Breakout Sessions

Beyond the networking opportunities, InterGrowth offers attendees new ways to grow your business. Executive roundtable discussions, breakout sessions and the return of the Middle-Market Insights Theater presentations make InterGrowth an effective three days out of the office.

Concurrent breakout sessions give InterGrowth attendees the opportunity to choose from a variety of panel discussions featuring expert moderators facilitating conversations from top leaders in the M&A community.

Please check back soon for panelists as they are confirmed. 


MONDAY, APRIL 24 |  2:30-3:20 P.M.

“Investing in Europe – What Opportunities and Challenges Face North American Private Equity in Europe?”

presented by Dentons

2016 was a very strong year for private equity investment in Europe, with $92.23 billion invested by North American and other private equity funds. With the increase in competition (and the resulting higher prices) in the U.S. PE market, North American PE funds are finding new targets for their capital in Europe’s diverse economies. What are the special challenges and opportunities facing North American PE funds looking towards Europe for investment opportunities, and how different are the PE markets in Europe as compared to North America? Hear Stephen Levy, partner at Dentons’ London office who specializes in UK and international M&A and PE transactions; Edward Keller, partner of Dentons Europe with over 16 years experience in cross-border M&A and PE transactions; and Torben Luth, partner at PE fund JZ International, discuss the opportunities and issues for North American investors targeting the European midmarket.




“Why You May Be Missing It with the Founder-Owner: A Unique Perspective on Stakeholder Value ”

presented by BKD, LLP

Many investors misunderstand founder-owners and lose out on investment opportunities because, unknowingly, their concept of value, which is often merely economic, does not align with how the founder-owner has instinctively created value in their business. Furthermore, the founder-owner’s selection of an investment partner occurs in a fundamentally different way than many investors may realize. Hear why investors should offer sellers a more robust concept of value, including the accretive expected value gained for stakeholders impacted by the transaction.



“Cybersecurity Risks: Have You Locked the Back Door at Your Portfolio Companies?”

presented by Wipfli LLP – CPAs and Consultants

Lying in bed, your thoughts begin to race, “Did I lock the back door?” Each of us lose sleep over different things, but protecting the house is always on the list. It is no different for your fund. You may have taken steps to lock the front door of the fund, but your portfolio companies offer the cyber criminals numerous ways to access your cash, assets and reputation through the back door. Join this interactive discussion of the reality of cyber warfare and the steps you should take to prevent, or in worst case, respond to any incident at the fund or in the portfolio.


  • Michael L. Vaccarella, CPA, CGMA, CM&AA, Managing Director, Private Equity Services, Wipfli LLP – CPAs and Consultants


  • Jeff Olejnik, Director, Cybersecurity and Risk Advisory Services, Wipfli LLP – CPAs and Consultants



MONDAY, APRIL 24 |  3:30-4:20 P.M.

“Health Care Trends: Where You See Pockets of Opportunity”

presented by DHG & Venable LLP

There is little disagreement that the current state of the U.S. health care economy is unsustainable. To address this situation, unparalleled public and private reform is underway that will usher in a new economy that rewards quality, efficiency and collaboration. So now what? Join this exciting discussion regarding where we go from here and where the expert panel sees potential opportunities for mergers and acquisitions in this new economy.


  • John Brock, Partner – Healthcare Transaction Advisory, DHG



“Fireside Chat on Fueling Growth of Market Leading Companies”

presented by RSM US LLP

Hear compelling commentary from the perspective of middle-market private equity veteran Jay Jester, managing director, Audax Group. In this one-on-one interview, Jester will share an overview of his career and what his experience has taught him; offer insight into Audax’s mission to build value in the middle market; and discuss the firm’s approach to establishing close partnerships with their management teams to transform their portfolio companies into substantially larger, better-positioned, more valuable enterprises. He’ll also share his take on the evolving nature of the private equity landscape and how Audax keeps pace with the changing trends.


  • Don Lipari, National Leader, Private Equity Services, RSM US LLP



“The New Normal? Bags of Capital, Challenging M&A Volume and Shifting Business Models”

presented by Golub Capital

Recession-reminiscent leverage conditions, loads of liquidity and large cap sponsors are all coming further down market, creating a complex landscape for middle-market M&A. Take a deep dive into how current conditions have lenders and sponsors alike revisiting their business models and core values. This open discussion will also focus on how industry specialization, flexible financing structures, shorter time horizons and access to quality technology can help navigate today’s highly competitive and white-hot transaction environment.




“Global Growth Strategies in Uncertain Times”

presented by Plante Moran

In this time of unprecedented political uncertainty, increased competition and a tightening lending environment, private equity firms face a challenging domestic environment. But these challenges may be offset by significant growth opportunities abroad. Join this interactive panel discussion, featuring several private equity leaders, on best practices for investing internationally given the current challenges here in the U.S. We’ll examine the countries private equity firms are actively investing in directly and through their North American platforms, what opportunities they’ve seen and which countries they are avoiding.