Session details

3rd IBA Global Entrepreneurship Conference

21 May - 23 May 2017

Session information

M&A - 'disruptive' acquisitions


Closely Held Companies Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee


This interactive panel will explore trends in recent M&A transactions involving disruptive innovation, including experiences with established corporations acquiring/emerging technology players and/or early-stage companies to ‘supercharge’ their own development pipelines or to exert a degree of influence on the future direction of particular sectors or technologies. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of this approach as compared to joint ventures or other forms of commercial collaboration. The panel will also explore the more traditional aspects of M&A – that is, due diligence, funding and acquisition structures – and consider what challenges are faced when established companies acquire disruptive companies / technologies that are, in many cases, essentially ‘start-ups’.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Miguel De Avillez Pereira
Cameron Taylor EY Law, Auckland, New Zealand; Membership Officer, Closely Held Companies Committee


Mark Gilligan Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Website Officer, Young Lawyers' Committee
Frederic Ichay Astrum Avocats, Paris, France; Newsletter Editor, Power Law Committee
Sharanya Ranga Advaya Legal, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Heinrich von Bünau METIS Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB, Frankfurt, Germany