Southwest Healthcare Transactions Conference

Frederick, MD, April 27, 2008 --( The Beard Group, Renaissance American Management, and the Health Industry Council of the Dallas-Fort Worth Region present the First Annual Southwest Healthcare Transactions Conference to be held on May 30, 2008 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas at Las Colinas.

Healthcare professionals and their advisors face a daunting task of strategic planning in a financial market undergoing turbulence unseen in decades. The first-ever conference, focusing on successful strategies for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings, is designed to illuminate the issues and bring some greater clarity of understanding.

The organizers have put together a blue-ribbon faculty who are doing the deals that are getting done.

Conference participants will be looking both at trends in the industry, financing strategies, and case studies of innovative deals. This is not a fine-points-of-the-law conference, but one that will leave one better prepared to plan and execute one's next transaction. To download the agenda or register for the conference, visit:

The conference will include:

* Valuation Impact of Regulatory Issues
* Pre-Closing Due Diligence and Post-Closing Integration for Profit Enhancement
* Healthcare M&A Market: Where to Next?
* Exit Strategies using Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations
* Dealmaker Trends between Not-For-Profits and For-Profits
* Investors' Roundtable: Perspectives of the Private Equity Firms
* Corporate Finance Perspectives: Current Equity and Debt Trends
* Plus Case Study: Legacy Medical Village, a Physician-Driven Model

General sponsors include Alvarez & Marsal, Bank of Texas' Healthcare Banking Group, GE Healthcare Financial Services, Hill Schwarts Spilker Keller LLC, K&L Gates, Patton Boggs LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers' Transaction Services.

Cadwalader, Cain Brothers, Deloitte, Drinker Biddle, KaufmanHall, Latham & Watkins LLP, Principle Valuation LLC, Proskauer Rose LLP and Wellspring Partners serve as sustaining sponsors.

Renaissance American Management
David Henderson