EVENT

October 13 - 14, 2021

Save the Date! 20th Annual M&A and Economic Forum



Gary Silberg

Gary Silberg

Partner, Global Automotive Sector Leader, KPMG US

+1 312-665-1916

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

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • 2021 Speakers
  • Steering committee
  • Thought leadership
  • Testimonials
  • Better connected: webcast replay

Overview

KPMG and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business are pleased to invite you to our 20th 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.

This year, we are excited to be offering a hybrid event allowing for in-person or virtual participation. (Note: All in-person participants will be required to follow The University of Chicago health and safety guidelines.)

20th Annual KPMG and The University of Chicago M&A and Economic Forum

Agenda

Wednesday, October 13-14, 2021

Location: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center

Day 1 – October 13, 2021 | The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center

Time Session & Presenter(s)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CDT Networking Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Fireside Chat: Economic trends and policies impacting future investment decisions
Kevin Murphy
, MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant Winner, John Bates Clark Medal Winner, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Moderator: Gary Silberg, Partner, Deal Advisory and Strategy, and Global Automotive Sector Leader, KPMG US
8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Networking


Day 2 – October 14, 2021 | The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center

Time Session & Presenter(s)
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. CDT Opening Remarks 
Carole Streicher
, Partner, U.S. Deal Advisory and Strategy Leader, KPMG US
Gary Silberg, Partner, Deal Advisory and Strategy, and Global Automotive Sector Leader, KPMG US
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. Session 1 – Global M&A Outlook and Trends
Tim Ingrassia
, Cochairman, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Session 2 - The Global Economy: Where we are today and what’s next
Veronica Guerrieri, 
Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics and William Graham Faculty Scholar, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
11:20 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session 3 - Living in a World of Cyber Attacks
Kevin Mandia, 
Chief Executive Officer, FireEye Inc.
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Keynote - Becoming Superhuman: Overcoming disruption in a distributed world
Lucas Miller, Human performance researcher, University of California Berkeley
Sahar Yousef, Cognitive neuroscientist, University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session 4 - The Future of Cities
Kenneth T. Jackson,
Director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History and the Jacques Barzun Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University
3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Break
3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Session 5 - Engineering the Brain
Max Hodak, 
Cofounder and former President of Neuralink
4:10 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Break
4:20 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Session 6 - The Economics of ESG Investing
Lubos Pastor,
 Charles P. McQuaid Professor of Finance and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
4:55 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Session 7 - Resources Beyond Earth: Enabling future exploration and the new space economy
Angel Abbud-Madrid,
 Director, Center for Space Resource at Colorado School of Mines
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closing / Cocktail Reception and Networking

2021 Speakers

Angel Abbud-Madrid

Angel Abbud-Madrid

Director, Center for Space Resources, Colorado School of Mines

Veronica Guerrieri

Veronica Guerrieri

Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics & Williard Graham Faculty Scholar, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Max Hodak

Max Hodak

Cofounder and former President, Neuralink

Tim Ingrassia

Tim Ingrassia

Cochairman, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Kenneth T. Jackson

Kenneth T. Jackson

Director, Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History & Jacques Barzun Professor Emeritus of History , Columbia University

Kevin Mandia

Kevin Mandia

Chief Executive Officer, FireEye, Inc.

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Human performance researcher, University of California Berkeley

Kevin M. Murphy

Kevin M. Murphy

George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Lubos Pastor

Lubos Pastor

Charles P. McQuaid Professor of Finance and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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, Global Automotive Sector Leader, KPMG US

+1 312-665-1916
Carole Streicher

Carole Streicher

Partner, U.S. Deal Advisory and Strategy Leader, KPMG US

+1 312-665-2138
Sahar Yousef

Sahar Yousef

Cognitive neuroscientist, University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business

Steering committee

Nicole Agnew

Nicole Agnew

Partner, Goldman Sachs Group

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

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

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

Dawn Manley

Dawn Manley

Head of Data Science, 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, Global Automotive Sector Leader, KPMG US

+1 312-665-1916
Carole Streicher

Carole Streicher

Partner, U.S. Deal Advisory and Strategy Leader, KPMG US

+1 312-665-2138
Dr. John Suh

Dr. John Suh

Vice President and Founding Director, Hyundai CRADLE

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

Better connected: webcast replay


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, The 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, The 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
  • Richard Muller, Professor, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kevin Murphy, Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • 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