Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts Conference

Category: Research Events

Driving business growth through mergers & acquisitions

After 8 successful editions, with over 1,500 participants attending, this 2021 conference will provide you with a hands-on e-learning experience of the steps you need to take towards a successful merger, acquisition or sale.

WHEN?
24 February 2021
 
 
TIME? 
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
 
WHERE?
Online, hosted via SwapCard
 
FOR WHOM?
SME owners, corporate M&A decision-makers, advisors, investors and anyone considering buying a business

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • Nourish your own entrepreneurial dreams 
  • Get insights on how to buy your own company
  • Discover the effects of the pandemic on M&A 
  • Learn how to use M&A to grow your company 
  • Gain practical insights from successful serial acquirers 
  • Understand challenges facing entrepreneurs who are selling 
  • Consider M&A as a brand differentiator

ONLINE CONFERENCE, REAL CONNECTIONS

We have transformed our well-known format, a pre-conference in the morning followed by the conference in the afternoon, into a digital setting. We have joined forces with SwapCard, a virtual conference platform committing to using digital innovation to empower meaningful encounters and a valuable virtual experience.

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kick-start your m&a career

SCHEDULE PRIVATE MEET-UPS

Meet online with brokers, investors, financial advisors, and bankers during private meet-up sessions to ask your personal questions and get started with your M&A journey. The SwapCard platform enables you to connect and schedule these meet-ups upfront, making your networking experience more effective on the day of the conference.

Representatives of following companies will be available for private meet-ups: Adcorporate, AIM Group, Aon Belgium, Aquis, BDO, Belfius Bank & Verzekeringen, B-Minded, Bovan Invest & Beheer, Capforce, [email protected] Services, Cennini, Clairfield Belgium, Creafund Asset Management, Dovesco, Eversheds Sutherland, Family Business Transmission, Fibiz Partners, Finactor, Growth Architects, In2Action Beheer, Integra Capital Partners, Legia Capital, Menacon, Metra Consult, Mirador Advisory, Monard Law, Moore Corporate Finance, Overnamemarkt, Pandion Partners, PDC Advies, RSM Corporate Finance, SDM-Valorum, Standard Investment, Top Management Support, VD&P Overnamepartners, Vectis Partners, We Are Jane and Welters.

 

 

WORKSHOPS TO KICK-START YOUR M&A CAREER

We’re organising 4 workshops during the morning to introduce tools and concepts to kick-start your M&A journey and help you answer the following questions:

  • How to start searching for an M&A target? 
  • How to value an M&A target? 
  • What are the different funding options
    when buying a company? 
  • What are the main contracts used in an
    M&A transaction?

3 TRACKS, 1 UNIQUE DIGITAL EVENT

JOIN OUR PANEL DEBATE

We kick off the afternoon conference with a panel  debate on how COVID-19 is affecting deal-making. Since the summer, M&A volume has started to recover from the full lockdown in the second quarter of the year – but significant changes in M&A motives, transaction processes and deal structures could be observed. The panel will discuss these effects from various angles and shed light on the anticipated long-term impact of the pandemic.

 

 

 

3 TRACKS, 1 UNIQUE DIGITAL EVENT

Get ready to be inspired by the stories of people who have successfully followed their dreams and bought into companies, along with academics and experts providing backgrounds on the best approach to tackle this exciting challenge, during three tracks:

  • Track 1: Buy your own company
  • Track 2: M&A as an accelerator for growth
  • Track 3: Opening & transferring ownership

TOP-NOTCH KEYNOTE TALK

We end the conference with a keynote talk from Marianne De Backer (Bayer AG Pharmaceuticals).

Dr. De Backer has been a strategist, scientist, business leader, dealmaker and corporate investor in the healthcare industry for more than two decades, and will discuss how Big Pharma needs to up its game.

FULL PROGRAMME & PRACTICALITIES

Have a look at the brochure for the full programme and more detailed practical information!

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This conference is supported by the following Prime Foundation Partners:

 

CENTRE FOR MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS & BUYOUTS

Vlerick Business School’s Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts develops and disseminates knowledge concerning best practices in the entire M&A field − from deal origination to completion, from financing to integration. The Centre brings all this knowledge together and shares experiences for everyone who is involved in an acquisition, merger or sale.

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