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Session B

Demystifying Strategic Acquisitions

Presented By: FORVIS / Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Whether you’re growing through acquisitions or looking to be acquired, your strategy—and the ability to execute upon it—can mean the difference between success and failure. In this session, serial acquirers and M&A advisors will explore different acquisition strategies from the unique perspectives of a corporate acquiror and a PE acquirer—as well as the tax implications of each approach.


Kevin Slaughter
Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Kevin Slaughter is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He focuses on representing clients in complex commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financing agreements, joint ventures, private offerings, supply/service agreements, distribution agreements, development and licensing agreements, and manufacturing agreements. Kevin has particular experience representing Fortune 500 companies in middle market transactions. Additionally, Kevin is a go-to attorney for clients in the cannabis industry, advising them on a range of issues including license applications, corporate governance and funding. He also assists cannabis clients with organizational structure, real estate matters, branding and licensing agreements and supply agreements. Clients appreciate Kevin’s practical advice, his effective communication skills, and his knack for problemsolving. Relying on his extensive experience and strong interpersonal skills, Kevin has achieved exceptional results for his clients. Above all, he listens to his clients to understand their needs, goals, and objectives. Kevin earns their trust and confidence by employing an analytical yet pragmatic approach that is centered around accomplishing the business objectives of his clients in a responsive, efficient, and effective manner.


Robert Hogan
Managing Director
Shorehill Capital LLC



Thomas Murtagh

Tom Murtagh is a tax partner with FORVIS and a leader in the firm's healthcare service niche. With more than 20 years of experience, he specializes in corporate and partnership taxation for closely-held businesses and their owners.

John Rowady
Founder & President

John is the Founder & President of rEvolution, a leading independent, fully integrated global sports marketing and media agency headquartered in Chicago, Ill. Rowady is a Hoosier B-School Alum whose advanced sports industry experience includes sales and leadership roles working with high-profile governing sports bodies and properties, such as NCAA, F1, FIFA World Cup, the Olympics and many more.

Gary Walter
Infutor Data Solutions

Gary Walter has extensive background in general management, operations, strategic planning, product development, financial management, sales and market execution. He has been successful in growing businesses, both organically and via M&A, driving high profitable performance in complex situations. Most recently Gary Walter served as the visionary and strategist behind the transformation of a small consumer identity data company into a market digital identity management platform. Walter secured a private equity investment/family buyout, optimized operations and go to market functions, executed several bolt on acquisitions, and finalized the investment by securing a strategic buyer for $250M five years after the investment from Norwest Venture Partners.


Conference Location

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