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Alltech’s 2013 Symposium: An Appetite for Mergers & Acquisitions

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Cheap financing and a growing world population has led food companies to pursue large acquisitions in the first quarter. Global deal volume rose 6 percent to $430.4 billion through March 19, according to Thomson Reuters data. This was bolstered by a series of deals valued at more than $5 billion, including the $23.2 billion takeover of ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital. Against this backdrop, Alltech has organized a mergers and acquisitions session at GLIMPSE 2020: the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 19-22.

“We will be examining key learnings from mergers and acquisitions in the agribusiness market. In addition, M&A experts from some of the world’s leading banks and legal houses will provide us with insights for the agricultural industry,” said Alric Blake, Alltech vice president and chief financial officer and co-chairperson of the M&A session at the 2013 Alltech Symposium.

“The M&A session will provide an overview of the legal, financial and practical considerations of merger and acquisition transactions and will examine the various steps that companies must take in connection with the transaction process,” said Brad Harris, Alltech corporate counsel and co-chairperson of the M&A session at the 2013 Alltech Symposium.

The M&A track includes the following topics:

Mergers and Acquisitions: Key learnings

Identifying Opportunities: Selecting the right partnerships

Valuation and Financing: Insights from the world’s leading M&A banks

Effective Integration of New Businesses: Lessons from the world’s leading M&A banks

The Changing Landscape of Banks: Is agriculture the rising star?

New in 2013, Alltech International Symposium delegates will have the opportunity to select breakout session tracks. These tracks, as opposed to traditional species or subject breakouts, will offer attendees a more holistic experience in which they take part in discussions ranging from algae and agriculture’s carbon footprint to nutrition and marketing.

Registration for Alltech’s 29th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Standard registration after April 15 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.

Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2012 Alltech International Symposium, 97 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.

For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit or email