Adapting to Thrive
A New Normal for Global M&As


Over the past six months, the pandemic has had an immense impact on merger & acquisition (M&A) activity and the private equity industry as a whole. With the challenges presented by the downturn of the global economy, as well as the workplace restrictions placed on businesses, understanding and adapting to the new normal has become imperative for PE firms and their portfolio companies.


Ragu Bhargava

CEO and Co-Founder

Global Upside

Ragu is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and CEO of Global Upside, which is part of the Global Upside Corporation, a conglomerate of brands providing the most comprehensive range of PEO, human resources, accounting, payroll, and talent acquisitions services in 150+ countries. Global Upside services an expansive customer base, ranging from startups to the world’s largest enterprises. In his previous roles, Ragu was the CFO at ActivIdentity (ACTI) and held leadership positions in several companies including Deloitte and NetIQ (NTIQ).

Mariusz Kowalski


Waterwalk Partners

Mariusz is a manager and trusted advisor with decades of experience in business development, management, and digital projects. He combines strategic thinking and an ability to ensure careful implementation and execution, including complex cross-border projects. His business development expertise span numerous countries across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Previously, Mariusz has worked as a global business development director and has served in executive management member roles.