The current merger landscape looks quite different to that of ten, or even five years ago. Regulatory changes, the zero-carbon agenda, building safety requirements, legislative review, public scrutiny, changes to operating models and competing demands all mean that social housing providers will need to be clear and critical on how they can continue to meet their strategic objectives.
The pandemic has also presented various challenges and pushed organisations to operate in unanticipated ways. A key theme coming out of the pandemic is the importance of working together and, for many organisations, consideration of the possible benefits of collaboration, including merger, is more relevant than ever before.
Topics covered in this webinar:
- The spectrum of merger options;
- Recent merger activity in the section and potential lessons to be learned;
- The Regulator’s view and the important of value for money considerations;
- Getting the “why” right;
- Reputational matters;
- Resident engagement, accessibility and transparency;
- The role of the board and good governance;
- The important of culture and alignment; and
- Key risks and top tips.
About the speakers:
Gemma Bell, Partner, Devonshires
Gemma advises on a range of areas including social housing regulatory, charity law, governance, company and community benefit society law, corporate restructuring projects, joint ventures, stock transfers and mergers and acquisitions.
Rose Klemperer, Senior Solicitor, Devonshires
Rose primarily acts for housing associations and community led housing providers across England and Wales on matters ranging from incorporation and registration as a social housing provider through to partnership working and joint ventures.
Andy Roskell, Managing Director, DTP
Andy has more than 30 years’ experience in housing, both as a finance professional in the housing sector and as a strategic advisor to housing associations and local authorities. Andy was a partner at EC Harris LLP and previously he was a director with Tribal Group’s housing consultancy team.
Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector, working in both Scotland and England. He has worked in a range of roles for both larger housing groups and community based organisations, most recently as Managing Director of Irvine Housing Association.
Anna Klimczak, Chief Executive Officer, Brighter Places
Anna became the United Communities finance director in July 2015 and interim chief executive in 2019. She successfully led United Communities and Solon South West through a strategic alliance in 2020 as joint chief executive and is now chief executive officer for Brighter Places.