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Learn how to stay on track when closing a major deal, going public, or exiting.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 06:00 PM    Cost: Free for NYTECH members and sponsors. $20.00 for non-members.
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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
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Fee: Free for NYTECH members & sponsors. $20.00 for non-members.
PLEASE NOTE: This discussion starts promptly at 6:15PM & 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 & how to minimize risk without breaking the bank or stopping progress. Discussion topics will include:

Risk & insurance issues which matter most to customers & VCs
Key contractual risk management concerns
Where insurance might help - & 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 & Telecom (TMT”) space, leveraging her 20+ years expertise & experience in the tech risk management space. As the former head of global risk management for Dell, she was responsible for global risk financing & insurance, was responsible for risk management due diligence & integration of over two dozen companies, & 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, & Gap
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, & 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 & 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 & mitigate their risk. Earlier in his career, James was an underwriter specializing in financial lines of insurance (including D&O & E&O) for public & privately held companies. James holds a BS & 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 & telecommunications community through the leverage of intellectual capital, market innovation & advocacy. He has been working as an insurance broker for over 25 years, & was previously a Managing Director with Marsh. In the 1990s during the dot-com boom, Steve created a practice working with emerging tech companies, & 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 & is a NYS licensed insurance broker.

Aaron Goldberg, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Aaron Goldberg practices in the areas of corporate & securities law. While maintaining a broad portfolio, Mr. Goldberg focuses on representing entrepreneurs, start-up/emerging growth companies & joint ventures in every stage of development, from formation through financings & exit. Mr. Goldberg provides both ongoing operational counsel as well as transaction-specific services, & has extensive experience in negotiating & drafting a wide variety of commercial contracts such as software, media & other intellectual property licenses/joint venture agreements, sales contracts, leases & manufacturing/distribution agreements. Aaron holds a BA from Brandeis University, a JD from Fordham University School of Law, & studied at the London School of Economics.
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