Consumer & Retail in M&A Breakfast Ignata ZRG & NOVA

Wednesday 12. June at 08:30 - 10:30

116 Pall Mall - Institute of Directors • Pall Mall 116, England, United Kingdom

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🌟 Join us for an exclusive event in partnership with Ignata Finance and ZRG recruitment featuring Laura and Lorna, dynamic partners at BDO specialising in sector-specific roles!

Laura will unveil captivating insights into her pivotal role as a Consumer M&A Partner, showcasing her involvement in some of the most thrilling retail and consumer transactions. Meanwhile, Lorna will captivate you with her expertise in another key area of BDO's focus.

💼 Dive into an engaging Deals Market Review where we explore the current landscape, including the heightened demand for CFOs with exit experience. Laura and Lorna will shed light on industry trends, including expected timelines for exits and IPOs, gleaned from invaluable NOVA feedback. Discover first hand whether consultancy needs are shifting towards exit strategies and if there's an uptick in carve-out requests.

🔍 Explore the essential skills required for finance professionals and CFOs to be Exit Ready. Delve into the nuances of preparing for different types of exits, whether it's a sale to private equity, trade, or an IPO. Gain invaluable insights into the skillsets needed to navigate each scenario successfully.

📈 Look ahead to 2024 as Laura and Lorna share their predictions regarding Private Equity activity. Gain strategic foresight into what to expect in the dynamic landscape of mergers and acquisitions. Don't miss this opportunity to glean expert insights and network with industry leaders at our exclusive event!

About our speakers:

Laura is a Consumer M&A Partner at BDO, where she has led several notable transactions within the retail and consumer sector. With a demonstrated proficiency in managing intricate projects and teams, she emphasises the importance of organisation, process, and adherence to timelines. Her extensive experience includes navigating complex deal structures with both UK and global buyers, as well as institutional investors, enabling her to effectively align corporate objectives with commercial strategies. Laura offers tailored advisory services to clients ranging from private equity investment to full trade sale, ensuring personalised support from a senior team. She specialises in assisting ambitious growth companies with entrepreneurial leadership in developing robust strategic plans and funding models. Laura's dedication to delivering exceptional service and achieving successful transactions is reflected in the positive client testimonials she has received.

Lorna is a Consumer M&A Managing Director in BDO’s National Retail and Consumer team and has significant commercial experience in supporting ambitious high growth companies with entrepreneurial management teams looking at their strategic plans, funding requirements and exit options. She is regularly working with founders and leaders of mid-sized UK retail brands selling to both UK and international corporates as well as private equity firms, and also has experience in supporting smaller high growth UK consumer brands on fundraises from venture capital firms, family offices and high net worth individuals. She is also experienced at working with private equity and retailers looking at strategic retail acquisitions and supporting Board decision marking around these retail investments. In addition, Lorna also has significant industry experience, having completed two retail placements: Karen Millen, Director of Finance and Lola Rose, Finance Consultant.

About our Partners:

Ignata Finance is a finance recruitment business built over several years on relationships and trust. In January 2024, we sold our business to the 7th largest and fastest growing executive search firm, ZRG Partners. That said, we are all committed to the long-term future of Ignata Finance and this fuels our growth, working collaboratively with new colleagues in ZRG that recruit across the c-suite.

At Ignata Finance, we have three specialist practice areas: Executive Search (recruiting CFO's), Interim (recruiting interim CFO's/FC's/Heads of Finance) & Core Finance (transactional, part-qualified, qualified upto mid-management).
Geographically, our best networks are in London & the South-East. We have an office in London and one in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Our clients can range from VC/PE backed businesses to FTSE 100 and we cover all sectors.

Please remember – sign up and attendance at the event permits the follows:

  • Use of photography taken at the event on LinkedIn for NOVA and the partners who are in attendance.
  • Both NOVA And Ignata to reach out via email and contact attendees post event for event feedback

We look forward to welcoming you!

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