Learn how to stay on track when closing a major deal, going public, or exiting.
Tuesday May 20, 2014, 6:00 PM
1375 Broadway, 23rd Floor
New York, NY
Fee: Free for NYTECH members and sponsors. $20.00 for non-members.
PLEASE NOTE: This discussion starts promptly at 6:15PM and ends promptly at 7:30PM. Please plan to arrive on-time.
Growing tech companies often think managing risk & insurance means putting on the brakes, but what they really need are strategies to get around the curve without derailing. Join us on May 20th for a panel discussion on how to avoid pitfalls and how to minimize risk without breaking the bank or stopping progress. Discussion topics will include:
Risk and insurance issues which matter most to customers & VCs
Key contractual risk management concerns
Where insurance might help – and what it doesn’t cover
Hot topics in the risk arena
Andrea Dudek, Sr Vice President, Willis of New York
Andrea works with a wide range of emerging to global technology companies in Willis’ Technology, Media and Telecom (“TMT”) space, leveraging her 20+ years expertise and experience in the tech risk management space. As the former head of global risk management for Dell, she was responsible for global risk financing and insurance, was responsible for risk management due diligence and integration of over two dozen companies, and managed global contractual risk issues in over 50 countries. Andrea also ran or held senior risk management positions in risk management at HP, Lexmark International, and Gap Inc.
Andrea holds an MBA from University of Texas-Austin, a BA from Rutgers, a paralegal diploma from NYU, the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation, and NYS insurance broker’s license.
James Standish, Assistant Vice President, Technology & Life Sciences, The Harford
James leads the field organization for The Hartford’s Technology and Life Science Practice, where he oversees tech & life sciences underwriters in offices across the country for all lines of insurance. He has 20 years’ experience working for insurers, helping clients to manage and mitigate their risk. Earlier in his career, James was an underwriter specializing in financial lines of insurance (including D&O and E&O) for public and privately held companies. James holds a BS and MBA from Louisiana State University - Shreveport.
Stephen Becker, Executive Vice President, Willis New York
Steve is the Northeast Practice leader for Willis’ TMT practice. He provides world-class solutions to the technology, media and telecommunications community through the leverage of intellectual capital, market innovation and advocacy. He has been working as an insurance broker for over 25 years, and was previously a Managing Director with Marsh. In the 1990s during the dot-com boom, Steve created a practice working with emerging tech companies, and saw firsthand the importance of risk management during the dot-com bust that followed. Steve has a degree in Finance from New Jersey City University and is a NYS licensed insurance broker.
Aaron Goldberg, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Aaron Goldberg practices in the areas of corporate and securities law. While maintaining a broad portfolio, Mr. Goldberg focuses on representing entrepreneurs, start-up/emerging growth companies and joint ventures in every stage of development, from formation through financings and exit. Mr. Goldberg provides both ongoing operational counsel as well as transaction-specific services, and has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial contracts such as software, media and other intellectual property licenses, LLC/joint venture agreements, sales contracts, leases and manufacturing/distribution agreements. Aaron holds a BA from Brandeis University, a JD from Fordham University School of Law, and studied at the London School of Economics.
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