Skip to content

The 6th Annual Midwest M&A/Private Equity Forum

Thursday December 07, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Thomson Reuters Institute is pleased to host the 6th Annual Midwest M&A/Private Equity Forum this December at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Ohio. This premier gathering of regional deals professionals offers timely guidance on key trends and developments impacting a dynamic US middle market. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for industry-leading educational content and professional networking in the heart of Ohio’s Arch City.

Group discounts available. Please email for more details.

Sign up today!  Online registration now available. 

Event Details

Columbus, OH

$595 USD

For questions about this event, please call 1-800-308-1700, extension 1 or email us at

Why You Should Attend

  • This conference addresses current trends and developments impacting the regional US middle market.
  • Our esteemed faculty offers buy- and sell-side guidance for navigating a lucrative deals environment.
  • Participants can network with key powerbrokers and prospective clients throughout the proceedings and closing reception.

Who Should Attend

  • Corporate counsel
  • Strategic sellers
  • Investment bankers
  • Transactional lawyers
  • M&A advisors
  • Corporate Development professionals
  • Business entrepreneurs

Chair(s) and Faculty

Chair(s) Faculty
Steve Brady
Partner, Withum
Jeff Cox
Managing Partner, People & Productivity, West Monroe
Mark Dangelo
Chief Innovation Officer, M&A 2.0
Ely Friedman
Director of M&A, VonLehman and Company, Inc.
Scott Lepene
Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
Aartie Manansingh
Head of Transactional Insurance Solutions Transaction Risk Advisory & Solutions, Willis Towers Watson
Parker Sinclair
Corporate Counsel, Greif, Inc.
William Snow
Managing Director, FOCUS Investment Banking, Inc.
Megan Starr
Senior Legal Counsel, Zimmer Biomet

More Information





Event agenda

(all times local)

Thursday December 07, 2023

8:00AM – 9:00AM ET Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:55AM-9:00AM Opening Remarks
9:00AM-10:00AM ET Promise & Possibility: The State of the M&A Market

Amid the gradual decline of M&A activity from its 2021 frenetic pace, early returns for 2023 imply muted but no less lucrative possibilities for impactful middle market transactions. For all the concern over macroeconomic uncertainty and geopolitical tumult, robust private equity dry powder and renewed interest in key sectors such as automobiles, manufacturing, and technology augur a selective and more strategic path forward for savvy deals professionals. This opening conversation explores the shifting realities of the US middle market amid protracted change. How content are corporate development and deals professionals to wait out the economic downtown? What regulatory developments bear scrutiny under the newly installed 118th United States Congress? Will an elevated risk environment yield more creative and complex provisions or earnouts? Please join us as a distinguished panel of deals professionals addresses these and other key topics.


Aartie Manansingh, Director, Willis Towers Watson

10:00AM-10:15AM ET Break
10:15AM-11:15AM ET Patience & Fortitude: The Market Moves of Private Equity

Recent reports suggest that private equity (PE) firms will drive approximately 30% to 40% of global deal flow in 2023. Yet with higher interest rates and growing market saturation hindering momentum, the outlook for a solid year to come may ultimately fall short of expectations. This year’s private equity roundtable examines the tantalizing potentiality and attendant risk facing an evolving sector. Pressure to navigate near-term uncertainty alongside a greater focus on market differentiation are just some of the top concerns facing firms today. How are private equity leaders and firm general counsel managing risk—and leading enterprise change—in the current climate?


William R. Snow, Managing Director, FOCUS Investment Banking, Inc.

11:15AM-11:30AM ET Break
11:30AM ET-12:30PM ET Bold Endeavors: Considerations & Opportunity in Distressed M&A (Breakout)

With market volatility still abound, opportunities for dealmakers within distressed M&A are poised to rebound in 2023. Aided in large part by recessionary fears, many companies have turned toward preserving cash and liquidity and engaging in exploratory divestitures throughout the COVID-19 recovery phase. Leading a distressed M&A process is a unique experience—and one where limited time, bandwidth, or requisite business intelligence may result in unforeseen liabilities or missed revenue opportunity for even the most experienced dealmaker. This discussion offers an informed perspective on managing the distressed M&A sales process from valuation to consummation in large and mid-market deals.


Scott Lepene, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
Parker Sinclair, Corporate Counsel, Greif, Inc.

12:30PM-1:30PM ET Networking Luncheon
1:30PM-2:30PM ET Indispensable Assets: Understanding Issues of Human Capital in a Deal

Effective due diligence should include an in-depth analysis of a company’s human capital. However, understanding how to create synergies between a seller’s existing HR policies and compensation plans and any predetermined, buyer mandated human capital requests can be complex, especially given the mercurial nature of employment and labor regulations today. This session explores how to address key issues and considerations in HR due diligence. Our faculty will explore areas such as salary structures, executive compensation, equity audits, and unwritten buyer practices throughout the deal process.


Jeff Cox, Managing Partner, People & Productivity, West Monroe
Mark Dangelo, Chief Innovation Officer, M&A 2.0

2:30PM-2:45PM ET Break
2:45PM-3:45PM ET At Lightning Speed: Exploring AI’s Expansion into Dealmaking

Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) growing influence is pervasive in almost every sector of the market. Its rise within dealmaking only further demonstrates its impressive reach. But where exactly is AI making waves within the deals space, and how far, wide and fast is its reach expected to grow?   Our panel of dealmakers will share their thoughts on AI from their unique perspectives in the middle market as well as well as their predictions about what AI holds for the future of dealmaking as a whole.


Steve Brady, Partner, Withum

3:45PM-4:00PM ET Break
Paved by Good Intentions: Dispute Pains and Resolutions in Dealmaking (Breakout)

Deal disputes can arise for any reason. And in an era of seismic economic shifts, the fertile deals ground is ripe for conflict. Whether as a result of financial risk, deal pricing, or operational concerns, savvy dealmakers should keep abreast of all applicable solutions at their disposal.  Our expert faculty will explore potential trouble spots, including working capital issues, tax covenants, disputes under representations and warranties insurance, and more for today’s revitalizing albeit cautious deals environment.


Ely Friedman, Director of M&A, VonLehman and Company, Inc.
Megan Starr, Senior Legal Counsel, Zimmer Biomet

5:00PM-6:00PM ET Networking Reception

Join us for drinks as we wrap up the day’s proceedings.

Hilton Columbus Downtown

402 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Hotel Room Block
The Thomson Reuters Institute has secured a guest room block at the Hilton Columbus Downtown for the nights of Wednesday, December 6 and Thursday, Thursday, December 7 at a negotiated rate of $189/night plus taxes.

Interested parties may register online through our dedicated booking link or by calling the hotel directly at 614-384-8600 and request the Thomson Reuters “6th Annual Midwest M&A/Private Equity Forum” conference rate. Please be advised, the cutoff date for room reservations is November 15, 2023.  Rooms are subject to availability.

More Info