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Transactional Integration and Due Diligence: M&A Deals From Start to Finish

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: October 06, 2021
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  • Why are we doing M&A?
  • Core Phases of M&A/Areas of Focus for GCs
  • Sell-Side Areas of Focus
  • Buy-Side Areas of Focus
  • Diligence
  • International M&A
  • Integration
  • M&A Trends
  • Preparing for M&A Negotiation Dynamics
  • The Risks
  • Q & A
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded: October 6, 2021

For NY - Difficulty: Experienced Attorneys Only (Non-Transitional)


Join us as we explore the complexities and regulations surrounding M&A deals from transactional due diligence to integration. Our subject matter experts in this session will examine each step of the process from the perspectives of both the acquirer and the acquired.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Conference held on October 6th, 2021.

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Meredith Beuchaw

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Meredith leads M&A transactions and has counseled clients both on the buy and sell side through hundreds of deals for over 15 years.

Her practice sits at the intersection M&A and innovation. Meredith counsels growth companies and startups as well as the venture capital, growth, and private equity funds that fund them in connection with mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, corporate governance, divestitures, and other related transactional matters. She also frequently represents the acquirers of growth companies and startups, including Fortune 500 companies and private equity funds. Meredith is a market leader in deal-making involving sellers with venture capital/growth equity backing.

She has extensive experience in the technology and life sciences sectors. Meredith works closely with boards of directors, investors, and management teams, guiding them through every stage of the deal cycle.

Meredith was named to the Inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” by Crain’s and has been awarded the “M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders” award (2016) and the “LMG Rising Stars Corporate/M&A Rising Star Award” (2016).

She is deeply knowledgeable regarding market players and terms, and she brings that knowledge and experience to bear in her practical, hands-on approach to deal-making. Prior to joining Lowenstein, Meredith was a partner in the M&A group of Cooley LLP, where she represented well-known clients in technology and life sciences.

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Allison Blais

Director & Associate General Counsel
Adobe, Inc.

Allison Blais is currently Director and Associate General Counsel at Adobe Inc. where she leads the company’s mergers and acquisitions and securities filings practices. In this role, she leads the legal deal team in M&A transactions and investments, partners closely with the finance organization on SEC reporting, and supports the Office of the Corporate Secretary in governance of the company.

Prior to joining Adobe, Ms. Blais spent much of her career in the financial sector, including time as a Chief Risk Officer for a broker-dealer and investment advisor and as in-house counsel at the financial regulator, FINRA.

Ms. Blais holds a JD and MBA from Quinnipiac University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University Extension School.

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Catherine Bragg

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
TRC Companies, Inc.

Catherine is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of TRC Companies, Inc. Between 2003 and 2012 at TRC, she provided legal support to TRC’s environmental and infrastructure projects, including contract drafting and review for a wide range of environmental and engineering projects, both public and private. She also developed a contracts management program and oversaw the company’s registration and professional licensing matters across the country. Catherine left the company in 2012 to become the first general counsel of Weidlinger Associates, Inc., a leading structural engineering firm headquartered in Manhattan. In that role, she built the firm’s legal function and was legal advisor to the firm’s board. She led the successful sale of Weidlinger to Thornton Tomasetti in 2015. She returned to TRC in 2016 and assumed responsibility for the company’s corporate legal matters, providing legal support to the company’s oil & gas operations, and playing a key role on the company’s enterprise risk team overseeing many legal department operations.

Catherine was Chair of the Corporate Counsel Division of the ABA Forum on Construction Law from May 2018 to May 2020. She has been a member of the Legal Counsel Forum, American Council of Engineering Companies since 2012.

Catherine is admitted to the bar in New York and Connecticut and is also a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar.

She received her JD and MBA from the University of Connecticut.

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Aparna Williams

Head of Legal
Popout, Inc. dba Shippo

Aparna is currently Head of Legal at Popout, Inc. d/b/a Shippo, leading and building the in-house legal function. Aparna began her career supporting sales as a technology transactional attorney, then expanded into compliance oversight, go-to-market programs, product counseling, corporate governance, and M&A. She is excited to be a board member of the Pride Hockey Association, fostering youth hockey for girls and propelling them into success in their education and sports careers.

Aparna attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for her B.A. in Literature and History. She enjoyed the charms of UNC Chapel Hill School of Law for her J.D.. Aparna is admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

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