The Art of M&A: Lessons from the Field

Joseph Priestley Society
Thursday, September 20, 2018
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

The Joseph Priestley Society welcomes Peter Young, president, Young and Partners, and Lucy Simek, executive vice president, mergers and acquisitions, Solvay.

What does the playing field in the chemical mergers and acquisitions (M&A) space look like and what are the factors that lead to success? Lucy Simek and Peter Young share their experiences in the business and highlight some of the dos and don’ts in M&A transactions. This is a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of the head of M&A for a major global chemical company and a veteran M&A investment banker.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m.
    Networking Reception
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.


About the Speakers

A career investment banker, Peter Young has been a financial adviser to a wide variety of leading chemical and life science companies. He founded Young and Partners in 1996 as an investment banking boutique focused on the chemical and life science industries. Under his leadership Young and Partners has established and maintained its position as a leader in the industry. As president and managing director Young remains actively involved in client transactions and financings.





Lucy Simek has 30 years of experience in the chemical industry with general management responsibility for businesses and associated industrial production sites, ranging from commodity, specialty, and fine chemicals to pharma and food, flavor, and fragrance. Currently she is executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions in the Solvay Group, responsible for acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures that contribute to the reshaping of the group’s portfolio. Simek is a member of the global Solvay corporate finance and legal groups, based at the company’s headquarters in Brussels.




About the Series

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) promotes a deeper understanding of science, technology, and industry, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Speakers are leaders from a wide variety of large and small chemical companies and the financial, consulting, and academic communities.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert at 215.873.8263 or