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Bob Smith, Executive Director
Bob Smith, Executive Director
Bob Smith is Executive Director of the ESD Alliance responsible for its management and operations. Previously, Bob was senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Uniquify, responsible for brand development, positioning, strategy and business development activities. Bob began his … More »

“Legal Steps to Maximize your Exit Value” Panel Slated for November 1

October 13th, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

LegalThe ESD Alliance’s Emerging Companies Committee has a great topic, excellent moderator and an impressive group of panelists for the second in our ongoing series of panels on legal issues affecting small and emerging technology companies.

“Legal Steps to Maximize your Exit Value” will be held Tuesday, November 1, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Cadence’s corporate headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Attendees will learn about key valuation issues and techniques, along with more nuanced positioning strategies to build and lock-in enterprise value on exit transactions.

Mark Cameron White, a partner at White Summers Caffee & James LLP and our corporate secretary for more than 20 years, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will describe how and why legal considerations, including IP design, market rights, equity pricing and vesting, the framework of strategic partnerships, legal structure and pre-deal tax planning, can help maximize a successful business exit strategy.

The panel will be made up of experienced and distinguished M&A specialists who will join Mark on the podium. They are:

  • Dennis Fernandez, director and head of the IP Practice at White Summers, a noted IP strategy and patent lawyer
  • Tom Maier, partner at Fudderman Dupree and an expert on tax and business law
  • Warren Savage, general manager of IP at Silvaco and former chief executive officer of IPExtreme
  • Neil Shroff, managing director of Orion Capital and a highly regarded M&A advisor

Our first panel in the series was held in October 2015 and covered “Patents and Patent Litigation: Develop, Strengthen, and Protect Your Intellectual Property.” If you missed the discussion or need a refresher on the topic, a video of it can be found at:

I hope you can join us. Light snacks and beverages will be served during the networking hour from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The panel will run from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., with the last 30 minutes or so reserved for an informal discussion.

This event, like all ESD Alliance events, is open to all member companies free of charge, though seating is limited. Non-ESD Alliance members are welcome to attend on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on space availability. The cost is $40, payable online or at the door. For more information, go to: To register, go to:

A great round of applause goes to Steve Pollock, vice president of sales and marketing at AiPac, Inc., and chair of the Emerging Companies Committee and Mark White who organized what should be an informative evening. Julie Rogers, our director of marketing and operations, works tirelessly to make evenings like this a success. And, of course, none of this would be possible without Paul Cohen, our member of the technical staff and stalwart go-to guy. A thank you to all.

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