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Session D

Factors Impacting Buy-Side Transactions and How to De-Risk the Deal

Presented By: Aon / McDonald Hopkins

The list of issues that can derail buy-side M&A transactions is extensive and continues to grow in an uncertain environment. What can acquirers do to ensure the deal gets done? Join a group of experienced dealmakers as they explore how to identify, understand, and mitigate deal risk when making acquisitions.


Christal Contini
M&A Practice Chair
McDonald Hopkins

Christal Contini is the chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. Her practice is focused on representing strategic buyers and sellers in various types of transactions, including complex mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, and distressed acquisitions and dispositions. Christal also provides general corporate counseling to a variety of middle market businesses, business owners, boards of directors, management teams and investors.


Hunter Davis
Co-Head of M&A and Transaction Solutions for North America



Cheryl Strom
The Riverside Company

As a highly experienced private equity professional, I bring a range of capital choices to business owners, management teams and advisors. Utilizing growth capital, non-control capital, majority-stake equity partnerships, full acquisitions, and debt for small and middle-market businesses, I can help your company or client. Tapping into 16 years of experience at The Riverside Company, I lead the firm’s Origination initiatives with deal source firms and referral sources based throughout the Midwestern United States. Together with a team of 16 Origination professionals across North America, we collectively establish new stand-alone companies, also called platform companies; and find and complete add-on acquisitions which enable Riverside's portfolio companies to expand by adding new product lines, service offerings, or geographies.

Kevin R. Weidinger
President & CEO
Great Lakes Fasteners, Inc.

Kevin has been forming, acquiring, and operating high-growth companies for more than twenty-five years. In 2010, Weidinger acquired Great Lakes Fasteners (GLF) and has led GLF through double-digit organic growth and has piloted four additional acquisitions to expand the groups reach. Kevin's achievements have not gone unnoticed as his team and portfolio of companies have been recognized on the Inc. 5000® list of fastest growing, privately held companies nationally three times and he was inducted into the EY® Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame in 2015.

Conference Location

100 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
Tel: (216) 413-5000