TechBiz Connection Hosts Panel Discussion on Successful Strategies for Mergers and Acquisitions

Irvine, CA, April 09, 2008 --( TechBiz Connection ( will host a distinguished panel of local experts who will share their expertise in navigating a successful merger or acquisition at its monthly forum on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Calit2 at the University of California, Irvine.

According to Jack Bicer, TechBiz Connection president, they’ll discuss strategies to position companies for a future M&A event, tactics in locating a suitable partner, negotiating the right deal and what life may be like after the celebration. They will also share some of their experiences, insights, obstacles, successes, failures and challenges in undertaking a merger or acquisition. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, business owners and management to discuss the ideas, challenges and conflicts that must be managed as an early stage company is led into such a situation.

The panel moderator will be Charlene Davidson, senior managing director of RSM EquiCo Capital Markets. Ms. Davidson has more than 20 years of global corporate and investment banking experience, advising entrepreneurs, principals and corporations on an array of business transactions, including strategic planning, capital raising, and M&A. She has executed comprehensive capital structure strategies for public and private companies as well as provided advisory roles for capital raising, liquidity access, investment management, cross border banking and global corporate finance activities. Prior to RSM, Ms. Davidson was most recently a senior managing director at BankAmerica Securities LLC in the Technology Group.

Panelists include:
• Phillip Currie, managing partner, Shoreline Partners LLC, a San Diego-based, middle market investment banking firm that handles sales of privately held companies with $10 to $200 million in revenue and acquisitions for public companies. Mr. Currie has led a variety of merger, sale and acquisition assignments, with particular focus on strategic transaction planning and value assessment. He is a frequent lecturer to CEO groups throughout the West and has published numerous articles on mergers and acquisitions. In 1973, he founded Livingston Management, a corporate financial management consulting firm. For 16 years, the firm provided direction and strategies for acquisition, divestiture, refinancing, recapitalization, balance sheet restructuring and corporate reorganization.

• Bart Greenberg, a partner in the business and transactions group in the Orange County office of Manatt, Phelps & Philips, LLP, where he also serves as co-chair of Manatt's venture capital & technology practice group. Mr. Greenberg practices general corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings. He has assisted in mergers and acquisitions in a wide variety of industries, including automobile collision repair, medical supplies and devices, information technology and agricultural products. Mr. Greenberg’s practice emphasizes the representation of consolidators and roll-up strategies, focusing on all related acquisitions and financing activities, including private and public equity, senior credit facilities, as well as mezzanine, subordinated and vendor-facilitated debt facilities. His practice also extends to the cost-effective representation of emerging and start-up companies, primarily in the technology sector.

• Steve Meleen, co-founder, Ventura Venture Partners, who has 25 years of experience in operations, finance and business creation with emerging growth, private and public multinational companies where he has also served on several boards of directors. In addition to starting and selling three international businesses, he has taken minority shareholder positions in several private companies.

The forum discussion and subsequent question-and-answer session is sponsored by Daly-Swartz Public Relations, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, ExactTarget, Inc., Septium Corp., University of California, Irvine, and Brilliant Blue.

Admission to the TechBiz Connection event is $30 prepaid and $40 at the door. For further information and RSVP, visit or e-mail Jack Bicer at

TechBiz Connection was created to support Southern California business and technology professionals, companies and entrepreneurs by providing timely education and networking opportunities. The organization focuses on where technology and business intersect; everything a successful high-tech company would want to do.


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