Chicago/St. Louis Partner Jason Berne will moderate the panel “Economics vs. Relationship: How the Two are Measured When Choosing a Deal Partner,” June 4 at Opus Connect’s June Deal Connect Panel in the Chicago office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Opus Connect is a lower middle market and middle market M&A-focused professional organization with members in fields of private equity, banking, finance and other transactional professions. Berne will join a panel of M&A veterans to discuss how they’ve developed their networks over the years, and how to use networks to succeed in today’s highly competitive market.

Deal Connect is a specialized speed-networking event pairing groups of M&A deal professionals for one-on-one meetings. These pairings include capital providers and independent sponsors, capital providers and investment bankers, general partners and limited partners, and private equity firms and lenders.

At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Berne represents lenders and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, private placements, channel finance transactions, multiparty syndications, mortgage loans and sale-leaseback transactions. His practice also includes advising debtors and creditors in a variety of workout matters, including note sale agreements, deed-in-lieu transactions and forbearance agreements. Berne regularly counsels clients on industry-specific financing issues including healthcare, franchising, distribution and real estate.