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We draw on the resources and experiences of our professionals across a variety of disciplines to provide an integrated and diverse array of content. Our goal is to provide industry news and insights that help our readers stay informed and grow personally and professionally in their respective fields and areas of interest. 

Lori Smith, Editor

Lori Smith is chair of the emerging companies & venture capital practice and is an active participant in the firm’s health law and mergers and acquisitions groups. Lori has been a trusted adviser to foreign and domestic companies for over 30 years, ranging from startups to large corporations, including entrepreneurs and angel, venture capital, and private equity investors. She represents public and private companies in the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, private placements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures.

Lori combines her transactional experience with her traditional health care, technology and financial services industry knowledge, and a deep understanding of the nuances of the digital age. She has extensive experience representing companies from formation and growth stage through exit in a wide range of industries, including technology, media and communications, fashion and textiles, financial services, food and beverage, sports, gaming, specialty chemicals, insurance, healthcare and digital health.

Katrina Berishaj

Katrina Berishaj advises financial services clients, including banks, trust companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance companies and institutional investors, on issues arising under the fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to financial products, services and transactions. 

Peter Bogdasarian

Peter Bogdasarian serves as Chief Privacy Officer for the firm, and is responsible for protecting the firm’s data – including information received from our clients – from unauthorized access. He also counsels clients in connection with data privacy and cyber security-related issues. Peter also provides advice to clients in connection with inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions initiated by government agencies and self-regulatory organizations as well as general litigation matters.

Kevin Casey

Kevin Casey is co-chair of the intellectual property and chair of the IP litigation groups at Stradley Ronon and an active member of the alternative dispute resolution group. 

Sara Crovitz

With more than 25 years of experience, Sara Crovitz provides counsel on all aspects of investment company and investment adviser regulation.

Jan Folena

Jan Folena is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer using her 20 years of enforcement and government experience to guide clients on securities, derivatives and financial services litigation.

Josh Galante

Josh Galante is a member of the firm’s business department and focuses his practice on complex business combination and investment transactions.

Susan Gault-Brown​

Susan Gault-Brown is the chair of the firm’s fintech practice group, co-chair of the derivatives and commodities practice group, and an active member of the investment management group.

Samuel Gray

Samuel Gray focuses his practice on corporate transactions, representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, commercial loan transactions, securities law compliance and general corporate matters.

Peter Hong

Peter Hong is co-chair of the firm’s derivatives & commodities practice group and uses his many years of service at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to guide clients through the various regulatory requirements involved in the offer of financial services and products. 

Jin Park​

Jin Park provides tax analysis and guidance at the international and federal levels with a focus on investment companies and tax-exempt organizations.

Evan Poulgrain​

Evan Poulgrain concentrates his practice on corporate law, advising public and private and private companies in various corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, entity formation and corporate governance issues. 

Deborah Reperowitz

Deborah Reperowitz is a nationally recognized bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney, mediator and co-chair of the firm’s bankruptcy, workouts & creditors’ rights group. Debbie has been a partner at “Biglaw” firms and served as senior vice president, chief litigation counsel at CIT Group and general counsel to a financial advisor with an excess of $20 billion under management. 

Christopher Scarpa

Christopher Scarpa focuses his practice on the taxation of pooled investment vehicles, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, real estate mortgage investment conduits and other investment-related vehicles. 

Megan Stamm

Megan Stamm focuses her practice on corporate law, representing clients on a broad range of matters, including complex acquisitions, regulatory compliance, entity formations and governance issues.

A. Nicole Stover

Nicole Stover is a strategic business partner to corporate, non-profit, and executive clients in all areas of employment law, including competition and trade secrets, mergers and acquisitions, discrimination and harassment, compensation and benefits, and pandemic-related impacts.

Kenneth Wang

Kenneth Wang uses his many years of experience in both private practice and in-house tax departments for Fortune 200 companies to counsel clients on all aspects of U.S. tax law, including mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, fund formation, financing transactions, real estate transactions, business restructurings and reorganizations and international tax.

Mischa Wheat​

Mischa Wheat represents clients across a variety of industries on general commercial litigation matters, particularly involving cybersecurity and data privacy issues, focusing on compliance with privacy laws and regulations and data breach investigation. 

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