M&A Summit Brings Top Deal-makers to Hamptons June 16-17

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Fortune magazine columnist and Marketplace radio commentator Allan Sloan, along with Harvey Miller, the restructuring attorney crowned "bankruptcy king" last year by the Wall Street Journal, will head up a powerhouse speaking line-up at the "Convergence 2008: The M&A Summit in the Hamptons," June 16-17 in Southampton, N.Y.

Fortune magazine columnist and Marketplace radio commentator Allan Sloan, along with Harvey Miller, the restructuring attorney crowned "bankruptcy king" last year by the Wall Street Journal, will head up a powerhouse speaking line-up at the "Convergence 2008: The M&A Summit in the Hamptons," June 16-17 in Southampton, N.Y. The event is produced by The M&A Fourm.

Mr. Sloan, one of the country's most respected business journalists, often flouts conventional wisdom in typically caustic, and frequently hilarious, coverage of deals, corporate investments and other business initiatives. Mr. Miller has, over three-plus decades at Weil Gotshal, built one of the country's top debtor-side practices while assuring his own legacy as a turnaround expert and law school professor.

Both will deliver keynotes at a conference designed to bring together senior people from across the Alternative Investing industry, at a moment when dealmakers are more open to new practices and new relationships than in any time in recent memory.

"The Convergence theme refers to the way practices, products and relationships throughout the industry are shifting as the credit crunch continues to impact deal flow," said Warren Strugatch, a founder of The M&A Forum™, the conference producer. "For example, activist investors are increasingly prominent on the dealscape, sometimes in adversarial ways, and sometimes more cooperatively in the manner of Private Equity investors -- and sometimes under Private Equity ownership."

The event provides a forum for investors, fund managers, attorneys, corporate governance advisors, valuation professionals, and others across the industry to widen their connections at a time when dealmakers are eyeing new ways of doing business. "Early stage investors are now talking to later-stage investors, large Private Equity firms are now swimming in shallower pools, and they are eager to talk with one another, when they have an opportunity to do so," Mr. Strugatch said. "This conference provides such an opportunity."

The conference, to take place in the Southampton Cultural Center, across from Agawam Park in Southampton Village, will make the most of the extraordinary business networking and corporate entertainment possibilities available in the Hamptons. Attendees, speakers and sponsors will enjoy golf, local shopping, vineyard tours and more, starting with a sunset lobster bake on the beach, June 16.

The event culminates with an awards reception honoring the winners of the first annual Caesar Awards™ for Corporate Social Responsibility. "We will give out seven Caesar awards to individuals and firms from the M&A industry who give back to the community in the form of job preservation, employment growth, job retraining, environmental investments, philanthropic initiatives or pro bono contributions," Mr. Strugatch said. "We created this award because we believe that by recognizing good corporate citizenship we encourage good corporate citizenship."

The Southampton Cultural Center is the non-profit partner of the M&A Forum, and will receive a portion of proceeds from the event. Sponsors include M&A International Inc, United Business Media Plc, Greenberg Traurig, Dechert LLP, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC, and the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development.

Full information on the conference including registration is online at http://themaforum.org/html/hampton_event_hamptons.html

About The M&A Forum:
The M&A Forum™ brings together people, ideas, information and skills in ways that promote dialogue, generate insight and foster successful interaction for Alternative Investors. The M&A Forum's programs, publications and other initiatives are designed to promote desirable investor outcomes while expanding the definition of stakeholder to include the many rather than the few.

The M&A Forum seeks to encourage investor awareness of the goals identified with Corporate Social Responsibility, and to effectively reconcile business goals with consensus social, economic and environmental goals; and, also, to raise public awareness of the industry's achievements in the arena of sustainable investing and collective betterment.

On the web at: TheMAForum.org

For more information please contact:
The M&A Forum
212-618-6375
Info @ TheMAForum.org

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