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When Two Worlds Collide: Successful Integration Techniques for Today's M&As


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: September 15, 2020
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Agenda

  • Review strategies for avoiding common pitfalls
  • Aligning with the wider business initiatives
  • Managing the integration process within your legal team and wider-business
  • Identifying risk at the first instance
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded: September 15, 2020

Description

With M&A on the rise and cross-industry M&A becoming ever more common, nearly every legal department will be affected by it at some point. Identifying the intricacies of these situations is only the start. It is important to understand the precise impact these will have on the process and the risk they may pose later down the line.

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's Annual General Counsel East Virtual Conference East on September 15th, 2020.

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Panelists

David Le

VP, Associate General Counsel
Lyft

In-house counsel are increasingly asked to do it all, and David Le is no exception. One of the first legal team members at ridesharing giant Lyft, Le has risen to managing counsel, overseeing all corporate legal matters. That includes fundraising, board governance, investor relations and executive compensation. The fundraising efforts in particular have been a focus of Le’s:

He’s led four rounds that raised more than $4 billion. He’s also overseen agreements between Lyft and GM, Hertz, and Waymo, although that’s nothing new to him. Prior to working at Lyft, he served as an in-house counsel at Electronic Arts, spearheading the company’s acquisition of PopCap Games in 2011 for $1.3 billion. Le’s business acumen was not always a focus. “I was always drawn to all forms of debate and advocacy of issues, including research and writing, which made me initially think I wanted to be a litigator,” he wrote. “But after my first two years of law school, a summary associate stint and growing up in Silicon Valley, I realized that I’d always wanted to work with startups and tech companies.”

The biggest change the legal profession he has seen in the past decade: Over the last decade or so, I think the shift of having tech companies build out such large and talented in-house organizations has been a major sea change. As an in-house attorney myself, I think having attorneys embedded so deeply within a business can unlock a huge amount of value, but has also impacted law firms and career paths for attorneys everywhere. If he was not in this career, he would be doing: In a perfect world, some poor-man’s version of Anthony Bourdain’s travel and food shows.

Fun fact: I led the development and rollout of Lyft’s equity education program to ensure transparency and provide employees with resources and tools to better understand their finances through Lyft.

Karishma Kadian

General Counsel
PrizeOut

KARISHMA KADIAN IS THE GENERAL COUNSEL & SECRETARY OF PRIZEOUT, AN ADTECH/FINTECH THAT ALLOWS CONSUMERS TO WITHDRAW FUNDS FROM ONLINE PLATFORMS IN THE FORM OF ELECTRONIC GIFT CARDS, WHERE SHE OVERSEES THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND IS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM.

PRIOR TO JOINING PRIZEOUT, KARISHMA SERVED AS CORPORATE COUNSEL AT PLAID, A LEADING FINTECH PROVIDING DATA AGGREGATION SERVICES, WHICH WAS ACQUIRED BY VISA FOR APPROXIMATELY $5B.

BEFORE THAT, SHE WAS THE GENERAL COUNSEL & SECRETARY OF QUOVO, A FINTECH PROVIDING DATA AGGREGATION SERVICES, WHICH WAS ACQUIRED BY PLAID FOR APPROXIMATELY $200M.

KARISHMA SPENT THE FIRST HALF OF HER CAREER AT BIG LAW AND ON WALL STREET, FOCUSING ON M&A, SECURITIES AND CAPITAL MARKETS. OTHER AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE TECHNOLOGY LAW, INCENTIVE COMPENSATION, AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.

KARISHMA IS A GRADUATE OF THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW AND THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.

David Flavell

Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer
PepsiCo

DAVID MANAGES THE LEGAL TEAMS SUPPORTING PEPSICO’S BUSINESS UNITS ACROSS THE GLOBE AND IS BASED IN PEPSICO’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK. DAVID SPENT THE FIRST 11 YEARS OF HIS CAREER WITH ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LEADING LAW FIRMS CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH, AND WAS A CORPORATE AND ANTI-TRUST PARTNER BASED IN MELBOURNE.

LEAVING AUSTRALIA IN 2005, DAVID HAS SPENT THE LAST 15 YEARS IN A VARIETY OF GLOBAL IN-HOUSE ROLES WITH FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUP, DANONE AND PEPSICO AND HAS BEEN BASED IN AUCKLAND, SHANGHAI, DUBAI, DALLAS AND NEW YORK. IN THIS TIME DAVID HAS SPECIALISED IN MANAGING M&A TRANSACTIONS IN DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING MARKETS AND MANAGING LEGAL DEPARTMENTS AND LEGAL ISSUES ACROSS ASIA, EUROPE, AFRICA AND NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA. DAVID JOINED PEPSICO IN 2011 IN DUBAI AS SVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL FOR ASIA, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA AND HAS HELD A VARIETY POSITIONS IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS SINCE.

IN HIS CURRENT ROLE AS DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL AND CHIEF COMPLIANCE & ETHICS OFFICER, DAVID IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGEMENT OF PEPSICO’S GLOBAL COMPLIANCE & ETHICS PROGRAM, DATA PRIVACY & CYBER SECURITY, GLOBAL M&A AND IT AS WELL AS PEOPLE AND BUDGET MANAGEMENT FOR A TEAM OF APPROX. 400 PROFESSIONALS SPREAD ACROSS THE GLOBE. DAVID HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF NUMEROUS SENIOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAMS ACROSS MULTIPLE BUSINESSES AND HAS A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN DIFFERENT INTERNATIONAL CULTURES, TALENT RECRUITMENT AND PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT.

DAVID GRADUATED FROM MONASH UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA WITH A BACHELOR OF ECONOMICS AND BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONS
).

Gina Passarella

Editor-in-Chief, The American Lawyer & Global Legal Brands
ALM Media, LLC

Gina Passarella is Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.


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