Few finance-related disciplines rely on networking as much as mergers and acquisitions. The most successful M&A practitioners all have one thing in common: access to a solid network.
M&A conferences offer a shortcut to achieving this, providing attendees with face-to-face meetings with some of the most active practitioners today.
The hope is that 2021 will be more accommodating to M&A events than 2020. Several of the biggest mergers and acquisitions-focused events were casualties to COVID-19.
And although the same could be the case in the first half of this year, the now proven success of many of these events in an online format means that most should go ahead one way or the other.
We at DealRoom will monitor the upcoming events and add to our list as soon as they will be announced.
M&A Science Academy Day: Summer Summit 2021
June 23-24, 2021
Join us and other M&A professionals for the one-day M&A Science Summer Summit 2021 as we discuss current trends and share advice from industry practitioners.
Join us for sessions covering a variety of M&A topics - divestitures, diligence, integration, and more. The event also includes Q&A with the instructors and a networking session.
Ticket price: Free
Dates: June 23-24, 2021, Online
Become an M&A Science Academy user today to attend -> https://www.mascience.com/academy
Merger Market: Finding New Opportunities in a New World
29th April 2021
Merger Market is running a series of virtual events on M&A in 2021, with this one looking like the most interesting of the bunch. The speakers will include Mark Williams, the Chief Revenue Officer from Datasite, Brent M. Steele, Partner at Sidley, and Claire Rychlewski, Deputy Editor at Mergermarket.
The focus of the 45-minute chat will be how the M&A environment has changed in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Those present will discuss issues such as what is driving the surge in new deals, whether technology will continue to dominate in the years ahead, and whether we will see trends in distressed M&A as part of the fallout from Covid-19.
Ticket Price: Registration on Datasite required.
Date: 29th April 2021
2021 Merger Integration Conference
Date: June 6-7, 2021
AM&AA Summer Conference
28th-30th July 2021
Details of the AM&AA Summer Conference are currently scarce, but this is usually one of the best M&A-related events of the year. With a focus on the middle market, this year’s event will take place in Dallas, Texas - the first time that the event has happened in-person since 2019, allowing participants more opportunities to network.
If past conferences in this series are anything to go by, this year’s conference should be a must-attend. In 2020, for example, the conference was attended (virtually) by 75 M&A advisors, 60 investment bankers, and over 150 capital providers. Attendees can also request to arrange meetings in advance through the conference’s website.
Ticket Price: $895
Date: 28th-30th July 2021
M&A Source Virtual Deal Summit
25th May 2021
This conference is focused on the lower middle market. At four hours long, its keynote speakers will be limited, but there should be good opportunities for networking, particularly in the M&A workshops that follow the speakers. Although not one of the most high-profile conferences, M&A source is usually well attended by M&A practitioners in this end of the market.
Ticket Price: $250 (members) $350 (nonmembers)
Date: 25th May 2021
TMT M&A Conference
Date: September 30, 2021
Intralinks M&A Summit
14th October 2021
The Intralinks conference, conducted entirely online, has already released details of the individual seminars to be held on the day (although not yet the speakers). These include “2021 M&A strategy challenges and deal drivers” and “Using portfolio reviews to shape the M&A strategy.”
Despite being in virtual format, the conference offers participants a range of breakout rooms for individual discussions on various M&A-related themes. These include Cross-border M&A best practices, Negotiating risk allocation, and intriguingly, Dealing with leaks and M&A security.
Ticket Price: Registration on Intralinks required
Date: 15th October 2021