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PA: Public vs Private Boards

  • February 06, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Philadelphia, PA


Boards represent and are accountable to shareholders; however, are there meaningful differences in structure, tone, focus and engagement with senior leadership when the shareholders are private equity vs. the public? With many firms being taken private by private equity and subsequently taken public as part of an investment thesis or sold to another private equity firm, what is the role and responsibility of the current senior leadership team?  These topics and more will be discussed with a panel led by Jack Gavin, public and private board member as well as operating partner for a private equity firm.

MODERATOR: Jack Gavin, Operating Partner, LLR Partners

6 - 6:30 pm - Mingling
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Panel Presentation

Chris Bruner, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Doug Raymond, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP


MODERATOR: Jack Gavin, Operating Partner, LLR Partners
With more than 30 years of executive leadership experience at high growth public and private services companies, Jack works with LLR’s Business Services team to evaluate investment opportunities and support the growth of its portfolio companies. Jack currently serves on various boards, including Dollar Financial Corp., a publicly-held international financial services company; CSS Industries, a publicly-held manufacturer of seasonal expressions; Tribridge, Inc., a private equity backed technology consulting firm; CareerMinds, Inc. a web-based career transition consulting firm, AmeriQuest Transportation Services and Strategic Distribution, Inc., a private equity backed MRO integrated supply/outsourced services firm.  Previously, Jack served on the following boards:  Right Management Consultants, Opinion Research Corporation, Catholic Health East, DBM, Interline Brands, Inc.  and GCA Services, Inc.
PANELIST: Chris Bruner, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Chris is the Managing Partner for Ernst & Young’s Philadelphia office.  In this role, Chris is fully devoted to serving the Philadelphia market with a focus on strategic planning and resource alignment within the Firm.  Chris is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, CEO Council for Growth, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and  the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  He also serves on the Corporate Council for the National Constitution Center.
PANELIST: Doug Raymond, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Doug has been a corporate lawyer for 25 years and has been consistently singled out as among the top lawyers in his field by Chambers USA, "Best Lawyers in America" and the Legal 500. Doug advises boards of directors and special board committees across a range of challenges from conflicts of interest and changes in control, to corporate investigations and risk management assessment.

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