2021 Healthcare: M&A Perspectives Across the Nation

Healthcare 2021

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January 21, 2021 11:30 AM - 1 PM PST

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ACG Tennessee - Zoom
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Private equity sponsors are continuing to invest significant capital across the healthcare industry, with more than 300 private equity deals in the healthcare industry reported in 2020. Whether you are new to healthcare investing or a seasoned investor, you will benefit from hearing from six industry experts in the field - three investment bankers and three private equity professionals who primarily focus on Healthcare - from Tennessee, Texas and California.

Please join us to hear their perspectives on trends in healthcare investing and where they see opportunities in 2021 and beyond. PE and strategic company acquirers have substantial levels of dry powder and healthy balance sheets to deploy capital. M&A activity in healthcare sector during the 2H of 2020 was very active and is expected to continue in 2021 as buyers seek deals with quality companies.

The event will also include optional networking breakouts after the panel discussion.


Jay Bradford

Jay Bradford

Riata Capital Group, LLC

Mr. Bradford is a Partner of Riata, serves on the firm’s Investment Committee, and focuses on providing operational and financial leadership to the firm’s portfolio companies. Mr. Bradford has served in various roles for Riata’s portfolio companies including advisor, CFO and Board member. Most recently, Mr. Bradford served as interim-CFO for Acuity Eyecare Group and is a Board Member for Smile Source. Prior to Riata, he was the Portfolio CFO for CIC Partners, a mid-market private equity firm based in Dallas, TX where he served as an operational advisor, interim manager and consultant to a number of CIC portfolio companies, focusing on areas such as financial restructuring, business plan development and execution, performance improvement, working capital management, recruitment of financial executives, and preparation of organizations and businesses for exit. Prior to CIC Partners, he was a Senior Vice President of Operations at Accretive Health, a healthcare revenue cycle management company that provided services to hospital systems. Previously, Mr. Bradford was a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm that specializes in turnaround and interim management, performance improvement, and business advisory services. Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior associate in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Restructuring Practice and as a senior auditor for Arthur Andersen.

David Crean

David H. Crean, Ph.D

Managing Director, Objective Capital Partners
President, ACG San Diego

David H. Crean, Ph.D is a registered investment banker and Managing Director at Objective where he leads the firm’s Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), partnering, valuations, capital financing and strategic advisory transactions with life science and healthcare companies. Dr. Crean currently serves in leading roles on the Boards of Directors for Histogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSTO), the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), and the Association for Corporate Growth San Diego. For his outstanding advisory work, Dr. Crean was recognized by San Diego Business Journal for SD500 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2019 and 2020, M&A Advisors for the 2019 Investment Banker of the Year, San Diego Business Journal’s 2018 Healthcare Hero, 2017 Thought Leader of the Year and 2017 Advisor of the Year Awards. Dr. Crean holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree with a finance concentration from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Management. Additionally, he holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Biophysics and a Masters of Science (MS) Degree in Oncology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Crean also earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Biology/ Pre-Med from Canisius College.

Scott Ellyson

Scott Ellyson

Founder & Investor
Clarity Performance Partners

Scott Ellyson has 25+ years of experience as an executive, investment banker and consultant and he is currently the Founder of Clarity Performance Partners, a management consulting firm that provides strategic consulting, executive coaching, outsourced executive management, corporate development and process improvement services to growing healthcare clients across the country. His experience encompasses numerous senior executive and advisory roles across the healthcare, technology and insurance industries. Scott has served in C-suite executive and strategic consulting roles for a number of different private equity-backed organizations in the skilled nursing, home health/hospice, physician practice management, dental practice management, vision care, managed care and technology industries. Prior to founding Clarity, Scott was the CFO of Harden Healthcare, growing the organization from $150MM of revenue to $900MM through numerous acquisitions and strong organic growth over the span of five years. Prior to Scott’s CFO roles, he was a senior investment banker for 10 years in Houlihan Lokey’s investment banking group, where he led numerous M&A, financing and restructuring engagements; was a senior consultant in KPMG’s Transaction Services Group; and was a Controller for Tenet Physician Services - Texas.

Becky Gregg

Becky Gregg

Brentwood Capital Advisors

Becky Gregg is a director at Brentwood Capital Advisors, a middle-market investment bank that provides M&A and capital raising advisory for healthcare, technology and tech-enabled services companies. Prior to joining Brentwood Capital, Becky worked as an analyst in the Debt Capital Markets group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Becky earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Economics from Vanderbilt University, where she also minored in Mathematics and Corporate Strategy. Becky lives in Houston, TX with her husband and two children.

Grant Jackson

Grant Jackson

Managing General Partner
Council Capital

Grant Jackson, is Managing General Partner of Council Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity firm based in Nashville, TN, which he joined in 2009. Grant has focused entirely on private equity investing in the healthcare services and healthcare IT sectors since 2001. Prior to joining Council, Grant led healthcare services and healthcare IT investing for The Aurora Funds and First Analysis Corporation. He began his career with Accenture helping companies evaluate and integrate acquisitions, following which he graduated with distinction as a Siebel Scholar from the Kellogg School of Management.


Nicolas Lopez, CFA

HCAP Partners

Nicolas Lopez joined HCAP Partners in 2013 and is responsible for originating, structuring, closing, and monitoring portfolio investments. He has been instrumental in the firm’s investments into twelve companies, many of which achieved fast growth and realized significant value for shareholders and employees. Nicolas is currently a board member of HCAP Partners portfolio companies Lone Star Analysis and DYPER™ and board observer at 83bar. He was previously a board member at Mission Healthcare and a participant in ACG San Diego’s recent virtual panel event Impact Investing: HCAP Partners’ Investment in Mission Healthcare. Nicolas attended the University of Southern California, earning an M.B.A. and San Diego State University, earning a B.S. in Business Administration. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Mike Malloy

Mike Malloy

Vice President
Raymond James Health Care Investment

Mike is a Vice President in the Raymond James Health Care Investment Banking Group. He has more than eight years of experience in investment banking and private equity. Mike rejoined Raymond James in 2017 and advises health care services clients in mergers and acquisitions and private and public financings. He previously worked as an Associate at Pharos Capital Group, a middle market private equity firm focused on health care services investments. Prior to joining Pharos, Mike was an Analyst in the Raymond James Health Care Investment Banking Group. Mike earned his B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

Kayla Marsh

Kayla Marsh, CPA

Senior Manager
BKD CPAs & Advisors

Kayla Marsh is a member of the BKD National Health Care Group and serves as the ACG YP Committee Chair and on the board of directors of ACG Dallas Fort Worth. She has more than eight years of experience, all with BKD, providing audit services to health care providers, including proprietary nursing facilities, private equity backed healthcare entities, physician practice management entities, hospitals and health systems. Her technical knowledge includes auditing and assisting with complex corporate structures, acquisitions and mergers and reimbursement complexities faced by privately held and governmental healthcare companies. Kayla is a 2012 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. degree in accounting and an M.Acc. degree.


Tatjana Paterno

M&A Partner
Bass Berry & Sims PLC

Tatjana Paterno is an M&A Partner at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC and focuses on lower middle market acquisition and disposition transactions, particularly in the healthcare sector where she can bring to the table the experience of her firm, which is the third largest healthcare law firm in the country. To date, Tatjana has advised clients in M&A transactions valued at over $20 billion in the aggregate. She is a frequent speaker on M&A topics and serves as a Chair of the American Bar Association’s “Private Target Deal Points Study,” which has been widely recognized as the gold standard for market metrics of key negotiated legal issues in M&A agreements.

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Registration Deadline: January 20, 2021, 12:00pm PT

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