Lou Sokolovskiy 
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Thursday May 24, 2011 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST

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Venable LLP 
2049 Century Park East
Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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OpusConnect's Century City Private Equity Group Presents:  

Private Company Governance and Guidance: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Other Considerations in Using Outside Directors

Panel and Discussion

You are cordially invited to a luncheon and panel discussion on private company governance. Our panel of legal counsel, private equity investors, and active board members will discuss the key issues, considerations, risks and benefits of using outside directors in middle-market private companies. The discussion will also cover the appropriate role of the board of directors in providing long-term strategic guidance as well as in the planning and execution of exits or other material financial transactions.

Please join us for what promises to be a lively panel discussion among experienced players in the world of private equity.

This event is hosted and sponsored by Venable LLP and co-sponsored by PNC,  Sapient Investigations, Avant Advisory Group and TABbank. 


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Prospective Members: $125

OpusConnect Members: Free

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Todd Kaltman (Moderator)

Todd Kaltman is a managing director in Duff & Phelps' Investment Banking unit, with a specialization in transaction opinions - focused on advising corporate boards and providing fairness and solvency opinions as well as valuations in the context of corporate transactions. He has been with Duff & Phelps for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience providing corporate and securities valuation and financial advisory services.

A few of Todd’s noteworthy engagements include: providing a solvency opinion to the board of directors of IAC/InterActiveCorp in connection with the recapitalization and spin-off of multiple entities, including Tickemaster, HSN, Interval International and Lending Tree; providing a fairness opinion to the board of directors of Del Monte Corporation in connection with the sale of its seafood business, including the StarKist brand; and providing a fairness opinion to the board of trustees of the University of Southern California in connection with its acquisition of two hospital facilities from Tenet Healthcare. 

Todd holds a B.S. in business administration from California State University, Northridge. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Leo Griffin

Mr. Griffin is a Principal at Clarity Partners. From 2003 through 2006, Mr. Griffin was a Principal at Monitor Ventures, the venture capital and advisory arm of the Monitor Group, a global strategy consulting firm and merchant bank. At Monitor Ventures, Mr. Griffin focused on advising and investing in various communications and media companies. From 1998 through 2003, Mr. Griffin served as a strategy consultant with Monitor Group’s consulting arm, where he helped to found MarketSpace, a consulting practice focused on new media businesses. Prior to Monitor, from 1992 to 1996, Mr. Griffin was with Braxton Associates, where he advised companies in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.

Mr. Griffin holds a degree in Industrial Economics from the London School of Economics and received his MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Richard Haigh

Mr. Haigh is currently a Principal at Mayfair Associates, LLC, a private merchant bank. He has BOD, CEO and Executive level experience in both operations and investment banking, and serves on the boards of Broadway Worldwide Inc. and Sunstone Components Group. Prior to joining Mayfair, he worked as CEO of Rent-A-Wreck; the firm won first place in its industry in Entrepreneur Magazine all four years of Mr. Haigh's tenure as President and CEO. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Richter, Cohen & Co. He is an expert in both growth and turnaround situations, and in 1991 he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur of the Year Award

He earned an M.A. in Law at Oxford University in England, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Meyer

David Meyer, a partner in Venable's Business Transactions Group, has built a nationally recognized transactional practice adapted to the wide-ranging needs of his clients, which include international corporations, emerging growth companies, select start-ups, and prominent individuals in diverse industries in their business and legal affairs. With extensive experience in the corporate, entertainment and real estate practice areas, Mr. Meyer represents corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures in major transactions, intellectual property matters, employment issues, corporate finance and business disputes. Mr. Meyer also represents film and television producers, post-production companies, commercial production companies, management companies, actors, writers, and artists in all aspects of their entertainment industry endeavors. Mr. Meyer is active in real estate acquisitions, leasing matters, finance, and development. 

Mr. Meyer earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. 

Terrence J. Wallock

Mr. Wallock serves as Acting General Counsel and Secretary of Simon Worldwide Inc. and has served on its Board of Directors since 2006.  He has been a Director of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. since August 2009 and currently serves as Chairman of its Compensation Committee.  He has formerly served as an Independent Non Executive Director, and filled the role of Lead Director, of Source Interlink Companies Inc., (formerly, Source Information Management Co.) and currently acts as a consultant to the company.  Mr. Wallock also formerly served as a Director of Cartronics LLC and Quality Drug Stores.  Mr. Wallock was an executive with Vons Cos. Inc. (formerly, The Vons Companies Inc.), serving in the roles of Secretary, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Security Officer, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to engaging in a consulting and private legal practice in 2000, he served a number of public companies as Senior Executive Officer and General Counsel, including Denny's Inc. and Ralphs Grocery Company.

Mr. Wallock is an attorney and consultant and has been engaged in providing legal and consulting services in connection with merger, acquisition and restructuring situations and advising companies.

Patrick Whelan

Mr. Whelan is the Managing Partner of Pegasus, which he founded in 1997. He leads its investment activities. His contributions include identifying target companies, structuring transactions and supporting management teams post-transaction as an active Board member. Mr. Whelan is currently Chairman of WeatherGuard Building Products and Shield Pack and serves as a Director of SPG, International and Design Space. He is the former Chairman of TOG Manufacturing Co. and a former Director of Calwax Corporation. Prior to founding Pegasus, Mr. Whelan completed merger and acquisition transactions as a Co-Managing Director for Broadview International, a leading M&A investment banking firm that was acquired by Jefferies & Company, Inc. For the six previous years, Mr. Whelan held senior positions in two different private equity firms; Abacus Ventures of Greenwich, CT and InterFirst Ventures of Dallas, TX. During his tenure at these firms, he made numerous investments in rapidly growing companies. Mr. Whelan was a founding investor and served on the Board of Directors of TranSwitch Corporation (NASDAQ) and Teleos Communications (NASDAQ). Mr. Whelan’s career in the leveraged buyout, venture capital and investment banking industries spans more than 25 years.

Mr. Whelan holds an MBA degree in Finance from The Wharton School and is an Honors graduate of Vanderbilt University with a dual degree in Economics and Computer Science.