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Event Recap  |  05/20/2022  |  Accordion

USA M&A Growth & Deals Forum | The M&A Atlas Awards

Accordion’s Melissa Kibler & Shauna Watson Speak on Panels; Melissa Kibler Wins Diversity & Inclusion Award

May 5, 2022 – Senior Managing Director, Melissa Kibler, and Head of Accordion’s Public Company Readiness Practice, Shauna Watson, were panelists at the USA M&A Growth & Deals Forum.

Shauna Watson spoke alongside Loeb & Loeb LLP’s Mitchell Nussbaum, ICR’s Don Duffy, and Chardan’s George Kaufman on the topic of “SPAC: Sizzle or Fizzle, What’s Ahead?“. The discussion included assessing the SPAC landscape – including deal structure, SEC rule impact, and the pressure to get deals done as competition heats up.

Melissa Kibler joined Global M&A Network’s Shanta Kumari, Mizzen Capital’s Marilyn Adler, Willow Growth Partners’ Deborah Benton, Stout’s Ann Miller, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s Marlee Myers on the topic of “PROGRESS: Wonder Women of Deals Community“. The panel shared ideas on how women can thrive in a competitive investment and deal landscape.

Following her panel, Melissa won the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award. When asked about how diversity brings value to the deal-making process, she shared:

“There are many studies showing that teams with diverse members make better decisions, be it in the board room, conference room or elsewhere. Having more information naturally leads to better decisions, and diverse teams bring a much broader range of backgrounds, skillsets, expertise, analytical processes and perspectives into play. And women in particular often bring skills in diplomacy, communication and teamwork that are conducive to consensual resolutions.”

Melissa also offered advice on how to achieve success in the financial services industry, “Do excellent work and build relationships with peers. Use professional associations to expand your network and reputation in the market. But don’t assume that is enough – make specific asks for what you need and offer to help others without expecting an immediate return.”

Meet the Speakers

Melissa Kibler
Melissa Kibler
Senior Managing Director

Melissa is a Senior Managing Director with over 30 years of experience providing financial advisory, restructuring, and turnaround management services to Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies and their stakeholders. She also has extensive investigative, litigation, and valuation experience, including insolvency-related litigation, avoidance actions, fraud investigations, merger and acquisition disputes, director and officer claims, and other commercial litigation support. Melissa has provided expert testimony in U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, state court, arbitrations, and other venues. Her industry experience includes automotive, aviation, education, energy, financial services, gaming, healthcare, manufacturing/distribution, media/entertainment, municipalities, natural resources, real estate/construction, retail, restaurant, steel, telecommunications, transportation and other industries.  Read more

Shauna Watson
Shauna Watson
Managing Director, Head of Public Company Readiness

Shauna, CPA, is a Managing Director and Accordion’s Head of Public Company Readiness with nearly three decades of experience spanning a variety of sectors including consulting, energy & aerospace, and defense. She is a subject matter expert in US GAAP, IFRS, SOX, and SEC Regulations. Shauna has helped companies implement new accounting standards like leases and revenue recognition, and has also worked on complicated deal and accounting structures often seen in M&A, carve-outs, IPOs, and GAAP conversions.  Read more