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16 May 2018


RSM Offices


RSM Offices, 25 Farringdon St, London, EC4A 4AB

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Mergers and Acquisitions in the Travel Industry – London

Event details

This new seminar for 2018 will explore mergers and acquisition activity within the travel industry. Attend this event to get a better understanding of the current M&A climate and the key issues that we expect to drive M&A activity this year. Hear practical advice on how to go through a sale and question the legal, financial and industry experts.

Get an understanding of the steps you need to take to prepare for a sale. Event partner RSM will guide you through when to start and what key considerations you need to think about in preparation for consolidation. You will also leave with a clear understanding of what to expect from the transaction process.

This seminar will provide you with a wealth of knowledge around your legal obligations and will inform you about the practical challenges associated with M&A. A travel industry representative who has been through a merger or acquisition with share their learnings. 

View the agenda.


  • The current M&A climate and travel industry trends
  • What is private equity and what do investors look for?
  • Preparing for a sale and vendor due diligence
  • The legal considerations around M&A
  • M&A regulation within the travel industry
  • Maximising the balance sheet and considerations for leverage
  • The transaction process and what to expect
  • Post deal considerations 


  • Moderator: Ian Bell, Head of Travel and Tourism, RSM
  • Rob Donaldson, Head of Corporate Finance, RSM
  • Charlie Jolly, Head of Private Equity Coverage, RSM 
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy
  • Kirsty Sandwell, Partner, RSM M&A
  • Stephen Mason, Partner, RSM DD
  • Richard Downs, CEO, 
  • John de Vial, Director of Financial Protection and Financial Services, ABTA
  • Lawrence Dean, Investment Director, LDC
  • Richard Bowden-Doyle, Chairman, Neilson 
  • David Wilkinson, Partner, Fieldfisher
  • Peter Lilly, Business Development Manager, Corporate Foreign Exchange, AFEX

Benefits of attending

  • Hear an update on recent mergers and acquisition activity within the travel industry
  • Gain an understanding of the current M&A climate
  • Discover what makes a business attractive and what investors look for
  • Understand the key due diligence activities in a merger and acquisition transaction
  • Listen to an industry case study from someone who has consolidated their organisation 

Who should attend?

The event is ideal for large and small companies within the travel industry, including the following:

  • CEOs, managing directors and owners
  • Finance directors and managers
  • Finance and commercial teams 

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rate* – £225 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £345 plus VAT

*To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

Non-members are welcome to attend ABTA Conferences and Events. For information about becoming a Member click here.

View our booking terms and conditions here.

Event sponsorship

Host partner 

RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally. Its roots are firmly embedded in the consumer sector and that’s why your business will always be central to what we do.

With a 3,800 strong UK team and access to more than 43,000 people across the RSM global network, you can draw on the knowledge and experience of our sector specialists. We invest in our people and in their understanding of the travel and tourism sector in the UK so we are in the best position to help you drive and build a successful business.

Our dedicated team can support travel businesses in navigating the operational and financial challenges and opportunities as and when they arise. No matter where in the world you operate, or plan to in the future, our team, active in over 120 countries, will be ready to share their insights and industry knowledge to help you move forward with confidence.  


Founded in 1979, and transacting $20bn per year, AFEX is one of the largest privately owned currency providers globally. With offices across North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, and a diverse client base exceeding 35,000 commercial clients, we provide bespoke global payment and risk management solutions ranging from same-day, spot payments to flexible forward hedging solutions, market analysis and a comprehensive suite of tailored structured products.

For details on how to promote your company via headline sponsorship, branding and exhibition, contact Matt Turton on 020 3693 0194 or 

To view our commercial opportunities brochure click here.


RSM Offices, 25 Farringdon St, London, EC4A 4AB

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RSM Offices, 25 Farringdon St, London, EC4A 4AB

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