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Merrill Insight™ Video | Hot or Hype? Trends in Technology M&A

Date: Oct 04, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Venue: Webinar

Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, machine learning, cyber security – no industry takes up more space in our collective psyches than technology. It is part of the air we breathe and the cornerstone for business transformation and growth. It is also a never-ending exercise in new learnings and unintended consequences.

How do some of today’s top dealmakers decode the maelstrom of promise, transformation and false starts that is technology M&A? 

In this October 4 Merrill Insight Video, we’ll explore:

  • What are some of the most promising areas within technology M&A and why? 
  • What are some under-the-radar areas?
  • What’s the best approach to deal sourcing in a seller’s market?
  • How do dealmakers approach the art of technology valuation?
  • What are the potential implications of the new CFIUS reform bill on cross-border transactions and foreign investment?

Panelist Bios

Jim Ackerman - Vice President of Corporate Development, Flex Ltd - With a background in corporate finance, Jim has 20 years in Corporate Development roles for Tier 1 supply chain services companies leading projects across most all continents outside of Antarctica.  From the days of paper binders in windowless conference rooms to the digital tools and technology which enable today’s expanded deal volume, he has a great appreciation for the revolution that technology has brought to his role.  Jim is currently Vice President of Corporate Development for Flex Ltd, a $25B global provider of innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics services to companies of all sizes in multiple industries and end-markets.


Shruti Gandhi - Co-Founder, Array Ventures - Shruti is founder and managing partner of Array Ventures. Array invests in enterprise deep tech early stage companies. Shruti spent her early career as a developer on mainframe security, collaboration tools, and data analytics. Post engineering, she was investing in early stage companies at True Ventures and Samsung's venture fund. She has an MBA from University of Chicago and MS from Columbia University.


Ivan Schlager - Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; head of national security practice, CFIUS & communications - Ivan A. Schlager is head of the firm’s National Security practice. He represents a diverse group of clients ranging from defense companies, major telecommunications providers and media and technology companies to private equity firms and companies in the financial services, manufacturing and healthcare industries.


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