Now in its fifth year, national law firm Ashfords LLP has once again hosted the Cross Border M&A Conference which took place on 26 and 27 February 2018, at The Millennium Hotel in Mayfair. The Conference was organised by Ashfords' leading M&A Team in association with ADVOC, an international network of independent law firms founded by Ashfords in 1989.
The conference saw M&A experts from around the world discuss topics focusing on cultural awareness and how it can impact the deal, the valuation of businesses, cross-border structuring and managing post-closing integration. The high profile speakers included experts from The City UK, EY (London), Houlihan Lokey (Frankfurt), Apisith & Alliance (Bangkok), Seufert (Munich) and VDB Law (Luxembourg).
This year saw a record number of guests attending the conference, with over 100 delegates from across the globe including corporate clients, in-house counsel, private equity firms, venture capital finance houses, banks, law and accountancy firms. In addition to the regular attendees from Riga, Amsterdam, Milan, Budapest, Stockholm, Warsaw, Italy, USA amongst others, the conference also welcomed new jurisdictions including Nigeria and Lebanon.
Ashfords' Corporate Partner and Head of ADVOC Marketing, Simon Rous, commented on the success of the event: "This conference is a fantastic opportunity to bring together a variety of M&A experts from across the globe to share insights into the legal, cultural and practical differences in the conduct of M&A transactions across national boundaries.
"Delegates were invited to attend an evening reception as well as the main conference and informative afternoon workshops with plenty of engaging networking opportunities.
"The conference was a huge success and provided delegates with a great opportunity to build relationships with new and existing contacts to expand their understanding of the M&A processes globally".
"…A great event, will recommend to other[s]" - Mike Tucker, Director HowTu Pharma.
"Always great to meet so many interesting people. Looking forward to the next one" - Miriam Fedida, MFA
"The conference was so informative with such knowledgeable speakers" - Artika Prasad, Siwatibau & Sloane