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Session C

Reducing Deal Friction in an Evolving Landscape

Presented By: Benesch / Aon

There’s little doubt that M&A activity continues to be busy, but it also continues to adapt as factors that influence the economy, risk mitigation, and deal structure change. Join a panel of executives and advisors as they break down best practices in navigating what’s new and how to overcome stumbles, stops, and re-starts along the way.

Following a 40-minute panel discussion you will have the opportunity to meet the speakers and ask questions during a 20-minute video Q&A session.


Andrew Bojko
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Andy is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Finance & Banking Practice Group and advises lenders, administrative agents and borrowers in matters involving middle-market debt financings, broadly syndicated debt financings, asset-based lending, ESOP financings, mezzanine debt and acquisition financings. Andy also handles a variety of real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on construction and permanent loans, leasing, and acquisitions and divestitures.


Doug Brody
Managing Director, Tax Business Development
Aon plc

Doug began his career at Aon in December 2020 after 20 years in Big Four as a Transaction Advisory Services leader. In addition to his divestiture-related roles, over his career Doug advised Fortune 500 clients on the tax aspects of acquisitions and internal restructuring transactions, carveouts and spinoffs, primarily in the Media & Entertainment, Life Science, Manufacturing and Consumer Products industries. Doug also sits on the Board of the All Stars Project, Inc., a national non-profit organization that provides afterschool opportunity and enrichment for some of the most underserved communities in the U.S. Doug has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross Business School, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

Michael Farrell

Mike is an associate in Benesch’s Commercial Finance and Banking Practice Group and advises lenders, issuers and borrowers in matters involving both debt and equity financing.

He has represented national financial institutions, private equity funds, mezzanine debt funds and corporate borrowers in connection with senior secured loans, ABL facilities, second lien loans, subordinated mezzanine loans, workout and restructuring scenarios, warrant issuances, equity coinvestments and venture capital financing.

Will Zell
Founder & CEO; Executive Chairman
Zell Capital; Nikola Labs

Will has founded three technology companies in addition to building successful real estate and retail ventures over the past 14 years. He is deeply passionate about seeing startups succeed, serving for a time as the Managing Director of a startup accelerator. Will draws from a broad range of experience in communications, organizational development, leadership, brand development and innovation. He brings drive and passion to the Nikola Labs team.  Will was honored at the White House as top entrepreneur under 30 as part of Empact100 list and was also received the 2019 BizTech Executive of the Year award by Columbus Business First.

Conference Location

Dealmakers Conference
Columbus, OH
Tel: (800) 988-4726