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DealmakersTalk is a series of interactive quarterly webinars, including insights, Q&As and guidance from deal making leaders and KPMG experts. Each webinar focuses on topical and relevant subjects that are shaping the investment and deals space. The objective is to provide informative insights across the deals space, from hearing the first-hand experiences of the deal makers who achieved them.

ESG and sustainable deals

There is no doubt that ESG is now a mainstream point of discussion and a strategic imperative among buyers and sellers. Many firms are taking these issues into account and ESG increasingly plays a key role in actual deal decisions and in investment strategies. For some, it is essential part of their vision and fiduciary duties, for others it is about returns, a risk mitigation factor, or a framework to build a firm’s public image and long-term value to the firm and society.

In the second of our Dealmakers Talk digital events, ESG and sustainable deals, we spoke with Kate Bowyer, CFO at The Crown Estate, James Holley, Head of ESG at Bridgepoint and Greg Jackson, CEO and Founder of Octopus Energy.

Our speakers gave some fantastic insights into how ESG is a driving force in their deal-making decisions. Particularly interesting were the group’s perspectives on ESG financing and the need for practical advice on incorporating ESG. Additionally, some really insightful commentary on how ESG links to an organisation’s vision and purpose and the ever-increasing focus on attracting diverse talent.

Divest or invest? The path to unlocking portfolio value

Businesses of all sizes, across all sectors are facing challenges and uncertainty of an unprecedented scale. This has accelerated our move to a new reality and it’s more important than ever to draw on the knowledge and experience of other successful business leaders.

On Monday 30 November, Sarah Byrne-Quinn, Head of Transaction Execution at Anglo American and Conrad Tate, Corporate Development Director for Imperial Brands joined us for the first our series of DealmakersTalk digital events. They shared insights on their recent M&A journeys, discussed how life in a pandemic is informing their portfolio decisions and how they are reshaping and repositioning their strategies.

Facilitated by Liz Claydon, UK Head of DA at KPMG, the discussion was insightful and informative. We were particularly interested in the key themes that were prominent throughout the discussion including the need for solid planning and preparation before a disposal, and the importance of focusing on future value on the other side of the deal.

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