Conference Targets Consolidation

ROSEMONT, IL | C-level executives interested in mergers and acquisitions — either as buyer or seller — were in attendance at a day-long seminar organized by AWA Alexander Watson Assoc., Amsterdam, Netherlands. The “Mergers & Acquisitions Executive Forum — Resin and Fiber-Based Packaging Coating, and Converting Conference” was held June 8 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

Presenters addressed more than 50 attendees with a well-focused group of general topics covering trends in the specialty converting and coating markets; global consolidation in the packaging sector; and the US economic outlook. Presentations then moved to the importance of telling the right story during the M&A process; structuring the deal; and financing considerations. Two companies — Mondi and CCL Label — shared their strategies for growth through acquisition, and developments in the forest, paper, and packaging industry were presented.

A panel discussion, moderated by Thomas Blaige, CEO of Blaige & Co., provided additional insights, with Q&A, on the strategies that led to successful acquisitions, integration, and divestitures.

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