CHARLOTTE, N.C.—In the classic 1972 film “The Godfather,” Don Vito Corleone frequently gives his rivals an “offer they can’t refuse.”  At a recent NACD Carolinas Chapter roundtable moderated by Womble Carlyle attorney Chris Gyves, three top corporate leaders discussed the “Godfather Offer” in the M&A context. 

Participating in the discussion were former Piedmont Natural Gas Company Chairman and CEO Tom Skains, Wells Fargo Mergers & Acquisitions Group Managing Director Tim Wielechowski and Kitty Hawk Capital Founder and Qorvo, Inc. Lead Independent Director Walter Wilkinson.

Panelists offered perspectives on boardroom considerations in leading and negotiating transactions, managing M&A social issues, and the outlook for the 2017 M&A market.

Chris Gyves is a partner in Womble Carlyle’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group and Chair of the Firm’s Public Company Advisors Team, a multi-office team consisting of corporate, capital markets and tax attorneys who service the firm’s public company clients. Gyves has substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities regulation, corporate governance and strategic partnering.