LOS ANGELES (April 2, 2009) - IMAP, an exclusive global organization of leading merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory firms, opened proceedings for its 2009 Global M&A Symposium at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. In addition to IMAP advisors, the symposium welcomed invited private equity groups, corporate development personnel, and global M&A attorneys. The agenda focused on closing M&A transactions in the current economic climate, while providing an opportunity to develop relationships with industry professionals.

The symposium kicked off on Thursday, April 2, at 3 p.m. with a press conference followed by a cocktail reception and networking event. The program is scheduled to continue on Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5, with top-notch speakers, workshops and high level networking opportunities. Social events during the symposium include an “IMAP in Hollyworld” gala at Universal Studios Globe Theater and a farewell evening at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in Hollywood.

"Our first-ever global M&A Symposium is designed to produce valuable interaction between IMAP advisors and our invited colleagues from private equity groups, corporate development firms, and M&A transaction attorneys," said Mark Esbeck, IMAP president. "We are delighted to have Pivotal Events as our event producer. Their ability to seamlessly handle the logistical details of the symposium will enable our speakers, attendees, and staff to stay completely focused on this valuable interaction.”

About IMAP
IMAP ( is an exclusive, global organization of leading merger and acquisition advisory firms. Formed in 1973, IMAP is comprised of 56 firms with more than 70 offices in 35 countries including North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, and Asia. IMAP has created a dynamic organization that offers clients seamless cross-border and global coverage.

About Pivotal Events
Pivotal Events ( is a full-service event management company partnering with corporations, professional service firms, associations, and charities to produce educational conferences, sales meetings, seminars, executive retreats, exclusive encounters, networking events, galas, golf tournaments, trade shows, and e-learning programs that deliver a return on their clients’ event investment.

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