The last five years have been characterized by an extremely strong global M&A market, with deal volumes and values hitting all time highs. Along with economic growth, the M&A market came to a screeching halt in 2020, driven primarily by the COVID-19 crisis, although global political and trade tensions arguably contributed somewhat to the decline. M&A deal volumes and values tanked in Q2 2020, representing the worst quarter since Q3 2009 in the aftermath of the 2008 Global Economic Crisis.
While megadeals are currently getting the press, SMEs should be taking a serious look at strategic M&A as achieving organic growth is very difficult in slow growth markets (as you need to take business away from a competitor). Now is a good time for Canadian firms and business owners to consider growth strategies in Asia via the various mergers and acquisitions options.
On November 5, join Richard Smith as he leads a webinar focused on the actual strategies and basics of M&A deals. This webinar will be invaluable for those interested in growing their business through M&A.
Date: Thursday November 5, 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
1 hour (30-minute presentation & 20 to 30 minutes Q&A)
Format: Zoom online Webinar
Target Audience: Individuals interested in expanding their business through Mergers & Acquisitions. Thus, any industry with entrepreneurs looking to sell their small to medium sized business , buy another business, or merge with another business.
Speaker: Richard Smith, Head of Corporate Finance, Tractus Asia
About the Speaker: Mr. Smith brings more than 25 years of corporate finance experience to Tractus. He is particularly adept at sell-side deal structuring and transactions as well as mergers. Richard has and continues to work across a range of industries with a particular focus on cross-border transactions and bridging the gap between owner-entrepreneurs and corporate/financial/institutional investors. He also works on both the buy and sell side of deals and most of his recent M&A projects involve family-run or owner-operated businesses.
Mr. Smith currently serves on the Board of Directors and Head of the Audit Committee for dwp, a multinational architecture and interior design firm. He speaks regularly at conferences on business valuations, M&A, and cross-border investment in Asia and has been a regular guest lecturer at the Masters in Marketing Program at Thammasat University in Thailand.
Mr. Smith holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of Wooster, and an MBA and an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan.
About Tractus: Tractus is Latin for progress. As a leading Pan-Asian strategy advisory and consulting firm, we help executives make informed decisions to achieve their business goals and objectives in Asia.
Tractus delivers value and unique solutions to clients. We continually build our knowledge and expertise through direct experience. We work to develop the most cost-effective strategies for our clients to establish operations, to make acquisitions, to expand into markets, or to diversify their manufacturing and service industry businesses throughout Asia.