Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Announces Launch of SAM Legal Triage™

SAM High Res Logo 1SAM believes every business venture should have a solid legal foundation. To that end, SAM has partnered with Traklight to help identify your company’s strengths and weaknesses and to provide a road map for investment readiness, future growth and execution of exit strategies. Stubbs Alderton has implemented SAM Legal Triage™, an in-depth questionnaire that will enable entrepreneurs to understand the elements needed to achieve success whether their business venture is high-tech, brick and mortar, B2B, SaaS or mom and pop.

For more information and to take the FREE 10-minute questionnaire, visit www.stubbsalderton.com/sam-legal-triage.

About Traklight

Traklight is the only self-guided software platform that creates your custom intellectual property strategy. By empowering small businesses, entrepreneurs, and inventors to identify their intellectual property (IP), Traklight enables them to protect and leverage their ideas, and to become more educated about the strategies, costs, and implications of their IP.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm.

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Preccelerator Program Company Voter Hits Up Media Row at the Republican National Convention

voterSAM Preccelerator Program company Voter, (Newsweek’s named #1 Up and Coming App for 2016) made a huge debut at the Republican and Democratic Conventions and Freedom Fest this year to promote their app, available both on iOS and Android.

What is Voter? VBreitbartoter is matchmaking for politics.   Voter analyzes exorbitant amounts of data, including public stances, voting records, speeches, and more. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions about your political opinions. Swipe through issues quickly. Need more info about a question? Tap the card to get more information, including bullet points for and against. Voter displays your match Hunter-Scarborough-Politicon-MoKelly-2-580x423score as a percentage, describing how closely your views align with each candidate. On Election Day Voter shows you where to vote, when to be there, and what to bring.

Voter will currently match you to the 2016 presidential hopefuls, candidates for governor, candidates for senate, and candidates for congress, there are plans to grow into local elections, including City Council and School Board seats.Hunter-Scarborough-with-Chris-Matthews-RNC-2-740x410

Through attending the Republican National Convention and making rounds in Media Row, Voter has received additional exposure from BBC, Breitbart, and founder Hunter Scarborough’s own alma mater, Chapman University.

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To view the articles, click below.

 

To learn more about Voter, visit www.voter.xyz.  For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

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Preccelerator® Program Company BallParq Launches Crowdfunder Campaign

SAM Preccelerator® Program company BallParq, a web-based platform for building startup financial models for entrepreneurs, universities and incubators, has launched a Crowdfunder campaign with the mission of raising $300,000. To view their campaign, visit https://www.crowdfunder.com/ballparq/invest

 

Ballparq is a web-based platform that lets entrepreneurs create engaging financial model through an easy-to-use interactive process. The entrepreneur is able to demonstrate financial sophistication by telling the story of their business from the bottom up.

  • Step-by-step: With Ballparq, entrepreneurs will be guided through a logical step-by-step interview that documents key assumptions about their business model while at the same time trains them to think about their business financials in conventional terms that are easily communicated to others.
  • Customizable templates: We will have industry specific templates and Ballparq will enable the entrepreneur to form complex connections between assumptions through a simple user interface. The entrepreneur won’t need to be a financial engineer to test the unique interdependencies between activities, revenues, and costs within their business.
  • What-if analysis: Users can make side-by-side copies of their models and utilize built-in knobs and levers that adjust model parameters on the fly to do effective “What-if” analysis.
  • Secure Sharing: Ballparq will enable users to interactively share their models with others in a secure environment.
  • Marketplace: Ballparq will serve as a marketplace for user engagement. With public and private live chat, users will be able to connect with the larger user community. They will be able to share their custom templates and discuss startup strategies and contacts with each other. Users will also be able to connect with consultants or other startup service vendors to assist in taking their startup to the next level.

For more information about BallParq, contact founder Carey Chico at carey@ballparq.io.  To learn more about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

 

 

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Ready for the Market – How to Successfully Position Your Company to be Sold

MERGER SIGN BELOW OFFICE BUILDINGNow is a great time for entrepreneurs to sell their companies. However, even in good times investment bankers will tell a seller that the company must be positioned for sale to be successful.

What needs to be prepared to position a company for sale?
The seller must have his or her company financials in good order. This usually means reviewed financials at a minimum. Most sophisticated buyers, like a private equity fund for example, will require audited financials as part of their internal investment criteria. They may also perform a quality of earnings report to detect any flaws in your accounting system or non compliance with GAAP.

You must have your corporate records and minute book in order. This includes your organizational documents, director and shareholder actions, stock register and other customary items. These items should be complete, signed and in the minutes book.

Make sure your contracts are signed, in writing (where applicable), and in one place with all amendments. This will help to expedite the buyer’s due diligence review and reflect favorably on your management skills.

You should also have offer letters or employment agreements, assignments of inventions and nondisclosure agreements in place for key employees, particularly if your business is dependent on key technology and personnel. If you have an HR function, you should have employment policies in place.

Determine the impact on employees if information about a possible sale leaks out to the work force. If that is an issue, handle all due diligence off site or online through a secure website (a data room) and limit the buyer’s access to personnel until the latest possible time.

What legal issues might come up in the sale process?
There are obviously many legal issues that will come up, but here are just a few.

If you have been sued or are about to be, you should have your litigation counsel prepared to explain the status of the cases, the likely cost you may incur if you lose (or even if you don’t lose but have big attorneys fees), the effect on the company’s business, etc. This will surely come up in the buyer’s due diligence. There will likely be an escrowed amount from the sale proceeds to handle the cost of the litigation so as to shift some or all of the risk to the seller.

If you are in a regulated business, make sure you are in compliance with applicable rules and that your counsel can confirm this. The buyer likely will require a legal opinion from counsel to address this and other customary legal issues.

If you are in a technology business, be thinking about how you have protected your intellectual property, including trade secrets, and whether there are any infringement issues. This will be heavily negotiated in the purchase agreement.

How can companies stay on top of contractual matters?
Securing landlord or third-party contract approvals to a sale often takes weeks or longer to secure. If this is going to be an issue in your company, plan ahead and start the process as early as possible — recognizing that the deal may fall apart, so don’t jump the gun too soon.

Check all contracts for change of control provisions to ensure compliance with those provisions.

Start the process early with your lawyer to go over representations and warranties that are likely to be included in a purchase agreement. You will need to be thinking about scheduling exceptions to representations, insurance coverage, environmental matters, undisclosed liabilities, and numerous other matters that will be the subject of representations and covenants in the purchase agreement.

Start thinking about the letter of intent. Will it be binding or nonbinding? Will it go into extensive detail so you know upfront whether you will be able to resolve all material business points at the letter of intent stage? Will there be an earn-out? Will there be a financing contingency? Will you have to provide seller financing? How will the deal be structured? Will there be a standstill period?

Who should be involved in the process and what should be communicated to them?
Locate and engage suitable M&A counsel, accountants (if you do not already have one) and an investment banker to assist in the sale. If your golf buddy is your lawyer, chances are he may not be up to the task of doing an M&A deal. You will need a lawyer that specializes in M&A because it is complicated and part of the negotiations revolve around what are ‘market’ terms in the current environment.
There is often tax structuring necessary to secure a tax efficient sale, so engage tax experts early in the process. The M&A law firm you use will likely have this expertise.

Discuss with your investment banker (if you plan to use one) what they believe is the current market valuation for a company such as yours in today’s market so your expectations are met when the company is marketed. There are investment bankers who handle middle market as well as larger, or smaller, deals. M&A counsel can help you select a banker for your deal.

Even though you think you know all the buyers in your market niche, investment bankers have big rolodexes and have contacts with strategic as well as financial and foreign buyers. Although the investment banker will charge a fee, you can often get a significantly higher price using an investment banker. This is not essential but certainly something to consider carefully.

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Jonathan R. Hodes is a partner of the Firm, and co-chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.  Jonathan concentrates in the area of domestic and international business structures and operations with an emphasis on corporate law, securities, and general business law, including international cross-border transactions.  He devotes substantial time to buy side and sell side mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs, leveraged buy-outs, leveraged recaps, mezzanine and senior debt financing transactions, work-outs and secured lending and leasing transactions.

Jonathan’s experience includes a broad range of corporate work including complex public and private, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions with emphasis on middle market companies, purchases and sales of middle market companies, representation of emerging growth companies from inception through various tiers of venture capital financing and IPO’s and corporate finance transactions. He also works on private equity deals with emphasis on add on portfolio acquisitions to existing platforms, and dispositions of portfolio companies.

Jonathan’s practice also includes corporate, partnership and limited liability company formation and ongoing representation; as well as securities offerings including public, private, Rule 144A, and international Regulation S offerings as well as securities compliance matters. He has a broad range of industry experience in many industries, including biologics, money service business, television production and distribution, real estate developers, construction management, technology companies, hotel owners and operators, video game publishers, and the manufacturing sector.

For more information regarding our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, please contact Jonathan Hodes at jhodes@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4508.

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Preccelerator Program Presents: “The Art of Fundraising Episode II – Setting the Deal” – August 18

Join the
Preccelerator Program

for this exclusive event!

 “The Art of Fundraising Episode II:  
Setting the Deal

 

When

Thursday, August 18, 2016

 5:30pm-8:00pm

 **Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**

 

 

Location

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

 

 

Parking

4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

 

 Register!

Featuring

Moderator:

Delilah Panio, Founder – Stiletto Dash

I love helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams… just like I am!

As the founder of Stiletto Dash, I am passionate about helping women build their dream companies and achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. Through my one-on-one consulting and soon to be launched online courses, I work with clients on their business planning and getting investor-ready.

I am leading the L.A. chapter of SheEO’s Radical Generosity program in which 1000 women invest $1000 to provide low interest loans to 10 local women-led companies. I am also a Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses. As well, I am active in the LA entrepreneur community, including as the Co-Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) and coach for local pitch competitions.

My background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years in business development at the Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy. I have advised many companies on the going public process and can provide an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States.

Panelists:

Scott Alderton, Partner – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP (Legal)

Scott Alderton is a founding partner of the Firm, Managing Partner, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Scott is co-chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group and chair’s the Firm’s Interactive Entertainment and Video Games Group.  Scott advises both public and private clients across a number of industries, including technology, manufacturing and distribution of goods in commerce, finance, the Internet, interactive video games, and new media industries.

Scott’s practice focuses on advising middle-market, technology, emerging growth, and development stage companies in the areas of corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, high technology, business, licensing, intellectual property, interactive entertainment and video games, the Internet and multimedia. Scott is frequently referenced as one of the top “start-up” lawyers in Southern California, with over thirty-one years of experience working with technology and emerging growth companies at all stages along their evolutionary path.  Scott’s practice also includes a wide variety of federal and state securities laws matters, including the representation of venture capital funds, issuers and investment bankers in public offering registrations and private placements of securities, counseling both public and private clients in reverse merger and/or exchange transactions with public shell companies (i.e., alternative public offerings), as well as counseling issuers in connection with securities offerings and federal and state securities law reporting requirements.

Austin Clements, Associate – TenOneTen Ventures (Investor)

Prior to joining TenOneTen, Austin was at Sony Pictures, licensing film and TV content to emerging video platforms. He began his career in investment management working with AllianceBernstein and has since held roles evaluating early stage tech investments at Creative Artists Agency, Digital Entertainment Ventures, and NY Angels.

Austin is also committed to encouraging underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in tech and entrepreneurship. He is an active volunteer in various local youth entrepreneurship programs.

Austin received his MBA from NYU Stern with a specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology and his BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He is a Los Angeles native and lives with his wife and their son.

 David Melnick, CEO – Web Life Balance (Funded Startup)

David Melnick, Founder and CEO of WebLife Balance, brings almost 25 years experience in technology and security.

David has worked extensively with both US and Global companies advising them on setting strategy, developing risk based priorities, and operationalizing effective governance of highly sensitive and regulated data. David’s experience includes implementing security technology and addressing privacy regulatory requirements including Global, U.S. Federal and U.S. State privacy requirements. As a past two term board member of (ISC)2, David traveled internationally representing the security and privacy profession.

David has authored several books through McGraw Hill Publishing and Macmillan Publishing including PDA Security: Incorporating Handhelds into your Enterprise. Currently his books have been translated into 4 languages including Japanese, Chinese and Italian.

David is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E CIPP/US), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

 

 

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

 

 Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. www.stubbsalderton.com

Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) is an outsourced financial services firm that provides small to mid-sized companies with the exact level of day-to-day accounting, strategic finance, CFO services, tax, and valuation support that they need to focus on their core business. We currently support 300+ companies nationwide and were ranked #5 Fastest Growing Private Company by Silicon Valley Business Journal for 2013. Our mission at EGFS is to provide a completely integrated financial solution for small to mid-sized businesses.www.earlygrowthfinancialservices.com

 

     Capital InVentures is a New York-based boutique investment bank serving middle market companies in the $5-mm to $100-mm range. The firm performs consulting and investment banking services within the global financial community.  Through its association with other investment banking houses, underwriters and other private and public, domestic and offshore financial sources, Capital InVentures handles venture capital deals, bridge and mezzanine financing, syndications, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate capitalization, technology transfer, commercial debt and other creative business structures.www.CapitalInventures.com

 

Since 1985 the Los Angeles Venture Association has been providing forums where entrepreneurs and executives of start-up, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services.Our extensive slate of monthly Strategic Interest Group meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities. Our annual Meet the VC conference, First Look LA and the LAVA Awards Dinner are our region’s premiere forums on investment capital. We also co-produce events with many of our affiliated organizations. www.lava.org

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SAM Client KINBE Launches Indiegogo Campaign

 

SAM client KINBE, a producer of adjustable shoes for growing babies, just announced that they have launched an Indiegogo campaign with the mission of raising $25,000 by September 1, 2016.  To contribute to their campaign visit https://igg.me/at/DoQySS-Ia3o/x 

KINBE MoccsKINBE has developed an innovative, yet chic moccasin that cuts the number of baby shoes you purchase in half. Made in the USA with 100% genuine leather, Kinbe Moccs offer babies and parents a fun, stylish and practical alternative to regular baby shoes.

Still not convinced? A portion of all KINBE Kids proceeds (including this Indiegogo campaign) will go toward helping create loving homes for children without one. They have partnered with a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue and love orphaned children in Guatemala. Meeting physical needs is important but without love children cannot thrive. Part of the shoes profits will go toward funding family style homes for these children.

KINBE is a lifestyle children’s brand whose goal is to inspire and nurture the next generation one child at a time. Their hope is to create products that spread love to children around the world.

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Brexit and Intellectual Property Rights

brexitThe withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union will have many consequences for businesses around the globe. However, it appears to be the consensus of expert commentators on the law of the UK and the EU that it is unlikely that there will be any immediate dramatic changes to how intellectual property rights will be treated in the UK.  To read the full publication in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, written by Tony Keats, click here.

Tony-Keats-v2Anthony Keats, co-chair of the Copyright & Trademark Practice. Tony’s almost three decade legal career has focused on both the business and the legal protection of brands and creative content from consumer products to entertainment, from designer goods to the Internet. Since he commenced practice, he has provided counsel and has litigated cases on behalf of many of the world’s largest consumer product and entertainment companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, actors, and musicians.

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Represents Client RPM Services and Rentals, LLC in Acquisition by Hugg & Hall Equipment Company

RPM Services Logo(Los Angeles – July, 2016) – SAM Client RPM Services & Rentals (“RPM” or the “Company”) has been acquired by Hugg & Hall Equipment Company. The Stubbs Alderton attorney who led the deal was Joe Stubbs.

RPM was established by Terry Gold in 2008 and grew quickly to become one of the largest independent equipment rental companies in the Southeast. The Company rents a variety of construction equipment to customers principally serving the region’s onshore industrial markets. The Company operates from locations in Bourg, New Iberia, Morgan City and Gonzales, Louisiana.

Terry Gold, President, stated, “We are thrilled to join the Hugg & Hall team.  This transaction presents fantastic synergies for both companies.  Hugg & Hall will bring tremendous resources to our employees and loyal customers and together we will execute a smart growth strategy for South Louisiana.”

About Hugg & Hall Equipment Company
Hugg & Hall Equipment Company, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, has been family owned and managed since 1956 and is one of the largest materials and personnel handling equipment dealers in the Mid-south. With 12 full service locations Hugg & Hall is an authorized dealer for Bobcat, Combilift, Crown, Doosan, Enersys, Extreme, Genie, JLG, Manitou, Sellick, Skyjack, Taylor, Terex, Toyota, and Volvo. Hugg & Hall sells new and used equipment, has a rental fleet of 5000 pieces of equipment, and services all makes of industrial and construction equipment with over 6 million dollars of replacement parts in stock and a team of 190 trained ASE certified mechanics. The company recently started a Utilities Services division which focuses on the rental, sales and service of a broad range of generators, air compressors, lighting equipment, and portable cooling and heating equipment

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Their mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of their Firm.

Media Contact:

Heidi Hubbeling
Director of Marketing
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com
(310) 746-9803

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Preccelerator Program Presents: “The Art of Fundraising Episode I: 5 Types of Funding” – July 21st

Join the SAM Preccelerator Program
for this exclusive event!

 

 

 “The Art of Fundraising Episode I:  5 Types of Funding

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

 5:30pm-8:00pm

 **Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

 

Register!

Parking

4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

 

 

Featuring

 

Moderator:

Delilah PanioDelilah Panio, Founder, Stiletto Dash

I love helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams… just like I am!

As the founder of Stiletto Dash, I am passionate about helping women build their dream companies and achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. Through my one-on-one consulting and soon to be launched online courses, I work with clients on their business planning and getting investor-ready.

I am leading the L.A. chapter of SheEO’s Radical Generosity program in which 1000 women invest $1000 to provide low interest loans to 10 local women-led companies. I am also a Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses. As well, I am active in the LA entrepreneur community, including as the Co-Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) and coach for local pitch competitions.

My background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years in business development at the Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy. I have advised many companies on the going public process and can provide an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States.

Panelists:

Sarah MoretSarah Moret, Crosscut Ventures – Venture Capital

Sarah is an Associate at Crosscut Ventures. Her role includes meeting with startups, evaluating investment opportunities, and helping to manage fund operations. Prior to joining Crosscut, Sarah was at Formation8 Partners, a Venture Capital fund in San Francisco, where she focused on finance, operations, and due diligence for the fund’s hardware investments. Prior to that, Sarah worked in PwC’s Transaction Services Consulting Practice, advising clients on M&As, IPOs, and various other capital market transactions.

evan markilesEvan Markiles, FlashFunders –  Crowdfunding

Evan is the Business Operations Manager at FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform. An attorney, Evan works with companies that are interested in raising equity funding on FlashFunders, and manages companies’ offerings from the onboarding stage to closing.

 

frank obrienFrank O’Brien, Silicon Valley Bank – Lending

Frank O’Brien is currently a Senior Associate with the SVB Technology and Life Sciences Teams based in Orange County, CA, focused on companies from the pre-revenue stage though over $100MM in revenues. Areas of focus include Big Data, Analytics, SaaS Platforms/Infrastructure, Medical Device, and Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. O’Brien joined SVB in early 2011 as an Associate, where he was responsible for financial analysis, business analysis, credit underwriting, portfolio management and new client development.

 

Alfred MirandaAlfred Miranda, Analog – An Idea Company, Inc. – Angel Investor

Angel Investment Firm owned by my partners and I to provide: Funding, Guidance, Technology Acumen, and Mentorship to promising Start-ups.

 

 

Andy TomatAndy Tomat, Teradyne – Strategic Investor

Andy was hired by Teradyne in the Fall of 2008 as the first head of Corporate Development to grow and diversify Teradyne’s business outside of semiconductor equipment through acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Areas of particular focus include Green Tech, Medical Equipment, Wireless and Optical Communication products.

Prior to Teradyne, Andy was the Sr. Director of Product Management at Peerless Systems Corporation where he led a team to deliver high performance color imaging products to market and enabled the company to become the 3rd best performer on NASDAQ in 2005. He was also with Peerless in the mid-1990’s where he helped coordinate their successful IPO.

As a consultant with the Adrenaline Group in Washington DC, he performed technology due diligence for a unit of NASDAQ (now FINRA); and in partnership with McKinsey & Co. helped a Nortel spin off (now Bill-Me-Later) re-position their online payment processing system to appeal to Amazon.com and Dell.

Andy has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, finance, M&A, and new business development at large organizations like Canon and Perkin-Elmer, and as co-founder of several startups in the imaging space. He holds multiple patents in digital imaging and content management and has participated in various international standards groups.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

 

SAM-High-Res-Logo-1Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. www.stubbsalderton.com

Capital InVenturesCapital InVentures is a New York-based boutique investment bank serving middle market companies in the $5-mm to $100-mm range. The firm performs consulting and investment banking services within the global financial community.  Through its association with other investment banking houses, underwriters and other private and public, domestic and offshore financial sources, Capital InVentures handles venture capital deals, bridge and mezzanine financing, syndications, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate capitalization, technology transfer, commercial debt and other creative business structures. www.CapitalInventures.com

 

 LAVALosAngelesVenturaAssociationLogo.pngSince 1985 the Los Angeles Venture Association has been providing forums where entrepreneurs and executives of start-up, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services.

Our extensive slate of monthly Strategic Interest Group meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities. Our annual Meet the VC conference, First Look LA and the LAVA Awards Dinner are our region’s premiere forums on investment capital. We also co-produce events with many of our affiliated organizations. www.lava.org

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SAM Client Netki Closes $3.6M Series A Financing

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP client Netki, Inc. closed a $3.6 million Series A financing, led by OATV III, LP, and including over a dozen prominent Angel and other early stage investors.  Netki is a blockchain infrastructure company (facilitating cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based technology applications), and has two initial products, Wallet Names and Travel Rule Certificates, that are based on open blockchain standards, and will facilitate ease of use, mass-market  adoption and regulatory compliance of blockchain-based technologies.

SAM Attorneys representing Netki on the deal included Caroline Cherkassky, Scott Alderton and Ellen Eichner.

For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Caroline Cherkassky at (818) 444-4540 or ccherkassky@stubbsalderton.com

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