M&A Day

Wednesday 24th April | Code Node, London

For in-house legal professionals on the cutting edge of corporate transactions. We’ll be focused specifically on corporate matters, with an agenda that leans towards the in-house legal experience.

This event is one for you if you are either in an M&A or other deals focused role, or a generalist in-house counsel with corporate matters in your pipeline.

Tickets on sale now.


Subject to change

Registration & welcome

08.30 - 09.00

Enjoy a nourishing breakfast and copious amounts of tea and coffee alongside networking for the early birds.

Welcome from Crafty Counsel

09.15 - 09.45

A typically Crafty welcome: Ben White, Founder of Crafty Counsel, kicks off the day with a few words followed by part one of the day’s “unconference session” - where Toby Hornett, Crafty Counsel’s Head of Community, crowdsources some top themes and concerns for the day.

Anatomy of a deal: Onfido & its acquisition

09.50 - 10.15

Hear from the Onfido team what it’s like to get your business ready for a deal. From how best to use your team when under this kind of pressure, to effectively navigating all the moving parts, hear from GC Francesca Porter, Associate Legal Director Meg McGlone, and Associate Director of Legal Ops Francisco Uríbarri Soares how they pulled it all together.

Meg McGlone, Associate Legal Director, Onfido Francesca Porter, Group GC, Onfido Jessica Rivett, COO, Obelisk Francisco Uríbarri Soares, Associate Director, Legal Operations, Onfido

“I’m not an M&A lawyer!”

10.20 - 10.45

Doing M&A when you’re not actually an M&A lawyer: more common than you think, but is it as tough as you’d expect? How much of it is about the technical side, versus managing internal and external relationships? This panel will look at how to approach M&A when you’re not an M&A lawyer, and top tips on managing relationships with those inside the legal ecosystem and without.

Rohan Paramesh, General Counsel, Pixel United Sunil Sehgal, General Counsel, Mondelez Bianca Stewart, Head of Legal, Motorway Paul Thorpe, Partner, Taylor Wessing

M&A insurance - the “invisible hand” helping deals get done

10.50 - 11.15

Vanilla deals are great, but what can you do when a deal goes sideways or you have difficult issues? M&A insurance is firmly established as a path to facilitate deals and is developing rapidly to unlock specific issues faced by investors and corporates. And there’s evidence that claims are increasingly being made and paid. What do you need to know as an in-house lawyer about both the principles and the practicalities of working with brokers, insurers, and insured parties? We’ve assembled experts from across the London insurance and legal market to share insights and war stories on how you can add value using insurance in an M&A context and more broadly.

Rob Cant, Co-founder & CEO, SingleSource Technologies Andrew Gofton-Salmond, Head of W&I, Mosaic Mary Sullivan, Legal Counsel, Octopus Ventures David Wall, Director & Co-Head of Private Equity, HWF

11.15 - 11.35 | Networking & coffee break

Getting to closing: competition & other concerns

11.40 - 12.05

From dealing with an onslaught of regulatory considerations and competition issues, to understanding what is going on in the global markets and pinpointing where the sticking points can be, take away tips on how to shepherd your deal along from signing to a successful closing.

Erin Meier, Legal Director, Investments, Fidelity International Natasha Scanes, Corporate Counsel, OneWeb Ben Turner, Partner, Shoosmiths

Question time

12.10 - 12.40

A chance to ask your most burning questions in an intimate format between panellists and peers. Option 1: Anatomy of a deal: Onfido Option 2: I’m not an M&A lawyer Option 3: M&A Insurance Option 4: Getting to closing

12.40 - 13.45 | Lunch

Ask the law firms

13.45 - 14.00

A chance to put our law firms on the spot and hear from them on if you could change one thing the way deals are done, what would it be?

Alison Gilson, Partner, Shoosmiths Simon Grimshaw , Partner, Hogan Lovells Alex Richardson, Partner, Taylor Wessing Hugh Hutchison, Partner, Travers Smith

Anatomy of a deal: Ascential’s predicted £1.4bn sale

14.00 - 14.25

Whet your appetite for the afternoon’s sessions with our after lunch anatomy of a deal. Featuring Jenny Luckham, Legal Director at Ascential and her team on handling the business’s £1.4bn sales of its WGSN & Digital Commerce segments. Get your notepads ready to log their key learnings from what to do, to what not to do, and what to learn from.

Kestrel Carstens, Corporate & Commercial Counsel, Ascential Patrick Carter, Senior Corporate & Commercial Counsel, Ascential Jenny Luckham, Legal Director, Group Commercial Technology, Corporate and M&A at Ascential Karen Glass, Head of In-House Legal & Compliance, Marsden

Due diligence & AI in 2024

14.30 - 14.55

Let's talk AI and data in deals in 2024. Whilst the technological ground is moving under your feet, does this and can this impact how you do a deal? How does it change how you sell or buy a company? Are the AI solutions delivering what they've been claiming? How does it change your diligence on the buy side, what do you present as a seller, and what contractual protections do you look for or give on either side? Our panel explores diligence in a fast moving and ambiguous world.

Moushumi Sharmacharja, Head of Legal, Ohme Adrian West, Partner, Head of Corporate M&A and ECM, Travers Smith

Why am I being sued? Disputes in M&A

15.00 - 15.25

Ever wondered what is most likely to get you sued during M&A? Our experts are here to tell you all: from the most common drafting mistakes, to the craziest things they have seen that get sued on - all so that you can avoid finding yourself in this position.

Siena Colegrave, Legal Counsel M&A, Diageo Francesca Parker, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells Ardil Salem, Partner, Hogan Lovells

15.30 - 15.45 | Coffee break

Question time

15.50 - 16.20

A chance to ask your most burning questions in an intimate format between panelists and peers. Option 1: Anatomy of a deal: Ascential Option 2: Due diligence and AI in 2024 Option 3: Why am I being sued? Disputes in M&A

16.25 - 17.10

Wrap up & "unconference session"

An unplanned session devoted to the most important thing - you. Following the morning’s group therapy session facilitated by Toby Hornett, we’ll use this slot to discuss the most pressing issues you identified for doing M&A and deals in-house today.

Ticket information

Early bird tickets for M&A Day are now on sale.

Pricing tiers

General admission: £75 + VAT

Last chance: £100 + VAT

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