AWA M&A Executive Forum for packaging, coating and converting markets

In resin- and fibre-based packaging, coating and converting, the annual AWA Mergers & Acquisitions Executive Forum is now the established annual review of the changing market landscape. The 2013 Forum convened by the sector’s market research specialists Alexander Watson Associates will be held on 18 March at the University Club of Chicago (Illinois). It once again represents a prime opportunity for senior executives from companies within the sector, private equity firms, investment bankers, lenders, financial intermediaries and other experts to network, educate, discuss, debate and share strategic insights.

“Over the next 12-18 months it is expected that there will be numerous M&A opportunities for both strategic and financial buyers to grow their companies and improve their financial performance across the sector,” explains president and CEO Corey M. Reardon. “This is particularly true since consolidation is today a necessary factor in this marketplace and heavily-leveraged firms are facing financial uncertainty. With the broad field of packaging print representing one of the most buoyant facets of today’s printing industry, growth and profitability across its supply chain are proving particularly attractive.”

Taking this status quo as its central context, the Forum’s intensive one-day program represents an in depth study of its varied aspects, featuring both presentations and expert panel discussions. Speakers include representatives of leading firms active in the sector including Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff;  LaManna Alliance;  Lincoln International; Mesirow Financial; PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Wells Fargo Securities;  and investment bankers Blaige & Company and Houlihan Lokey.  

Places are limited and early registration is recommended. Full details of the agenda are available on the website.