

Distressed targets may be attractively priced, but they may also be facing a sea changes in their target markets post-COVID.

To help executives lead their organizations to dealmaking success the CFO Live: M&A Leadership Forum will address:

  • How political, regulatory, and economic conditions will impact deal activity in 2020 and 2021
  • Which dealmaking skill sets are critical in the current environment
  • How technology can be leveraged to improve deal identification and execution
  • Why some success metrics for deals are not reliable indicators
  • How to analyze strategies and best practices for expediting the close process
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1 PM - 1:05 PM ET

Opening Remarks

1:05 PM - 1:55 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Feedback for Impact – Encouraging Honest Conversations & Evaluating Feedback Cultures *CPE Eligible*

What if in the workplace we had ruthlessly honest conversations and we actually said all of the “things”? If we had direct, respectful conversations filled with vulnerability and courage, imagine the real human moments we would have allowing people to be seen, heard, and included.

During this keynote presentation, Shayla King will take us through the realities of most organizations’ feedback cultures. Imagine the efficiency and profit that could come from running a business free of waste, ego, and a layer of distrust.

This impactful keynote presentation will address how to:

  • Improve results through ruthlessly honest feedback
  • Free employees from roles that are not a good fit and find a role or company where they could add value
  • Provide tangible ways to reshape your organization’s feedback culture

Shayla KingGlobal Director, M&A Integration & Executive CoachMolex

2 PM - 2:50 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Global M&A - Depreciation of Capital Markets *CPE Eligible*

The start of 2020 looked promising for global M&A, with stock markets rising to new highs and companies searching for more growth opportunities. Fast forward ten months and the world has changed dramatically, leaving deals in the dust. Global M&A continues spiraling on a downward trend, with companies pulling out of or delaying deals because of economic uncertainty.

Join this panel discussion to learn:

  • Overcoming the decline in global M&A and pursuing deals that create long-term value
  • Deploying new, efficient strategies and developing important alliances
  • Leveraging downturns to navigate the current financial crisis and create long-term value


Rosylin JohnsonSenior Director, Mergers, Acquisitions, DivestituresMcKesson


James HarrisPrincipal, Corporate Development IntegrationGoogle

Margot MillerGlobal Legal Head of M&A, Treasury, & AntitrustAnheuser-Busch InBev

Mark CantyDirector, Corporate StrategyAT&T

2:55 PM - 3:25 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Unlock Value in Cross-Border Technology Deals

The overall M&A market suffered a sharp decline in activities during the COVID era, and cross border M&A technology deals were among the casualties amid a dramatic shift in intelligent properties law and the trade policy landscape. Despite that, the resilience of the technology sector, and a recent pick up in cross-border M&A activities, has brought foreign investor’s attention back to yield seeking mode in a challenging low interest rate environment

This session we will explore:

  • Outlook and trend of cross-border M&A activities in the tech sector
  • Next wave of cross-border tech buyer– what are they looking for?
  • How can we capitalize M&A opportunities through tapping insights and connecting to global players?

Terence Lo, CAIASenior Manager – FP&A and Finance OperationArgyle Group

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: M&A Trend - Prioritizing Technology Investments *CPE Eligible*

Businesses of every size, across every industry have been met with startling new challenges and vulnerabilities while the global pandemic rages on. Due to an influx in remote workers, the need for online technologies has surged, creating a strong prioritization of technology investments for executives. Technology is a strong sector of M&A and businesses can leverage this opportunity to help accelerate financial recovery.

This session will explore:

  • Utilizing M&A as a strategic tool to invest in technology
  • Considering future investments for growth and financial stability
  • Due diligence and evaluating the risk of technology investments

Jon AdamsSenior Lead Product and Privacy CounselLinkedIn

4:20 PM - 4:25 PM ET

Closing Remarks

Attend this event and earn FREE Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit

Field of Study: Finance
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
Recommended CPE Credit(s): 3

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Advisory Board

Katherine Motlagh is the Chief Financial Officer for the EMEA and LATAM regions at American Tower Corporation, a leading global developer, owner and operator of telecommunications real estate headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. A financial executive with extensive experience in public accounting and financial leadership roles, Ms. Motlagh has a successful record in managing highly diverse organizations. Prior to joining American Tower, she served as Customer Unit/Delivery Unit CFO at Ericsson, and prior to that, as Divisional CFO/Senior Business Controller at Nokia. Ms. Motlagh also has held a variety of finance and accounting leadership roles at organizations such as Nextel Communications, AmerisourceBergen and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She is both a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant and has served on a non-profit Board for the IMA Europe.