SOURCE: Association for Corporate Growth

Association for Corporate Growth

March 05, 2009 10:26 ET

ACG InterGrowth Conference Means Business

Early Bird Registration Discount Through March 16; 25% Off Previously Announced Hotel Room Rates for May 12-14 Conference

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the premier authority on corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions, will hold the 38th annual ACG InterGrowth conference in Las Vegas, NV, at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, May 12-14, 2009.

Over 2,000 middle market dealmakers are expected to attend, including private equity professionals, investment bankers, lenders, corporate development officers, lawyers and other service providers focused on corporate growth and mergers and acquisitions.

"InterGrowth means business," said Tom Walton, Chairman of ACG InterGrowth 2009. "Past participants report that this conference delivers real business value packed into an efficient schedule. InterGrowth 2009 has been re-designed to provide greater ROI than ever before, with reduced hotel room costs, a streamlined schedule and more opportunities to network for business purposes. Powerful new programs like the new '24 Hour Corporate Development Track,' offer serious dealmaking potential."

Dealmakers can enjoy significant savings by registering at the early bird rate by March 16, 2009, at In addition, hotel room rates at Wynn Las Vegas are now being offered at the discounted rate of $199 per night -- 25% off previously announced InterGrowth rates.

"Every year, connections are made and deals are sourced at ACG InterGrowth," said Gary LaBranche, President & CEO of ACG. "Last year, 90% of InterGrowth participants stated that they made valuable business contacts at the conference. In addition, 75% of attendees directly attributed new business deals to attending. InterGrowth has grown to become the world's largest dealmaking event because it provide a measurable return-on-investment and makes a real difference in the world of middle market M&A."

Achieving bottom-line results is a focus of the InterGrowth 2009 program, including several business-drivers:

-- 24-Hour Corporate Development Track -- New this year, a "24 hours on the ground" program designed by and for CDOs and other corporate officers features a session on "Best Corporate Development Practices," a roundtable discussion on deal sourcing, a panel discussion entitled "Building and Utilizing High Performance Corporate Development Teams," and a roundtable on "Evolving Corporate Deal Terms in the Current Stressed Environment." In addition, the CDO track will feature a high-level networking opportunities.

-- ACG DealSource -- ACG DealSource has been re-designed with extended hours and more privacy for intermediaries who prefer focused, one-on-one meetings with private equity and corporate professionals. An interactive social networking tool will aid dealmakers in scheduling appointments for this signature dealmaking event. Click here to see the leading investment banks and intermediaries participating in ACG DealSource at InterGrowth 2009.

-- ACG Capital Connection -- Capital Connection provides direct business networking between deal sources and senior partners of exhibiting private equity funds. Over 500 private equity professionals, 400 intermediaries, and numerous corporate executives are expected to participate. For the first time at InterGrowth 2009, Capital Connection exhibitors will have access to their tables throughout the conference to hold private meetings, check e-mail, and network with deal sources. Click here to see the leading private equity firms already signed-up to participate in ACG Capital Connection at InterGrowth 2009.

-- Valuable Insights from Business Leaders and Dealmakers -- InterGrowth speakers will provide a wide range of valuable insight. Featured speakers include: Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; T. Boone Pickens, Founder and Chairman BP Capital Management; Dick Gephardt, Former House Majority and Minority Leader, two-time candidate for President and influential consultant in Labor Relations; Tom Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Doug Keeley, author of "The Mark of a Leader"; Jim McGregor, Author, "One Billion Customers: Lessons From the Front Lines of Doing Business in China"; and David Teten, Author, "The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online."

To view the full slate of programming, please view the InterGrowth 2009 Conference Brochure.

About ACG

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is the global community for M&A and corporate growth professionals, helping connect capital with opportunity. ACG provides its members with the research, tools and networking opportunities to grow their businesses and themselves professionally. Founded in 1954, ACG has grown to more than 12,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 53 chapters in North America and Europe. For more information, please visit

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