M&A Circle – Preparing for the Sell-Side M&A Process – Part 2

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Baker McKenzie
660 Hansen Way
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Are you an M&A professional at a strategic acquirer or seller and interested in attending this event?


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The execution of a successful exit is often dependent on the speed of the process and it’s important sellers are aware of potential obstacles to ensure an expedited process. During part two of our series on “Preparing for the Sell-Side M&A Process,” Shelle Martin and Robert Stobie will discuss how the latest technological innovations and solutions can accelerate your deal process and mitigate risk.

Please join us as Jim Ackerman, Vice President Corporate Development of Flex and Aziz Megji, Vice President of Corporate Development, HPE discuss M&A Best Practices based on their extensive experience executing M&A transactions at Flex and HPE.


Our Distinguished Speakers


Jim Ackerman

VP, Corporate Development

With a background in corporate finance, Jim has 20 years in Corporate Development roles for Tier 1 manufacturing and supply chain companies leading projects across the Americas, Europe, Nordics, Asia and Australia. Jim is currently Vice President of Corporate Development for Flex, Ltd., a $27B global provider of innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics services to companies of all sizes in multiple industries and end-markets. Over the past 10 years Jim has executed a number of successful divestitures and acquisitions across Automotive, Medical, Industrial, Power, Microelectronics, and Consumer market segments.


Aziz Megji

VP, Corporate Development
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Aziz has been with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for over 4 years and has been involved in a number of successful processes. He is a Senior Leader with Experience in Corporate Development, Corporate Strategy, Finance/Accounting, Investment Banking and Private Equity at Leading Firms.

Aziz’ experience is in Technology Industry (Software, Services, Enterprise Technology, Digital/Internet), Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Strategy, Financial Analysis, Capital Markets, Private Equity Investing, Accounting, Due Diligence, Transaction and Commercial Partnership Structuring and Negotiation.

The Corporate Development team at HPE is responsible for strategy, investment thesis, planning and execution of inorganic growth for HPE, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other similar strategic initiatives and has been responsible for leading over $20B+ of M&A activity across 20+ transactions over the past 24 months. Team partners with HPE’s global businesses to drive M&A strategy, business case formulation, financial and operating models for acquired companies, pre-merger integration planning, post-merger integration execution and acquisition performance assessment, business performance optimization and tracking.


Our Distinguished Moderators


Shelle Martin

Sr. Director DataSite
Merrill Corporation

Shelle Martin, has been with Merrill DataSite since 2005, Shelle was one of the first 10 Directors hired in the inception of DataSite. Prior to Datasite, Shelle was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, and speaks Spanish, along with a few other local dialects. In Shelle’s 15+ years tenure she has completed over 1100 successful process ranging from providing assistance to Corporates, Private Equity, Law Firms, Venture, and so much more.


Rob Stobie

Merrill Corporation

Rob Stobie has almost 20 years of experience working with finance executives from a consulting and technology perspective. He’s served in a Director role at Merrill Corporation since 2014 in both the Washington, DC and now Bay Area market. Rob helps law firms, investment banks, and corporate clients share secure information through Merrill’s award winning DataSiteOne virtual data room (VDR) platform. Rob has a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and resides in the Bay Area.


Are you an M&A professional at a strategic acquirer or seller and interested in attending this event?