December 3, 2010
David S. Cole
Baker & McKenzie
David Cole, partner at Baker &McKenzie, LLC, assists public and private companies to complete domestic and overseas merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, raise equity and debt capital in public and private securities offerings, obtain financing through private equity and venture capital investments and apply for U.S. federal loan guarantees. Cole also assists funds to acquire and divest portfolio companies, and represents borrowers and lenders in connection with senior credit facilities and mezzanine and other subordinate debt financing.
Cole has assisted companies acquire and sell businesses in the cleantech, renewable energy, government contractor, chemical, retail, information technology and motion picture industries, closed private equity investments in natural resource extractors and venture capital investments in the biotech industry and assisted the underwriting of a satelite integrator.
Cole received his J.D. with honors in trial advocacy from GeorgeWashington University ans his B.A. cum laude from University of Rochester. He is a member of the ABA, the NYSBA and the D.C. Bar Association.
Vice President and General Counsel
As TASC's General Counsel, Jerry Howe is responsible for ensuring legal compliance and mitigation of risks and providing support for ongoing business operations. Howe also leads TASC's corporate development activities.
Howe is a senior corporate executive with 25 years of experience in the national security, defense, intelligence, space and homeland security sectors. Most recently, he was the owner and principal of InSequitur LLC, a consulting firm. Previously, Howe was executive vice president of the Olive Group, focusing on strategic development and alignment at the global corporate level. Howe also served as senior vice president & general counsel of Veridian Corporation, where he had broad responsibility for developing and implementing corporate strategy, leading key negotiations, and driving implementation and closure of major strategic initiatives. He also directed the company's legal, governance and legislative activities.
Before joining the corporate world, Howe was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. Before joining the firm, he was a law clerk for Judge George MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a leading federal jurist.
Howe has served as chair of the Washington Space Business Roundtable and as president of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He currently serves as a moderator with Aspen Institute, a director of Intermap Technologies Corporation and a director of the All America PAC.
Howe earned his J.D. cum laude at Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; his honors M.A. in modern history and economics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where he was a Sachs Scholar; and his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Kipps DeSanto & Co.
Bob Kipps is managing director at KippsDeSanto & Co., with more than 20 years of experience in providing M&A and financial consulting services to leading defense and technology firms.
Prior to founding KippsDeSanto & Co., Kipps was managing director at Houlihan Lokey's Washington, D.C. office and a leader of Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace?Defense?Government industry investment banking group. Kipps was also with Peterson Consulting and Tucker Alan, where he advised aerospace/defense, engineering, construction and information technology companies.
Kipps was recognized in 2007 as the Dealmaker of the Year - Investment Banker by the Association for Corporate Growth's National Capital Chapter. He is on the Board of Directors of Information Systems Laboratories, the National Capital Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and a member of the Advisory Board for the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Kipps received his B.S. in commerce, with distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Registered Representative and Principal (Series 7, 63, 24).
Transaction Network Services, Inc.
Jim McLaughlin has spent more than 10 years at TNS, holding various roles including vice president and assistant general counsel, senior vice president, associate general counsel and assistant secretary. He most recently became general counsel and secretary in 2007.
As the general counsel and secretary at TNS, McLaughlin oversees a geographically-dispersed legal team, which provides legal advice to TNS globally in areas such as contracts, acquisitions, securities, employment, regulatory and intellectual property. McLaughlin also leads TNS' global HR team, which directs the company's recruiting, benefits, performance management, training and employment policies, and procedures.
McLaughlin participated in the initial public offering and secondary offering of the company's common stock and has directed negotiations with some of TNS' largest customers. He is also extensively involved in negotiations for mergers and acquisitions, including the recent acquisitions of the Communications Services Group from VeriSign, Inc. and Cequint, Inc. McLaughlin has extensive experience in a broad scope of legal and business matters, including analysis and guidance surrounding financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, debt financing, corporate governance and human resources. His experience has been utilized by senior management teams at several leading companies and federal agencies.
He also has worked as General Counsel at Motricity, Inc. and MediaCenters, Inc., two privately-held venture-backed companies, and spent time as senior advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission as well as with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
McLaughlin has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia's School of Law.
Townsend and Townsend
Gary Morris is an intellectual property strategist who works with a diverse range of clients to create and exploit IP portfolios to help meet business objectives. His targeted, planned approach to creating and using IP has yielded demonstrable returns on investment for business acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, licensing negotiations and litigations. Morris has been retained by the European Commission as its intellectual property expert in an investigation involving Microsoft and has degrees in EC competition law, U.S. law, physics and mathematics. Morris is the managing partner of Townsend's Washington, D.C. office.