Cass M&A and PE Society

The Cass M&A and PE Society provides members with an insight into the world of deal making and the M&A process. Our regular events each year discuss industry developments, analyse the latest market trends and provide career advice to aspiring investment bankers from the industry's biggest recruitment specialists and leading corporate financiers. Our work is not solely restricted to M&A as we look to explore the wider corporate finance landscape and touch upon the fields of equity capital markets and other investment banking activities.

Working side by side with the renowned Mergers & Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC), we bring together an exciting mix of academics and professionals. Our keystone event, the annual M&A Conference held in March, is the largest student-led M&A conference in Europe and has attracted speakers from firms including: Amadeus Capital Partners, Ardian, BC Partners, BlackStone Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Evercore, EY, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Mergermarket, Shire, Société Générale.

Visit the Clubs and Societies page and choose Cass M&A and PE Society from the list to join the society.

2017/18 academic year

Executive Committee

Jonas Laibner
Co-President
MSc Corporate Finance

Dominic Parkes
Co-President
Full-time MBA

Manos Zampouridis
Head of Sponsorship
BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management

Ross Kelly
Director of Corporate Relations
Full-time MBA

Albert Steffes
Head of M&A and VC
MSc Corporate Finance

Minuri Tennakoon
Head of Private Equity
MSc Corporate Finance

Varun Venkatraman
Head of Research PE
Full-time MBA

Jonathan Muller
Director of Operations MSc
MSc Corporate Finance

Atte Rihto
Director of Operations BSc
BSc Accounting and Finance

Amira Belkhiria
MSc Corporate Finance
Director of Marketing

2016/17 academic year

Executive Committee

Sonya Baranova
Co-President
BSc Economics with Accounting

Edward Grimston
Co-President
Full-time MBA

Anna Komorova
Co-President
MSc Investment Management

Aylin Akkay
Director of Marketing and Communications
MSc Corporate Finance

Rolando Maggi
Director of Applied Finance
MSc Corporate Finance

John Wilson
Director of Operations
MSc Corporate Finance

Davy Yeung
Director of Sponsorships
MSc Investment Management

2015/16 academic year

Executive Committee

Sven Garås
Co-President
MSc Corporate Finance

Michael Stewart
Co-President
Full-time MBA

2014/15 academic year

Executive Committee

Manisha Angdembe
Vice President
BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management

Tina Basuki
Vice President
MSc Banking and International Finance

Fedor Rybkin
President
MSc Investment Management

Events

Natural Resources M&A by JP Morgan and BP

Monday 23 February - 7-9 pm - Auditorium, Cass Business School

The Cass M&A Society is happy to welcome all students to a presentation about current M&A development, the latest deals and providing tips for job opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to join them for networking.

Speakers:

  • Dimitri Reading-Picopoulos, Vice President, Metals & Mining IBD, JP Morgan
  • BP M&A Team

Please register here beforehand as the number of places are limited and due to the high level of interest, registration will be closed when the places are filled.

Sir Christopher Gent - A Career in Business

Tuesday 18 November - 6 pm - Auditorium, Cass Business School

The M&A Society, in conjunction with the M&A Research Centre, are delighted to welcome Sir Christopher Gent, Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, to an evening event at Cass Business School on 18 November 2014. He will be sharing his wide experience of business after which there will be a Q&A session, chaired by Professor Scott Moeller, Director of the M&A Research Centre. There will be an opportunity to network over drinks and nibbles following the session.

Sir Christopher became Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline plc on 1 January 2005 after joining the Board as Deputy Chairman on 1 June 2004. Sir Christopher has many years' experience of leading global businesses and a track record of delivering outstanding performance in highly competitive industries. He was appointed Managing Director of Vodafone plc in 1985 and then became its Chief Executive Officer in 1997 until his retirement in 2003. He was also Non-Executive Director of Ferrari SpA until 24 March 2014.

Sir Christopher is a Senior Adviser at Bain & Co and a member of the British Airways International Business Advisory Board.

Please register here.

2013/14 academic year

Executive Committee

André de Neergaard
Executive Officer
BSc in Investment and Financial Risk Management

Michele Pelli
Executive Officer
MSc in Banking & International Finance

Bela Czeiner
Executive Officer
EMBA

Events

Cass M&A Conference 2014

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 18.30 - 21.30 - Auditorium

Our keystone event, the annual M&A conference held in June, is the largest student-led M&A conference in Europe and has attracted speakers from firms including Amadeus Capital Partners, Ardian, Barclays, BC Capital Partners, BlackStone Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Evercore, EY, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Mergermarket, Shire and Société Générale.

This year's conference - co-hosted by the M&A Society and the M&A Research Centre - was held on 4 June.

The evening began with a keynote address delivered by Anne Glover, CBE, CEO and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, and continued with two panels of experts, with topics focusing on the private equity industry, as well as on M&A pricing and valuation across sectors and regions.

Speakers:

  • Anne Glover, CBE, CEO and Co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Susan Kilsby, Chairman, Shire
  • Jamie Rivers, Private Equity Investment Executive, BC Partners
  • Giovanni Amodeo, Global Editor in Chief, Mergermarket
  • Helena Svancar, Managing Director, Nordics, Deutsche Bank
  • Philippe Cerf, Managing Director, TMT EMEA, Credit Suisse
  • Philip Whitchelo, Vice President, Strategy & Product Marketing, Intralinks Inc.
  • Michel Hülters, Director, Treasury & Investor Relations, Exact
  • Harry Nicholson, Private Equity Partner, EY

Please click here to see photos of the conference.

The Latest Trends in M&A

Thursday 15 May 2014, 18.00 - Room 2006

The M&A Society together with their sponsor, Intralinks, hosted an event on the topic of M&A activity and trends.  Speakers from Mergermarket, Intralinks and EY shared their views about current M&A activity and trends.

Intralinks also presented their Deal Flow Indicator, which tracks early-stage M&A deals globally (sell-side M&A mandates and deals reaching due diligence), providing a unique leading indicator of global M&A activity levels.

Speakers:

  • Philip Whitchelo, Vice President, Strategy & Product Marketing, Intralinks Inc.
  • Beranger Guillle, Editor EMEA, Mergermarket
  • Justin Prichard, Director, TMT Corporate Finance, EY

Careers in M&A

Thursday 3 April 2014, 18.00 - Room 2002

This event was tailored to give students an understanding of potential careers within M&A and what such careers entail.  During the evening, the speakers gave their perspectives on the whole spectrum from origination (Ardian), transaction services (EY Transaction Advisory Services) and in-house M&A (Barclays).

Presentations were given on how these organisations fit into the M&A environment, why students should consider a career within this field and what the 'day job' looks like.

Speakers:

  • Carlos Clavijo, Senior Executive, EY
  • Dhruv Joshi, Operational Transaction Services, EY
  • Keri Elborn, Director, Senior Lead, Barclays
  • Claude Entringer, M&A Analyst, Barclays
  • Cyril Auger, Director, Ardian
  • Rosario Mazza, Senior Investment Manager, Ardian

2012/13 academic year

Advisory Committee

Nicolas Greilsamer
Citigroup
Chairman

Ali Mahmoud
Barclays Investment Bank
Principal Strategist

Professor Scott Moeller
Professor in the Practice of Finance and Director of the Mergers & Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC)
Senior Advisor

Officers

Valentin Fily
BSc Business Studies (Finance)
President

Carl Stange
MSc Corporate Finance
Executive Vice President

Marta Magani
MSc Corporate Finance
Vice President - Events Co-ordinator

Roshni Sahni
BSc Investment & Financial Risk Management
Vice President - Marketing

Arseny Blagovaschensky
MSc Banking & International Finance
Vice President - Public Relations & Partnerships

Cornelis Fru Ndi
MBA Finance & Strategy
Vice President - Treasurer

Events

Introduction to M&A and Deal Making - 4 December 2012

A unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of M&A and the deal making process.  More information here.

2011/12 academic year

Officers

Professor Scott Moeller
Professor in the Practice of Finance and Director of the Mergers & Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC)
Senior Advisor

Nicolas Greilsamer
Citigroup Global Banking
Chairman

Ali Mahmoud
BSc Investment & Financial Risk Management
President

Marius Hagen
BSc Investment & Financial Risk Management
Vice President

Elisabeth Assaf
BSc Banking & International Finance
Vice President

Erlend Munthe-Kaas
MSc Banking & International Finance
Communications Officer

Youmna Assaf
MSc Finance
Treasurer

Minas Panayi
BSc Banking & International Finance
Editor-in-chief, The M&A Society Magazine

Events

Tech Bubble 2.0? - 6 March 2012

A discussion on the latest developments within the technology sector - more information and registration here.

An Introduction to Careers in M&A - 29 March 2012

Think a career in M&A is only about IBD? Think again.  More information and registration here.

The Story of Mergermarket - 23 May 2012

A unique opportunity to interact directly with the Global Editor-in-Chief of Mergermarket, Giovanni Amodeo - more information and registration here.

EMBA M&A Workshop - 30 May 2012

Led by Director of M&A at Siemens AG, Markus Duschat, this exclusive workshop is for EMBA students - more information and registration here.

The M&A Conference 2012 - 13 June 2012

The second annual M&A conference - more information and registration here.

2010/11 academic year

Officers

Nicolas Greilsamer
President

Jacob Walberg
Vice President

Michal Piwowarczyk
Treasurer

2009/10 academic year

Officers

Dafne Sanac
President

Chih-Yan Ivan Wong
Vice President, LBOs

Events

Andrew Harrison and Phill Lovett, Managing Directors of Corporate and Structured Finance, Royal Bank of Scotland (24 February 2010)
Andrew and Phill shared their insights into the latest corporate acquisition activities and the key issues of concern for private equity-sponsored deals.

Meyrick Cox, Managing Director, Rothschild (24 May 2010).
Meyrick spoke on the Geely-Volvo deal, from pitching to closing.

Keri Elborn, Director Senior Lead, Barclays Corporate Development (14 June 2010)
Keri presented about his career as a corporate development specialist. In particular, he highlighted the differences and similarities between corporate development professionals and investment bankers.