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Session B

What Risks are Impacting Your Deal… and How to Address Them

Presented By: Ice Miller LLP / Aon

The list of issues that can derail M&A transactions continues to grow in an uncertain environment. They include data privacy concerns and cybersecurity breaches, labor challenges, delays in the ability to deliver products and services to clients, and COVID-related EBITA irregularities. So, what can you do to mitigate risk when you’re preparing to sell your business, make an acquisition, raise capital, or generate a significant liquidity event? Join a group of experienced dealmakers for a discussion on how to identify, understand, and mitigate risks.


Adam Calisoff
Ice Miller LLP

Adam Calisoff is a partner in Ice Miller's Chicago office. His practice involves regularly representing private equity firms and privately-held business in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Adam has counseled buyers and sellers in well over 100 middle-market transactions across a broad spectrum of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, distribution, food and beverage, information technology and health care.

Adam also serves as outside general counsel for a large number of portfolio companies of private equity clients as well as privately held businesses working closely with senior management to effectively address a broad range of legal issues facing businesses. Adam counsels clients in their day-to-day legal needs, including contract negotiation, strategic planning and add-on acquisitions. Adam structures, negotiates and documents a wide variety of commercial agreements and problem solves for clients.

Adam has counseled franchisors in the establishment and the day-to-day operation of franchise systems, as well as periodic disclosure requirements.


Tom Parro
Founder & Senior Managing Director
MERK Capital Corporation

Mr. Parro is an operationally focused professional with recognized expertise in optimizing and expanding company enterprise values throughout investment lifecycles and macroeconomic cycles.  He has 27+ years of experience in C-level management, private equity, family office, and institutional investing and portfolio management.  In addition, Mr. Parro has considerable expertise in the strategic development and integration of both start-ups and acquired companies both domestically and internationally.  

For the past 10 years Mr. Parro has owned and operated an independent sponsor private equity investment group. In that 10 years has invested in 5 platform companies and several add on acquisitions. He has develop an extensive network of investment bankers, brokers, lawyers, accountants and consultants that provide the opportunity to review over 700 investment opportunities a year in various industries and platforms.

Prior to MERK, Mr. Parro led the mergers & acquisitions effort at Globe Union Industrial Inc. (“Globe Union”).  He was instrumental in growing Globe Union from a private label $125 million single product line company to a $750 million branded broad based product line company over a five year period with operations that included North America, Europe, Taiwan, and China.  Mr. Parro also led the mergers & acquisitions effort for Field Container Co. (“Field Container”).  He was instrumental in acquiring numerous companies that help grow Field Container from $350 million to $500 million over a five year period.  His primary responsibilities were integration of the companies in all facets of the operations including, manufacturing, sales and marketing, administrative services, and IT.  While at the financial services division of GE Capital for approximately eight years, Mr. Parro managed numerous strategies that led to the growth of various companies through both organic as well as acquisitions.  

Vipul Patel
Managing Director

Vip Patel is a managing director in Aon’s Transaction Solutions Practice brokering, structuring and negotiating representations and warranties insurance policies in connection with mergers and acquisitions by private equity firms and corporations with a focus on healthcare transactions.

Linda Quarshie
Director, Enterprise Insurance Risk Management

Linda is Director of Enterprise Insurance Risk Management at TransUnion. TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible between businesses and consumers, by ensuring that each consumer is reliably represented in the marketplace.

Conference Location

65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: (312)427-7800