Overview

Join leading deal lawyers, corporate development officers, investment bankers and private equity investors at UT Law’s 9th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute scheduled for October 17-18, 2013 at The Ritz-Carlton in downtown Dallas.

The M&A Institute offers state-of-the-art coverage in private company acquisitions law and practice. Follow a middle-market deal through the process, from start-to finish, with experts identifying—for each stage from pre-deal preparation through closing and beyond—potential issues and strategies to avoid or manage issues, including:

  • Reducing the risks of common pre-deal pitfalls
  • Avoiding potential pitfalls of buying out or providing liquidity to minority shareholders in an uncertain future
  • Navigating fiduciary duties in private company M&A
  • Employing winning strategies in M&A auctions
  • Negotiating critical walk rights
  • Allocating risks in structuring M&A transactions
Additional Institute highlights include:
  • The latest current trends and practices with respect to alternative transactional structures
  • Special issues in negotiating with financial sponsors
  • A top litigator’s perspective on developments in deal litigation
  • Experts “in the trenches” on the outlook for middle market M&A in the second half of 2013 and beyond

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Oct. 17, 2013
    Presiding Officer:
    John A. Kolada, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Chicago, IL
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    Welcoming Remarks by Institute Co-Chairs

    Wilson Chu, K&L Gates LLP - Dallas, TX
    Larry E. Glasgow, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 8:45 am
    1.25 hrs
    0.25 hr ethics
    Preparing for the Sale
    Before an M&A transaction, what can you do to reduce the risks that common pitfalls will impede, reduce the sale price, or even kill the deal? Hear from investment banking, accounting and legal experts on issues that frequently jeopardize M&A deals and how advance preparation is the key to successfully closing the deal.

    Moderator:
    Thomas W. Hughes, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Sal Fira, Grant Thornton - Dallas, TX
    Jeffrey A. Jones, Blackhill Partners, LLC - Dallas, TX
    Robert R. Kibby, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC - Dallas, TX
    Kevin Miller, Alston + Bird LLP - New York, NY

  • 10:00 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Pre-Exit Minority Stockholder Buyouts: Bumps in the Road or Train Wrecks in Waiting?
    No good deed goes unpunished? An exploration of the potential pitfalls of buying out or providing liquidity to minority shareholders when the future of the company is uncertain, given the disputes that may arise if the buyout is followed by a sale or other valuation event. The key issues as well as process and contractual protections crafted to address possible deal-derailing tactics and post-closing blowback are also discussed.

    Moderator:
    Wilson Chu, K&L Gates LLP - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Mark A. Morton, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP - Wilmington, DE
    Michael G. O'Bryan, Morrison & Foerster LLP - San Francisco, CA
    Noelle M. Reed, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Houston, TX

  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Navigating Fiduciary Duties in Private Company M&A
    An analysis of the unique issues that arise in the context of acquisitions of private companies, including duties owed to and by holders of common and preferred stock, allocation of merger proceeds, the effect of deemed liquidation and drag-along provisions, and director duties to maintain the confidentiality of information. Also, a look into whether, or to what extent, fiduciary duties differ between acquisitions of private and public companies.

    Byron F. Egan, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Dallas, TX
    Patricia O. Vella, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP - Wilmington, DE

  • 11:45 am
    Networking Luncheon
    Buffet lunch included in registration.
    Interact and network with faculty and fellow colleagues. 

  • Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 17, 2013
    Presiding Officer:
    Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa, SC - Mexico, DF
  • 12:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Deal Structuring Developments
    Current trends and practices with respect to alternative transactional structures, with focus on various options for the form of the deal and related documentation, governance, tax and accounting matters.

    Neel Lemon, Baker Botts - Dallas, TX
    Lisa Madden, KPMG LLP - Washington, DC
    R. David Wheat, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 1:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Confidentiality and Other Preliminary Agreements in the M&A Context: Building the Right Foundation for Today's Market
    An examination of CAs, LOIs and other preliminary agreements, with attention to avoiding traps for the unwary, recent legal developments, and frequently negotiated issues.

    Moderator:
    John B. McKnight, Locke Lord LLP - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Igor Kirman, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz - New York, NY
    Robert B. Little, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 2:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Winning Strategies in M&A Auctions
    Leverage-creating strategies in auctions from the perspectives of both sellers and bidders.

    Moderator:
    Bruce A. Cheatham, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Rich Dell'Aquila, Parallel Investment Partners - Dallas, TX
    Tom Spivey, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC - Dallas, TX
    Daniel E. Wolf, Kirkland & Ellis LLP - New York, NY

  • 3:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Purchase Price Adjustments in M&A
    Practical considerations relating to the most common purchase price adjustment matters, negotiating and drafting issues relating to working capital adjustments so as to avoid post-closing disputes and other similar hot topics.

    Ryan Burke, Ernst & Young LLP - Dallas, TX
    Alan J. Perkins, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Dallas, TX
    Glenn D. West, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 4:00 pm
    3rd Annual Byron Egan Whiskey Tasting and Coffee Break

  • 4:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Termination—Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
    Negotiation of key provisions of the acquisition agreement that define the scope of the buyer's walk rights, as well as the legal and practical issues that buyers must confront in exercising those walk rights, including a look at post-termination litigation scenarios.

    Richard E. Climan, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Redwood City, CA
    James R. Griffin, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Redwood City, CA

  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn to Cocktail Reception

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Oct. 18, 2013
    Presiding Officer:
    Bas Vletter, Loyens & Loeff N.V. - New York, NY
  • 8:00 am
    Networking Continental Breakfast
    Included in registration.

  • 8:30 am
    1.50 hrs
    Trending Topics in Indemnification Negotiations
    Risk allocation continues to be one of the most nuanced and important subjects in structuring M&A transactions. Review recent developments and trends in indemnification issues and learn what practitioners need to know in advising their clients in negotiations.

    Moderator:
    Timothy P. FitzSimons, Latham & Watkins LLP - Chicago, IL
    Panelists:
    Paul Koenig, Shareholder Representative Services LLC - Denver, CO
    Stephen M. Kotran, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - New York, NY
    Craig A. Menden, Cooley LLP - Palo Alto, CA

  • 10:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Middle Market M&A Outlook
    Middle market M&A current conditions and outlook for 2H2013 and beyond.

    Stephen M. Straty, Jefferies & Company, Inc. - Dallas, TX
    Shawn D. Terry, MHT Partners, LP - Dallas, TX

  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Special Issues in Negotiating with Financial Sponsors
    Buying businesses from or selling them to financial sponsors present certain considerations that are not common in other M&A transactions. The panelists describe and discuss these issues, including the role of debt and equity commitment letters, reverse termination fees, limitations on indemnification and other remedies, and regulatory commitments.

    Moderator:
    John Grimes, Duff and Phelps, LLC - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Paul J. Shim, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - New York, NY
    P. Matt Zmigrosky, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 11:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Developments in Deal Litigation: A Litigator's Perspective
    Shareholder suits in the wake of a merger announcement have become the rule rather than the exception. Learn how deal provisions are being challenged in litigation and how Courts are addressing those claims in Texas, Delaware and other jurisdictions, with a focus on how M&A attorneys can minimize litigation risk.

    Moderator:
    Noelle M. Reed, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    John W. Bickel II, Bickel & Brewer, New York, NY and - Dallas, TX
    Andrew M. Edison, Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP - Houston, TX

  • 12:30 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

John W. Bickel II

Bickel & Brewer, New York, NY and
Dallas, TX

Ryan Burke

Ernst & Young LLP
Dallas, TX

Bruce A. Cheatham

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Dallas, TX

Wilson Chu

K&L Gates LLP
Dallas, TX

Richard E. Climan

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Redwood City, CA

Rich Dell'Aquila

Parallel Investment Partners
Dallas, TX

Andrew M. Edison

Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP
Houston, TX

Byron F. Egan

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Sal Fira

Grant Thornton
Dallas, TX

Timothy P. FitzSimons

Latham & Watkins LLP
Chicago, IL

Larry E. Glasgow

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Dallas, TX

James R. Griffin

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Redwood City, CA

John Grimes

Duff and Phelps, LLC
Dallas, TX

Thomas W. Hughes

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Dallas, TX

Jeffrey A. Jones

Blackhill Partners, LLC
Dallas, TX

Robert R. Kibby

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC
Dallas, TX

Igor Kirman

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
New York, NY

Paul Koenig

Shareholder Representative Services LLC
Denver, CO

Stephen M. Kotran

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
New York, NY

Neel Lemon

Baker Botts
Dallas, TX

Robert B. Little

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Dallas, TX

Lisa Madden

KPMG LLP
Washington, DC

John B. McKnight

Locke Lord LLP
Dallas, TX

Craig A. Menden

Cooley LLP
Palo Alto, CA

Kevin Miller

Alston + Bird LLP
New York, NY

Mark A. Morton

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Wilmington, DE

Michael G. O'Bryan

Morrison & Foerster LLP
San Francisco, CA

Alan J. Perkins

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Dallas, TX

Noelle M. Reed

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Houston, TX

Paul J. Shim

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
New York, NY

Tom Spivey

Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Dallas, TX

Stephen M. Straty

Jefferies & Company, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Shawn D. Terry

MHT Partners, LP
Dallas, TX

Patricia O. Vella

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Wilmington, DE

Glenn D. West

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Dallas, TX

R. David Wheat

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Daniel E. Wolf

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
New York, NY

P. Matt Zmigrosky

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Dallas, TX

Planning Committee

Wilson Chu—Co-Chair

K&L Gates LLP
Dallas, TX

Larry E. Glasgow—Co-Chair

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Dallas, TX

Nicholas V. Beare

Stephens Inc.
Dallas, TX

Bryan K. Brown

Thompson & Knight LLP
Houston, TX

Jeffrey A. Chapman

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Dallas, TX

Richard E. Climan

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Redwood City, CA

R. Scott Cohen

Jones Day
Dallas, TX

Gemma L. Descoteaux

Polsinelli PC
Dallas, TX

Byron F. Egan

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Sal Fira

Grant Thornton
Dallas, TX

David Hallett

Lazard Middle Market LLC
Minneapolis, MN

Tom D. Harris Jr.

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Thomas W. Hughes

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Dallas, TX

Jeffrey A. Jones

Blackhill Partners, LLC
Dallas, TX

Robert R. Kibby

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC
Dallas, TX

Leon V. Komkov

Longroad Asset Management, LLC
Austin, TX

Neel Lemon

Baker Botts
Dallas, TX

John B. McKnight

Locke Lord LLP
Dallas, TX

Mark A. Morton

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Wilmington, DE

Cookie F. Munson

Surveying And Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.)
Austin, TX

Noelle M. Reed

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Houston, TX

Gregory J. Smith

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michelle M. Turner

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Cliff W. Vrielink

Sidley Austin LLP
Houston, TX

Glenn D. West

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Dallas, TX

Sean T. Wheeler

Latham & Watkins LLP
Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
You may claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided in Your Briefcase for your records. The system reports Texas CLE credit every Monday. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
As The University of Texas School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider (#1944), and the State Bar of California is a New York Approved Jurisdiction, our courses are approved for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour, and in accordance with the Program Rules and the Regulations and Guidelines of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. More information and details can be found at Section 6 of the Regulations and Guidelines.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the New York State Bar Association. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Dallas – Oct 17-18, 2013 – The Ritz-Carlton
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Last day for cancellation: Oct 14, 2013

Venue

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2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX
800.960.7082 (reservations)

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Valet Parking Only: $15 day of event and $25 overnight

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