Fried Frank Hosts Inaugural Global Aerospace and Defense Executive Seminar

Fried Frank Hosts Inaugural Global Aerospace and Defense Executive Seminar

Industry Leaders Convene in Washington, DC to Discuss Developments and Trends in Global Sector
On October 20, Fried Frank hosted its 2011 Global Aerospace and Defense Executive Seminar. Attracting top international aerospace and defense experts and executives from the policy, finance and corporate communities, the day-long Executive Seminar addressed a wide range of issues critical to the industry, from the future of government defense budgets to cross-border sector investment.
With a long history of ground-breaking transactional and controversy work for global aerospace & defense clients, Fried Frank is among the first Wall Street law firms to launch a dedicated, multidisciplinary Global Aerospace and Defense practice. With defense companies looking to reshape their portfolios, and investors looking to capitalize on change in the aerospace and defense sector, transaction activity is expected to remain robust.  However, with recent market volatility and increased scrutiny from governmental, regulatory and political authorities, aerospace and defense companies recognize that they must enhance their operational performance, compliance profile, and policy and regulatory acuity to prosper. 
"Despite the challenges presented by the global economic market, we expect to see more transaction activity in this sector. Fried Frank's goal in launching this Executive Seminar is to provide an annual forum for leading industry executives to share ideas and perspectives on how best to navigate the complex terrain ahead of them," stated Mario Mancuso, Corporate Partner and Chair of the Firm's Aerospace and Defense Practice.
The seminar addressed a range of topics particular to the A&D industry, including:

  • The Present and Future of National Defense Budgets
    Participants: Mario Mancuso, Partner and Chair of the Aerospace and Defense Practice, Fried Frank (Moderator); Dr. Gordon Adams, Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University; David J. Berteau, Senior Adviser and Director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Barry Pavel, Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council.
  • Aerospace and Defense Market Dynamics and Trends
    Participants:Mario Mancuso, Partner and Chair of the Aerospace and Defense Practice, Fried Frank (Moderator); Les Fabuss, Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners; Omar Namoos, Principal, Sagent Advisors; J. Craig Oxman, Managing Director and Global Head of the Aerospace and Defense Group, Credit Suisse.
  • US M&A Transaction Review
    Participants (Fried Frank):David N. Shine, Partner and Co-Chair of the Global M&A Practice, (Moderator);Barry A. Nigro, Jr., Partner and Chair of the Antitrust Practice; Mario Mancuso, Partner and Chair of the Aerospace and Defense Practice.
  • The View from Abroad
    Participants: Eric Cafritz, Managing Partner of Fried Frank's Paris Office; Nathalie Ravilly, General Counsel, Corporate Transactions & Financing, Thales.
  • Strategic Issues in Cross-Border Transactions
    Participants (Fried Frank): Brian T. Mangino, Partner (Moderator); Mario Mancuso, Partner and Chair of the Aerospace and Defense Practice; James J. McCullough, Partner and Chair of the Government Contracts Practice; Barry A. Nigro, Jr., Partner and Chair of the Antitrust Practice; Elliot E. Polebaum, Partner and Chair of International Arbitration Practice; Richard May, Partner (London).
For more information about the Global Aerospace and Defense Executive Seminar, please click here. For more information about Fried Frank's Global Aerospace and Defense Practice, please click here.

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