Market trends: 2015 Outlook IPO and M&A
Deal making in the US continues to heat up with IPOs at record levels and M&A activity picking up steam. Leading capital markets and transaction professionals will examine major trends in 2014 and provide an outlook for 2015.
Author, Communication Consultant
Author, keynote speaker and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker, Mark Jeffries has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships. Dividing his time mostly between the United States, Canada and Europe, Mark is invited to deliver his highly effective keynotes on business communication to audiences across many industries. His speeches are relevant, entertaining and filled with instantly usable takeaway ideas. Mark has also mastered a fascinating niche — moderating major corporate events. Mark has become the go-to person for facilitating, moderating and emceeing multinational events for major organizations around the world. Mark has published two books: What’s up with your Handshake? and The Art of Business Seduction and has recently launched an innovative virtual training course entitled “The Art of Business Influence, Selling Without Selling.” Discussing the power of business influence, networking 2.0 and soft skills, Mark regularly appears as an expert guest on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business, CNBC and BBC News and writes for The Huffington Post.
EVP, Head of Global Listings
Scott Cutler is Executive Vice President and Head of Global Listings at NYSE Euronext and is responsible for managing the Exchange’s relationship with over 2,100 companies listed at the NYSE from Canada, Latin America, the United States and Asia. Mr. Cutler is responsible for the Exchange’s relationship with the investment banking, private equity, venture capital and legal communities to attract new listings and oversees the Capital Markets business, including initial public offerings for operating companies, structured products, closed-end funds and REITs listing on the NYSE or NYSE MKT. He frequently testifies in Congress on capital-raising activities and was involved in the JOBS Act legislation that was passed in April 2012. Mr. Cutler graduated with a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and earned a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Jason Giordano is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Mr. Giordano has been involved in the evaluation and execution of various investments in the consumer products, education, paper and packaging, and chemicals sectors, including investments in Pinnacle Foods, Birds Eye Foods, Wishbone, Crocs, Outerstuff, Acushnet (Titleist), Polymer Group, Fiberweb and Providencia. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Giordano was employed by Bain Capital and Goldman, Sachs & Co. in various roles. Mr. Giordano received an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Foods, Outerstuff, Polymer Group and HealthMarkets.
Senior Managing Director, US Technology Sector Leader
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC
Jeff Liu is the EY Technology Global Sector Head for Transaction Advisory Services. He is also Senior Managing Director, US Technology Sector Leader for Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC. Jeff has served as a senior advisor to technology clients for almost 24 years, as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and as a Technology group head at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America. He graduated from Harvard College and has an MBA and a JD from Stanford University.
Managing Director - Global Head of Equity Capital Markets
Brian M. Reilly is a managing director and Global Head of Equity Capital Markets at Barclays in New York. Mr. Reilly has over 20 years of experience executing over 100 capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Previously, he was Head of Asset Management within Investment Banking at Barclays and Head of the Communications, Media and Internet vertical within Equity Capital Markets at Lehman Brothers. He also worked as a corporate lawyer for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and as a clerk for a federal judge. Mr. Reilly earned his JD from Yale Law School and his BA from Yale University.