Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Expands Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Practice With the Addition of New Partner Marc Kenny

​​​​​Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced that Marc Kenny has joined the firm as a partner in its Mergers & Acquisitions practice group.

“We are very fortunate to have a lawyer of Marc’s caliber joining us. The breadth of experience that Marc brings to us in private equity and M&A transactions garnered from his years of experience working here in Los Angeles, in Silicon Valley and in London, strengthen our already diverse and robust capabilities in the Firm’s M&A Practice group. His experience in digital media, technology and entertainment are a natural fit in the Stubbs Alderton platform, and with someone like Marc joining our existing team, we couldn’t be more excited about our future,” said Scott Alderton, Managing Partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.

Mr. Kenny advises clients in a broad range of domestic and cross-border private equity, M&A, venture capital, and corporate finance transactions with a particular emphasis on the digital media, communications, technology, entertainment, health care, and energy industries. Prior to joining Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, Mr. Kenny was a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office.

Marc Kenny stated, “The Firm has built a remarkably talented and entrepreneurial bench in Southern California over the past 15 years with an industry focus and innovative mission that perfectly aligns with my ongoing commitment to clients – to effectively and efficiently provide thoughtful, pragmatic, and expert advice to clients participating in a variety of middle market transactions. I’m thrilled to join the Stubbs Alderton team and look forward to being part of the Firm’s bright future.”

To read Marc Kenny’s full bio, click here.

About the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles M&A Practice

The Firm’s Mergers & Acquisition Group advises clients in connection with a full range of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, both public and private, domestic and international. The Firm’s clients include a wide variety of middle market companies, as well as entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses, financial advisors, special committees, strategic buyers, investment groups and private equity firms. The Firm has handled transactions ranging in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to over a billion dollars.

The Firm has executed transactions across a wide range of industries including digital communication and media, Internet, software, SaaS and other technology-based companies, as well as traditional aerospace, apparel, financial, life sciences, direct marketing, entertainment, transportation, consumer product and luxury brand companies, among many others.

For more information about the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Stubbs Alderton, click here.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of venture-backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology and internet companies, entertainment, video games 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, video games, apparel, consumer and medical device sectors. The Firm’s 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 the Firm. For more information, please visit


Heidi Hubbeling
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
(310) 746-9803


You’re Invited to Preccelerator® Program Class 6 Demo Day + 5-Year Anniversary Party!



The Deal

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Preccelerator® Program Class 6 Demo Day kicks off on September 13th @ 5:30pm, and you’re invited to take part in the festivities. SAM Preccelerator® Program is our meeting spot to showcase the Preccelerator®’s current class of all-star companies to investors and the start-up community. Followed by an endless summer party and networking on our outdoor patio to celebrate the Preccelerator’s 5-year anniversary!

Appetizers and drinks on us!

Demo Day

The Location

1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, 90401 CA

The SAM Preccelerator® is located in the heart of Silicon Beach. Off of 3rd Street Promenade, it has the ease of parking at both the Santa Monica Main Place Mall and Parking Structure #5 on the corner of 4th Street and Broadway.

The Participants

Tapp That App is passionate about finding great apps, but they know it can be difficult. So they’ve set out to solve the problem of mobile app discovery by combining social networks with app marketplaces. By doing so they allow users to satisfy their curiosity and developers to take part in one of the most powerful purchase motivators around: seeing the apps their friends and influencers are using.

RentSpreeRentSpree – Most apartment searches involve numerous resources, multiple applications, and too many added fees. Rather than spending massive amounts of time and money applying for individual Los Angeles apartment rentals with separate companies, they’ve created a streamlined system. Simply fill out one application, pay an inexpensive application fee, and receive a soft credit check, sparing you unnecessary damage to your budget and credit score. Best of all, their one-stop application allows you to spend more time exploring your favorite listings, and gives our renters a distinct advantage in a competitive market.

Swoppit – With recycled fashion now white hot, Swoppit offers Generation Z women 15-24 the perfect social marketplace. Here, they swap fashion with friends. Swoppit provides Gen Zers a terrific way to both expand their community and gain access to a far wider
selection of style. It’s an easy, fun experience that doesn’t pollute the market. For Gen Zers, looks count, opinions matter and Swoppit offers them the chance to refresh their closet whenever they like.


Animate Objects is an augmented reality and virtual reality development company, is excited to announce the launch of ARGO, the gamified Augmented Reality (AR) location platform. ARGO adds AR enhanced infotainment, commerce, and analytics that drive engagement and commerce at “Destination Venues” like theme parks, resort, shopping malls, as well as in-the-wild. Guests are engaged and incentivized while site operators use ARGO’s real-time dashboard to manage, monitor and analyze their properties and visitors.


The Lineup

5:30pm-Registration & Networking

6:00pm-Opening Remarks
Heidi Hubbeling, Chief Operating Officer- Preccelerator Program

6:15pm-Preccelerator Demos: 8 minute presentations / 5 minute Q&A

7:30pm-Networking + Preccelerator Anniversary Party on the Patio


We hope to see you there!


Preccelerator Program COO Heidi Hubbeling Featured in CREATV Media Digital Media Update

SAM Preccelerator Program COO Heidi Hubbeling was featured this week on CREATV Media’s Digital Media Update blog in a “5 Question with…” series. The series focuses on exclusive interviews with key players in the overall media and tech ecosystem.

To read the full interview visit here.

Heidi Hubbeling

Heidi Hubbeling is the Chief Operating Officer of the Preccelerator Program and Director of Marketing for top Southern California business law firm Stubbs Alderton & Markiles. Heidi’s experience in professional services marketing, relationship building, business development strategy and entrepreneurship spans more than 15 years.

About the Preccelerator® Program
The Preccelerator is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space, sophisticated legal services, education, networking, mentorship and $250,000 in usable perks from Google Cloud for Startups, Amazon Web Services, and HubSpot among others, with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to funded startup. The program also retains more than 50 active strategic mentors providing free office hours and discounted services, and provides over 50+ educational workshops and networking events each year. The Program expanded in 2017 to accept a greater number of companies in more formalized classes, depending upon where the companies are in their evolutionary growth, expand benefits to accepted companies, and will look to make strategic investments backed by strategic angel investors.

For more about the Preccelerator® Program or to apply,  contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or


SAM Encourages You to Attend “ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo”

The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo at the Disneyland® Resort:

Friday, August 18th from 8:00 am right until after dinner at 11:00 pm.
VIP Reception on Thursday, August 17th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for Exhibitors, Sponsors and and Speakers only.

ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo

 Use code “VIP99”

for $99 off any ticket!


The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo at the Disneyland® Resort brings together capital sources, investors, public companies, private companies, start-ups, executives, professionals, employers, job seekers, and resource providers together in exhibit hall space at the Disneyland® Resort.

The Expo is a vacation destination event, with special ProgressWorks discounted hotel rooms, park tickets, and more.  Attend or exhibit at The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo and find new opportunities while enjoying a mini vacation at the world famous Disneyland® Resort.

ProgressWorks is a nonprofit corporation with the mission of facilitating job creation and retention- endeavoring to make an impact across the nation one job at a time. ProgressWorks’ vision is to impact the growth of employment through targeted investment, strategic partnering, and resources that reduce the challenges small businesses face when seeking job creation capital.

Why attend?
  • Meet with a like-minded peer group of executives and leaders that are disrupting & transforming the industry.
  • Make valuable connections with a dynamic range of companies, service providers, C-level executives, small business owners, and investors.
  • See innovative CEOs pitch their startups through ProgressWorks PitchFest Company Presentations.
  • Learn from industry experts on current hot topics during keynotes and panel sessions.
  • Visit over 75+ companies in the Innovation Showcase, including startups, public companies, and nonprofits.
  • Explore new opportunities and showcase your individual skills and talents to companies seeking new talent.
  • Babel Ventures will be participating in the program and as a PitchFest judge.


Showcase inspiring and innovative Public, Growth and Startup Companies.

3-Minute Pitch Contest; 2 Minute Critique.
All pitches will be video recorded and given to the company.
Companies compete from three pools: Startup, Growth, Public.
Each category $10k cash prize for the winner.
Additional prizes for 2nd, 3rd place.
Pitch and meet investors from across the US.

For more information or to apply for the PitchFest click here.


SAM Partner Michael Sherman Representing Danny Wimmer in Litigation Battle

Danny WimmerStubbs Alderton & Markiles Partner Michael Sherman is lead counsel to Danny Wimmer Presents in a legal battle against his former law firm disputing their 14.3 percent membership claim to his company DWP. Danny Wimmer Presents is a music festival production and promotion company that is headquartered in Los Angeles.

To read the full article on Pollstar click here.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles attorneys representing Danny Wimmer Presents are Michael A. Sherman and David Harris.

Michael ShermanMichael Sherman  is an accomplished trial lawyer in high-stakes, “bet-the-company” litigation, and has represented both large and early-stage companies as well as entrepreneurs in all facets of business and complex commercial litigation. He has evenly split his litigation practice on both the plaintiff and defense side of cases, has first-chaired numerous trials in complex matters in industries as varied as energy, securities, healthcare, environmental, consumer products, technology, project development/finance, advertising, real estate and apparel, and is highly skilled in class actions and unfair competition law.

For more information on our Business Litigation Practice, contact Michael A. Sherman at


Preccelerator® Program Company Napkin Finance is Now in Spanish!

Napkin Finance Preccelerator Program Company Napkin Finance is proud to announce that its site is now available in Spanish.

“Our new Spanish site is designed to help empower Spanish-speakers to take control of their finances through the Napkin Finance platform.” – Tina Hay, Founder

Readers can browse by topic, including everything from investing to insurance, or by life events, such as buying a home, getting married, or planning for retirement. In partnership with Michelle Obama, their Reach Higher course has also been translated into Spanish, providing information on how to seize opportunities for financial aid.

Visit their new site here.

About Napkin Finance 
Napkin Finance is a multimedia company that grew out of a need for a better way to learn and understand finance. The Napkins were inspired by challenges the founders faced as visual learners in a world of numbers and text. Starting from one sketch on compound interest, Napkin Finance was born. The platform has now grown into an extensive library with content across a wide range of topics. Today, they are thrilled to be launching their Spanish site.

Check out Napkin Finance below:




For more about the Preccelerator® Program or to apply,  contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or


Preccelerator® Program Company RentSpree Partners with BHGLAAR

BHGLAARCongratulations to Preccelerator® Program Company RentSpree for their new partnership with The Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® (BHGLAAR.) This new partnership will allow all 9,700 members of BHGLAAR access to RentSpree’s online platform that makes it easy to for agents to collect completed application profiles on prospective applicants.

RentSpree iBHGLAARs a Los Angeles-based real estate tech startup that created a proprietary platform allowing agents and brokers to easily collect rental applications and screen tenants. The award-winning tool automates the lease application process for agents by providing a 24/7, one-stop system for screening applicants.

To read the full post on BHGLAAR’s site visit here.

Check out RentSpree below:




For more about the Preccelerator® Program or to apply,  contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or



Startup Game Changers Panel – Los Angeles 2017

Startup Game Changers Panel - Los Angeles 2017Startup fundraising can be an arduous journey. Wouldn’t it be easier if you had your own team of guides to help you along your way?

Team startup to the rescue!

Our team of VCs, financial consultants, bankers, and lawyers has collectively helped walk thousands of companies down the fundraising path — from identifying the best funding source to negotiating the best terms.

Now we’d like to share our common wisdom with you, to help take some of the pain and confusion out of the fundraising process.

Friday, August 4, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Join us for this 2-hour session during which we’ll cover:

  • The process of a raise
  • Pre-money and post-money valuation
  • Understanding dilution
  • Negotiating your best VC deal
  • Term sheets: what you need to know
  • And more!

Our distinguished panelists for this event are:

Moderator: Caroline Cherkassky, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Peter Moon, Square 1 Bank
Chris Fitzjarrald, Trinet
Rudy Barthelemy, Early Growth Financial Services
Doug Sills, Moonshots Capital
Frank Grant, Interstate VC
Alex Rubalcava, Stage Venture Partners
Virginia  Schmitt, B Capital Group

Come prepared to ask questions, to network, and to learn how to take your startup to the next level.

Brought to you by:



Preccelerator Program Company RentSpree Teams Up with Mississippi REALTORS®


Preccelerator® Program Company RentSpree announced this week their new partnership with Mississippi REALTORS®. RentSpree’s service simplifies the leasing process and is available at no charge to REALTORS® as a member benefit.

To  read the full press release visit here.

RentSpree About RentSpree:
RentSpree is a Los Angeles-based real estate tech startup company that has created a proprietary platform allowing agents and brokers to easily collect rental applications and screen tenants.  The award-winning tool optimizes the time intensive chore for renters applying for multiple properties and automates the process for agents who need to screen applicants.

Check out RentSpree below:



For more about the Preccelerator® Program or to apply,  contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or




SAM Partner Kevin DeBré Speaking at FirstFridays @ UCLA TDG “Secrets of Startup Success”

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Kevin DeBré will be featured as a speaker at
UCLA FirstFridays on “Secrets of Startup Success.”
The event will be Friday, August 4th at  10889 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 820-20.

UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) hosts a monthly educational series and mixer called UCLA TDG FirstFridays.

The continental breakfast event will occur on the first Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 in our conference room Suite 820-20, 10889 Wilshire Blvd.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the campus and local communities to come and meet with our staff and interns, to hear a brief presentation on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property and entrepreneurship at UCLA and to ask questions and network.

About Kevin DeBré
Kevin represents entrepreneurs and startup companies in building successful businesses. He is a corporate and intellectual property attorney and a partner at Stubbs Alderton and Markiles, LLP, a full-service, Los Angeles-based business law firm representing many of Southern California’s most promising emerging growth technology companies. Kevin structures and negotiates equity and debt investment transactions, technology development deals and commercialization agreements and ventures for monetizing intellectual property assets. Prior to Stubbs Alderton, Kevin was a partner in leading international law firms, including Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP, where he headed the firm’s technology transactions practice in Southern California. Kevin is a registered patent attorney and worked as an engineer before law school. He served as a judicial law clerk for Hon. John G. Davies, United States District Court for the Central District of California and received his J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law and his B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis.

We encourage you to attend!