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Session H

The Case for Strategic Acquisitions

Presented By: FORVIS / Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Over the past three to four years the rush to buy companies and add revenue as quickly as possible led to a frenzied buy-side market and record high multiples for sellers. But times have changed. Today, corporate acquirers and private equity firms are focused on making more intentional deals. Join a panel of executives and M&A advisors as they break down the new trends, key elements to alignment when looking at acquisitions, why fundamentals and blocking-and-tackling is back, and how these factors may impact your next deal.


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.


Peter Leemputte
Wind Point Partners

Peter Leemputte is a Principal at Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm with approximately $6 billion in assets under management. His active portfolio companies include Ox Engineered Products, Handgards, Ascensus Specialties, and Hasa. His involvement with prior portfolio companies includes Dicom Transportation Group, Petmate, and Aurora Plastics.

Prior to Wind Point, Peter was with J.P. Morgan in the firm’s investment banking division where he worked on M&A transactions, debt financings, and restructuring transactions across various sectors.

Peter holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.


Hafeezah Muhammad
Backpack Healthcare

Hafeezah Muhammad is the CEO of Backpack Healthcare, passionate about leveraging technology to address critical societal issues. With an extensive background in leadership and a profound understanding of the transformative power of A.I., she embarked on a mission to revolutionize mental health support for children. Her visionary leadership has catapulted her company to the forefront of the industry, setting new standards and paving the way for a more accessible and inclusive approach to mental wellness. She has acquired two venture backed companies in the last six months.

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.

Thomas Parro
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.  

Conference Location

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