Key Takeaways from the CON-X 2023 Investors Roundtable: navigating the evolving landscape of business advisory
6/9/23 12:00 AM
The CON-X 2023 Investor Roundtable in Mallorca brought together experts from the investment and advisory industry to discuss the current landscape and future trends. Moderated by Alex Gisbert of Fastpay Hotels, participants Henry James Wells, Partner and Head of Consumer finnCap Group; Morgann Lesne of Cambon Partners, Jan Frederik Valentin, Founding Partner ECP Investor; shed light on the role of advisors, the challenges of M&A transactions, the importance of selectivity and the factors that attract or repel investors. This article provides a summary of the main ideas shared during the roundtable.
During the roundtable, moderator Alex Gisbert's question on "What does advisor mean?" sparked a discussion on the crucial role advisors play in helping companies deal with various issues such as selling, buying, raising capital and making strategic decisions. Advisors provide expertise and guidance to senior executives, enabling them to position themselves for future ventures.
Selective approach to mergers and acquisitions
Participants acknowledged the current market activity, especially in terms of mergers and acquisitions. However, they stressed that while there is significant activity, it is not necessarily easy. Uncertainty about the future, especially in the post-COVID era, has made people cautious about long-term investments. Private equities, while brimming with capital, have experienced a decline in strategic activity. However, mergers and acquisitions remain an integral part of the travel industry story, and the creation of large companies is often the result of such transactions.