Acquisition Criteria of Buyers in a Bear Market
21st July 2022  |  12:00 EST / 16:00 GMT / 17:00 BST

Acquisition Criteria of Buyers in a Bear Market

Over the course of 90 minutes you will hear from a panel of M&A experts from leading firms as they shed light on topics like: 

  • Recent market trends and headwinds
  • Deal-flow and revised buying criteria
  • Identifying promising assets in a recession
  • DTC vs. FBA brands
  • How the space will continue to evolve

If you are an eCommerce business owner considering an exit in the near future, this event will explain how you can prepare your business to attract the right buyer.

Acquisition Criteria of Buyers in a Bear Market (21st July, 2022)

Speakers included: 
  • Jeremy Bell, Head of M&A, Elevate Brands
  • Brendan Feinberg, Head of Investments and Integrations, unybrands
  • Philip Johnston, Co-founder & Co-CEO, Opontia
  • Philipp Lehnen, Senior VP of M&A, The Stryze Group
  • Zack Flint, Chief M&A Officer, D1 Brands
  • Bruno Lequeux, Head of M&A, YABA
  • Alex Meyerguz, VP of Strategy & Corporate Development, BRANDED
  • Alexej Pikovsky, CEO, Alphagreen Group

Hosted by Emmett Kilduff, Co-Founder & CEO, The Fortia Group.

All attendees received exclusive content, including decks, webinar video, poll results, and more.

We’re proud to announce our Webinar Series title sponsor Clearco

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Emmett Kilduff

Co-founder & CEO of The Fortia Group

Emmett has had a strong interest in eCommerce since he completed a Masters in eCommerce in 1999. With over a decade in leading investment banks Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, Emmett has billions of dollars of corporate finance expertise across equity, credit, and M&A. Emmett overseas all the deals that The Fortia Group advises on.

Alexej Pikovsky

Co-founder & CEO at Alphagreen Group

Alexej is the Co-Founder and CEO of Alphagreen Group. He began his career in investment banking at Nomura before becoming a founding member of Delin Ventures, a venture capital arm investing in leading technology companies and VC funds. Alexej founded Alphagreen in 2019. Alphagreen owns several health & wellness brands, as well as a tech-enabled business services arm called NUOPTIMA. Alexej grew up in Germany where he was a Scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and holds an MSc in Metals & Energy Finance from Immperial College London.

Alex Meyerguz

VP of Acquisitions at BRANDED

Alex has 15 years of experience in senior roles at the intersection of corporate finance, strategy, M&A, and capital raising across consumer products and e-commerce industries. At BRANDED, he is responsible for business development, strategic planning, financial analysis, acquisitions, due diligence and brand integration.

Bruno Lequeux

Head of M&A at YABA

Bruno leads the M&A team at YABA. He previously worked at PwC’s corporate finance practice in the Madrid, London and Luxembourg offices, advising local and international private equity firms on a wide range of transactions.

Brendan Feinberg

Head of Investment & Integration at unybrands

Brendan is the Head of Investments & Integration at unybrands where he leads a global team of investors focused on acquiring high quality consumer products companies. Prior to unybrands, Brendan held a variety of roles across finance, operations and real estate strategy at WeWork as the business scaled from 500 to 10,000 employees. In his early career, Brendan honed his skills in investment banking, venture capital and startup operations. Outside of work, Brendan has spent 10 years working with Let's Get Ready, a non-profit that helps students from underrepresented communities access and succeed through college.

Philip Johnston

Co-founder & CEO at Optonia

Philip has been Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Opontia for the last 18 months where he is mainly responsible for fundraising and acquisitions. Opontia is an e-commerce aggregator in Central and Eastern Europe, The Middle East, and Africa which has raised around $50M, split evenly between equity and debt. Before Opontia, Philip spent two years at McKinsey, Dubai working on e-commerce strategy, private equity, and post-merger integration. Prior to this, he spent two years doing venture capital investing across Southern Africa, and five years in banking split between London, New York, and Singapore. Philip holds an MPA from Harvard University, an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA from Columbia University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jeremy Bell

Chief M&A Officer at Elevate Brands

Jeremy is the Chief M&A Officer at Elevate Brands. He has extensive M&A experience in investment banking, private equity, as well as the private sector and is now applying his skills in the Amazon ecosystem. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he now calls Austin, Texas home and is passionate about helping sellers achieve lucrative exits of their Amazon FBA businesses! He has completed over a $1 billion in deals, countless Amazon FBA transactions and is gaining a reputation as one of the most experienced business acquirers in this space.

Philipp Lehnen

Senior VP of M&A, The Stryze Group

Philipp is a seasoned M&A professional and brings investment experience from various perspectives, including international transactions in private equity, investment banking and in the context of multinational, listed as well as private companies. He has worked on various cross-border deals in the ecommerce, consumer goods & retail as well as various other sectors. Today, Philipp is Senior VP M&A with Stryze Group, a leading D2C-brandhouse in Berlin.

Zack Flint

Chief M&A Officer, D1 Brands

Zack is the Chief Growth Officer at D1 brands where he leads the company’s organic growth strategy and M&A division in D1’s efforts to invest in and partner with world-class e-commerce brands. Before joining D1, Zack was a Private Equity professional at Satori Capital where he helped lead investments in companies across a wide range of industry verticals. Prior to working at Satori, Zack was an investment banking analyst at Lincoln International, specializing in sell-side M&A and Leveraged Finance. Zack graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame where he earned degrees in both Finance and English.

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