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


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: The Future of Deal Making – Evaluating Political, Regulatory, and Economic Conditions *CPE Eligible*

Future publications will remember 2020 as a historic year filled with calamitous change. Faced with a global pandemic, economic recession, and political chaos, organizations were forced to adapt in a blink of an eye, embracing a new reality for mergers and acquisitions.

In this session, topics of discussion will include:

  • Navigating how deal activity has been impacted in 2020 and the future of M&A in 2021
  • Harnessing the power of disruption to re-position strategies and learn new strengths
  • Enticing transactions to close amidst a tumultuous economic landscape

Shayla KingGlobal Director, M&A IntegrationMolex

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


James HarrisPrincipal, Corporate Development IntegrationGoogle

2:55 PM - 3:25 PM ET


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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

3:45 PM - 3:50 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.