Module: Partial Acquisitions, Full Acquisitions and Mergers

Dinner and a two-day intensive module led by M&A experts, Kerri-Lee Sinclair and Gerry Cawson.

Date: March 26 – 27, 2020
Location: Adelaide, SA 5000
Eligibility:
Companies who have attended the AUCBG Growth Clinic or Growth Modules.
Cost: $3,000 (plus GST) for the CEO only OR $5,000 (plus GST) for the CEO and two members of the executive team

Two days of focused learning on the “Why” and “How to do” successful Mergers and Acquisitions (March 26 – 27). Dinner with Dr Jana Matthews, Kerri Lee Sinclair, Gerry Cawson and attending companies on Thursday evening (March 26).

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> About Kerri Lee Sinclair

Kerri Lee has over 20 years of experience with mergers and acquisitions, investing in companies and building a range of growth companies including Aconex, Intelematics, LookSmart and her own internet technology company, AgentArts, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2007. She has also worked for large corporations, e.g., Telstra and McKinsey & Company.

She is currently Chief Investment Officer, Technology at KinGroup, a single family office based in Melbourne, actively creating value through investments, acquisitions and consolidation. Prior to that she held key leadership roles at Aconex, including SVP New Business where she worked across three of the company’s growth acquisitions post-IPO. (Aconex was an ASX-listed technology company with a valuation exceeding $1 billion before being acquired by Oracle in 2018.)

Her experience includes building companies from startup, through scaleup, through attempted pivots, M&A, IPO, and/or exit. She has been responsible for several acquisitions, and strategic exits, has raised and deployed venture capital, currently manages a portfolio of $40m AUM.  She has also supported the leadership teams of several companies through their IPOs.

Having done the inaugural USA Springboard program in 2000, Kerri Lee was part of the founding team that brought the highly respected program to Australia. [Springboard helps women-led high-growth technology-oriented companies get ready to raise venture capital.] Now Chairman of the Board of Springboard, she has mentored 69 women CEOs who have closed over $450m of seed capital and are scaling rapidly. She sits on the boards of several growth companies.

> About Gerry Cawson

With over 20 years’ local and international experience and multiple awards, Gerry is the lawyer clients go to for advice on M&A transactions, commercial law and capital raising.

Gerry is regularly named ‘Best Lawyer’ in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and commercial law. In 2017, 2016 and 2014 he was awarded Best Lawyers ‘Adelaide M&A Lawyer of the Year’ to go with his 2020, 2018 and 2015 ‘Adelaide Private Equity Lawyer of the Year’ and his 2015 and 2013 Best Lawyers ‘Adelaide Commercial Lawyer of the Year’.

Prior to joining Kain Lawyers, Gerry led the Adelaide M&A team of a multinational legal firm. His technical expertise stems from that role as well as experience at top tier law firms in London, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Gerry has advised some of the largest international companies on acquisitions and disposals, including Harley-Davidson, Warner Lambert (now Pfizer), AXA, Swisse Wellness and Nomura. Locally, Gerry has advised leading South Australian companies on their acquisitions and disposals including Radio Rentals, Accolade Wines, Pernod Ricard, Michell Wool, Barossa Fine Foods, LH Perry & Sons and Fyfe.

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