ACG Chicago, Inc. Presents the Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Market Trends Breakfast

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Chawla, Malchow, McKenzie, Robleski and Saxman lead an in depth discussion about what many are predicting to be a robust middle market transaction year.

Hundreds have attended this classic each year for at least three decades.

ACG Chicago is proud to be hosting the annual Market Trends breakfast on Friday, February 7 from 7:30am to 10:30am (including networking time) at the Standard Club in Chicago. Hundreds have attended this classic each year for at least three decades. This year 250-300 will join our elite panel of experts to discuss the 2014 market and the best paths for capitalizing growth.

The 2014 Market Trends panel includes:

  • Maneesh K. Chawla, Principal, Prospect Partners, LLC
  • Eric D. Malchow, Managing Director, Lincoln International, LLC
  • Ryan R. McKenzie, Partner, Arbor Investments
  • Dennis R. Robleski, Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank, and
  • Suzanne L. Saxman, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Moderator)

Maneesh Chawla is a private equity veteran with 15 years of experience investing in smaller lower-middle-market companies. As a Principal of Prospect Partners, he is involved in all aspects of investment sourcing, execution, and management. Mr. Chawla currently serves on the board of directors of five of the firm’s portfolio companies. Mr. Chawla joined Prospect Partners in 2000 and became a Principal of the Firm in 2004.

Eric Malchow is Co-President North America and Managing Director of Lincoln International. He joined the firm during its founding in 1996 and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and co-heads the Global Industrial Group. Eric has approximately 20 years of transactional experience focused in middle-market mergers and acquisitions assignments. Eric's clients include leading private equity groups and publicly-traded corporations. His experience includes advising on the sale and acquisition of companies which are market-leading, overleveraged, distressed or proceeding through the bankruptcy process. His experience also includes advising on numerous cross-border transactions.

Ryan McKenzie joined Arbor in 2000. He is the former owner and Chief Operating Officer of Chicago, Illinois-based ice machine distribution & leasing firms Automatic Ice, Inc. and Icemakers, LLC. Prior to his involvement in the ice business, Mr. McKenzie spent 20 years in senior positions in the commercial banking industry, including senior lender, CIO, Head of Corporate Finance and Director of the Mezzanine Finance Group at American National Bank of Chicago. He is also the former President and COO of Pullman Bank, Chicago, Illinois. For Arbor Fund I, Mr. McKenzie was an Operating Partner and served on the Board of the Pinnacle Equipment Group. Mr. McKenzie serves as a Director of Columbus Manufacturing, Inc., New French Bakery, Inc. and Gold Standard Baking, Inc.

Dennis Robleski is managing director and group head of BMO Harris Bank's sponsor finance group, where he manages a team of 45 professionals and more than $3.5 billion in assets. Prior to joining BMO Harris Bank, Mr. Robleski co-founded and served as managing director of Merrill Lynch Capital's corporate finance group, which upon its sale had assets of more than $5.5 billion. Before joining Merrill Lynch Capital, Mr. Robleski spent 19 years at Heller Financial, where as executive vice president and group head for sponsor finance and private equity investments, he oversaw 85 individuals and more than $3 billion of assets. Mr. Robleski also served in origination, underwriting, portfolio management and workout roles in Heller's Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas offices.

Ms. Saxman is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Chair of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters. She advises on the ideal form of organization, business plans, equity and stockholder agreements, commercial transactions, and exit strategies. Ms. Saxman has extensive experience resolving owner disputes and negotiating settlements. Ms. Saxman represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and other business development opportunities such as marketing, distribution and licensing agreements, and joint ventures. She strategizes on the business and legal aspects of negotiating transactions and corporate governance. Ms. Saxman also represents clients on the purchase and sale of distressed assets. She also advises clients on commercial financing matters and negotiates acquisition financing, private debt and equity financing, and venture capital.

The Market Trends event is open for registrations at Registration prices are $45.00 ($30.00 for ACG members) through February 3rd. Late registration after February 3rd is $60.00 ($45.00 for ACG members). You can call 877-224-6389 for more information.

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