October 24, 2008

Grant Thornton LLP Partners to Speak at The Deal’s M&A Outlook 2009 Conference

Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (Grant Thornton International), today announced that Paul Beecy and Mel Schwarz will participate in The Deal's M&A Outlook 2009 Conference on November 11-12, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

Mr. Beecy, Tax Partner & Transaction Advisory Tax Services Practice Leader, Grant Thornton LLP, will participate as a panelist in a discussion on cross-border deal activity, which will take place at 10:45 a.m. on November 11. The panel, titled "Cross-Border Wave: U.S.A. up for Sale? Shifts in Key Emerging Markets," will address tradeoffs associated with an increasingly global deal community and distill the complexities of transacting abroad. Moderating this discussion will be Matt Miller, Senior Writer, The Deal. The other panelists are Steven Baronoff, Managing Director, Head of Global M&A, Merrill Lynch; Jeremy Payne, Senior Vice President, Capital IQ, Inc.; and Nick Rees, Co-Managing Partner, Linklaters LLP.

"Grant Thornton partners have a wealth of experience facilitating M&A transactions around the globe," said Mr. Beecy. "As more private equity firms look to grow their portfolios through international opportunities, the M&A Outlook Conference is an ideal venue to share our expertise alongside some of the leading figures in the field."

Mr. Schwarz, Partner & Director of Tax Legislative Affairs - National Tax Office, Grant Thornton LLP, will take part in the panel "Wall Street and Washington Clash: The Regulatory World for Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Antitrust Cases," to be held at 9:30 a.m. on November 12. The panel will discuss how the market and regulators are affecting credit availability and explore opportunities for alternative financing. William McConnell, Washington Bureau Chief, The Deal, will serve as the panel moderator. Adam Blumenthal, Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Management; David Marchick, Managing Director, Global Government and Regulatory Affairs, The Carlyle Group; and Robert Pitofsky, Professor of Antitrust & Trade, Georgetown University and former Federal Trade Commissioner will also take part in this discussion.

"The potential for an altered regulatory and tax environment will have an enormous impact on the alternative investment community, making this one of the most controversial topics of 2009," said Mr. Schwarz. "Grant Thornton is engaged in this debate and prepared to help its clients navigate what could be stormy seas."

For more information on The Deal's M&A Outlook 2009 Conference, please visit www.maoutlook2009.com.

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