4 Sep.

The rising influence of ESG in mergers and acquisitions

M&A and Restructuring

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.  ET | 1 hr
Credits offered: CPE Event language: English

Participants will breakdown the results of our 2024 ESG in M&A Trends Survey that highlight the role ESG in M&A.


Key takeaways

Host: Brian Lightle, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Presenters: Sarah Corrigan, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

1.0 Overview CPE Credit | Specialized Knowledge

Organizations are on an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) journey, learning how to understand and act on a set of variables that have emerged as increasingly significant in recent years. This affects M&A strategy and execution as much as any other area of strategy or operations, but the influence on M&A is distinct. We’ll discuss:

  • Advancements in tools and methodologies for measuring ESG commitments and accomplishments
  • Factoring ESG considerations alongside other post-merger integration workstreams
  • Leveraging M&A activity to help organizations better understand and achieve their own ESG goals

Meet the speakers

Brian Lightle

Brian Lightle

Partner - M&A Transaction Services

Brian is a Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) partner with 29 years of professional experience with Deloitte (over 23 years dedicated to M&A). Brian is also the M&A Transaction Services Marketplace leader in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest and Deloitte’s Global M&A Climate and Sustainability Leader. From 2013 to 2016, Brian was on a global assignment in Deloitte's Tokyo office where he served global clients focused on cross-border M&A transactions with Japan. Brian leads domestic and cross-border M&A transactions with many leading global private equity firms and large multi-national corporations primarily focusing on the technology industry. Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and master’s degree from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Brian is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant with licenses in Texas and California.

Sarah Corrigan

Sarah Corrigan

Managing Director - Mergers, Acquisitions, and Restructuring Services | Deloitte

Sarah is a managing director in the Mergers & Acquisitions/Restructuring practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She leads Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) for M&A consulting and is an ESG specialist with over 15 years of experience.   Sarah collaborates with clients to determine ESG risks and opportunities, address climate change impacts, and develop value creation strategies through ESG practices. With deep experience in Financial Services and Private Equity, Sarah enables clients to integrate ESG factors into the investment cycle and deliver on sustainability commitments. Her experience includes a range of sectors, including Consumer, Energy, Industrials, and Technology. She specializes in embedding ESG considerations in both pre-deal and post-deal activities.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Sarah was a Partner and Regional Service Leader for Corporate Sustainability at Environmental Resources Management (ERM). At ERM, she drove commercial growth for sustainability services and managed operational performance across North America. Sarah spent five years as a sustainability consultant with BrownFlynn, which was acquired by ERM. She was also the recipient of a Luce Foundation fellowship to work for CSR Asia in Hong Kong. Sarah has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a BA from Wellesley College.

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