SoCal Chapter Event: Special Cases in Middle Market M & A Due Diligence: Unforeseen Risks & Opportunities

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Members $30 


Non Members $45



Special Cases in Middle Market M & A Due Diligence: Unforeseen Risks & Opportunities

The M & A middle market continues to be red hot with over $700 billion of equity capital overhang, and private companies have never been worth so much in history.  Business owners are being tempted in record numbers to sell and close transactions quickly.

On the sell side, traditional due diligence experts have it covered with quality of earnings and legal transaction services.  But, danger lurks in new and emerging threats to company valuation, and other opportunities are overlooked, leaving money on the table for sellers.

Come and listen to our expert panel discuss key areas of risks and opportunities to sellers and buyers of middle market companies, which are often overlooked or are unprepared in M & A transactions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover emerging threats from left field that can kill a M & A transaction or expose the parties to unforeseen litigation. How can you keep a deal together in the midst of adversity?
  • Discover areas of hidden strategic value that can increase valuation to a seller
  • What are some emerging unforeseen economic and legal liability risks to sellers and buyers?
  • As advisors, how can we be better prepared to identify potential hidden risks and opportunities for clients?



Raymond Bertrand, Employment Law Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP

Raymond Bertrand is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings. His practice focuses on advising clients and leading large and complex litigation matters in state and federal courts, in cases involving all aspects of employment law, including wage-hour, wrongful termination, breach of contract, trade secrets, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. His clients include major companies in the financial services, entertainment, media, communications, information technology, manufacturing, defense, and high-tech industries.

Raymond is a former Lieutenant, United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corp, and is a member of the California, New York and Connecticut Bar Associations.

Brette Simon, Advisor to Emerging Growth & Middle Market Companies

Brette Simon is a former corporate law partner at the law firms of Bryan Cave LLP., Jones Day and Sheppard Mullin.  Brette advises emerging growth and middle market companies on capital raising, strategic alliances, and exit transactionsBrette’s industry experience includes media and publishing, health care, software, aerospace and defense, and branded consumer products (including food and beverage).

Brette has spoken at numerous industry conferences, YPO, Entrepreneurs Organization and Vistage. She has also written articles on a variety of corporate legal topics, and has been extensively quoted in business and industry publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Deal and the Nutrition Business Journal.  She has garnered numerous accolades throughout her career, including recognition as one of the top 13 dealmakers in the U.S. for the middle market by The Deal, a leading corporate finance publication, and being selected as a winner of the inaugural “40 Under 40” award by The M&A Advisor.

Ron Williams, CEO, Talon Companies

Ron Williams, following a 22-year career with the United States Secret Service, launched Talon Companies, which has become a premier security consulting group serving private sector security.  As CEO of Talon Executive Services, Inc., Secure Strategies International, LLC and Talon Cyber Tec, LLC, Williams is involved with all aspects of security consulting, including critical infrastructure protection requiring Top Secret clearance.

During his career with the Secret Service, Williams had the opportunity to work and supervise all divisions of the Secret Service in the Los Angeles Field Office, including supervision of the credit card, cyber security, financial fraud squad, the counterfeit squad, the Presidential Protection Squad and the elite Counter Assault Team (CAT) to combat terrorism.

Mr. Williams was responsible for all advance security plans and logistics coordination for Presidential, Vice-Presidential, and foreign heads-of-state visits to Los Angeles, personally protecting Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, as well as such noted dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth, Yitzhak Shamir, and Pope John Paul.  Williams was the recipient of numerous awards including the United States Secret Service Director’s Award for Special Achievement on eight occasions.

Producer and Moderator:

Richard Munro, Managing Director, Newport Board Group

Richard Munro is Managing Director of Newport Board Group’s Southern California practice, and has 30 years’ experience bringing effective leadership to growth and underperforming businesses and improving their performance, return on capital employed, and value to shareholders.  He has held senior management positions as a CEO, CFO, COO, and CRO, Court appointed Receiver and strategic advisory positions, and has served as a Director on public and private company boards.

Newport Board Group is a unique national professional services firm with 75 partners who are experienced CEO’s and board directors bringing real context to helping clients solve complex business growth challenges  Newport partners have served on boards, built growth companies, helped them through transitions and driven successful transactions for owners and shareholders


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CEPAs receive 1 CE credit

CPAs receive a certificate for 1 CPE credit

CFP will recieve 1 CE Credit

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