EY - Improving divestitures: lessons from private equity

EY Transaction Advisory Services Webcast

Improving divestitures: lessons from private equity

Portfolio optimization and deal execution

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Roughly half of the companies we interviewed for our 2016 Global Corporate Divestment Study are planning to divest within the next two years. Yet, many companies struggle to execute and negotiate the right price for their divestments.

At this webcast, we will share ideas from this year's study on achieving your portfolio and divestment goals. With 70% of companies using their divestments to fund growth, we will explore how corporates can benefit from the expertise of private equity firms who are serial buyers and sellers.

Join our panelists for a discussion that will answer many companies' most pressing questions:

  • Do we have the right data and analytics capabilities to make good portfolio decisions?
  • How should we react if we're approached by a potential buyer?
  • How can we improve divestment execution?
  • How should we use divestment proceeds?


EY - Rich Mills

Rich Mills

Ernst & Young LLP (US)

Rich Mills is the EY Americas Divestiture Advisory Services Leader for Transaction Advisory Services (TAS). Based in the US firm’s Atlanta office, Rich has been dedicated to providing transaction services for over 15 years and has nearly 20 years of public accounting experience. He has advised clients on more than 150 transactions, including divestitures, such as full-enterprise sales, carve-out sales and tax-free spins.

Rich joined EY in 2002. Previously, he was a partner within another Big Four organization in its Transaction Support practice specializing in financial due diligence.

Rich graduated from the University of Florida with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accountancy. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

EY - Lisa Price

Lisa Price

GE Energy Management

Lisa Price is the General Manager and Business Development Lead for GE Energy Management globally, including GE Power Conversion, GE Industrial Solutions and GE Digital Energy. In addition to Business Development, she also leads the Integration Planning for GE's acquisition of Alstom's Energy assets; specifically the integration of Alstom Grid into Energy Management.

EY - Stephanie Geveda

Stephanie Geveda

Warburg Pincus

Stephanie Geveda is a Managing Director at Warburg Pincus. She joined the company in 2010 and focuses on investments in the industrial and business services sectors.

Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Stephanie worked as an investment professional at Silver Lake Partners, Fox Paine & Company, and J.P. Morgan Partners, where she has focused on private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, growth equity and venture investment opportunities across a wide range of industries. She began her career working in Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division where she advised companies in the media and communications industries focused on mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring transactions. Stephanie has been involved in the firm's investments in Endurance International Group, CROSSMARK, Total Safety, Electronic Funds Source and Sterigenics since inception.

Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.B.A. in Finance and Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Beta Gamma Sigma). She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School where she graduated as a George F. Baker Scholar. She also currently serves on the boards of Electronic Funds Source, Sterigenics and CROSSMARK.


EY - Loren Garruto


Loren Garruto

Ernst & Young LLP (US)

Loren Garruto joined Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice in 2003 and currently serves as the Market Leader for the TAS practice in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Loren is the Americas and Global Valuation & Business Modelling Leader for EY’s Divestiture Advisory Services practice. She has worked on numerous divestitures, helping clients understand key value drivers and the impact of divesting on overall shareholder value. Over the last 20+ years, her advisory experience has included valuations for buy-side and sell-side transactions, portfolio optimization projects, bankruptcy and a variety of US and international tax purposes.

Key industry sectors that Loren serves include specialty chemicals, diversified industrial manufacturing and mining & metals. Loren graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Chemistry and from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an MBA, concentrating in Finance. She has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers.


EY - Paul Hammes

Paul Hammes

Ernst & Young LLP (US)

Paul Hammes is EY Global Divestiture Advisory Services Leader for Transaction Advisory Services (TAS). Based in the US firm’s Chicago office, he has more than 15 years of experience in transactions, serving corporate clients on both the sell and buy sides.

Paul’s global transaction advisory experience spans some 300 client engagements, including carve-outs, tax-free spinoffs, roll-ups and IPOs, and a range of industries: manufacturing, chemicals, plastics, wholesale/distribution, consumer products, trucking, education services and life sciences. He has provided divestiture advisory services for Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 companies and numerous privately held and private-equity-backed companies.

Paul received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the CPA Societies of both Illinois and Ohio.