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Assessing Your Readiness for M&A


With this program you will receive free access to the Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions Excerpt provided by Law Journal Press
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Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,CT,MO,ND,NJ,NY,VT,WV

Here are just some of the questions in-house counsel need to be asking as their companies pursue mergers: What are your M&A criteria? Do you have the internal processes, skill sets, resources and tools necessary to maximize value? How do you handle transaction support, valuation, due diligence and negotiations? Do you have a well-defined business integration process to ensure synergies are realized? How do you measure and evaluate success?

This program was recorded on October 25th, 2016 as part of ALM Event's InHouse Innovates East.

Provided By: InHouse Innovates Conference Series

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Approach M&A primarily from the perspective of a strategic acquiror
  • Focus primarily on private M&A rather than public M&A
  • Focus on M&A readiness – including tips on successfully preparing to assemble and organize the working group, manage transaction execution and participate in the integration process.
  • Consider how to measure success once the M&A effort has concluded.
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded: October 25, 2016

CLE Credit Information

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This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,CT,MO,ND,NJ,NY,VT,WV

Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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Panelist Biographies

Corey Reese

Vice President, Corporate Counsel & Assistant Secretary
The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

Mr. Reese is Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel for The Est?e Lauder Companies Inc. (ELC). Mr. Reese handles a wide range of corporate legal matters.

Since joining ELC in 2006, Corey has worked on a number of acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures, including Smashbox, Le Labo, GlamGlow, Rodin, Dr. Jart and By Kilian. He works closely with the New Business Development group in their review of potential transactions. He also advises and counsels other corporate functions, such as Treasury and Finance, and he has worked closely with the Board of Directors and select committees on corporate governance matters. He oversees the group responsible for global subsidiary management and advises the Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability group, the M•A•C• AIDS Fund, and ELC’s brands on not-for-profit legal issues.

Before joining the Company, Corey worked at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Mr. Reese is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School. In addition, Mr. Reese received his Master’s Degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management from The Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as a Certification in Finance from The Wharton School.

Karen Killeen

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
BASF Corporation

Karen Killeen is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of BASF Corporation, located in Florham Park, New Jersey. Karen is responsible for BASF’s North American Business/Commercial Services Practice Group consisting of twenty-four lawyers and 7 para-professionals. Karen and her team support the general business-legal needs of the Regional Business Units and Global Business Units as well as Raw Material Purchasing, Technical Procurement, Logistics, IS/IT, and Engineering. Karen has extensive experience in cross border M&A and JV transactions as well as carve out and integration implementation. She also chair’s BASF’s global M&A legal practice group.

In addition to M&A, Karen provides legal and compliance counseling on such areas as, antitrust, contracts and distributor/agency relationships. Karen is also actively involved in working with the senior management teams of the business units on assessing and managing the risks associated with their respective business strategy.

Prior to taking on this role in August 2013, Karen spent one year as a delegate to BASF’s Central Legal Department in Germany where she was lead counsel on two major cross-border transactions. Previously, Karen held various positions within BASF’s commercial and environmental/regulatory legal practice groups. Karen also served as a Diversity Ambassador for BASF Corporation and is a mentor in BASF’s mentoring program.

Before joining BASF in 1992, Karen was an associate at the law firm of Lowenstein Sandler where she specialized in environmental and safety law.

Karen earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 1986 from Seton Hall Law School, Summa Cum Laude and her BA degree in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude from St. Peter’s College in 1983.

Martia A. Makinen

Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions
Lowenstein Sandler

With a focus on the strategic acquisitions and divestitures carried out by both public and growth-stage private companies, Marita Makinen values — and is valued for — her long-term approach to client relationships. She is regarded by her clients in the technology and consumer industries as a "company-focused" lawyer, one who becomes deeply involved in their business and who sees each transaction in the context of its impact on the company's future prospects.

Whether buy-side or sell-side — frequently involve highly complex capital structures, intricate management incentives, talent retention issues and intellectual property that needs protecting. Her ability to understand the impact of these issues, while anticipating potential problems down the road, has brought her a steady stream of significant deals in recent years.

For public companies, Marita counsels on a wide range of issues, particularly in the areas of corporate governance and reporting obligations. Known for bringing a clear focus to the interpretation of SEC rules and regulations, she regularly provides her clients with practical disclosure advice grounded in a solid understanding of their business.

Jeffrey S. Hellman

Associate General Counsel
PVH Corp.

Jeffrey Hellman is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at PVH Corp.

PVH Corp. is a global apparel company whose brand portfolio consists of nationally and internationally recognized brand names, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s, Olga and Speedo. Mr. Hellman works on mergers and acquisition transactions (including acquisitions of The Warnaco Group, Inc. and Tommy Hilfiger B.V.), joint ventures, financings and securities offerings and handles corporate governance, securities law, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation matters.

Previously, he served as Assistant General Counsel at Integra LifeSciences Corporation, a leader in medical technology. At Integra LifeSciences, Mr. Hellman handled corporate governance and securities law functions and advised Integra’s finance, regulatory, sales, marketing and human resources departments. Mr. Hellman was also an Associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Mr. Hellman holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.S. Economics, Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

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