SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) - IMAP, an exclusive global organization of leading merger and acquisition advisory firms, is pleased to announce the featured speakers for its Fall 2010 International Mergers & Acquisitions Symposium, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Hotel Lutetia in Paris. 

Gonzague de Blignieres, co-president of Barclays Private Equity Europe; Scott Berman, managing director and senior transaction advisor with Morgan Joseph (IMAP New York); Pierre Bosset, head of research for HSBC Securities; and Carlos Méndez-Peñate, a shareholder with Akerman Senterfitt, one of the world's leading law firms, will participate in a panel discussion titled, "The Global M&A Industry 2010." Julien Ponthus, a journalist with Thomson Reuters, will moderate the panel, which will focus on evaluating and optimizing cross-border collaboration in today's global business environment.

The symposium will also feature industry briefing panels focusing on energy and power, food and beverage, and information technology. The speakers for these panels will be executive-level representatives of major industry corporations that are active in the M&A market, analysts from large banks that cover the respective industries, and senior M&A transaction advisors who specialize in these sectors. The speakers will provide remarks relative to current industry dynamics. 

The symposium will be attended by senior-level delegates from private equity groups, corporate development officers, global M&A attorneys and M&A transaction advisers from more than 30 countries. This is the third international M&A symposium sponsored by IMAP; in 2009, it hosted symposiums in Los Angeles and in Istanbul. In 2011, it plans to present symposiums in New York City (March 31) and in Madrid (October).

The Paris symposium will be hosted by Societex, IMAP's French firm. "We are very excited to host the next IMAP M&A symposium here in Paris," said Michel Champsaur, president of Societex. "Members of the M&A community in this region are excited, too. It's a chance for professionals from Europe and elsewhere to come together, make connections, and to discuss common issues that are most important right now. Societex is honored to help facilitate such global collaboration."

To register for the symposium, view a schedule of events or make hotel reservations, visit

About IMAP
IMAP is an exclusive global organization of leading merger and acquisition advisory firms. Formed in 1973, IMAP is composed of 45 offices in nearly 30 countries throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia. In 2009, IMAP advisers completed 179 transactions, with an aggregate transaction value of more than $6 billion. IMAP advisers provide strategic merger, acquisition, divestiture and related corporate finance services. Sellers of mid-size companies and corporate acquirers alike rely upon IMAP for essential local market knowledge and industry expertise delivered with unparalleled global reach. Every business day, somewhere in the world, an IMAP adviser is completing an M&A transaction. More information is available via the Internet at

About Societex Corporate Finance
Created in 1952, Societex Corporate Finance (IMAP France) is the oldest French independent consultancy specializing in corporate finance. Its areas of expertise include advice on sale and acquisition, financing and evaluation. Societex advises on 20 to 30 transactions each year in all economical sectors in the middle market. More information is available at

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