Date: 19 Oct 2017
AVCJ and Mergermarket are proud to present the China M&A Forum 2017, which will look into M&A in China and its continued importance in the global M&A marketplace. We will bring together senior government officials, private equity investors, corporate executives, financial advisors, and legal professionals from across the globe, to identify the key drivers, opportunities, and challenges affecting M&A within and outside of China.
What will be discussed?
Cross-border M&A by Chinese companies has recovered steadily in the past few months. This is particularly true of outbound deals, where Mergermarket research captured 210 deals amounting US$ 63.1 billion worth of assets overseas acquired by buyers from China and Hong Kong in the H1 2017, the second highest half year recorded in terms of value and volume. Deals focused on industries supporting local economic growth, and prices paid were more disciplined and less speculative.
Are Chinese companies ready for a more constructive wave of M&A opportunities? Join the China M&A Forum, where 30+ senior M&A experts from SOEs, MNCs, and private equity funds, as well as investment advisors, will analyse the current landscape and discuss the latest drivers, opportunities, and pressing issues affecting the future development of M&A in China.
8:00 Registration and refreshments
8:50 Welcome address
9:00 Keynote address
9:30 China outbound M&A: Better directions
Chinese corporates have eased their two-year buying binge,as regulators tighten up on capital outflows. Yet deals are still being done, as acquisitive Chinese groups pursue their strategic expansion goals with greater sophistication. Our panel of experts analyses the trends in dealmaking and forecasts upcoming developments.
10:30 Networking coffee break
11:00 Inbound M&A: Resurgent interest
Foreign investors’ appetite for China is rebounding, driven by a weaker yuan, a supportive policy, and the allure of the buoyant Chinese consumer market. With valuations high and an increasingly challenging operational environment, savvy foreign investors are adapting with buy-and-build strategies and new perspectives on China’s role in their corporate expansion blueprint. Our panel of professionals discuss and debate the best strategy for investing in China.
11:45 One Belt One Road: The next wave of M&A opportunities?
The Chinese government’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative has gathered momentum, with increasing investment in the 66 participating countries. Supported by favourable policies, Chinese conglomerates are actively seeking M&A opportunities in various sectors in order to build their global footprint. Will this fuel the next wave of M&A opportunities? Our panel of professionals share their views on the outlook and the opportunities.
12:30 Networking lunch
13:30 Private equity and corporates: Bridging the gap
Private equity firms are amongst the most active participants in M&A in China. In pursuit of larger buyout deals and investments in specialised industries, both in China and abroad, Chinese strategic investors have proved to be a natural partner. For corporate investors, private equity firms can help navigate mounting regulatory hurdles, achieve access to attractive deals, and help with post-integration issues and value creation.However, while these partnerships look convincing on the surface, differences in expectations, disputes over operational management, and failure to reach agreements mean plans can go awry. A panel of seasoned GPs and corporate leaders discuss:
14:15 Financing your deals: Get sophisticated, get creative
Constrained by capital controls, Chinese buyers are getting more creative in financing their outbound acquisitions. Some are leveraging overseas assets to raise capital from equity and bond issuance, as well as offshore loans. Foreign and local bankers, and
private equity firms, all offer a variety of financing solutions. This panel of senior bankers and dealmakers highlight the current trends and discuss the options.
15:00 Tech M&A: The next phase
China’s economic transition to consumer- and innovationdriven growth remains a key driver in the TMT sector. Despite recent slower deal flow due to regulatory scrutiny, the sector is set to flourish in the long term, supported by an increasingly sophisticated consumer base, official support for smart manufacturing, and dazzling innovation in disruptive technologies. Our panel of tech-savvy dealmakers discuss:
15:45 Networking coffee break
16:15 Investing in the healthier lifestyle of Chinese consumers
Chinese consumers have adopted a healthier lifestyle in recent years. This has driven an appetite for wellbeing products and lifestyle services, ranging from air purifiers, health foods, sports services, and higher-quality healthcare. Local conglomerates, global corporates, and private equity investors have all raced to capitalise on this growing demand. How will the situation play out over the next 5 years? Prominent investors highlight the sectors and strategies that best access the opportunities.
17:00 Winning strategies for M&A: From deal sourcing and negotiation to post-merger integration
M&A rationales always look persuasive, but many transactions fail to deliver real growth and unlock true potential value. Too often, acquirers fail to create synergies, identify risks early on, or tackle them promptly and effectively. Our panel of professionals share proven best practices on each milestone towards truly successful M&A, from deal sourcing and due diligence, through negotiation, to post-merger integration.
17:45 Closing remarks and end of conference
17:50 Networking cocktail
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