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MPI Insights to debate mergers and acquisitions

MPI UK & Ireland chapter will be debating the recent flurry of activity at Royal Lancaster London

Pictured: Richard Bandell

MPI UK & Ireland chapter will be debating the recent flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity in the events sector at its next MPI Insights event.

Recent months have seen a peak in activity including larger takeovers such as BCD Meetings and Events taking on Zibrant and American Express Global Business Travel acquiring Banks Sadler, as well as smaller deals between agencies. Other huge deals have taken place between hotel groups and even large event tech companies joining forces, in contrast to the caution seen in the wider business community.

MPI UK & Ireland chapter will be debating what this means to the events industry at its next MPI Insights event, at Royal Lancaster London, on Monday 25 September at 6.30pm. Round table discussions will take place over dinner following a presentation from Richard Bandell, independent corporate advisor and previously CEO and non-executive board director at Grass Roots.

Jane Baker, MPI UK & Ireland chapter president, said: “Our industry has seen some significant mergers and acquisitions in the last 18 months that impact corporates, agencies, hotels and events sector suppliers. At this latest MPI Insights event, Richard and our wider panel of industry experts will offer guests a fascinating insight into this growing M&A trend, the benefits and risks involved as well as the longer-term impact on the sector overall.”

Speakers from throughout the industry, including Dana Lewis from Accor Hotels, Pantea Shafie  of Sodexo, David Chalmers from Cvent and Simon White from Square Meal, will guide the conversations throughout the evening.

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