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Current Issues in Equity-Based Crowdfunding

We are very excited to announce this panel which will address the current status of and issues surrounding equity-based crowdfunding being graciously hosted by the offices of Mintz Levin.

Please note that space is limited and this event is geared towards those who have a specific interest in equity-based crowdfunding. Only RSVP if you fit this description and are certain that you will be able to attend. All RSVPs will be reviewed. Be sure to bring your business cards. Please email [masked] with any questions.

The evening's schedule will be as follows:

6:00-6:30pm – Registration and Networking (beer, wine and soft drinks in the registration area)

6:30-7:15pm – Panel (Conference Room 32C)

7:15-7:30pm – Q&A (Conference Room 32C)

7:30-8:00pm – Networking Reception
(beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres back in the registration area)

Panelists at this event will be:

Daniel DeWolf, Member, Mintz Levin

Daniel is Co-chair of the Mintz Levin’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice. In addition to his active legal practice, he is an adjunct professor of law at the NYU Law School and he has a wealth of experience as an active venture capital investor, having co-founded Dawntreader Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York.

In addition to venture capital, his practice focuses on private equity funds, representing venture-backed companies, corporate governance, and general corporate law.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Daniel was head of venture capital funds and a managing director of SoundView Technology Group, Inc. (formerly Wit Capital), a technology-focused investment bank. Prior to joining SoundView, he was head of the corporate and new media and e-law practice groups at one of the leading New York firms representing early stage and technology companies.

Daniel has more than 30 years of corporate transactional experience, both as a lawyer and as a businessman, and has been an advisor to many emerging and developmental stage companies. He is a board member of several technology companies and a managing director of Dawntreader Ventures.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Judge, Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest (2011)
  • Judge, NYC Green Business Competition [masked])
  • Judge, Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest [masked])

Vincent R. Molinari, Chief Executive Officer, GATE Technologies, LLC

Vince is one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Crowdfunding and the driving force behind GATE Impact. He identified the opportunity to create new market infrastructure to bring efficiency, transparency, and liquidity to the unstructured global alternative asset markets. Mr. Molinari is responsible for the Company’s strategic planning and business initiatives, including corporate alliances and strategic partnerships.

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Richard Salute, CPA, Consultant, Cohn Reznick

Richard serves as a consultant for CohnReznick’s Capital Markets Practice. Based in the Jericho, New York office, he has more than 37 years of audit, accounting, and tax experience. As an authority on SEC matters, Rich has been the key accounting and finance professional in numerous initial public offerings and has represented clients that trade securities on the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and other over-the-counter markets.

Prior to joining CohnReznick, Rich spent 29 years at a global accounting firm managing complex audits for public and private companies. During his tenure, he was responsible for providing clients with strategic planning services as well as consulting on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and process evaluation. Rich’s clients included large multinational companies and entrepreneurial start ups. In addition to his client responsibilities, he started three businesses for that firm: the Enterprise Group (New York Metropolitan area), the Technology Practice (New York office) and the Bankruptcy and Corporate Recovery Practice (nationwide).

The panel will be moderated by:

Evan Bienstock, Associate, Mintz Levin

Evan’s practice involves all aspects of corporate law for clients in a diverse range of industries. He is also part of the firm’s Energy & Clean Technology Practice, which serves more than 300 clients. Since 2006, the firm’s Energy & Clean Technology Practice has completed more than 250 transactions in this sector totaling over $4 billion. The Energy & Clean Technology Practice has been ranked #2 nationally among top Clean Technology law firms, according to Watershed Capital Group, and in 2011, the practice was listed as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report, both in Boston and nationally.

Evan regularly represents emerging growth, digital media, energy and clean technology, and life sciences companies as well as larger, established public companies. He routinely advises clients on their growth and development and participates in a diverse array of transactions, from private and public offerings to mergers and acquisitions. He has also represented companies in private placements and public offerings of securities, and has experience assisting companies with compliance to federal and state securities laws.

Evan’s corporate finance experience includes the completion of numerous venture capital and private equity financings, representing both the funds providing the capital and the companies seeking funding. He has been involved in the formation and financing of numerous energy and clean technology companies in renewable markets, such as wind, clean coal, water turbines, waste treatment, and biofuels.

He is an avid sailor.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. Great information, discussion, people, environment.

    November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the discussion we had with the audience and the EXPERT PANELISTS!! Well DONE! Must repeat this topic soon!

    November 30, 2012

  • Michael J.

    I enjoyed the discussion with real experts in the field. There has been a lot of information in the press that did not address the true issues associated with crowd funding but rather provided additional hype creating wrong expectations. Crowd funding is an excellent idea primarily for those early stage start-ups who need to build a market to prove a business model. Once they achieved that, they passed the most important hurdle to conventional venture funding for growth. Unfortunately it looks like it will still take some time to pass legislation.

    November 30, 2012

  • Tom L

    Very informative, we got a good sense of timing regarding the regulations to come.

    November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have several projects needing investment/representation Original music recordings & Band, original TV Show/Web Series, a Feature Movie Musical. These include Trademarks, Copyrights, Domains Names, & Mascot Characters.

    November 29, 2012

  • Al D.

    Looking Forward to this event

    1 · November 29, 2012

  • Michael J.

    Looking forward to this event. Having funded three startups the conventional VC route - I have big hopes that crowdfunding will help where the VC model falls short. What we need is not only money, but an army of strong and vested supporters that give start-ups the critical mass to succeed in the market. While in the old funding world we were trying to limit the amount of investors to deal with - in the new crowdfunding world we want as many as we can get. We will still need VC's for the bigger funding rounds, but to prove the business model and get traction crowdfunding may just be the better solution.

    November 21, 2012

    • Stella M.

      Michael, in case you missed my message yesterday... if you plan to attend the event mentioned by Jeremy above, you can use the code "crowdzu" to get 50% off the cost of tickets for that event.

      1 · November 21, 2012

  • Sokolov L.

    I'm trying to be a singer/musician and producer for my projects at the same time just because have never could find a right manager. Hope that I can learn a new things about the marketing that I can use in my profession

    November 20, 2012

    • Sokolov L.

      Thank you so much, Stella! I'd love to attend something relevant to my services. Good luck!

      1 · November 20, 2012

    • Stella M.

      Lana, I will definitely keep you posted. We will be organizing another free event on the second Tuesday of December which may suit your needs much better.

      November 20, 2012

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