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Championing Women in M&A

Get to know Deloitte's Women in M&A program

Deloitte’s Women in M&A (WMA) group strives to create a sustainable and inclusive community of female leaders in M&A, while also celebrating and empowering female M&A industry leaders through networking and learning events. This effort is part of our overarching commitment to develop our people, create an inclusive environment, and drive greater collaboration.

“We have that opportunity to create our own career that fits with our life, our families, and our desires for our future.”—Nishita Henry, Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP

“I’m surrounded by an amazing group of female leaders that inspire me to be my best every day.”—Christina Bieniek, Chief Commercial Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP

“Deloitte values me and the things that matter to me most; trust, openness, loyalty, confidence, the ability to speak your mind, and certainly gratitude.
—Amy Feirn, Deputy CEO, Deloitte Consulting LLP



Objectives of Deloitte’s Women in M&A

The Women in M&A community aims to…

Women in Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring Services at Deloitte

Our women come from diverse backgrounds. Some have been CEOs and business owners. Others, military veterans. They’re athletes, educators, volunteers, and scientists. At Deloitte, our women are leaders. Deloitte hosts a series of events each year for employees and experienced professionals helping women build their leadership toolkit and grow their network. Our Women in Mergers and Acquisitions (WMA) is one of Deloitte’s key groups that organizes these types of events. The group is focused on building community and developing future woman leaders.

Women in M&A spotlight: Elisabeth Lefer

Elisabeth Lefer
Manager | Risk & Financial Advisory
Transactions M&A, Financial Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Working at Deloitte allows me to advise our clients in their pursuit of strategic growth opportunities within the financial services industry. Every transaction in M&A has its own unique complexities, and I enjoy working through these challenges with my team. My colleagues are thoughtful, insightful, and intelligent, and it is exciting to collaborate with our industry leaders on engagements in rapidly changing industries (e.g., fintech and cryptocurrency, among others). Furthermore, it is rewarding to navigate niche accounting issues with our clients and add value to their analyses.

I really value the experiences and opportunities Deloitte provides to contribute to my overall growth. Our business is constantly evolving, and it’s exciting to work on teams that are working to solve meaningful problems.

Outside of work, I love to travel and have spent my time off this year visiting Hawaii and Indonesia with family and friends. In my spare time, I also enjoy cooking, and I have recently used Deloitte’s well-being subsidy to start an organic vegetable garden to grow healthy ingredients.

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FY2022 Accomplishments

  • Launched NextGen WMA summit for female M&A leaders with 40+ clients attending at Deloitte University in May 2022
  • Hosted 115+ female PPMDs, senior managers, and managers at WMA mini-internal summit in May 2022 (last summit held in December 2019)
  • Held various internal events that engaged more than 100 female WMA practitioners over the past year, including International Women’s Day watch parties, Chicago WMA lunch-in, Atlanta mini-golf outing, and holiday celebrations
  • Launched an internal peer-to-peer program


Hot Topics in the M&A World

Deloitte Named #1 Financial Advisor for Global M&A: We’re proud to announce that Deloitte Corporate Finance practices were recognized by Mergermarket as the 2022 #1 Financial Advisor for Global M&A deal activity. In 2021, Deloitte served as an advisor for 704 transactions. Despite economic pressures, this was only a 1% decline on our 2021 count—landing us first place as well in the Mergermarket Financial Advisor League Table by deal count. Learn more about our financial advisory services here.

FS M&A Activity Trends: For our Financial Services individuals, what four themes will drive FS M&A activity in the new year? Jonathan Gold and David Lock from our UK team provide insight into what we can expect from 2023 and how FS M&A will continue to feature as a solution for businesses.
Putting Tax at the Forefront of Carveout Value: HBR discusses the importance of understanding tax implications of a carveout, which when leveraged correctly, can be a significant financial driver. Moreover, tax calculations and decisions can drastically shape and impact your future state business model. CFOs and Senior Leaders should not neglect this in the early stages of deal planning. Learn more about our tax services and how we can help here.

Deloitte Women in Mergers & Acquisitions: Visit our global site to learn about how we’ve made great strides over the past several years in increasing the number of women in client service and leadership roles, including those in M&A-related fields such as Valuation & Modeling, Corporate Finance, Turnaround & Restructuring, and Infrastructure & Economic Advisory.


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