Howell Jackson is the James S. Reid, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His research interests include financial regulation, international finance, consumer protection, federal budget policy, and entitlement reform. Professor Jackson has served as a consultant to the United States Treasury Department, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank/International Monetary Fund. He is a member of the National Academy on Social Insurance, a trustee of the College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF) and its affiliated TIAA-CREF investment companies, a member of the panel of outside scholars for the NBER Retirement Research Center, and a senior editor for Cambridge University Press Series on International Corporate Law and Financial Regulation. Professor Jackson frequently testifies before Congress and consults with government agencies on issues of financial regulation. He is co-editor of Fiscal Challenges: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Budget Policy (Cambridge University Press 2008), co-author of Analytical Methods for Lawyers (Foundation Press 2003) and Regulation of Financial Institutions (West 1999), and author of numerous scholarly articles. Before joining the Harvard Law School faculty in 1989, Professor Jackson was a law clerk for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall and practiced law in Washington, D.C. Professor Jackson received J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University in 1982 and a B.A. from Brown University in 1976.
Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at the Harvard Law School and the H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard Business School. He is the first person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments at both HLS and HBS. At HLS he teaches courses in negotiations and corporate law. At HBS he teaches in several executive education programs, such as Strategic Negotiations, Changing the Game, and Making Corporate Boards More Effective. He is the faculty chair for the JD/MBA program at Harvard University and the Vice Chair for Research at the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company in their New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. offices.
Mark Gordon is a partner in Wachtell Lipton’s Corporate department, where he focuses on advising public companies and major leveraged buyout firms in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, take-over defense, shareholder activism, and corporate governance, capital raising transactions and securities law matters. Some of his representative transactions are listed below. Mr. Gordon joined Wachtell Lipton in 1994 and was elected partner in 2001. Mr. Gordon also teaches a Mergers & Acquisitions course at Harvard Law School each January, and at New York University Law School annually since 2002. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and was a member of the best team in the Ames Moot Court Competition.
Lyle Ayes is an Executive Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Morgan Stanley based in New York. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Lyle worked at an M&A advisory boutique. Lyle began his career at the international law firm, Shearman & Sterling LLP, practicing corporate law with a focus on mergers & acquisitions and securities transactions. Lyle’s responsibilities at Morgan Stanley are focused on the execution of merger and acquisition transactions across numerous industries.
Phil Bakes is president of Snapper Creek Equity, a private equity and advisory firm, investing in and acquiring diverse mid-market operating businesses and engaging in various business advisory assignments. As a subsidiary of BFC Financial Corporation, Snapper Creek actively monitors select BFC portfolio companies. Mr. Bakes previously served from 2004-2008 as the Managing Director of Snapper Creek’s parent company, BFC Financial Corporation, responsible for business development and major financings. Prior to BFC, Bakes served as president from 1990 to 2004 of a boutique advisory and merchant banking firm he founded with offices in Miami and New York. In the 1980s Bakes served as a top executive in the airline industry, including president/CEO of Continental Airlines and Eastern Airlines, positions from which he led and oversaw all operations, helped engineer a major turnaround and reorganization, as well as participated in numerous acquisitions, mergers and divestitures during the airline industry’s decade of post-deregulation adjustment and consolidation. Mr. Bakes graduated from Chicago’s Loyola University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After briefly practicing law in Chicago, Bakes served in the public sector in Washington, D.C., including as a Watergate Special Prosecutor, general counsel to a federal regulatory agency and counsel to the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee. He also was Deputy Campaign Manager in 1979-1980 for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s U.S. Presidential campaign.
Ronit J. Berkovich is a partner in the Business Finance & Restructuring Department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Ms. Berkovich represents debtors, creditors, lenders, investors, and acquirers of assets in all aspects of distressed situations. She has served as debtors’ counsel in several of the largest and most significant chapter 11 cases in history, including General Motors, Lehman Brothers, WorldCom (MCI), BearingPoint, and the Texas Rangers. She also has extensive experience representing companies in prepackaged chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, and international restructurings and has provided restructuring advisory services to Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Berkovich actively lectures on various topics relating to restructuring (including for organizations such as the Practising Law Institute and the Loan Syndications and Trading Association). She taught legal research and writing at Harvard Law School for two years, taught a seminar in economics at Harvard College, and has been a guest lecturer for a corporate reorganization class at Georgetown Law School. She has also written extensively, including articles published in The Banking Law Journal, The American University Law Review, Real Estate Finance, and the Bankruptcy Bulletin. Ms. Berkovich received a B.A. with distinction in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1997 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2001.
Jim Brennan is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s New Jersey Office, where he has worked extensively with consumer products companies on growth strategy, consumer marketing, due diligence, and corporate organization. His recent experience includes: The food strategy for a multi-category U.S. food company, the premium chocolate entry strategy for a multi-national confectionary company, the meal solutions strategy for a U.S. food company, the U.S. chilled and frozen foods market launches for a multinational company. Prior to joining McKinsey, Jim worked as a Judicial Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York. Jim has a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Ms. Browne is a lawyer in the Tax Planning Group of Goldman Sachs, where she specializes in reviewing tax aspects of the firm’s strategic acquisitions. She also advises the firm’s North American Power business, Commodities business, the Reinsurance Group, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, the Executive Office on issues affecting tax-exempt organizations and the Human Capital Management Division on matters related to the tax consequences of various firm compensation and benefits programs. Nancy is a member of the firm’s Acquisition Review Committee and was instrumental in the firm’s launch of Goldman Sachs Gives. She served on the O&F Women’s Network Steering Committee from 2002 to 2005, was on the Manager’s Best Practice Exchange for Finance in 2004 and was involved in the launch of the Disability Task Force. Nancy joined the Goldman Sachs Tax Planning Group in 1994 and was named managing director in 2004. Prior to joining the firm, Nancy worked as an attorney at the New York law offices of Kelley, Drye & Warren after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985. Nancy actively raises funds for Harvard and various breast cancer research organizations, including the Weill Cornell Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Mr. Denniston is GE’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel. He is responsible for the worldwide GE legal organization and for all GE legal operations, reporting directly to CEO Jeff Immelt. He is a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council, the GE Capital Corporation Board of Directors and is chair of the Company’s Policy Compliance Review Board. Mr. Denniston joined GE as Vice President, Senior Counsel For Litigation and Legal Policy in September 1996. Prior to joining GE, he was Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts from 1993 to 1996. His responsibilities included judicial selection, litigation, criminal justice issues and legislation. He was a partner, and earlier an associate, at Goodwin, Procter and Hoar in Boston (1974-1982, 1986-1993) where he specialized in complex civil litigation, securities matters and white-collar crime. He represented parties in matters ranging from insider trading cases, pharmaceutical prosecutions, securities fraud and banking cases. He was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and numerous other firm committees. From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Denniston was Chief of the Major Frauds Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, responsible for white-collar crime prosecutions, and a member of the Attorney General’s White Collar Crime Operations Committee. He was awarded the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his role in over one hundred successful prosecutions. Mr. Denniston served as a law clerk to the Honorable Herbert Y. Choy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1973-74. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Kenyon College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Andrew Feldstein is a co-founder of BlueMountain and its CEO and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to founding BlueMountain, Mr. Feldstein spent eleven years at JPMorgan, where he was a charter member of the pioneering credit derivative team. During his 11 year tenure, he served in a senior capacity across a variety of derivatives and credit busineses, including Head of Structured Credit, Head of Global Credit Portfolio Management, and Head of High Yield Sales, Trading and Research. Mr. Feldstein holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Georgetown University.
Michael Gillespie is Co-Chair of the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s Media & Telecommunications Group, an active member of the Latin America Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Gillespie handles complex cross-border M&A and other transactions for clients in the US and throughout the world, with an emphasis on deals in the media and telecommunications sector. Within Latin America, Mr. Gillespie has been especially active in Brazil, where he has handled numerous transactions over more than 15 years. Mr. Gillespie heads up the firm’s work for the Brazilian media group Globo Organization. Mr. Gillespie is ranked in the top tier for media and entertainment corporate law in Chambers USA (2010) and has been noted as “a wise and insightful adviser, a tenacious advocate and a results-oriented deal lawyer.” He is also ranked as a leading lawyer for telecoms and broadcast media transactions by The Legal 500 US (2010), which describes him as “one of the best lawyers in the business.” Mr. Gillespie is listed as a leading lawyer for Latin American investment by Chambers USA (2010) where he is lauded as a “superb negotiator” who is prominent in Brazilian deals. Furthermore, he is recognized for mergers and acquisitions in Latin America by Chambers Latin America (2009) and is recommended as a “great negotiator with rock-solid legal knowledge.” Mr. Gillespie joined Debevoise in 1986 and became a partner in 1995. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986.
Niloofar is a Managing Director at Paladin. She joined Paladin Capital in 2004 to lead the development of implementation of investment strategies for Paladin’s family of funds as well as oversight of Paladin’s investment portfolio. Prior to joining Paladin, Niloofar was at Zone Ventures, a Los Angeles-based early stage venture capital firm. Prior to Zone Ventures, Niloofar was the CEO of a venture backed retail company, a consultant with McKinsey & Company, as well as a lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers. Over the past two decades, Niloofar has worked on issues ranging from strategy and new product/market entry to change management, turnaround and supply chain/logistics for start-up and Fortune 500 companies in technology, healthcare, retail/consumer goods. Niloofar graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and received her B.A. from Columbia College. Niloofar’s non-profit work includes serving on the Board of Sibley Memorial Hospital as chair of its Investment Committee, Vice Chair of Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, as well as Vice Chair of Global Rights, an international human rights organization.
Sarah Kim is a principal of Clayton, Dublier & Rice. Ms. Kim joined CD&R in 2008. She is principally engaged in evaluating investment opportunities and played a key role in the firm’s acquisition of Diversey. Previously, she held positions at Metalmark Capital and McCown De Leeuw, both private equity firms, and worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs, & Co. Ms. Kim received a B.A. in economics and political science, cum laude, as well as J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Kindler retired as chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc, the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company in 2010. Prior to his appointment as CEO and election to the Board of Directors in 2006, he was Vice Chairman and General Counsel, where he led Pfizer’s worldwide legal, compliance, communications, government relations, corporate citizenship, policy development and global security groups. He joined Pfizer in 2002 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, with responsibility for Pfizer’s Legal Division. He was named Vice Chairman in 2005, joining the company’s four-person Executive Committee and assuming responsibility for Pfizer’s Corporate Affairs Division. Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Jeff Kindler earned his BA in 1977 from Tufts University summa cum laude, and his JD in 1980 from Harvard magna cum laude, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He began his legal career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. He then served as law clerk to Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit and later served as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly, became a Partner there, and then moved to General Electric as Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy. He next joined McDonald’s Corporation as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, responsible for both legal and corporate affairs. At McDonald’s, he established a pro bono legal services program that has become a model for many corporations and law firms. He moved into line management at McDonald’s as President of Partner Brands. This operating unit, with more than 50,000 employees worldwide, included several restaurant brands such as Boston Market, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Pret a Manger.
Alan Klein is a Partner with Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP where he is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department. Mr. Klein’s practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, U.S. securities law, and corporate finance matters. Mr. Klein has represented Chinalco in its $12 billon investment in Rio Tinto plc, Microsoft Corporation in its approach to Yahoo! Inc., Gas Natural S.A. in its $30 billion bid for Endesa S.A., Rinker Group Limited in connection with its acquisition by Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Portugal Telecom S.A. in connection with the unsolicited offer made for it by Sonae S.A., Gerdau S.A. in its acquisition of Quanex Corporation, Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation in its acquisition of Chaparral Steel Company, Bavaria S.A., Latin America’s second-largest brewer, in its sale to SABMiller plc, Owens-Illinois Inc. in its acquisition of French packaging company BSN Glasspack from CVC Europe and in its disposition of Owens-Brockway Plastic Products Inc., Merck & Co, Inc. in its tender offer for shares of Banyu, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, Telefonica Moviles S.A. in its acquisition of certain non-U.S. cellular phone companies from Motorola Inc., Pechiney in its proposed three- way merger with Alcan Aluminum and Alusuisse, and Quadrangle Group LLC, a merchant banking fund, in a number of its recent investments. Mr. Klein joined the Firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1993. He received his B.A. with Honors in history in 1981 from Haverford College. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1984. He is recognized in the International Who’s Who of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers.
Peter Krause was a founding Managing Director of Greenhill & Co. and formerly Chairman of its Barrow Street Real Estate Funds. He previously worked as a managing director at Morgan Stanley Real Estate and served as a Senior Member of its Investment Committee. In that capacity, he served as Chairman of the Board of Red Roof Inns. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Krause had practiced real estate law for six years at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
Peter is an Analyst in Blackstone’s Real Estate Private Equity Group in London. Peter graduated from the Harvard Law School in 2012, where he served as Co-President of the Harvard Association for Law & Business. He is originally from New York City and graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Economics. Prior to law school, he worked in the real estate investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In college, he worked in the real estate groups at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America as a summer investment banking analyst. He spent his 2L summer working at Morgan Stanley in their real estate division.
Joseph (“Jody”) LaNasa, is the founder and managing partner of Serengeti Asset Management, a multi-strategy investment firm that launched in September 2007 and that focuses on making opportunistic investments in the debt and equity of companies and cash flow streams. Prior to launching Serengeti, Jody was a nine-year Goldman Sachs veteran (1997-2006) who was elected a partner in 2004 and a managing director in 2002. Jody headed the Multi-Strategy Investing Business (“MSI”) within Goldman Sachs Americas’ Special Situations Group. MSI was a multi-billion dollar proprietary investment business that focused on a broad range of opportunistic and fundamental value investments primarily in distressed debt, stressed equities and cash flow streams. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Jody worked as an attorney at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz from 1995 – 1997 in the creditors’ rights and corporate departments. Jody graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994 and a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1991. Jody clerked for Judge Adrian G. Duplantier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) from 1994 – 1995. While at Goldman Sachs, Jody served on the board of directors of Genesis HealthCare Corporation (until the separation of the company in December 2003 into two companies, Genesis Healthcare Ventures, Inc. and NeighborCare, Inc. ) and a large private home healthcare company. He also served on a number of unofficial bank debt or creditor committees for various then-troubled companies and on the investment committee of a private acquirer of royalty streams. Jody resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Ajax and Maxima.
Shaun Mathew is an attorney in the Austin office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. He represents clients in a wide variety of complex business transactions and corporate governance matters. His experience includes advising public and private companies and financial sponsors in connection with domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, hostile takeover defense, proxy contests, strategic investments, venture capital financings, and public and private securities offerings. Shaun has also conducted significant research on India’s corporate law and has published two academic papers on Indian M&A and corporate governance. Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Shaun practiced law at Wachtell Lipton in New York City. He studied economics and politics at New York University and the London School of Economics, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Shaun co-founded the Harvard Association for Law & Business and led one of the first academic studies on the outsourcing of legal services to India.
Kevin P. Mohan joined Summit Partners in 1994. Prior to Summit, he worked in for McKinsey & Company and Harvard Management Company. Kevin has served as a director of many companies. His previous directorships include AMX Corporation (NASDAQ: AMXX), Blue Ocean Software (NASDAQ: INTU), CallTech Communications (acquired by Teleperformance USA), Focus Financial Partners, Liquidnet Holdings, Martin Group, MIND CTI (NASDAQ: MNDO), Nomacorc, PeopleAdmin, Sage Telecom and Triton Systems (acquired by Dover Industries). Kevin received an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD, cum laude from Harvard Law School.
James C. Morphy joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 1979 after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1976) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1979). He was elected a partner of the Firm in 1986. Mr. Morphy was the managing partner of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group from 1995 to 2007. He currently is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Morphy provides mergers and acquisitions advice for a wide range of transactions, including both friendly and hostile acquisitions, representing buyers, sellers, special committees of independent directors and financial advisers.
Mr. Ortega is a Principal at the private equity firm TPG Capital. Mr. Ortega’s responsibilities include leading the firm’s Energy investing activities, which encompass investment origination, structuring, execution, monitoring and exit strategy. He has a particular focus on the oil & gas and oilfield services sectors. Previously, he served as a director at First Reserve Corporation. Prior to joining First Reserve, Mr. Ortega was a Vice President at Greenhill Capital Partners, and an Analyst at Lazard Frères & Co. Mr. Ortega graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Ortega received his A.B., magna cum laude, in Social Studies, from Harvard University.
Mr. Pallesen is a Managing Director in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs. Previously, he worked in the Technology Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group. Prior to joining GS, Mr. Pallesen served as a judicial law clerk at the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Pallesen earned a JD, magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1997. He earned an Mphil and a DPhil from The University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, in 1993 and 1995, respectively. Mr. Pallesen earned his BA, summa cum laude, from Harvard in 1991.
Ellen Pao joined reddit in 2013 to head strategic partnerships and business development. She was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers from 2005 to 2012, where she invested in consumer and enterprise platforms. She worked closely with KPCB China as a founding member of its investment committee. She lead investments in and served on the boards of Flipboard, Datameer and Lehigh Technologies. Before entering the tech field, Ellen was a corporate attorney for Cravath, Swaine & Moore in both its New York City and Hong Kong offices, working on deals across the Philippines, Singapore and Greater China. She provided guidance on high-yield debt offerings, M&A transactions, aircraft financings, and pro bono projects for Habitat for Humanity and Covenant House. Ellen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a certificate from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Adam Rosenberg is a Managing Director and Global Head of the Gaming Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. In this role, he provides strategic and financial advice to the firm’s casino operator, gaming technology and equipment manufacturer clients. Mr. Rosenberg’s clients include gaming operators such as Las Vegas Sands, Kerzner International, Harrah’s Entertainment and Station Casinos, as well as gaming technology and equipment manufacturers including International Game Technology, Bally Technologies, GTECH Corporation and Scientific Games. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Rosenberg was an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s New York office. He received his law degree from Harvard University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nick Sakellariadis began his investment banking career in 1978 and is now Managing Director in Citi’s Mergers & Acquisitions Department. He is a member of the Advisory Committee, which reviews and approves all fairness and valuation opinions rendered by the Firm. He has served as an advisor in transactions totaling in excess of $200 billion. Mr. Sakellariadis covers the Automotive, Homebuilding and Building Products sectors, as well as other industrial companies. He has represented clients such as General Motors, Volkswagen, FIAT, Daimler Chrysler, Cemex, Centex, UDC Homes, Votorantim, Pulte Homes, Continental Homes, Lewis Homes, Engle Homes, Owens Corning, EDS and National Computer Systems. For ten years he headed the Financial Restructuring Group, and was involved in the reorganizations of among others, Texaco, Western Union, Chrysler, LTV Steel, Federated Department Stores, Macy’s, Revco, Continental Airlines, TWA, Pan AM, Eastern Airlines and America West Airlines. Nick graduated from Harvard College and obtained an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a J.D. degree from the Harvard Law School. He was a Fulbright/ITT Scholar in 1973-1974.
Anthony Scaramucci is Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital. SkyBridge Capital is one of the world’s leading alternative asset managers with approximately $7.4 billion in total assets under advisement. Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Mr. Scaramucci was a co-founder of Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001 after building a managed account business and four hedge funds having in aggregate more than $800 million of assets. Upon Neuberger Berman’s sale to Lehman Brothers in 2003, he served as a Managing Director in their Investment Management Division. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs & Co., where in 1993 he became a Vice President in Private Wealth Management.
Matthew is an Associate in Sales & Trading at Morgan Stanley in New York. Matthew graduated from the Harvard Law School in 2012, where he served as Co-President of the Harvard Association for Law & Business. He graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a BA in Political Science. During his time at Columbia, Matthew was a John Jay National Scholar, served as president of his class, and was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Prior to attending Harvard Law School, Matthew spent a year as a FI/FX derivatives analyst at 3G Capital, a hedge fund in New York. He spent his 2L summer at Goldman Sachs in their investment banking division.
Ryan M. Schwarz is a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, focused on North American venture and growth capital opportunities in the healthcare sector. Since joining the firm in 1997, Mr. Schwarz has lead the healthcare investing practice in the U.S. Growth Capital group, with a particular focus on medical devices and products, healthcare information technology and selected healthcare services. He is based in Washington, DC. Mr. Schwarz previously was a Vice President in the health care group at Robertson Stephens & Co. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. Mr. Schwarz holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School. He received his A.B. from Duke University where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar. Mr. Schwarz is a member of the Boards of Directors of AcuFocus, Inc., AqueSys, Inc., Carefx Corp., Fairchild Imaging, Inc., NeoVista, Inc., PixelOptics, Inc. and Proteus Biomedical, Inc.
Damon A. Silvers is the Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO. Mr. Silvers is the Deputy Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP. He was appointed jointly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He is a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee. Mr. Silvers also was the Chair of the Competition Subcommittee of the United States Treasury Department Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession and a member of the United States Treasury Department Investor’s Practice Committee of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and is the Chair. Mr. Silvers is also a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group and Investor Advisory Group. Prior to working for the AFL-CIO, Mr. Silvers was a law clerk at the Delaware Court of Chancery for Chancellor William T. Allen and Vice-Chancellor Bernard Balick. Mr. Silvers received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School. He received his M.B.A. with high honors from Harvard Business School and is a Baker Scholar. Mr. Silvers is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, and has studied history at Kings College, Cambridge University.
Susan Soh is a Partner and Head of Marketing and Client Services with Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Susan was a Managing Director and Head of Hedge Fund Business Development at Highbridge Capital Management, LLC where she was responsible for raising several billion dollars from investors in the firm’s multiple products. Prior to joining Highbridge in 2003, Ms. Soh was a Vice President with Lightyear Capital, a $2 billion private equity firm affiliated with UBS PaineWebber where she was responsible for business development and investor relations. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Soh was a Vice President with Bear Stearns Merchant Banking where she helped to raise a $1.5 billion institutional private equity fund. Before joining the Merchant Banking Group, Ms. Soh was an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Bear Stearns & Co. Previously in her career, Ms. Soh was a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Ms. Soh received a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Yale College and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Deirdre Stanley is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Thomson Reuters. In this capacity she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and leads the day-to-day operations of the global legal department. She is also responsible for the company’s government and regulatory affairs function. Prior to joining The Thomson Corporation as General Counsel in 2002, Stanley held various legal and senior executive positions, including Deputy General Counsel, at IAC (previously, USA Networks, Inc.). From 1997 to 1999, Stanley served as Associate General Counsel for GTE Corporation (a predecessor company to Verizon), where she headed the mergers and acquisitions practice group. She began her career as a corporate associate with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Ms. Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.
Barry Volpert co-founded the private equity Firm Crestview Partners in 2004. He retired from Goldman Sachs in 2003 where he was head of the Merchant Banking Division in Europe; co-COO of the Principal Investment Area worldwide; and a director of Goldman Sachs International. Among his responsibilities at the firm, Mr. Volpert led Goldman’s European private equity business; initiated and led Goldman’s investment efforts in distressed companies and real estate; conceived and established Goldman’s mezzanine fund business; and started the firm’s private equity business in Japan. Mr. Volpert is a director of Key Safety Systems, Oxbow and ValueOptions. Mr. Volpert received a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received an MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He received an A.B. from Amherst College, summa cum laude, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. From 1981 to 1982, he was a Luce Scholar in Singapore working for the Straits Times. Mr. Volpert is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School, a director of the Private Equity and Growth Capital Council and an elected council member of the Sagaponack Village Erosion Control District.
Andrew K. Woeber is a Managing Director at Greenhill & Co. and leads the firm’s Western U.S. M&A practice based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Greenhill, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco and New York. At Morgan Stanley, Mr. Woeber was a senior member of the investment banking group responsible for the Western U.S., led the firm’s special situations and restructuring efforts for global capital markets and was a mergers and acquisitions specialist. Mr. Woeber began his career as an lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore where he focused on M&A and securities law. He received an A.B. (with distinction) in Economics from Stanford and a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard. Over his career, Mr. Woeber has worked on more than $100 billion of transactions with leading companies around the world, including Abbott, Alcan, Ashland Oil, Bacardi, Berkshire Hathaway, Bessemer, Blackstone, BP, Bristol-Myers, Caterpillar, Schwab, Clorox, Comcast, Deere, Diageo, Equity Group, General Electric, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, KKR, Lazard, NCI, Nordstrom, Novartis, Sears, Sony, Time Warner, TPG, Verizon, Wells Fargo and White Mountain
Jason Young is a Vice President in the Legal and Finance groups of Franklin Square Capital Partners in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Franklin Square, Jason was a partner in the Americas Banking & Finance practice of Clifford Chance in New York. His practice at Clifford Chance focused on domestic and cross-border transactions with a particular emphasis on financing for professional sports franchises. He was recognized multiple times by Chambers USA as a notable nationwide sports law practitioner. Jason received a B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science and Jewish Studies from Tulane University in 1996 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1999. After graduating from HLS, he clerked for the Hon. Helen G. Berrigan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Jason serves on the Boards of Directors of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) and The Clifford Chance Foundation, Inc.