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Chemical Marketing & Economics Group - ACS NY Section 


Thursday December 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM 
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About CM&E Chemical Marketing & Economics Group (CM&E) is a topical group of the American Chemical Society NY Section. ACS is the largest scientific association in the world with 160,000 members. CM&E organizes monthly events where industry leaders present original research and cutting-edge outlooks on the economy, business, investment and technology in energy, materials and life science. 

Member Annual Dues: $20 dues are included in your first luncheon of the calendar year. Membership includes luncheon discounts. 

CM&E plays a unique role in invigorating a growth engine of the economy. It bridges science & technology with sound business principles.

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IYC 2011

“The Anatomy of a Deal"
December 8 Luncheon/Webcast at Club Quarters

Advancing Science through the ACS Scholarships Program


After a positive first half, the M&A and capital markets have been roiled in the second half of 2011, driven by uncertainties over the European sovereign debt crisis, the U.S. “Super Committee” budget debates and fears of another pending global recession.  What impact has this turmoil had on chemical industry M&A?  Where are the opportunities and what is the outlook for the next twelve months?

Join friends and colleagues from the chemical, investment, insurance and financial professions for a unique panel discussion on “The Anatomy of a Deal”.  This special event is sponsored and moderated by Houlihan Lokey, the leading North American M&A advisor based on transaction volume. The panel will examine current issues in M&A in the Chemical Industry from its own first-hand perspective. No airy trend-spotting from observers sitting in the stands! This session features only “players on the field” who will speak first-hand on what they experience daily in the world of Chemicals M&A. The five panelists are key players from each of the following areas: Investment Banking, Equity Investing, Lending, Insurance, and of course, the senior corporate M&A strategy executive.

PANELISTS (see bios below):

  • Christopher D. Cerimele, Director and Head of Chemicals, Houlihan Lokey (Moderator)
  • Daniel Hoverman, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, Houlihan Lokey
  • Peter Pantalone, Director, Environmental Services, Aon Risk Solutions
  • John Televantos, Partner, Arsenal Capital Partners
  • Damon Warmack, Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Eastman Chemical

EVENT INFORMATION (All times are EDT, Prices subject to change without notice)

Event Times:      11:00 am  - 12:00 noon Registration and Networking 
                         12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Luncheon
                           1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Panel Discussion & Webcast

Luncheon Fees:  $70 for members of CM&E, ChemPharma(R) and SOCMA. 
If you have attended any CM&E luncheon in 2011, you are now a CM&E member!

                         $90 for non-members. Includes 2011 CM&E membership at a special rate of $20. 

SAVE if you register before the deadline November 25. 

VENUE:   For this event, we will be at an exciting and distinguished venue, Club Quarters on 45th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue). 

Webcast:   $30 for all. $15 discount if you reserve by the deadline. This event will be available as a Webcast live (1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time) and also as webcast recording for post-event viewing in the case of those traveling or with scheduling conflicts.

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Christopher D. Cerimele is a Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Chicago office. He is a member of the Industrials Group and is Head of Chemicals for the firm. He joined the firm in March 2010. Mr. Cerimele has been involved in more than 60 transactions involving mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and financial advisory services for chemical and other industrial companies. He has testified as an expert in court and is a frequent speaker on chemical industry and capital markets/M&A topics. His clients have included many leading public and private companies including Akzo Nobel, American Pacific Corporation, Georgia Gulf, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Lanxess, and Royal Adhesives and Sealants, among others. Earlier in his career he was the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Recognition Award from The M&A Advisor.   Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Cerimele worked as an investment banker focusing primarily on chemicals and industrials companies at firms including Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs, and Lincoln International.  He began his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Cerimele graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in accounting and earned an M.B.A. from Chicago Booth.  He is Certified Public Accountant (inactive), is registered with FINRA.

Daniel S. Hoverman, CFA is a Senior Vice President in Houlihan Lokey’s Capital Markets Group, and is responsible for assisting the firm’s clients in raising capital through offerings of equity, convertible and debt securities.  While he is based in New York, he also has significant experience in international markets. Over the course of his career, Mr. Hoverman has assisted his clients in raising capital of over $100 billion in registered, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings of securities throughout the capital spectrum.  Before joining Houlihan, he was a director with Credit Suisse in Hong Kong, as a member of the office of the General Counsel responsible for oversight and management of investment banking transactions, and a director with UBS in New York, as a member of the firm’s Equity Capital Markets Group responsible for oversight and management of offerings and a member of the firm’s equity commitment committee.   He began his career with Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a corporate attorney focusing on capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Hoverman received a B.A. from Yale University, where he graduated cum laude and with distinction in history, and received a J.D. and M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a John C. Olin Fellow.   Mr. Hoverman holds the designation of CFA charterholder and is an inactive member of the New York bar.

Pete Pantalone is a Director at Aon Risk Solutions.  As a member of the Environmental Services Group at Aon, Pete works with clients to analyze their environmental exposures, structure suitable environmental insurance programs, and negotiate directly with underwriters to obtain the necessary terms and conditions to meet the client’s risk objectives.  Pete has been in the environmental insurance industry for 15 years.  He has held senior underwriting positions at  both XL Group and Great American Insurance Company, before joining Aon in 2011.  Pete is a licensed broker and has obtained his CPCU designation.  He is a graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Dr. John Y. Televantos is a Partner and Member of Operating Committee at Arsenal Capital Partners, Inc. He joined the firm in January 2006 as an Executive Vice President and is based in the New York office. Dr. Televantos is a member of the firm's specialty industrial team and focuses on specialty chemicals and materials. Previously, Dr. Televantos served as a Vice President of Hercules Inc. since April 2002 and as the President of Aqualon Company since April 2002. He ... served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at Foamex International from June 1999 to December 2001. Dr. Televantos also served as a President and Founder of Helios Chemical Company and as the Vice President of Development Businesses and Research at Lyondell Chemical Company since 1998. He held various executive positions in the chemical industry in the last 20 years. His early career was concentrated in research and development at Union Carbide as a Director of Research and Development of Specialty Chemicals and Arco Chemical Co. as a Vice President of Strategy and Commercial Development. Dr. Televantos has been a Director of Royal Adhesives & Sealants, LLC since December 15, 2010 and of Balchem Corp. since February 2005. He serves on the Boards of Interdynamics Inc., Royal Adhesives & Sealants Holdings, Balchem, Novolyte, and Reilly Industries. Dr. Televantos served on the boards of Vertellus Specialties, Velsicol Chemical Corp., Genovique Specialties, IDQ Holdings. Additionally, he sat on several public and private company Boards and is affiliated with other key industry- related groups. Dr. Televantos received a B.S and a Ph.D., both in Chemical Engineering, from University of London, UK. 

Damon Warmack is Vice Presiden of Corporate Development & Strategy. Warmack joined Eastman in 1980 and worked in a series of sales and product management positions of increasing responsibility. During his career with Eastman, Warmack has held several international positions, including Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific. While serving as Vice President and General Manager, Resins, Inks and Monomers, he led the restructure and divestiture of this business. In 2008 he was appointed Vice President and General Manager, Performance Chemicals and Intermediates. In 2009 he was named to his current position. Damon is a chemical engineer from the University of Florida and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.