Strategies for success in European auction processes

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Thursday, September 10, 2020
1:00 pm New York - 2:00 pm New York
Virtual Conference

A webinar for private equity investors

Many commentators predicted that the onset of COVID-19 would result in more buyer-friendly conditions in the European private equity market. Experience suggests that the reverse has transpired: the number of high-quality assets available for sale has decreased and, with no shortage of buyers with significant financial firepower targeting them, sellers of desirable assets have been able to run extremely aggressive auction processes. With multiple bidders willing to offer a significant premium on assets, bidders are increasingly at risk of missing out on an asset, by mis-positioning the non-financial aspects of their bid.

This discussion will help you succeed in competitive auction processes in Europe by focussing on the key strategic issues that North American bidders should consider, in particular, taking account of the differences in market practice on both sides of the Atlantic.

Issues which will be covered include:

  • Assessment of pricing mechanisms

  • Ensuring certainty of funds

  • A roadmap for satisfaction of mandatory conditions

  • Planning a targeted diligence process

  • Management rollover and considerations for incentivisation in the local market

  • Outgoing sponsor co-investment

  • The mindset and approach of corporates in auction processes

This webinar will take the format of a panel discussion with plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered.


Our panellists have all been involved in European auction processes on behalf of US private equity investors over the past several months, with the most recent just concluded.

  • Anu Balasubramanian, Vice Chair, PE Practice

  • Garrett Hayes, PE Partner

  • Jamie Holdoway, Associate

  • Roger Barron, Global Vice Chair M&A, Corporate

  • Amit Mehta Global Chair, Corporate


Image: Anu Balasubramanian
Anu Balasubramanian
Partner, Corporate Department
Image: Garrett Hayes
Garrett Hayes
Partner, Corporate Department
Image: Jamie Holdoway
Jamie Holdoway
Associate, Corporate Department
Image: Amit Mehta
Amit Mehta
Partner, Corporate Department
Image: Roger Barron
Roger Barron
Partner, Corporate Department