Host: Ayesha Rafique, Partner, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory
Uncertainty caused by COVID-19, as well as the current economic and political landscape, has created a volatile M&A environment in 2020. What do corporate and private equity dealmakers expect going forward? We’ll discuss:
- How the pandemic and economic downturn have affected deal activity in 2020.
- Dealmaker expectations going into 2021, including changes to their M&A strategies and offensive and defensive positions they are considering.
- Doing deals virtually, financing options, and challenges dealmakers are facing.
- Other timely topics as companies transition from respond to recover and thrive.
Meet the speakers
Ayesha leads due diligence teams to advise some of Deloitte’s most significant private equity and strategic buyer clients on M&A transactions. She is currently a member of Deloitte's Board Council and the M&A Executive Committee. Ayesha focuses on the Consumer industry and she previously led Deloitte's US Advisory Practice for Consumer Products and Deloitte's National Retail, Wholesale and Distribution M&A Transaction Services practice. With over 25 years of experience with Deloitte, including over 17 years in the M&A Transaction Services group, Ayesha has advised Consumer clients on a wide variety of operational and financial due diligence issues related to M&A transactions, including accounting structuring, carve-outs, human capital, and systems and financial reporting. She has extensive experience in complex carve-out transactions advising both sellers and buyers, including assisting clients with the preparation of financial statements, pro forma financial information and other information included in regulatory filings.
Dr. Kalish is the Chief Global Economist of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. He is a specialist in global economic issues as well as the effects of economic, demographic, and social trends on the global business environment. He advises Deloitte clients as well as Deloitte’s leadership on economic issues and their impact on business strategy. In addition, he has given numerous presentations to corporations and trade organizations on topics related to the global economy. He is widely traveled and has given presentations in 47 countries on six continents. He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Financial Times. Dr. Kalish holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vassar College and a PhD in international economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Mark is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads Deloitte’s Future of M&A efforts. He is also the Insurance Industry leader for M&A Consultative Services and co-leads Deloitte’s efforts in the InsurTech ecosystem. Mark currently manages an internal incubator called Startup Deloitte. He has more than 30 years of broad financial services industry and consulting experience in the United States and internationally. Mark focuses on helping clients consider the opportunities with organic and inorganic growth, develop new business and venture models, and deliver value across the full M&A lifecycle from strategy through integration and divestiture.