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27 June 20245 minute read

Market Makers 2024


5 – 27 June 2024

DLA Piper

Two Chamberlain Square
B3 3AX

In-person only events

These events are not open to other law firms


How well do you really know your market?

No matter how well you know it, understanding what’s on the horizon can give you a crucial advantage. More importantly, you need to know how to adapt and act when change comes.

Navigating change is core to our DNA. This June, we’re hosting a series of events to help you understand what’s changing in the market, how you can prepare your business to thrive and progress with your career.

Join us for these in-person only events at our Birmingham office to find out how we can help you understand, decide and act.

You can register for as many events as you wish.

For more information

Please contact Eleni Michael.


Wednesday, 5 June
14:30 – 17:00

Digital Creatives

Digital creatives include everything from 3D simulation, generative AI, gaming, metaverse, spatial computing and content creation. At this event, you’ll find out about how using digital tools and technologies can help users explore creative ideas, apply different approaches to your business, and find new ways of displaying work and helping with everyday life.

The panel discussion will look into the emergence of cutting-edge technology. Our expert speakers will explore topics such as generative AI, cybersecurity and investment in tech. After the panel, you’ll get the chance to see an exhibition with participants showcasing their work in AR, VR, immersive technologies, generative AI, content creation and value asset creation.


Tuesday, 11 June
09:00 – 13:00

WIN (What In-house lawyers Need)

Part 1

Delivering business-centric legal advice – designed for in-house lawyers.
Your Trainer - Olivia Stoddart - Impressions Executive Training

It’s your role as legal advisor to help your business partners make smart choices.

You can’t make the final decision for them, but your advice can steer them to the best course of action.

There are no written rules on how to deliver legal advice, but there are principles to follow that will ensure your advice is clear, authoritative and valuable to your stakeholders every time.

This workshop will show you how to develop your skills so you can deliver first-class, confident advice.

  • Understand what your business partners want from you when they ask for advice from the legal group.
  • Get a better understanding of the user experience.
  • Learn techniques to get the best brief from the business at the outset.
  • Get practical tips on how to plan and structure your written advice for most commercial impact to help decision-making.
  • Build the confidence to deliver astute recommendations.
  • Discover how you can provide added value to the business.

Part 2

Horizon scanning of key topics that are on the in-house lawyers agenda for the next 12 months – delivered by DLA Piper lawyers

  • AI – Regulation and the key issues your business needs to consider
  • Employment – the new employment law landscape for 2024 and beyond
  • ESG – understanding and navigating ESG risk in the supply chain


Thursday, 13 June
12:00 – 14:00

Funding Real Estate Development in 2024

Our panel of industry experts will talk through the various financing options available to those undertaking real estate developments – from traditional lending, joint ventures, public-private partnerships, grant funding and social impact funds, the past year has seen increasing collaboration between stakeholders to unlock deals.


  • Kirstie Allerton, Partner, Real Estate Finance – DLA Piper
  • James Dair, Principal, Head of Real Estate Finance – Avison Young
  • Chris Sood-Nicholls, Managing Director, ESG, Regional Development & Social Impact Investment – Lloyds Banking Group
  • Arron Taggart, Head of UK Real Estate – Cheyne Capital


Tuesday, 25 June
09:00 – 13:00

Market Intelligence Day

Global M&A Intelligence Report

The latest edition of our report will provide analysis of key global terms of over 5,500 private M&A transactions over the last 10 years.

The report will also highlight key M&A dealmaking considerations and trends in spotlight geographies and how hot topics in the current market are impacting M&A.

The event will discuss content from the report including:

  • Auctions vs bilateral deals – are deal terms converging?
  • The use of W&I
  • Trends in key global deal terms

Sign up for our 2024 report

Debt Finance Intelligence

What’s the market position?

With an international perspective and quantitative deal data, our Finance group will help you answer this question.

This session will include an overview of the trends and themes from our latest intelligence report.

The event will focus on:

  • Navigating the uncertainties of 2023 and adjusting to a new normal
  • How key terms and structures have evolved to reflect market dynamics
  • Venture and growth financings
  • How deal terms differ across the UK and European debt markets

Sign up for our 2024 report


Thursday, 27 June
12:00 – 14:00

DLA Piper’s Life Sciences Index: Innovation and Growth

DLA Piper’s award winning International Life Sciences team will shortly be publishing our Life Sciences Index. This first-of-its-kind study series examines and tracks perceptions of innovation and growth in the life sciences sector.

We surveyed 200 industry leaders from the world’s top biopharma and medtech companies. We asked for their insights on the market environment for incentivising innovation and growth, dealmaking, sustainability and ESG, intelligent technology and the future of care delivery.

This comprehensive state of the market report, intended to be published every two years, will spark discussion and debate among your peers and other sector stakeholders in the Midlands (and wider) Life Sciences ecosystem.