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For life sciences leaders seeking to clear their path to success, McDermott Will & Emery is an industry-leading law firm offering mission-first business solutions that are equally informed by market intelligence and proven experience. We harness the power of collaboration to bring the right combination of people, skills and knowledge to bear at the right time. Composed of top lawyers with demonstrated strength across intellectual property, transactional and litigation law and FDA regulatory, we’re a purpose-built team of thought leaders united by a passion for our work. For decades, we have embraced the value of focused knowledge, harnessing both the particular skills of individuals and the collective experience of our team. This makes us uniquely qualified to help you move business initiatives across the finish line when it matters and anticipate what’s next. McDermott Will & Emery is a leading international firm with a diversified business practice. Currently numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, we have 20 offices worldwide and a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

Negotiating Term Sheets: What’s Best for the Company and What’s Best for You?

This interactive workshop, organized and led by McDermott Will & Emery, will provide wisdom to early-stage CEOs and management on the latest trends in term sheets, with a focus on founder and management equity opportunities. The workshop will cover common issues of concern to entrepreneurs (valuation/dilution, liquidation preference, board makeup, protective provisions, anti-dilution). Experts from the legal, investment and entrepreneurial community will discuss the interplay of financing milestones in the term sheet discussion.

David Hendren, Managing Director, Augmentum Ventures

David Hendren has extensive experience launching, financing, and building successful ventures from incubation to exit, with particular expertise in healthcare, biomedical technology, digital health, and related technology and service areas. He has deep knowledge and broad perspective from 25+ years in leadership roles on virtually all sides of the table, including VC, entrepreneur, CEO, board member/chair, advisor, consultant, and counsel. David has led, co-invested and executed deals with leading firms and strategics, with exits including IPO, M&A, and technology licensing transactions. In operating, board, and advisory roles, David has been central to identifying opportunity, building teams, formulating strategy, securing capital, developing business and strategic alliances, and driving successful exits to harvest value for stakeholders.

Mark Mihanovic, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Mark J. Mihanovic, head of the Firm’s California Corporate group and head of the Emerging Companies/Venture Capital group, focuses his practice primarily in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He represents companies in a broad range of industries, with a particular emphasis on technology, life science and health care companies. Mark serves as corporate liaison partner in the Firm’s strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices based in Shanghai. Mark serves as lead counsel on behalf of issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements (including private investments in public equities (PIPEs)) of equity and debt securities. He handles stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, proxy fights and joint ventures and has had primary oversight responsibility for the regional and worldwide acquisition programs of multiple clients. Mark represents early-stage companies in connection with formation and organizational issues and venture capital and other financings and has also represented investors in complex venture capital transactions involving equity and debt. Mark has substantial experience advising corporate boards of directors and management regarding fiduciary duties (including in connection with potential change in control transactions and consideration of “poison pill” stockholders rights plans) and corporate governance issues. He assists publicly traded companies with their Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other securities compliance matters. He also advises investment banks on securities compliance issues and in acting as financial adviser and delivering fairness opinions in the context of acquisitions and restructurings.

Brian M. Gordon, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery – Atlanta

Brian M. Gordon represents venture-backed technology companies in acquisitions, financing transactions, the negotiation of credit facilities, corporate governance, employment and equity compensation matters and the resolution of day-to-day legal issues.

Brian also has significant experience representing private equity funds in the acquisitions and disposition of portfolio companies, in both control and non-control transactions. He counsels strategic buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. He also represents restaurants and retail groups in private equity and acquisition transactions.

Isaac Stoner, Founder and CEO, Octagon Therapeutics

Isaac Stoner is the founder and CEO of Octagon Therapeutics, a drug discovery company focused on autoimmune disease. He has spent his career as an operator and investor in the biotech space, having been an early team member at Genome Corp, Ion Torrent, and Firefly BioWorks. Mr Stoner spent time as an investor at Action Potential Venture Capital (GSK) and PureTech Health, and is currently an advisor to KdT Ventures. He earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University and received an MBA from MIT.

Michele Colucci, Founder/Managing Partner, DIgitalDx Venture

Michele Colucci, Founder/Managing Partner, is a lawyer, investor, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She has authored five patents in the technology space and founded companies in the legal, technology, retail, and entertainment spaces. Michele’s extensive experience operating in highly regulated verticals has focused on issues from management to legal (employment, corporate, International, litigation, torts, negotiations, business strategy, and marketing). Her most recent company focused on the application of big data and artificial intelligence in legal technology. She has worked at law firms including Hughes Hubbard & Reed, run her own media production company, owned and operated a chain of retail stores in the political space, run a political fundraising venue, and founded a legal technology company.

Michele has served on public and private Boards of Directors including Global Indemnity Group, Nephrosant, Optina Diagnostics, Prime Genomics, Trayt, and Delphi Diagnostics, and is Chair of the MedTech Healthcare Lobby. She is also an Advisor to eHealth Analytics (a digital health startup) and Quantellia (a platform powering decision-based analytics through artificial intelligence). She is a Huffington Post blogger on female entrepreneurship and an award-winning expert on E-Local. She has served as a guest lecturer and mentor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering focused on Global Marketing and Entrepreneurship and has lectured at USC’s Gould School of Law.

In 2017 Michele was named by the Nobel Laureate Foundation as a West Coast Ambassador for her ongoing work in concert the Nobel Laureate Foundation to expand their global footprint and aid young scientists— selected from around the world to attend their summer program—to connect, learn, and interact with Nobel Laureates in their field of study. She has served on nonprofit boards including NOFAS (National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), Hope After Divorce, and City Hearts.