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IMAP and Dresner Partners Announce International Mergers and Acquisitions Symposium in Chicago on Thursday, April 11

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 1, 2013) - IMAP, a global partnership of leading merger and acquisition advisory firms, and Dresner Partners, IMAP's partner in Chicago, are pleased to announce an International Mergers and Acquisitions Symposium at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago on Thursday, April 11. Attendees will include senior-level professionals from private equity, corporate development officers, global M&A attorneys, consultants, and IMAP M&A transaction advisers from more than 30 countries. Sponsors of the Symposium include BDO USA LLP, Dykema Gossett PLLC, Marketwire, mergermarket, and West Monroe Partners. The Symposium is also being supported by IMAP's North American partners including Amherst Partners, Morgan Joseph TriArtisan, Falls River Group, United Mergers & Acquisitions.

"We are very excited to host this International M&A Symposium in Chicago, which also coincides with the 40th anniversary of IMAP and the 20th anniversary of Dresner Partners," said Steve Dresner, president of Dresner Partners. "Not only will the Symposium showcase our capabilities and global reach through our partners within IMAP, but it will also provide detailed perspective on the creative methods and techniques being used to complete cross-border opportunities for buyers and sellers across the globe."

The Symposium will begin at 2 p.m. with remarks from featured speaker Cheryl Beebe, Chief Financial Officer of Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), who will talk about "Extreme Cross-Border M&A: An Insider's Look at Crossing Over 15 Borders in a Single Deal."

The first panel discussion, "Completing Mergers & Acquisitions in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States," will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Omar Diaz, Managing Director of Dresner Partners and will include the following speakers:

  • Gilberto Escobedo, Founding Partner, Serficor Partners/IMAP, Mexico

  • Dr. Heiko Frank, Managing Director, M&A Consultants AG/IMAP, Germany

  • Eduardo Morcillo, Managing Partner, InterChina/IMAP, China

  • Michael Reeves, Managing Partner, Clearwater Corporate Finance/IMAP, United Kingdom

The second panel discussion will cover the intricacies of "Completing Successful Cross-Border M&A Transactions" and begins at approximately 4:00 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Brian Graves, Managing Director of Dresner Partners and will include the following speakers:

  • John Dickey, Esq., Member, Dykema Gossett PLLC

  • Tom Ewers, Senior Director, West Monroe Partners

  • Brad Rode, International Tax Partner, BDO USA LLP

  • Antonio Villalón, Executive Vice Chairman, Rothschild

The panel discussions will be followed by cocktails from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

If you are interested in attending the Symposium advance registration is required. You can find more information at http://www.imapconferences.com/, or you can contact one of the following representatives:

About IMAP
IMAP is an exclusive global M&A partnership formed in 1973 and located in more than 30 countries throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia. IMAP completed 205 M&A deals in all industries in 2012. IMAP is ranked No. 3 worldwide by Thomson Reuters in the number of closed transactions with deal values up to $200 million and up to $500 million. IMAP advisers provide strategic merger, acquisition, divestiture and related corporate finance services with essential local market knowledge, and industry expertise delivered with unparalleled global reach. More information is available at www.imap.com.

About Dresner Partners
Dresner Partners is a FINRA-registered, middle-market investment bank headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with an office in New York City. Founded in 1991, Dresner Partners provides financial advisory services to middle-market companies throughout the world, including institutional private placements of debt and equity, merger and acquisitions advisory, financial restructuring and corporate turnarounds, valuations and strategic consulting services. Dresner Partners is also a member of IMAP, an exclusive global organization of leading merger and acquisition advisory firms. An affiliated company, Dresner Corporate Services, is a strategic communications firm specializing in public and investor relations. More information is available at www.dresnerpartners.com and www.imap.com/locations/office.cfm?OfficeID=416.