M&A Leadership Forum: Outlook of M&A in 2021 – Accelerating Deal Flows - Argyle Executive Forum Events


With 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 behind them, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) professionals are optimistic about the future of deal-making. The impact Covid-19 has had on M&A continues to subside, and there are increased opportunities to close deals in this new year.

Although there is optimism and heightened activity, M&A still faces many obstacles including economic uncertainty, achieving favorable interest rates, buyer competition, and the availability of capital.

During continued times of uncertainty, acquisitions can help distressed companies pivot to grow revenue, and there is more willingness to make a deal.

Despite the pandemic, 2020 reported an overwhelming number of successful acquisitions including large mergers such as Slack and Salesforce at the end of the year. So, what does the rest of 2021 hold?

Join this interactive Argyle Digital M&A Leadership Forum, which will uncover:

  • Evaluating the enterprise software and cloud services buying landscape
  • Top sectors for deal-making including automotive, healthcare, and technology
  • Expanding digital capabilities and creating new business opportunities
  • Addressing challenges for deal flow and the quality of acquisition targets
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11 AM - 11:30 AM ET


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Shayla KingGlobal Director, M&A Integration & Executive CoachMolex

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM ET


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12:10 PM - 12:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Forward Look at M&A – The Rise in Tech Activity

Technology continues to be the dominating sector for M&A activity, especially as the world continues to adapt to this digital-first environment. So, what does the rest of 2021 hold for organizations looking to acquire technology companies? Many factors come into play, including the new Biden administration and the continued Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Join this interactive panel discussion, which will address:

  • Understanding deal value in 2021
  • Navigating the technology sector for M&A activity
  • External influences on deal making


Claudia GastSenior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate DevelopmentAM General LLC


Jon AdamsSenior Lead Product and Privacy CounselLinkedIn

Rosylin JohnsonSenior Director, Mergers, Acquisitions, DivestituresMcKesson

James HarrisPrincipal, Corporate Development IntegrationGoogle

Mark CantyDirector, Corporate StrategyAT&T

12:55 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Afternoon Break

1:30 PM - 2 PM ET


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2:05 PM - 2:35 PM ET


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Chad RichardSenior Vice President, Corporate & Business Development Yelp

2:40 PM - 3:25 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: Tax Implications on Deal Making in 2021

Business executives recognize that tax has implications on essential aspects of deal cycle and matters to the ultimate success of the organization. On top of that, in recent years, tax has significantly evolved due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as COVID-19 pandemic. What should business executives consider when it comes to buy, sell or restructure the businesses?

In this Fireside Chat, topics of discussion will include:

  • Why tax matters in the deal process
  • How tax should be integrated in the deal process
  • Types of transactions and tax requirements/considerations – taxable vs. tax-free, acquisitive, divisive, restructuring

Serene WangDirector, Mergers & Acquisitions Tax - Los Angeles Andersen

Brian O'ConnorDirector - San FranciscoAndersen


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