M&A and Strategic Deals Day

Wednesday 17th May | Trainline HQ, Chancery Lane, London

Join us for this new event 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. 

We expect 60+ other in-house lawyers to attend, with breakfast and lunch included so you can expand your network while enjoying a spread from Crafty Counsel’s favourite caterers. 

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. 

Discover the agenda below.

Please note: This is event is for in-house legal professionals only. We will be reviewing registrations to ensure you meet this criteria.


Registration & breakfast

08.30 - 09.20

Get in early to meet your fellow in-house legal corporate deal-doers over a delicious breakfast from Crafty Counsel’s favourite caterers.

Welcome from Crafty Counsel

09.20 - 09.45

Join Crafty Counsel’s Founder, Ben, and Head of Community, Toby, for a welcome address on what to expect during the day. We’ll also be running an interactive “Unconference” exercise on what is top of mind for in-house lawyers working on strategic deals, and what you want to get from the day.

Toby Hornett, Head of Community, Crafty Counsel Ben White, Founder, Crafty Counsel

Who's buying? Who's selling? What's market in M&A?

09.45 - 10.10

Current trends in share purchase practice, and how things can vary depending on who’s on the other side We bring to the stage a panel of experts from private practice, M&A insurance, and in-house legal, to address and compare market trends across private equity and strategic transactions.

Mary Bartle, Senior M&A Counsel, Informa Edward Chapman, Partner, Taylor Wessing Rowley Higgs, Partner, Hemsley Wynne Furlonge Jarlath Pratt, Senior VP & Assistant GC, GIC

Guiding your stakeholders through complex and transformative transactions

10.10 - 10.35

Inside: Corporate Development? Treasury? Comms? Audit? The C-Suite? Outside: law firms? Regulators? The target? Goodness, all you’re doing is a high value acquisition with the potential to transform your business, and suddenly you have more stakeholders than you can even count. And, so often, it’s the legal team sitting in the middle, bringing order to chaos, and getting the deal across the line. A panel dedicated to stakeholder management, then - featuring experts from three very different businesses.

Elia Montorio, Partner, Shoosmiths Rebecca Rigby, Senior Corporate Counsel, Unilever Laura Todd, Head of Legal Utility Warehouse Dina White, GC, Zodia Markets

Life as the target: Who’s my client anyway?

10.35 - 11.00

Navigating the dynamics when working in a business being acquired It’s not easy being on the inside. You may be the business's expert corporate lawyer, but things get complicated when you’re pulled between the interests of shareholders, your colleagues, your board, and the acquirer (your future employer?). Layer on regulatory questions around who is your client and where are your duties owed, and things get complicated fast.

Toby Hornett, Head of Community, Crafty Counsel Jonathan Keen, Director of Legal, Figma Marianne Khoo, VP, Senior Legal Counsel, Victory Hill Capital Partners

11.00 - 11.10: Break

Small group workshops

11.10 - 12.00

Join your peers in smaller groups as we break into three workshops to discuss the morning's sessions. Meet the speakers up close, share your concerns with peers who "get it", and rotate between the three sessions across the hour. *Chatham House Rule applies*


12.00 - 13.00

An hour devoted to building connections and relationships over a delicious lunch.

Unconference Slot

13.00 - 13.40

Reflecting on your experiences - we kick off the by reviewing the morning’s flash poll on what is top of mind. Facilitator: Toby Hornett, Head of Community, Crafty Counsel

What makes a great client?

13.40 - 14.00

We end the day by reflecting together on the morning’s sessions, and by bringing to the stage a friend from private practice to address what makes a great client during a stressful and important deal.

Edward Chapman, Partner, Taylor Wessing Dana Denis-Smith, CEO, Obelisk Support Jon Gill, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland Elia Montorio, Partner, Shoosmiths Anders Strandberg, Legal Director, Kinnevik

Getting together, staying together: making integration work

14.00 - 14.25

According to Harvard Business Review, over 70% of M&A deals ultimately fail. We all know that a key reason for deal failure is where the parties neglect to focus on life after the exciting deal announcement - a failure to focus on integration. This panel explores real stories of making deals work (and how to avoid the opposite, with a focus on talent, culture, and expectation management.

Maiko Adachi, Senior Legal Counsel, Aviva Rannon Cabral, Legal Counsel, Pearson Karen Glass, Director, Marsden Priya Mistry, Senior Legal Counsel, Trainline

Founder-led & venture-backed business exits

14.25 - 14.50

Aligning interests and getting to the right outcome in high growth exits. In this session, we welcome lawyers from high growth technology, venture capital, and growth equity, to discuss how to work with founders and how to execute win/win early stage deals.

Ndidi Ezenwa, General Counsel, Juven Jon Gill, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland Robert Taylor, Senior Legal Counsel, Octopus Ventures

14.50 - 15.00: Break

Small group workshops

15.00 - 15.30

Join your peers in smaller groups as we break into three workshops to discuss the afternoon’s sessions. Meet the speakers up close, share your concerns with peers who "get it", and rotate between the three sessions across the hour. *Chatham House Rule applies*

My M&A war story

15.30 - 16.00

A fireside chat on what one General Counsel learned from a transformational deal in the Tech sector - and what they’d do differently next time.

Dana Denis-Smith, CEO, Obelisk Support James Sullivan, Group General Counsel, Bitstamp

Wrap-up tea

16.00 - 17.00

End the day with a wrap up tea, coffee, and/or cake with your peers before going home. Take the opportunity to exchange details with new friends, ask follow-up questions of the panelists, and generally wrap up on the best footing.


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