M&A Outlook Conference 2018

ACG Boston M&A Outlook Conference

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March 7, 2018 3:45 PM - 6:30 PM EST

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Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome at the door at 3:45pm for an additional fee.

ACG Boston invites you to our 2nd annual M&A Outlook Conference on March 7, 2018 at the UMass Club in Boston.

Join your fellow deal professionals for an update on the M&A landscape from a macro level, as well as a deeper dive with executives in the cybersecurity, food & beverage, and energy/sustainability middle market industries on how changes over the first few months of the year might impact the market going forward, and come away with actionable insights as you plan strategic transactions for the future.


Steve Kolano, BNY Mellon

KEYNOTE: Stephen Kolano, CFA

BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Director, Quantitative Research and Analytics

Stephen is Director of Quantitative Research and Analytics for BNY Mellon Wealth Management.  In that role, Stephen provides research and analysis related to asset allocation, portfolio construction, and asset class behavior.  

Prior to joining BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Stephen was the head of multi-asset solutions for the Investment Strategy & Solutions Group (ISSG) within BNY Mellon Investment Management.  In addition, Stephen was a Portfolio Manager & Investment Strategist working with clients on issues related to their investment policy and asset allocation decisions. The group focused on three major functions: multi-asset portfolio construction, asset allocation, and capital market strategy. It served clients ranging from retail intermediaries to highly sophisticated institutions. 

Prior to joining the Investment Strategy and Solutions team, Stephen held various roles at The Boston Company Asset Management over the course of almost 8 years with the firm including global equity trader, equity analyst on the Opportunistic Value team with coverage responsibilities for Technology (Ex-Software) and Industrials, client service, and business planning where he supported strategic planning initiatives of the Executive Team at The Boston Company. Prior to joining The Boston Company in 2002, Stephen was a junior block trader for JP Morgan Chase where he traded European equities and ADR's. 

Stephen holds a degree in economics from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Stephen is a member of the Boston Economic Club, Boston Security Analysts Society as well as the CFA Institute.

Lew Segall, Sullivan & Worcester


Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Lewis N. Segall is a corporate partner and leader of the Corporate/M&A Group. Mr. Segall’s practice is focused on a number of transactional areas. He regularly represents public and private companies in equity and debt financings, joint ventures, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He also represents financial institutions in secured and unsecured credit facilities. His clients consist of major financial institutions, private equity groups, family-owned businesses, family offices and other investors, as well as emerging and established companies engaged in a variety of industries, including renewable energy, advertising, health care, communications, manufacturing and software.

Mr. Segall is the author of Mergers & Acquisitions: A Step-by-Step Legal and Practical Guide (2nd edition) (Wiley), which he co-authored with Edwin L. Miller, Jr.


  • Represented a software as a service company in its Series A and B financings and multiple partner arrangements
  • Represented a private equity firm in its $140 million acquisition of a public software company
  • Represented a health care company in its $53 million sale to a private equity firm
  • Represented a renewable energy company in over $65 million in venture financings and multiple R&D agreements
  • Advised a solar development company on novel financing platform for replicable small-scale solar installation deal structures, including optimization of structure for incorporating non-traditional tax equity investments
  • Represented a family office in multiple early stage financings for emerging businesses
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of a medical devices manufacturer
  • Represented the founder in the $120 million sale of a personal care products company to a private equity firm
Ayr Muir, Clover Food Lab

PANEL: Ayr Muir

Clover Food Lab
Founder & CEO

Ayr Muir is the Founder and CEO of Clover Food Lab, a nationally recognized restaurant company operating 12 restaurants in the Greater Boston Area. Clover seeks to help meat lovers become vegetable lovers. For the average American eating a meal without meat is the most dramatic step that can be taken to address global warming. Starting with a food truck in 2008, and opening his first restaurant in 2011, Muir has built a passionate base of customers, 90% of whom are not vegetarian. Clover sources an unprecedented amount of its menu from regional suppliers and helps improve the health of its customers with nutritionally conscious options.

Before Clover Ayr worked at McKinsey and Company (‘04-08) advising the CEOs and CMOs of the world’s top consumer and retail companies. Prior to that he worked with Patagonia (’04) on marketing. Ayr holds an MBA from HBS (’04), a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science from MIT (’00, ’01)

Bret Padres

PANEL: Bret Padres

The Crypsis Group
Chief Executive Officer

Bret Padres is the Chief Executive Officer of The Crypsis Group. He has over 25 years of experience in information security, digital forensics, law enforcement, electronic discovery, and counterintelligence. Mr. Padres has responded to, investigated, remediated, and advised legal teams on issues resulting from some of the highest profile retail and state-sponsored data breaches in recent times. In addition, he has testified as a digital forensics expert in a number of trials including an espionage case in federal court.

Mr. Padres began his career as a computer programmer and later became a Special Agent in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. There he was the lead agent on numerous national and international computer intrusion investigations, and conducted computer forensic examinations for criminal investigations involving child pornography, homicide, narcotics, and violent crime.

He later served as the Chief of Research and Development in the Computer Crimes Unit for the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General where he conducted investigations in addition to overseeing the research, development, and implementation of new computer crime technologies. In this capacity, he also acted as the liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency on a national software development project.

In the private sector, Mr. Padres was most recently a Managing Director at Stroz Friedberg where he managed the firm’s execution of the Cyber Resilience practice. In addition to managing a team responsible for intrusion investigations, security risk assessments, penetration tests, and data breach response, he maintained an active case load and led a team responsible for authoring several forensic tools. 

Mr. Padres was also the Director of Incident Response for Mandiant (later acquired by FireEye) where he responded to and resolved high-risk intrusions for government agencies and Fortune 500 companies; and the Director of Cyber Operations at Athena Innovative Solutions where he directed network surveillance and intrusion detection counterintelligence operations for U.S. government agencies and built forensic and field monitoring capabilities in support of counterintelligence cyber-operations for government clients.

Mr. Padres holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from Excelsior College and holds a number of professional certifications. He has developed a number of open source digital forensic tools and co-hosts a Internet radio show, where he interviews industry experts and explores digital forensics, network security, and computer crime topics.

Event Secondary Body


  Early (Ends 02/28) Late (Ends 03/06) Onsite
Members $125.00 $150.00 $175.00
Young Professional Members $95.00 $95.00 $95.00
Non-Members $200.00 $225.00 $250.00



3:00pm - 4:00pm Professional Women's High Tea at CohnReznick (by invitation only)
3:45pm - 4:00pm Registration & Networking
4:00pm - 4:45pm Keynote Address
4:45pm - 5:30pm Featured Executive Panel and Q&A
5:30pm - 6:30pm Networking Reception


Special Thanks to the M&A Outlook Committee

David Clark
Raymond James & Associates

Lillian Guidry
TM Capital

Chris Hines

Eric Nadzo
H.I.G. Whitehorse

Todd Ofenloch
H.I.G. Capital

Lew Segall
Sullivan & Worcester

John Silva
3BL Holdings

Nick Stawasz
Pepper Hamilton

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