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Acquisition Playbook: Building a Pipeline in a New Reality

Presented By: Aon / Ballard Spahr LLP

When you’re active in acquisitions—either as a privately held or public company, or a private equity firm—having a clear strategy of the types of companies you’re looking to buy, where to find them, and what you expect from a target’s balance sheet management can mean the difference between growth and stagnation. Hear from a Private Equity firm leader, acquisition-minded associate general counsel, and M&A advisors as they discuss best practices and their approaches to effective buy-side M&A.


Michael R. Kuhn
Ballard Spahr LLP

Mike is a Minnesota-based business attorney and focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, as well as other strategic investment, capital raising, and financing transactions. Mr. Kuhn represents private equity funds, middle-market companies, owner-managed businesses and large companies undertaking mergers and acquisitions with middle-market targets.


Lance Bonner
Associate General Counsel, M&A and Securities

Lance Bonner is Associate General Counsel, M&A & Securities at Pentair. In his role he serves as lead counsel for a variety of corporate enterprise matters, including mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions, securities compliance, corporate governance, ESG, financings, reorganizations, legal entity management, privacy and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Pentair, Lance was in the corporate group at Faegre Drinker practicing primarily in the area of M&A.

John Kramp
Senior Vice President

John Kramp is a Senior Vice President within Aon’s Transaction Solutions practice. He is responsible for advising clients in connection with representations and warranties insurance, tax insurance, and other types of transaction liability products. John practiced law for seven years after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School. Most recently he was a corporate associate at Katten, where he specialized in health care mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other transactions.

Shane Slominski
Tonka Bay Equity Partners

Shane Slominski is a Partner at Tonka Bay Equity Partners, a private equity firm in Minneapolis, MN that invests in entrepreneur-owned businesses in industries such as highly-engineered manufacturing, value-added distribution and business services. He is responsible for sourcing and closing new investments, as well as working closely with the teams at our partner companies to execute strategic growth plans.

Conference Location

6200 Interlachen Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55436
Tel: 952.929.1661