EVENT

October 19 - 20, 2022

21st 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
  • 2022 Speakers
  • Steering committee
  • Testimonials
  • Faces of the Forum
  • Thought leadership

Overview

KPMG and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business are pleased to invite you to our 21st 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.

21st Annual KPMG and The University of Chicago M&A and Economic Forum

Agenda

October 19-20, 2022

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

Day 1 – October 19, 2022 | The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center

Time

Agenda

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

Networking Cocktail Reception

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Fireside Chat: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap
Roland Fryer
, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Networking


Day 2 – October 20, 2022 | The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center

Time Agenda

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM 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
Pietro Veronesi, Deputy Dean for Faculty and Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Session 1 – Global M&A Outlook and Trends
Tim Ingrassia
, Cochairman, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

9:15 AM – 9:25 AM

Break

9:25 AM – 10:25 AM

Session 2 – The Global Economy - Growth, Interest Rates and Inflation
Randall Kroszner
, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

10:25 AM – 10:35 AM

Break

10:35 AM – 11:45 AM

Session 3 – Moving from Strength to Strength in Work, Life, and Happiness
Arthur Brooks
, Harvard Professor, PhD Social Scientist, Bestselling Author, and Columnist at The Atlantic

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Break/Lunch transition

12:00 PM – 1:20 PM

Lunch Keynote – The 2022 Election and the State of American Politics
Bret Stephens
, Journalist, Editor, and Columnist, New York Times and Pulitzer Prize Winner

1:20 PM – 1:30 PM

Break/Afternoon sessions transition

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 4 – War and Global Politics
Chris Blattman
, Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, The Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM

Break

2:40 PM – 3:40 PM

Session 5 – The Future of Nuclear Energy
Dr. Robert Hill
, Program Manager, Advanced Nuclear Energy Research and Development, Argonne National Laboratory

3:40 PM – 3:50 PM

Break


3:50 PM – 5:00 PM

Session 6 – Working with a Distracted Mind
Edward S. Awh
, Professor, Department of Psychology; Member, The College Institute for Mind and Biology, The University of Chicago
Edward K. Vogel, Professor, Department of Psychology; Director, The College Institute for Mind and Biology, The University of Chicago

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Closing Remarks / Cocktail Reception and Networking

2022 Speakers

Edward S. Awh

Edward S. Awh

Professor, Department of Psychology; Member, The College Institute for Mind and Biology, The University of Chicago

Chris Blattman

Chris Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, The Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago

Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks

Harvard Professor, PhD Social Scientist, Bestselling Author, and Columnist at The Atlantic

Roland Fryer

Roland Fryer

Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Program Manager, Advanced Nuclear Energy Research and Development, Argonne National Laboratory

Tim Ingrassia

Tim Ingrassia

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

Randall Kroszner

Randall Kroszner

Former Governor of the Federal Reserve and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Gary Silberg

Gary Silberg

Partner, Global Automotive Sector Leader, KPMG US

+1 312-665-1916
Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens

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

Carole Streicher

Carole Streicher

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

+1 312-665-2138
Pietro Veronesi

Pietro Veronesi

Deputy Dean for Faculty and Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Edward K. Vogel

Edward K. Vogel

Professor, Department of Psychology; Director, The College Institute for Mind and Biology, The University of Chicago

Steering committee

Nicole Agnew

Nicole Agnew

Partner, Goldman Sachs Group

Bryan Campbell

Bryan Campbell

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Bread Financial

Mark D. Copman

Mark D. Copman

Vice President, Stationery and Office Supplies Division, 3M

Kevin Cramton

Kevin Cramton

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tribar Technologies, Inc.

Jack Daly

Jack Daly

Partner, TPG Global

Jamie Garrett

Jamie Garrett

Senior Manager North American M&A Strategy, Accenture

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

Vice President, Engineering, Data Science, owl.co

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
John Suh

John Suh

Vice President and Founding Director, Hyundai CRADLE

Stellar Tucker

Stellar Tucker

Head of Technology Investment Banking, Truist Securities

Shoshana Vernick

Shoshana Vernick

Managing Director, Avathon Capital

Rip Zinsmeister

Rip Zinsmeister

CEO, BP Midstream Partners

Testimonials

“The 20th Annual M&A and Economic Forum did not disappoint!  I sat glued to my screen for eight hours. The speakers and the topics were interesting and engaging.”

-Theresa Balog
Chief Financial Officer, Inrad Optics, Inc.
“This is one of the best conferences that I attend each year.  The content and speakers are excellent and really provides thought provoking ideas in many different areas.”

-Kevin Sherfey
Vice President Tax and Treasury, BAE Systems plc
“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
“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

Faces of the Forum

Thought leadership

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
  • Frank Bruni, Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
  • Mick Ebeling, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Not Impossible Labs
  • Rahm Emanuel, Former 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, Former 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 Emeritus, 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