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Session A

Economic Uncertainty and Its Impact on Deal Readiness

Presented By: Aon / BDO Consulting Group, LLC

COVID lockdowns. Supply chain disruptions. Labor market shortages. Inflationary pressures. Potential tax changes. The list of influences that continue to impact every flavor of M&A transactions remains long. Nevertheless, deals are getting done. And a lot of them. Join a group of executives, PE professionals, and M&A advisors as they offer tips on how to navigate the challenges no matter what type of M&A transaction you’re preparing your company to tackle. 


Robert Berdanier
Managing Director, Business Restructuring Services
BDO Consulting Group, LLC

Robert is a Managing Director in BDO's Business Restructuring & Turnaround Services practice. His focus is on middle-market companies, both distressed and healthy, seeking financial and operational improvement through interim financial leadership and re-organization. Robert is a seasoned restructuring professional, with significant experience in the manufacturing, distributing, hotels/ hospitality and entertainment industries.


Kal Beidas
President & CEO
Wälzlager Industriewerke Bulle A.G.

With extensive experience in both North America, Europe and Asia, Kal Beidas is a visionary leader in the manufacturing space with a proven track record in identifying and capitalizing on value creation initiatives across the global value chain spectrum. He currently serves as the CEO & President of Wälzlager Industriewerke Bulle A.G., a manufacturing firm based out of Switzerland, where he charts the company’s strategic direction and provided operational leadership. He also served on the board and plays an active role in product innovation, process engineering, lean manufacturing, global supply chain architecture, sales strategy and talent management.

Beidas attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with high distinction. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

John Kanan

John Kanan is an experienced corporate attorney who is well versed in corporate and financial transactional matters. He counsels publicly and privately held businesses and their owners and directors and acts as outside general counsel to dozens of companies in a wide variety of industries. He has considerable knowledge regarding international business transactions, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Fred Minturn
CEO & Executive Chairman
MSX International

Fred Minturn is Group CEO and Executive Chairman at MSX International. Under his leadership, the company has achieved double-digit growth year on year. Fred oversees the group’s two subsidiaries, MSX and Geometric Results Inc. Previously, he served as MSX’s President and CEO, as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

For 35 years, Fred has focused on developing global solutions for OEMs and continues to do so today. He serves on the Board of Directors for MSX and GRI; The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation; The HELM at the Boll Life Center; the Veteran Owned Business Round Table; and Business Leaders for Michigan. He was selected for Staffing Industry Analyst’s Staffing 100 as one of the most influential people in the industry. Additionally, Fred was recognized as a Supply and Demand Chain Executive “2013 Pros to Know.” He has been named Crain’s Detroit Business CFO of the Year, and has recently become a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Vipul Patel
Managing Director
Aon plc

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.

Conference Location

100 Townsend St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Tel: (248) 642-7900