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Session E

Factors Impacting Buy-Side Transactions and How to Reach the Close

Presented By: Aon / FORVIS

The challenges to closing an acquisition continue to increase. Whether you’re looking to buy a distressed company or one with a healthy balance sheet, buyers need to know more these days about creative financing, ensuring liquidity, and de-risking deals. Join a panel of M&A experts and c-suite executives for a rousing conversation around what’s influencing buy-side deals, and a roadmap to help you get the deal done. 


Marcus Mitchell
Managing Director / Transaction Advisory Services




Joe Amadio
Managing Director
Thompson Street Capital Partners



Jessica Harger
Managing Director, M&A and Transaction Solutions

Jessica Harger is part of Aon's Transaction Solutions team and focuses primarily on tax insurance. Prior to joining Aon in 2016, Jessica worked as a tax consultant, most recently in Ernst & Young's Transaction Tax group. Jessica began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising financial services clients and focusing on international tax issues in M&A transactions. She has advised on both private equity and strategic corporate deals from the buy-side and sell-side.

Jessica has experience in all stages of the transaction life cycle, including strategic analysis of opportunities, development of financial and tax structures, due diligence and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements, and post transaction implementation. Jessica is admitted to the bar in New York, and was recognized as a Power Broker and Rising Star by RISK & INSURANCE Magazine in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for her work with tax insurance in M&A transactions.


Mark Mantovani
Retired Chairman, Pres & CEO of Ansira
Mantovani Holdings, LLC

Mark served as Chairman, President and CEO of Ansira from 2000 to 2017 where he led the business from a 50 person, $5.5M revenue stream to one of the three largest independently owned digital marketing businesses in America with more than 800 employees and approximately $130M in revenue. During that period, he led the Company’s transition through multiple recapitalizations, private equity partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to assuming control of Ansira, he was co-founder and principal in the St. Louis law firm of Behr, Mantovani, McCarter and Potter, P.C., where he advised clients on general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and related matters. Most recently, he was a Senior Fellow in the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative.  

William Weatherford

William B. Weatherford is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of California and is currently a Director in FORVIS, LLP's Transaction Advisory Services practice based in Chicago. He focuses on transactional, corporate and partnership tax matters and has extensive experience in private equity, corporate and partnership taxation and accounting matters, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), tax planning and tax compliance solutions. William’s experience also includes performing tax due diligence, drafting opinion letters and ruling requests and tax controversy resolution.

Conference Location

#1 Norwood Hills Country Club Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Tel: (314) 521-0682