The M&A market for technology and digital media companies is booming.
Are you considering selling your technology company? Are you interested in learning more about the M&A process? Watch our all-star panel of investment bankers and attorneys discuss market trends and hear their impressions of today’s deal environment.
Learn about how the market will value your company. How to prepare your company for sale. How to avoid common mistakes. How exit transactions are usually structured. And how to maximize your negotiation position to drive the highest possible deal price.
Ben Boissevain - Managing Partner of Bois Capital
Ben Boissevain attended U.C. Berkeley majoring in English and Economics and then moved to New York for law school at New York University. After three years at White & Case working on the legal side of transactions as a corporate finance attorney, he moved to Vienna, Austria, where he landed a position at an Austrian bank where he worked as an investment banker on the first IPO in the former Soviet Union. After four years of IPO and M&A transactions in Budapest, Prague and Moscow, he moved back to New York to join Barclays Capital, where he worked on cross-border M&A transactions. Seeing an opportunity to bring Wall Street quality advisory services and international expertise to technology companies, he co-founded Agile Equity in New York. Agile Equity has advised public companies in Japan, India and France on acquisitions of private companies in the United States.
In 2013, He founded Bois Capital, a leading independent investment bank focused on providing financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, as well as financings for public and private companies. The team has extensive international corporate finance experience and international, senior level connections in the technology sector, including cloud, software, IT services, digital media, wireless, wireline, big data, analytics and healthcare.Ben speaks frequently at technology events and is quoted in the press, including articles in The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, and numerous industry newsletters. He is the Treasurer for the Huguenot Society and Board Member and Co-Chair of the Programming Committee for the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City.
Todd Feldman - Managing Director of Mooreland Partners
Todd joined the firm at its founding in 2003, and was promoted to Managing Director in 2011. Todd is a senior member of the Communications Technology and Digital Media teams.
Prior to joining Mooreland Partners, Todd was a consultant for Crossroads LLP, a restructuring firm, where he worked on projects for large telecommunications companies. Prior to joining Crossroads, Todd was Manager of Corporate Finance and Strategy at Telergy, a competitive local exchange carrier based in Syracuse, New York. At Telergy, he helped raise over $200 million in debt and equity capital and completed telecommunications joint ventures with selected utility partners. Todd began his career in the investment banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he worked on a wide range of transactions for technology, media and telecommunications companies.
Todd holds a BSE degree in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Conrad Everhard - Partner of VLP Law Group
CONRAD EVERHARD is a seasoned corporate and transactional attorney with over twenty years of big law firm and general counsel experience. Conrad counsels his clients on business matters at every stage of their life cycles, including start-up formation, strategic planning, executive compensation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and all forms of venture capital and private equity transactions.
Conrad is also completely conversant with all transactions dealing with the commercialization and monetization of intellectual property and innovation, including negotiating license, joint venture, technology collaboration, research & development and industrial collaboration agreements.
Conrad represents clients across a broad range of industries, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial-driven companies and the venture capital and private equity funds that invest in them. He assists these clients in executing complex capital and intellectual property driven transactions. Conrad’s prior experience as general counsel of a start-up gives him a unique bond with founders and entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining VLP, Conrad served as general counsel and a key member of the management team of AE Polysilicon, a private equity backed solar start-up that raised more than $200 million via four preferred stock issuances and two convertible note financings from several strategic investors, including, principally, TOTAL Petrochemicals, the French based global energy conglomerate and Motech Industries, a Taiwan based top ten solar cell manufacturer. During his tenure at AEP, Conrad oversaw all of AEP’s legal and financing activities. As a result of his experience at AEP, Conrad became intimately familiar with the market dynamics of the solar sector globally and the cleantech industry generally.
Prior to AEP, Conrad practiced for over two decades in the New York City offices of several global law firms, including Jones Day and K&L Gates. Conrad is a frequent speaker on M&A and technology themed subjects. He previously served on the board of advisors of Edison Innovation Fund, a venture capital fund created by the State of New Jersey (EDA) to assist high tech and life sciences businesses.
In compliance with NJ RPC 7.5, VLP Law Group LLP and Conrad practice as a limited liability company under the name VLP Law Group, Everhard and Hong LLC in the state of New Jersey.
Mike Bernstein – Audit Partner & Partner in Charge, NJ Market of Grant Thornton LLP (Moderator)
Mike Bernstein has more than 30 years of industry experience, including significant involvement serving the real estate and financial services sectors. Bernstein has handled SEC and private company audit clients, ranging from small startups to multibillion dollar groups – with a strong focus on middle-market organizations. His experience involves public and private offerings including IPOs, business combinations, complex transactions and instruments, internal control and governance matters. During his 25-plus years with Grant Thornton, Bernstein has served in numerous roles, including the New York office’s Professional Standards partner and Audit practice leader, national industry leader and International practice partner. His specific industry experience includes work with REITs, real estate funds, private equity funds, hedge funds and other public companies.
Bernstein has been quoted in and has authored articles in numerous trade and business publications, including BusinessWeek, Forbes.com, Venture Capital Journal, LBO Wire and the Financial.
VLP Law Group is a new model law firm that is completely reinventing the way that law firms do business. Founded in Silicon Valley, VLP is a geographically distributed, web-based law firm that leverages a state of the art technology platform to provide big law firm level lawyering at rates that the conventional law firms cannot match. Powered by a sophisticated digital infrastructure and collaboration platform, VLP eliminates costly physical offices, while significantly lowering administrative costs and overhead. All of our attorneys are seasoned, business savvy deal lawyers with years of major law firm experience. Many of our lawyers are entrepreneurs themselves, having served in general counsel and other capacities. We collaborate with one another and clients through our proprietary digital network. Our model enables VLP to offer senior deal lawyering on a flexible, cost-effective basis. www.vlplawgroup.com