Best Practices for Managing All Aspects of M&A Transactions

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 67 minutes
Recorded Date: October 17, 2019
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  • Organization & Allocation of Responsibilities
  • Managing Timeline and Risks
  • Integration Management
  • Impact of GDPR
  • Managing and Mitigating Environmental Risks
  • Transactional Insurance
  • Marketplace Update
Runtime: 1 hour and 7 minutes
Recorded: October 17, 2019


Anytime a merger or acquisition takes place there are complex decisions to make around legal, financial, and organizational issues. GCs are often asked to manage key strategic and diligence aspects of an M&A transaction.

This session will discuss:
  • Understanding the Steps for an M&A transaction: Strategy, Target Screening, Diligence, Integration/Separation Planning, & Execution
  • Identifying areas of risk during M&A
  • Considerations for the GC from disclosure schedules to negotiating an engagement letter
This program was recorded as part of ALM and Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence & Power In Law Conference on October 17th, 2019.

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Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference


Heather Schroder

Director, Senior Legal Counsel
Robert Bosch LLC

Heather Schroder is Director, Senior Legal Counsel and Team Leader – Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, for Robert Bosch LLC. Ms. Schroder is based out of Robert Bosch GmbH’s North American headquarters in the metro Detroit area. Prior to joining Bosch in 2014, Ms. Schroder worked as Senior Corporate Counsel at ATMI, Inc., a publicly-traded, microelectronics company in Connecticut; prior to working in-house, Ms. Schroder worked at a law firm in New York City as a Corporate Law Associate. Ms. Schroder is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut, and Michigan. She serves on the Board of Advisors for Syracuse University College of Law. Ms. Schroder is a regular speaker on panels regarding M&A and cross-border investments. Ms. Schroder earned her juris doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and concurrently earned a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. Ms. Schroder earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Aimie Killeen

EVP General Counsel & SecretaryCounsel & Secretary
Cardtronics plc.

Aimie Marie Killeen is General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. She has served as our General Counsel and Secretary since March 2017, leading our legal, corporate governance and compliance sections. Ms. Killeen joined Cardtronics through our acquisition of DirectCash Payments Inc. (“DCP”) in January 2017, where she served as Global General Counsel from March 2013. Prior to joining DCP, Ms. Killeen practiced for nine years at one of Australia’s premier global law firms. Her experience there included leveraged and acquisition finance, aviation finance, structured asset finance, securitization, debt capital markets, general corporate banking and restructuring. Ms. Killeen is a graduate from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, holds a Bachelors of Business and a Bachelors of Laws and was admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Jackie Cohen


Jackie Cohen is a partner in Weil’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is based in New York. Ms. Cohen regularly represents public and private companies in connection with complex cross-border transactions. Additionally, Ms. Cohen advises on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including corporate governance, disclosure issues and integration matters as well as defensive measures and takeover tactics.

Kristie Scott

General Counsel

Kristie Scott has over 20 years of experience as in-house counsel to technology companies. Ms. Scott joined Vocus, Inc., a leading provider of SaaS software for PR, marketing and corporate communications as its first in-house counsel in 2004. In 2014 Vocus was taken private by an equity firm, GTCR, which also acquired Vocus competitors Cision and Gorkana. In 2016, GTCR acquired PR Newswire into the Cision group of companies. After several other acquisitions and a public offering, Cision is now a global company of almost 5,000 publicly traded on the NYSE.

As General Counsel, Ms. Scott is responsible for structuring and negotiating a broad range of technology and corporate agreements including software licenses, partnerships, vendor contracts, and acquisition documents as well as advising the company and its board of directors on corporate governance issues and M&A.

Working in small legal departments throughout her career, Ms. Scott has supported many and varied business units including sales and marketing, corporate development, IT, product development, HR, and finance and accounting.

Prior to joining Cision, Ms. Scott worked as in-house counsel to Aether Systems, Inc., a wireless technology company, and Credit Management Solutions, a credit processing software provider. Prior to receiving her JD, Ms. Scott developed and programmed various software applications in the defense, time management and recording, and credit processing industries.

Ms. Scott graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in computer science and engineering and earned her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She lives with her husband and two sons in Maryland.

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