February 23, 2012
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Anne Lee Benedict is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C., office. Benedict is a member of the firm's Corporate Transactions Department, focusing primarily on corporate finance, business combination, securities and general corporate matters. She serves as chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Subcommittee of the Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section of the D.C. Bar. She also is a member of the FINRA Corporate Financing Rules Subcommittee of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. She is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the International Association of Korean Lawyers, and she serves on the board of directors of the Equal Footing Foundation, the charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Benedict graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Don Blair joined Raymond James & Associates in 1997 and currently leads the firm's Government Services & Technologies investment banking practice. Prior to Raymond James, he served as an associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he was primarily involved in the execution of public high-yield debt transactions.
Blair received his Bachelor of Arts in economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Prior to graduate school, Blair served as a certified public accountant (CPA) with KPMG Peat Marwick. Blair received the Elijah Watt Sells Gold Medal Award for the highest score in the nation on the November 1989 CPA exam. He also holds the designation of chartered financial analyst (CFA).
Raymond James is one of the most active middle-market M&A advisors and underwriters for government-focused companies. Several of the more notable transactions Blair and his team have completed include the sale of Apptis Inc. to URS; the sale of Camber Corporation to New Mountain Capital; the sale of MTC Technologies to BAE Systems; the sale of EF Johnson to Francisco Partners; the sale of TRS Consulting to NCI; and the Initial Public Offerings for Booz Allen Hamilton, Global Defense, NCI, Stanley, MTC, DigitalNet, AeroVironment and SRA International.
David S. Cole
Holland & Knight LLP
David Cole is a corporate and securities partner in the Tysons Corner and Washington, D.C., offices of Holland & Knight. Cole has closed public and private securities offerings for government contractors, REITs, cable companies, high-tech companies, clean tech companies and natural resource extractors in the U.S., Europe, South America and Canada. Cole has also represented underwriters of securities offerings including for a satellite company and a natural resource company. He has extensive experience helping companies get to market quickly. Cole regularly advises on raising debt capital in 144A offerings and using the MJDS system.
Cole's M&A practice includes closing acquisitions and divestitures in the clean tech, renewable energy, government contractor, chemical, retail, information technology, REIT and motion picture industries, and he has advised on a tender offer for a NYSE listed thrift. Cole has closed billions of dollars' worth of global and U.S. securities offerings and M&A transactions.
Cole speaks and writes frequently on raising capital for various industries, and was recently quoted in an article on IPOs by the parent company of the Washington Business Journal. Cole previously acted as in-house counsel for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
Mary Ellen Seravalli
Vice President and General Counsel
Mary Ellen Seravalli is the vice president and general counsel of BroadSoft Inc. Her responsibilities include providing day-to-day legal advice to BroadSoft, with a focus on corporate law and business transactions, securities law, SOX, FD and FCPA compliance, software licensing, intellectual property matters and litigation management. Seravalli also provides oversight of BroadSoft's mergers and acquisitions and financing activities. Recently, she structured and managed BroadSoft's legal efforts with respect to its initial public offering consummated in June 2010, follow-on securities offering consummated in December 2010 and Rule 144A convertible notes offering consummated in June 2011.
Prior to joining BroadSoft, Seravalli was executive vice president, co-general counsel and corporate secretary to The Mills Corporation, a real estate investment trust, where she was responsible for all legal aspects of the company's corporate operations. Prior to The Mills Corporation, Seravalli was senior vice president and general counsel of ScoreBoard Inc., a company that provided network optimization software for wireless carriers.
Assistant Director Division of Corporation Finance, Information Technology and Services
United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Barbara Jacobs has been an assistant director for the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since September 2000. Previously, she served as deputy chief of the Office of Small Business (1996-2000) and chief of the Office of Disclosure Policy (1994-1996) for the Division. She also held the positions of deputy chief (1992-1993) and special counsel (1989-1992). Among other matters, Jacobs drafted the rules to implement the operational phase of the Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval ("EDGAR") system. She also drafted rules to amend Rule 504 of Regulation D to address micro cap fraud (February 1999), proposed rules to permit certain smaller companies to price securities on a delayed basis (February 1997) and drafted interpretations on the use of electronic media for dissemination purposes (October 1995). From 1997-1999, Jacobs organized and spoke at SEC Small Business Town Hall Meetings across the country and annual SEC Government Business Forums.
Jacobs received an A.B. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a JD from the University of San Francisco, and an L.L.M. in securities regulation from Georgetown Law Center. From 2001-2004, Jacobs was an adjunct professor in the L.L.M. program at Georgetown where she co-taught "Disclosure Under the Federal Securities Laws."