C-Circle – Trends in Mergers & Acquisitions

Date: Thursday, November 08, 2018
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Deutsch Bank Labs
Silicon Valley
2650 Birch Street
Suite 150
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions: Volume, Valuations and Preparing for Sale

With more than $2.5 Trillion in announced deals in the first half of 2018, M&A activity in the US is red hot. In fact it is likely that the total deal value for the year will exceed $5 Trillion making 2018 the best year for M&A activity in history.

Please join us for a discussion on current trends in deal activity, hot sectors, drivers of activity, preparing for a sale and the M&A outlook for 2019. Our experts and attendees will discuss the following questions:

  • Has the third quarter continued the deal activity of the first half of 2018?
  • Is the level of activity due to the strong economy or is something else going on?
  • What are the current trends?
  • How will these trends effect deal activity in 2019?
  • What is the average size of a deal in 2018? How does that compare with prior years?
  • What strategic imperatives are motivating buyers at the moment?
  • Are private equity firms more active than in past years?
  • Interest rates are relatively low but will the increases in rates slow M&A activity?
  • What is the impact of the strong stock markets on M&A activity?
  • Who are the leading strategic buyers this year?
  • With Amazon, NetFlix and other tech companies entering new markets, are more traditional companies ramping up M&A activity to defend their market share?
  • What sectors are seeing the most activity?
  • Are we seeing more transformative acquisitions as opposed to add-ons?
  • In light of recent trade tensions, how do you assess cross-border M&A deals?
  • Are Chinese buyers likely to abandon the US market for acquisitions?
  • What new M&A technology tools are being used to improve efficiency and speed in getting deals done?
  • Are buyers interested in top-line revenue, profit, technology or other indices of value?


Guest Expert


Gunjeet Baweja

Managing Director, Global Head Semiconductors & Electronics
Jefferies Technology Group

Gunjeet Baweja is a Managing Director in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Jefferies and Global Head of Semiconductors and Electronics. He has 26 years of experience in investment banking and technology.

Prior to Jefferies, Gunjeet was with Needham & Company as Co-Head of M&A. At Needham, he completed over 100 M&A sell-side and buy-side transactions, IPOs, public financings and advisory assignments for public and private companies. He also worked at Intel corporation for seven years with positions in strategic marketing and microprocessor design.

Gunjeet holds a BE in Electronics Engineering from M.S. University, India, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.


Mihir Jobalia

Managing Director, Technology Group

Mihir leads KPMG corporate finance’s technology practice in Silicon Valley. As a leader in corporate finance, Mihir serves and expands relationships with clients in the technology sector with a focus on M&A advisory services and private capital raises.

Mihir has over 18 years of experience in executing mergers and acquisitions, private placements, divestitures, recapitalizations, IPOs, follow-on offerings, and delivering fairness options.

Prior to joining KPMG Corporate Finance, Mihir served as Managing Director of investment banking at Morgan Keegan Technology Group. In this role, he provided support for technology, financial and M&A transactions for venture capitalists, private equity firms, and high tech companies in the Silicon Valley market. Prior to joining Morgan Keegan Technology Group, Mihir was a Managing director and Head of Software Investment Banking at ThinkEquity.

Mihir holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.




James C. Chapman


Jim is a partner at Rimon P.C. where he focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He counsels publicly traded and privately held clients on public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and related transactions. Jim also represents venture capital firms, angels, and family offices in their investments. With 30 years of experience in corporate and securities law, he has represented clients in over 300 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.

Although he has been involved in transactions all over the world, Jim was also an early pioneer in representing companies in cross border transactions between the US and China. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies investing and raising capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. enterprises acquire Chinese companies, transfer technology, enter into joint ventures and operate, in China. Jim has also been involved in negotiating resolutions to some of the most high-profile disputes involving US companies operating in China.

Jim’s US-China experience extends to a wide variety of industries including media, mobile, software, semiconductor, alternative energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He has been recognized by Finance Monthly Global Awards, ACQ5 Global Awards and Corporate Live Wire as “China Investment Attorney of the Year” for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and by Corporate Intl Legal Awards and Global Law Experts as “China Investment Attorney of the Year- California” for 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Rimon P.C, Jim was a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a leading international law firm.