Mayer Brown

Please join market leaders in the agribusiness industry to discuss the current state of, and key trends in, agriculture, finance, M&A and international trade. We have presentations and panel discussions on the following topics:
Global Overview of Agricultural Commodities as an Asset Class

  • Macroeconomic drivers for commodities, including growth prospects, currencies and interest rates
  • Global demographics and the structural adjustments driving commodity values
  • Agriculture's productivity challenge
  • Supply/demand and price highlights

Bruce Scherr, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Informa Economics

Credit Markets

  • How banks view the agribusiness sector
  • Loan and pricing spreads
  • Deal structures and leverage requirements
  • Impact of the European credit crisis
  • The 2012 lending outlook

Panelists will include:
Brian Klatt, Senior Vice President and Head of Capital Markets, CoBank
William Murray, Head of Commodity Finance Metals & Softs, BNP Paribas
Sebastien Ribatto, Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Societe Generale
Erica Kuhlmann, Managing Director and Sector Head, Food & Beverage Group, BMO Capital Markets
John Weubbe, Senior Vice President and Industry Manager – Food and Agribusiness Industry Specialty Group, Wells Fargo & Company

Luncheon Presentation: International Trade

  • Key global economic and political issues that smart firms will be watching at home and abroad
  • How Brazil, Russia, India, China and other emerging economies are shaping global agriculture
  • Emerging trends
  • Leveraging and hedging against trends in international trade

Panelists will include:
Mickey Kantor, Former United States Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative
Susan Schwab, Former United States Trade Representative

M&A Outlook, 2012 and Beyond

  • What financial sponsors are looking for
  • Lessons learned from recent M&A activity
  • Current and emerging deal structures

Panelists will include:
Charles Adair, Vice Chairman, BMO Capital Markets
Kevin Schwartz, Partner, Paine & Partners
*Additional speakers still to be confirmed.

Issues Surrounding the 2012 Farm Bill

  • The 2012 Farm Bill in a historical context
  • Baseline spending and the impact of budget cuts
  • Chairs' Proposal of Fall 2011 and alternative program proposals
  • WTO implications

Joe Glauber, Chief Economist, US Department of Agriculture

A cocktail reception will immediately follow the presentation.

This event is complimentary.

Date & Time

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT
Reception to follow


Mayer Brown
71 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

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