EVENT

October 14 - 15, 2020

19th Annual M&A and Economic Forum

Virtual



Gary Silberg

Gary Silberg

Partner, Deal Advisory, KPMG LLP

co-hosted by KPMG LLP and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Speakers
  • Steering committee
  • Thought leadership
  • Testimonials

Overview

KPMG and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business invite you to the 19th Annual M&A and Economic Forum, an invitation-only event for C-suite executives from the Global 1000 and Private Equity. The Forum brings together some of the brightest minds in economics, industry, and government to debate and discuss the big ideas and issues impacting global business and investments.

While we had hoped to have an in-person component to the Forum this year, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business--like many institutions at this time--is not able to permit guests on campus. Therefore, we are moving forward with a virtual only forum this year, a first in our 19 years of hosting this event. 

We are planning a dynamic, interactive event that will immerse you right in the conversation with some of the world’s leading thought luminaries.

Agenda

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Virtual

Time Session & Presenter(s)
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

2020 Presidential Election 

  • Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and Bestselling author, Courage and Consequence
  • David Axelrod, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Senior Political Commentator, CNN, and Host, The Axe Files; Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Virtual

Time Session & Presenter(s)
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Carole Streicher, U.S. Service Group Leader for Deal Advisory and Strategy, KPMG LLP
  • Madhav Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Global M&A Outlook and Trends

  • Tim Ingrassia, Co-Chairman of Global Mergers and Acquisitions, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Global Energy Challenge

  • Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago
11:35 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Break
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch featured speaker
  • Bret Stephens, Journalist, Editor, and Columnist, New York Times and Pulitzer Prize Winner 
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Future of US-China Relations

  • Joshua Cooper Ramo, Co-CEO and Vice-Chairman of Kissinger Associates
2:30 p.m.  – 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

The Future of Higher Education

  • Madhav Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
  • Daniel Diermeier, Chancellor, Vanderbilt University 
3:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Break
3:50 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

The CRISPR Revolution – the amazing possibilities and ethical implications

  • Henry T. (Hank) Greely, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford University
4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Rethinking the Global Supply Chain – Panel Discussion

  • Nicole DeHoratius, Professor of Operations Management (Adjunct), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Francesca DeBiase, Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, McDonald's Corporation 
  • Sean Halligan, SVP Supply Chain Operations, Pharmaceutical Segment, Cardinal Health
  • Ritu Chandy, Regional CEO, BMW Group Financial Services Asia Pacific

Speakers

David Axelrod

David Axelrod

Senior Political Commentator, CNN

Ritu Chandy

Ritu Chandy

Regional CEO, BMW Group Financial Services Asia Pacific

Francesca DeBiase

Francesca DeBiase

EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, McDonald’s Corporation

Nicole DeHoratius

Nicole DeHoratius

Professor of Operations Management (Adjunct), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Daniel Diermeier

Daniel Diermeier

Chancellor, Vanderbilt University

Henry T. (Hank) Greely

Henry T. (Hank) Greely

Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford University


Michael Greenstone

Michael Greenstone

Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, Director of the Interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute, University of Chicago

Sean Halligan

Sean Halligan

SVP, Supply Chain Operations, Pharmaceutical Segment, Cardinal Health

Tim Ingrassia

Tim Ingrassia

Co-Chairman, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Banking Div., Goldman Sachs

Madhav Rajan

Madhav Rajan

Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Joshua Cooper Ramo

Joshua Cooper Ramo

Co-CEO and Vice-Chairman, Kissinger Associates

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and Bestselling author, Courage and Consequence,

Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens

Journalist, Editor, and Columnist, New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winner,

Carole Streicher

Carole Streicher

U.S. Service Group Leader for Deal Advisory and Strategy, KPMG LLP

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Steering committee

Nicole Agnew

Nicole Agnew

Partner, Goldman Sachs Group

Chris Ballinger

Chris Ballinger

CEO and Founder, Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)

Elizabeth Betten

Elizabeth Betten

Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP)

Bryan Campbell

Bryan Campbell

Vice President, Finance, Global Controllership, American Express

Mark D. Copman

Mark D. Copman

Vice President, Stationery and Office Supplies Division, 3M

Kevin Cramton

Kevin Cramton

Operating Partner, HCI Equity Partners

Jack Daly

Jack Daly

Partner, TPG Global

Jamie Garrett

Jamie Garrett

Principal, Joycap Advisory, LLC

Leigh Hopkins

Leigh Hopkins

Executive Vice President, International Strategy and Development, Walmart International

Tom Kichler

Tom Kichler

Partner, U.S. Head of Industrials and Energy, CVC Capital Partners

Randy Kroszner

Randy Kroszner

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Matt Levin

Matt Levin

Chief Strategy Officer, ADP

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Executive Director, Executive Education, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Dawn Manley

Dawn Manley

Chief of Staff for the Office of the CTO, SPLUNK

Stephen McKenna

Stephen McKenna

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Consonance Capital Partners (CCP)

Jim McKinney

Jim McKinney

Chief Financial Officer, Kemper Corporation

Don McLellan

Don McLellan

Partner, BDT Capital Partners LLC

Madhav Rajan

Madhav Rajan

Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Gary Silberg

Gary Silberg

Partner, Deal Advisory, KPMG LLP

Dr. John Suh

Dr. John Suh

Vice President and Founding Director, Hyundai CRADLE

Dan Tiemann

Dan Tiemann

Partner, Deal Advisory and Strategy, KPMG LLP

Stellar Tucker

Stellar Tucker

Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Development & Strategic Initiatives, HCL Technologies

Shoshana Vernick

Shoshana Vernick

Managing Director, Avathon Capital

Rip Zinsmeister

Rip Zinsmeister

CEO, BP Midstream Partners


Thought leadership





Testimonials

“Gary and team - Great job yet again! I was absolutely thrilled you were able to pull this off virtually so we could have the benefit of the Forum despite CV. Looking forward to meeting again in Chicago next year!”

-Bruce Lerner
President, HollyFrontier Corporation

“I have attended this conference for the past several years and I was a bit skeptical concerning the virtual nature of it. However, I was pleasantly surprised and was attentive and engaged throughout the entire conference. Everyone from the conference planning committee, the KPMG partners, the University of Chicago, the presenters did any excellent job in delivering the conference. This by far was the best virtual conference that I have ever attended. Great job and keep up the excellent work.”

-Kevin Sherfey
Vice President, Tax & Treasury
BAE Systems, Inc.
“The 19th Annual M&A and Economic Forum is covers interesting and unique topics that inspire and spark deeper reflection even days after the event. The speakers are stellar, content is engaging and execution is flawless (despite being virtual)!”

-Tze Choong
VP, HSBC
“Outstanding topics presented by distinguished and knowledgeable speakers” 
James McMahon
CFO and SVP, American Residential Services LLC
"As expected Gary and his colleagues have put together a very interesting, entertaining and helpful program. And despite the digital form the interactivity did not suffer too much.”

-Uwe Halbing
Controller-Americas, CFO Subregion USA
Schaeffler Group USA Inc
“Great forum with very interesting and relevant topics! Really enjoyed the variety and breath of the speaker and presentations! Well done!” 

-Alexander Breuning
VP, Mergers & Acquisitions
Robert Bosch LLC
“This was one of the most interesting and well organized events that I have ever attended, with a wide variety of pertinent topics and expert speakers, This event was a true stand out in a very crowded space as everyone races to engage the market with compelling content in an online format. Great job KPMG!”

-Karl Pearson
CEO, AT Cross
"This Forum is Consistently on target and very relevant. Each year is better that the past! Thank you for the opportunity to attend this event!” 

-Marie Hollein
President & CEO
Oakwood Enterprises
“I look forward to the M&A and Economic Forum every year. I enjoy the variety of topics and ideas that are discussed, particularly those that are more focused on emerging and disruptive technologies. It provides me with the opportunity to consider these threats and prospects in light of my business.”

-Andrew Kroll Director, Audit Services
Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
“So worth the time! In virtual format, it is actually more easily available based on the participant's investable time.”

-Russ Warren
Managing Director,
EdgePoint


Previous forums

  • Prior forum speakers
  • Faces of the forum

Prior forum speakers

Nobel laureates

  • Gary Becker, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, The University of Chicago
  • Steven Chu, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, Stanford University
  • Robert Fogel, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, The University of Chicago
  • James Heckman, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, The University of Chicago
  • Robert Lucas, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, The University of Chicago
  • Roger Myerson, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, The University of Chicago
  • Thomas Sargent, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, New York University
  • Myron Scholes, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, The University of Chicago
  • Richard Thaler, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, The University of Chicago

Other luminaries and leaders

  • David Axelrod, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Senior Political Commentator, CNN, and Host, The Axe Files; Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics
  • Frank Bruni, Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
  • Mick Ebeling, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Not Impossible Labs
  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago
  • Mark Fields, Former CEO, Ford Motor Company
  • Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Austan Goolsbee, Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers (2010-2011) Obama Administration
  • Henry T. (Hank) Greely, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford University
  • Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, University of Chicago
  • Thomas Insel, Former Head of the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Susan Kilrain, Navy Fighter Pilot and American Astronaut
  • Randy Kroszner, Former member of the Board of Governors for the United States Federal Reserve
  • Larry Kudlow, Director of the United States National Economic Council
  • Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor, Navy Cross Recipient in 2005 for acts of bravery in Afghanistan
  • Raghuram Rajan, Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
  • Joshua Cooper Ramo, Vice Chair, Kissinger Associates
  • Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and Bestselling author, Courage and Consequence
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Economist, Columbia University
  • Nate Silver, Founder of the award winning political website FiveThirtyEight.com
  • Bret Stephens, Journalist, Editor, and Columnist, New York Times and Pulitzer Prize Winner in Journalism
  • George Tenet, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Fareed Zakaria, Host of CNN’s GPS

Faces of the forum