ACG NY and Toronto Joint Event 032318


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March 23, 2018 8 AM - 10 AM EDT

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Bernstein Private Wealth Management
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“Rebalancing the North American Trade Platform: New NAFTA, No NAFTA, and What Else?”

Join ACG Toronto and ACG New York at an “Invitation-only” breakfast seminar featuring the latest news and insights from the investment and political sectors on the future of NAFTA and other key trade agreements currently impacting the mid-market investment sectors in the U.S. and Canada.

Canada and the U.S. have one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Private Equity (PE) investors on both sides of the border need to have cross border investments in the two countries in their value-added toolbox. Our panel of industry experts will address the following key issues:

  • The current status of the NAFTA modernization and the impact on deal flow in the U.S., Canada and Mexico
  • The U.S. Administration’s effort to “rebalance” trade in Asia via trade enforcement (steel, aluminum, intellectual property)
  • “Buy American, Hire American” and its effect on cross-border infrastructure and development deals
  • Opportunities to utilize Canada and Mexico as gateways to Asia, via CPTPP (The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership); and Europe through CETA (The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement)
  • U.S. tax reform and the impact on North American capital flows

Opening Presentation

Kevin Depew, Deputy Chief Economist, RSM

Kevin Depew is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. Prior to joining RSM, Depew worked in economics for Bloomberg LP, where he helped create the Bloomberg Brief economics newsletter. Depew has also worked for Dorsey Wright and Associates, PaineWebber and AG Edwards. His former roles include chief strategist, director of research, financial markets analyst and portfolio manager. 

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Daniel D. Ujczo, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright
Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States and North American matters. Dan founded the U.S.-Canada S.A.G.E. initiative that is a collaboration of more than 300 U.S. and Canadian business associations to address the NAFTA renegotiation process.

Josh Cherry-Seto, CFO, Blue Wolf Capital Partners
Blue Wolf is a special situations private equity firm specializing in control investments in middle market companies. Blue Wolf has done a number of cross border transactions, including current ownership in Twin Rivers Paper Company, a vertically integrated pulp and paper mill with operating facilities in New Brunswick and Maine.

Domenic Mancini, Senior Partner, NOVACAP
Domenic Mancini has enjoyed a successful career, spanning more than three decades, in both senior operating and financial roles. He obtained a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Concordia University as well as Bachelors of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from McGill University. Mr. Mancini is also a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA).

Michael A. McAdoo, Senior Advisor, Global Advantage Practice,
The Boston Consulting Group
Michael brings 25+ years of experience at the intersection of business strategy, international geopolitics, and public policy. From 2001-14 he held a series of senior executive positions with Bombardier, including managing a production facility in Mexico. Earlier in his career, he served on the Senior Staff of the Canadian Prime Minister, during the time that the NAFTA agreement was signed, and Canada joined the WTO.

Mike Plotnik, Head of US Middle Market Financial Sponsors Group, HSBC Bank USA
Mike leads a team of credit professionals responsible for building long-term relationships with middle market private equity firms and structuring and underwriting debt financing solutions for middle market financial sponsor led buyouts. Mike has over twenty years of experience in investment banking and leverage finance.          

8:00am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am – Opening Comments – ACG NY & ACG TORONTO
8:40am – Speaker Presentation
9:10am – Panel discussion
9:55am – Closing Remarks

ACG members - $75
Non Members - $125
Limited number of tickets available

Hosted by: ACG
New York