Exceptional deal maker with over 20 years of financial and legal experience identifying, structuring, negotiating, and executing large-scale and complex M&A transactions for multinational organization. Experienced in non-core divestitures, joint ventures and strategic partnership identification, as well as private equity growth capital, corporate law and contract negotiations for early stage private or venture backed start-ups, and mid-sized to mature global companies.
Skilled corporate advisor and attorney with Executive experience within Fortune 300 company as well as at specialty and top tier law firms.
Transformative and creative thought leader holding significant positions at senior executive level providing directional input for changes in corporate culture. Coaching, mentoring, team development and enhancement experience.
Mergers & AcquisitionsExecutive Director06/2011 to Current
Recruited from Law Department as part of succession planning for lead global M&A role.
Report to Vice President of M&A, with primary responsibility for transaction execution and business development activity.
Conduct / execute project facilitation and management, detailed business / financial analytics for acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures / alliances.
Lead role in evaluation of potential acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and divestitures through all phases, including strategy development, transaction preparation, due diligence, structuring, negotiations, closing and preparation for implementation.
Recent transactions completed include: leading successful negotiation of $X GE Aviation joint venture with surface technologies business contributing X in revenues by year X Co-lead on $1.2B acquisition of NuCO2 beverage carbonation business.
competitor swap of business in France for business in Italy generating $X Numerous buy side transactions for Canadian healthcare and industrial gases, US beverage carbonation, and North American airframe businesses, together generating over $60M in revenues.
Routine analyses of non-core assets and exploration of divestiture opportunities.
Present key issues to C-Suite and Praxair Board.
Assistant General Counsel06/2007 to 06/2011
Primary legal counsel for Praxair Distribution, Inc., Praxair's $1.6B packaged gas distribution arm, providing strategic advice to business unit President and Senior Team and legal support for the daily operations, including commercial negotiations and litigation matters.
Counsel to East Region of Praxair's North American Industrial Gases division, handling transactional, commercial and regulatory matters.
Managed team of 4 commercial attorneys representing the surface technologies business and packaged gases business.
Lead attorney on divestiture of US home healthcare business.
KELLEY DRYE & WARREN LLPStamford New York Washington, DC Los Angeles Chicago Parsippany, CT NY CA IL NJSenior Counsel06/2003 to 06/2007
Recruited to lead strategic M&A expansion of packaged gas and healthcare businesses.
Counsel to the Healthcare business in the United States, providing legal support for the daily operations of the homecare / healthcare business units including review, drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements and advising on regulatory matters.
Advised client groups regarding U.S.
Member of Praxair US Benefits Committee.
From 2014 - 2015 served as executive leader of women's mentorship group at corporate headquarters and guest speaker for other US women's mentorship groups.
From 2007 - 2010 served as chairperson of Praxair's Corporate Groups Diversity Team and sat on Praxair's CEO Diversity Steering Committee.
In 2007 and 2008 served as Chairperson of the Planning Committee for Praxair's African American Forum, a professional development program for Praxair African American employees.
Resulted in creation of Chief Diversity Officer role.
Member of search committee that hired Praxair's first Director of Diversity.
Naples, FL; and Brussels, Belgium.
Provides legal advice on large and complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in various industries.
Practice includes corporate, corporate finance and securities, financial institutions, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, labor and employment and litigation.
PRYOR CASHMAN SHERMAN & FLYNN LLPNew York, NYCorporate Associate01/1999 to 01/2003
Representation of private equity and venture capital firms, specialist securities companies, internet companies and real estate investment partnerships.
Private placement memoranda and general counsel representation for start-up entities and small businesses including private aircraft charter and cable network companies.
Drafting and negotiation of various commercial agreements and M&A, private placement and organizational documents.
Premier midsized law firm with offices in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA specializing in entertainment, intellectual property, corporate and real estate.
WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES, LLPNew York, NYCorporate/Entertainment Associate01/1996 to 01/1999
Drafting and negotiation of asset / stock purchase agreements, stockholders agreements, LLC operating agreements, registration rights agreements, subscription agreements, employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, advertising agreements and satellite provider contracts for acquisitions and dispositions of public and privately held companies, including publishing companies and start-up internet entities.
Merger agreement, proxy statement, Form 10-SB filing with SEC and AMEX listing for business combination of California and New York film / television production companies.
Employment /consulting agreements for theatrical and feature film actors and producers.
Private placement memoranda for equity raise ups for movie and theatrical production companies.
Review of recording contracts, film and musical production agreements.
Negotiation of settlement agreement re: recording masters and soundtrack agreements.
Administration of mechanical licenses.
International corporate law firm best known for its corporate (including subgroups specializing in banking & finance, structured finance, capital markets, technology and IP transactions, and private equity and M&A) and restructuring practices.
The firm employs 1,200 lawyers with offices in the Americas, Europe and Middle East and Asia.
Corporate Associate01/1994 to 01/1996
Drafting of ancillary debt and equity documents for reorganizations and refinancings.
Preparation and filing of SEC documents in connection with public debt and equity offerings and structured finance asset backed certificate offerings.
Drafting and negotiation of purchase agreements, indentures, stockholders agreements, registration rights agreements.
Formation and structuring of acquisition entities, preparation and filing of tender offer materials and related SEC documents in connection with reverse triangular merger of U.S.
corporation into Canadian corporation.
PRAXAIR, INCDanbury, CT
Fortune 300 leading global industrial gases company with operations in more than 50 countries that produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings.
Juris DoctorCOLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts:EconomicsBROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence, RIEconomics
Executive Education Certifications in Mergers and Acquisitions (2012), Finance and Accounting (2013) and Integrating Finance and Strategy (2016), Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Aresty Institute of Executive Education
*New York (1995)
Financial Women's Association
Bar Admissions: Bronx Bethany's Chosen: 1991 - Present
Founder and Director of 30 person church gospel choir. Select, arrange, teach, direct and perform songs for church services, national and international concerts and community events.
Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene - Board Trustee; 1998 - Present (elected office) Member of Executive (since 2012) and Development (since 2015 inception) Committees
Accounting, acquisitions, Premier, advertising, attorney, banking, Benefits, business development, C, cable, capital markets, closing, com, CA, consulting, contracts, corporate finance, client, Drafting, due diligence, equity, filing, film, Finance, financial, home healthcare, homecare, http, intellectual property, IP, Law, legal, litigation, Director, materials, mechanical, Mergers and Acquisitions, Negotiation, negotiations, network, organizational, proxy, speaker, real estate, recording, sat, securities, Strategy, strategic, strategy development, structured, television production, tender, venture capital
Juris Doctor Bachelor of Arts : Economics Executive Education Certifications in Mergers and Acquisitions (2012), Finance and Accounting (2013) and Integrating Finance and Strategy (2016), Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Aresty Institute of Executive Education
*New York (1995)
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