IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Rooms 230-231, Level 2

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SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS The increasing importance of ESG for activists and other investors in the context of M&A transactions

Tuesday 1 November (1615 - 1730)

Rooms 230-231, Level 2
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Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)


SustainabilityFocusESG practices and performance can significantly impact the value and future opportunities of any business, and be an important driver of success and failure in M&A.  This session of leading industry experts will cover the increasing role that internal and external ESG considerations are playing in M&A strategies, including the ability for activists and other investors to force M&A transactions as companies are pressured to ensure their strategic priorities align with investor ESG expectations, and also how ESG can be used as a wedge issue by activists seeking transactional outcomes. The panel will also explore defensive M&A strategies of companies in response to ESG trends, as well new tactical opportunities created by the recent growth of ESG-dedicated capital.

SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS sessions marked as such are part of the IBA Annual Conference 2022 sustainability focus on Tuesday and Thursday, grouping sessions discussing different aspects of ESG and sustainability across the different legal fields.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Nicola Charlston King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Vice Chair, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Charles Martin Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier , Paris, France; Secretary, Private Equity Subcommittee


Milagros Cristiani Senior ESG Counsel, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Scott Grinsell Elliott Management Corporation, New York, New York, USA
Heleen Kersten Stibbe, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jenna Levine Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York, New York, USA