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Event occurred on: 6-21-2023 to 6-22-2023

M&A Conference at The University of Chicago Gleacher Center


  • June 21, 2023: 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST
  • June 22, 2023: 8:15 AM – 6:00 PM CST

Freshfields US Corporate/M&A Partner Paul Humphreys and Antitrust Partner Jenn Mellott will be speaking at Transaction Advisors Institute’s Annual M&A Conference.

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This prestigious annual M&A conference assembles corporate development leaders, in-house M&A counsel, and private equity investors to discuss current challenges impacting complex transactions and learn about innovative methods to improve deal performance. The cross-disciplinary agenda is unpacked by a diverse speaking faculty from various industries and regions who share first-hand experiences, best practices, and guidance from their vast M&A experience.

Paul Humphreys’ panel “Slowly Closing” will cover:

  • For long-close deal cycles, what terms should be structured to adjust?
  • How can outside dates, ticking fees, efforts, reverse break fees, equity grants, and other deal points be designed to work in concert?
  • Are new walk rights and interim covenants emerging?
  • How do you make sure one party does not control a closing condition?
  • What shift in long-close deals?
  • What is being negotiated (and actually being paid) when deals don't close?

Jenn Mellott’s panel “Formulating a Regulatory Approach” will cover:

  • What are the key considerations and factors in formulating a strong antitrust strategy?
  • How are parallel reviews affecting deals?
  • Are there ways to effectively handle divergence -- or collaboration -- between jurisdictions?
  • What key elements of the agency's substantive assessments have shifted?
  • Given the agencies' skepticism of behavioral remedies and intense scrutiny of structural remedies, can / should deal makers negotiate adaptations to fix it first? 

6-21-2023 to 6-22-2023

Event location

450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL

Freshfields speakers

Paul Humphreys

Partner, Freshfields

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Jenn Mellott

Office Managing Partner, Washington DC, Freshfields

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