Jim E. Bullock (Author of Chapter 7, “Intellectual Property Royalties”) has been in-house intellectual property and licensing counsel for global technology giants Autonomy, Sun Microsystems, and Computer Sciences Corporation. After graduating from Southern Methodist University_x0019_s Dedman School of Law and clerking for the Honorable Carolyn Wright of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, he began his legal career as an associate with the Dallas-based law firm of Winn, Beaudry & Winn, LLP. Jim is the author of numerous articles on intellectual property protections, as well as the book on intellectual property licensing, The IP Licensing Lawyer’s Job: A Survival Guide
Ross Burningham (Author of Chapter 4, “Liquidation Preferences”) is a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), San Diego, California. He joined the Firm in 2008 and practices in the Firm_x0019_s Corporate and Finance Group. Mr. Burningham_x0019_s practice focuses on the representation of issuers and investors in the formation and financing of emerging technology companies, as well as counseling emerging companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, strategic relationships, recapitalizations, public offerings and general corporate matters. He has been counsel to companies in the biotechnology, health care services, medical device, software, hardware, telecommunications and cleantech industries. These companies range from start-ups to established public companies. Mr. Burningham holds a J.D. degree, cum laude, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and M.Acc. and B.S. degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Mr. Burningham is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association.
John J. Ferro (Author of Chapter 6, “Post-Closing Working Capital Adjustments”) is a Partner (Northeast Practice Leader – Valuation Services) at the New York Office of Grant Thornton, LLP. Mr. Ferro is an experienced financial investigator and an expert witness on valuation matters in arbitration disputes, jury trials and bankruptcy proceedings. He has served as an arbitrator in post-closing merger and acquisition disputes with claims in excess of $125 million, and has led valuation assignments concerned with businesses in 28 countries that have a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Ferro has valued businesses in connection with purchase price allocations, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. A graduate of St. Francis College, (Bachelor of Science _x0013_ Accounting), Mr. Ferro is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, the Association for Corporate Growth (New Jersey Chapter) and is qualified as a General Securities Representative and as a General Securities Principal with the FINRA.
Meredith Jackson (Author of Chapter 2, “Calculated Risks”) is a Partner with the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where she heads the debt finance practice. Meredith has been selected for inclusion in Southern California “Super Lawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine each year 2003 through 2008. Meredith is a Governor and past President of the Financial Lawyers Conference and a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She has been Chair or Co-Chair of numerous American Bar Association subcommittees. Meredith has structured, negotiated and managed multiple billions of dollars of debt capital transactions, including syndicated credits, international loans, special-purpose loans, regulated loans, derivatives transactions, letters of credit, acquisition financings, intellectual property financings, multi-tiered intercreditor arrangements; public, private, and 144A debt placements of high yield debt, convertible debt, MTNs, exchangeable preferreds, trust originated preferreds; securitizations and other collateralized bond obligations; leveraged and synthetic leases, out-of-court debt restructurings, tender and exchange offers, recapitalizations, workouts, and prepackaged Chapter 11s. Meredith was educated at Princeton University and Hastings College of the Law. She later taught Secured Transactions as an adjunct professor at Hastings College of the Law, and has guest-lectured at the Stanford University School of Law. She has an extensive history of academic publication. For many years, Meredith served as a faculty member of the UCC Institute.
Ronald B. Moskovitz (Co-author of Chapter 8, “Carried Interest Formulas in Private Equity Funds”) is a Partner in the Business and Finance Practice Group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. His practice has emphasized mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance. Over 40 years, he has represented some of the San Francisco region’s best-known venture capital partnerships. He has served on the Corporations and the Professional Conduct Committees of the State Bar of California and in the Business Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. A member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Moskovitz has spoken in public forums on California corporations law (sponsored by the Legal Education Institute) and on disclosure law for investor relations and financial executives (sponsored by PR Newswire). He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1968, and his B.A., cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College in 1965.
Peter M. Phleger (Co-author of Chapter 8, “Carried Interest Formulas in Private Equity Funds”) is a Partner in Morgan Lewis’s Business and Finance Practice. His practice focuses on the formation of private investment funds, including venture funds, fund-of-funds, pledge funds and hedge funds, as well as ongoing representation of these vehicles in their operation. He has been involved in representing funds from bil-lion-dollar venture partnerships to very small early-stage venture capital firms. He has experience with the structure, formation, governance and investing activities of private investment funds, including partnership agreement terms and conditions, and public disclosure, securities law, investor relations, and relevant tax and accounting matters. He regularly counsels clients with respect to their internal affairs relating to the operation of their funds and the relationships among the principals. Mr. Phleger earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996 and his B.A. from Yale University in 1985. He is admitted to practice in California.