November 18, 2008 10:24 ET

Strategic Buyers, Private Equity Players Vie for 2009 Healthcare M&A Opportunities, More at iiBIG Forum

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - iiBIG's upcoming Investment and M&A Opportunities in Healthcare, scheduled for January 27-28, 2009 at the Nashville Convention Center in Tennessee, features the latest industry updates on the 2009 investment outlook for healthcare, changes in Medicare reimbursement policies, the rise of untapped areas in healthcare M&A, private equity's increasing role in the healthcare markets, and much more.

A conference preview reveals an exclusive session on "Strategic Buyers' Investment Outlook for 2009," featuring healthcare investment and industry leaders Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, The Carlyle Group, Brentwood Capital Advisors, Stroudwater Associates, and Prodigy Health Group. Coming off several years of robust earnings growth, leading strategic buyers are showing strong demand for acquisitions to continue their growth amidst a sluggish economy. This session will review the current debt market environment that has given an M&A advantage to strategic acquirers.

Since 2005, strategic acquisitions by pharmaceutical companies have exceeded $76 Billion. In 2005, there were 33 such deals amounting to $16.5 Billion -- while in the first 9 months of 2007, 49 deals totaling $28.7 Billion were consummated! And financial buyers, led by private equity, hedge funds and other sophisticated investors are also continuing to play a big role in this space.

This year's conference will host a speaking faculty of over 40 executive leaders in healthcare and finance. Conference sponsors include Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, Waller Lansden, Alvarez & Marsal, Boult Cummings, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sonnenschein, Navigant Capital Advisors, and the Peter J. Solomon Company.

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EARLY-BIRD OFFER: Executives who register by Friday, December 12, 2008 will save $200.

Phone: 212-300-2528


iiBIG (International Institute for Business Information & Growth) is an unbiased, independent company dedicated to organizing business-to-business conferences and seminars for senior-level business executives. We provide learning and networking settings for some of the business community forward thinkers -- those who occupy the highest levels in their companies and organizations. Our events focus on the most pressing and timely issues facing decision-makers in today's global economy. For more information, visit:

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