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Four DLA Piper lawyers join WILEF leadership

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that four of its lawyers have joined the leadership of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). Ellen Scordino, a member of WILEF’s Global Advisory Board, will now also become a WILEF Boston co-chair, and Mariah DiGrino, Colleen Carey Gulliver and Holly Lake will join WILEF’s Global Advisory Board.

Scordino, a Boston-based partner in DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice, focuses on patent litigation, commercial matters and client counselling in the pharmaceuticals, biologics, diagnostics, biofuels and medical device industries.

DiGrino, a Real Estate partner based in Chicago, concentrates her practice in the areas of land use and zoning, public-private financing, public incentives, historic preservation, and community and economic development, as well as general real estate.

Gulliver is a New York-based partner in DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice. Her practice includes the defence of class actions in various substantive areas, such as consumer, privacy and securities litigation, for many different industries, including consumer goods and retail, transportation and technology, as well as corporate litigation and counselling, business litigation and securities enforcement matters.

Lake is a Los Angeles-based partner in DLA Piper’s Employment practice. She is an employment litigator and advisor. She has a breadth of experience defending clients across industries, not only in single/multiple plaintiff cases, but also defending employers in wage-and-hour class, collective and private attorney general representative actions under California laws and the Fair Labour Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. She also advises clients on all matters related to employment, including OFCCP compliance and affirmative action program development.

WILEF is the premier organisation for women in law exclusively dedicated to women from the largest law firms and corporate law departments in the United States.

Duane Morris launch Meals for Healthcare Heroes program

Duane Morris’ Meals for Healthcare Heroes program provided meals for more than 20,000 medical professionals in 16 cities. Duane Morris’ COVID-19 Strategy Team established the initiative, funded by donations from Duane Morris attorneys and staff, to honour healthcare workers and support local restaurants.

The medical facilities and restaurants included:

  • Atlanta: Piedmont Hospital, Kale Me Crazy
  • Austin: St. David’s Medical Center, Rudy’s
  • Baltimore: University of Maryland Medical Center, Miss Shirley’s
  • Boca Raton: Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Shake Shack
  • Boston: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Saltie Girl
  • Chicago: Saint Anthony Hospital, Wishbone Chicago
  • Houston: Ben Taub Hospital, Los Tios
  • Los Angeles: Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Panda Express
  • Miami: Doctors Hospital – Baptist Health South Florida, Chick-fil-A
  • Newark: Saint Michael’s Medical Center, SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar
  • New York: Mount Sinai West, Shake Shack
  • Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Murray’s Deli
  • Pittsburgh: UPMC Shadyside, Market Street Grocery
  • San Diego: Stepping Stone of San Diego, Sisters Pizza
  • San Francisco: Laguna Honda Hospital, West of Pecos
  • Wilmington: ChristianaCare, Olympic Subs and Steaks

About the Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team

The Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team advises clients on all aspects of the legal issues and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic including contractual, employment, insurance and healthcare issues. Duane Morris attorneys are fielding inquiries and providing advice in a wide range of areas, including human resources, travel and transportation, immigration and border entry, hospital and healthcare operations, medical and pharmaceutical supply, FDA, food handling and preparation, OSHA, ADA compliance, data privacy, HIPAA, environmental and EPA, international transactions, shipping, supply chain and logistics, financial reporting, insurance liability, real estate issues, including landlord and tenant matters, and all types of contracts and quasi-contracts. Duane Morris has established a blog dedicated to COVID-19 issues and is distributing Alerts and sharing information via webinars and media interviews.

Audax Private Equity announces recapitalisation of the Chartis Group

Audax Private Equity (“Audax”) today announced that it has recapitalised, in partnership with management, The Chartis Group, LLC (“Chartis” or the “Company”). Headquartered in Chicago, IL, and previously a portfolio company of RLH Equity Partners, Chartis is a leading provider of advisory consulting and software analytics to hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organisations around the world. Founded in 2001, Chartis’ mission is to materially improve the delivery of healthcare by providing thought leadership, advisory, innovation, and analytics services to healthcare organisations. The Chartis management team will continue to lead the Company and, together with the Chartis consultants and employees, maintain a significant ownership position.

Ken Graboys, Chief Executive Officer of Chartis, said, “We are excited to partner with Audax and for the opportunity it provides us to continue to achieve meaningful growth and expand our impact on global healthcare. Audax brings the resources and capital to support the growth of our next generation of practice offerings, and to make strategic acquisitions.”

Young Lee, Managing Director at Audax, said, “Chartis has earned an outstanding reputation in the healthcare consulting industry demonstrated by the transformational results delivered to clients, extraordinarily talented people, and strong firm culture. We are excited to join the team as they continue to build on this success.”

Tim Mack, Managing Director at Audax, said, “We look forward to partnering with the Chartis team as they continue to provide innovation and improvements for healthcare systems, and pursue strategic add-on acquisitions and partnerships.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Lincoln International LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor and Winston & Strawn LLP served as legal counsel to Chartis. Ropes & Gray LLP served as counsel to Audax.

About the Chartis Group

The Chartis Group (“Chartis”) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and healthcare service organisations achieve transformative results. Chartis has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Portland and San Francisco. For more information, visit https://www.chartis.com/

About Audax Private Equity

Audax Group is a leading alternative investment manager with offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Since its founding in 1999, the firm has raised over $24 billion in capital across its Private Equity and Private Debt businesses. Audax Private Equity has invested over $5 billion in more than 125 platforms and 770 add-on companies. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimise operations, and significantly increase equity value. With more than 240 employees and over 100 investment professionals, the firm is a leading capital partner for North American middle market companies. For more information, visit the Audax Group website https://www.audaxgroup.com/

Trianz recognised as ‘Best Management Consulting Firm’ by Forbes

Trianz, a global digital transformation consulting and technology services firm, has achieved its second consecutive year recognition as one of ‘America’s Best Management Consulting Firms’ by Forbes in its 4th annual listing comprising 218 firms.

This year’s list, like last year’s, spotlights Trianz once again for its best-in-class advisory excellence. Forbes collaborated with the business intelligence and analytics company, Statista, to assess firms’ performances.

Trianz’ business theme, ‘Digital Evolution Simplified,’ reflects its commitment to helping organisations across industries overcome dynamic digital age challenges through simple, yet effective, techniques. The firm collaborates with business and technology leaders to transition their organisations into digital enterprises by delivering industry-leading Cloud, Analytics, Digital, Infrastructure, and Security solutions, in addition to superior Managed Services that ensure long-term success. The firm’s unique delivery model, collaborative consulting approach, and its ability to deploy impactful, game-changing technologies together provide superior value to clients.

The 2019 list was tallied based on a two-phase study comprising an expert survey (partners and project managers from management consultancies) and a client survey covering senior executives, who have previously worked with management consultancies.

Expressing their delight, Co-Presidents at Trianz, Rollen Roberson and Ganeshan Venkateshwaran said, “Being named among ‘America’s Best Management Consulting Firms’ in this year’s Forbes/ Statista list makes us proud and happy indeed. The pride comes from this honor being reflective of our clients’ and peers’ favorable opinion of us. The happiness, of course, is a function of our value proposition being re-validated by Forbes / Statista for two straight years — that we are delivering on our commitment to create meaningful business impact.”

“At Trianz, we hold receiving objective feedback in high esteem. Especially since it motivates us to constantly drive successful business results and a competitive advantage for our clients. Being ranked in a list of such stature for two consecutive years is truly encouraging,” added Prashant Bhavaraju, Vice President for Marketing at Trianz.

About Trianz

Trianz simplifies digital evolutions through effective strategies and excellence in execution. Collaborating with business and technology leaders, we help formulate and execute operational strategies to achieve intended business outcomes by bringing the best of consulting, technology experiences and execution models. Powered by knowledge, research, and perspectives, we enable clients to transition to a digital enterprise by leveraging Cloud, Analytics, Digital, Infrastructure and Security paradigms. With offices in Silicon Valley, Washington DC Metro, Rosemont, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Denver, Irvine, Raleigh, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Dubai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, we serve Fortune 1000 and emerging organisations across industries globally. For more information, visit https://www.trianz.com/

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BDO expands product development Advisory Services in Life Sciences

BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organisations, today announced the acquisition of BioProcess Technology Consultants, Inc. (BPTC), a provider of chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) consulting services to the global biopharmaceutical industry. The acquisition of BPTC bolsters BDO’s capabilities in the life sciences industry within the biopharmaceutical product development space and is effective as of April 1, 2019.

“We are pleased to welcome BPTC’s knowledge and resources to enhance our focus in the life sciences industry and deepen our biopharmaceutical product development offerings,” said Eric Jia-Sobota, national leader of BDO’s Industry Specialty Services and Life Sciences practices. “Joining forces with BPTC strengthens our ability to assist life sciences companies in managing risk, maximising profitability and fostering continued innovation to unlock new value and deliver improved outcomes.”

Founded in 1994, BPTC was a biologics CMC consulting firm, providing a full range of technical, regulatory and strategic assistance related to the development and commercialisation of biopharmaceutical products. BPTC assisted clients in developing manufacturing processes and strategies that enhanced the overall value of their products, while de-risking product development.

Howard L. Levine, Ph.D., BPTC founder, president and CEO will become managing director and national leader of the Bioprocess Technology Group within BDO’s Life Sciences practice.

“Since our inception, we’ve worked with companies to advance and de-risk the biotherapeutic development process, address unmet medical needs and increase patient access to novel medicines,” said Levine. “We’re excited to join BDO’s Life Sciences practice to support clients across the entire product development and company lifecycles.”

The professionals of BPTC who have joined BDO’s Life Sciences practice are headquartered in BDO’s Boston office at One International Place and based in locations throughout the country.

BDO Facts:

  • Over the past six years, BDO USA’s cumulative growth rate has far outpaced all other major U.S. accounting firms, with revenues more than doubling from $618 million in 2012 to $1.47 billion in 2018. During that time, BDO entered 24 new U.S. cities and expanded its critical mass in 13 existing markets.
  • BDO represents companies ranging from closely-held private businesses to leading non-profits to Fortune 500 multinationals.
  • BDO USA has industry practices specialised in serving businesses in the construction, energy, financial institutions, asset management, government contracting, healthcare, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, non-profit, private equity, real estate, restaurant, retail and technology sectors.
  • BDO has been named a Best Company by Working Mother Magazine for eight consecutive years and been recognised with the When Work Works Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for nine consecutive years.
  • BDO has more than 60 offices and over 650 independent alliance firm locations around the country.
  • BDO USA has been serving clients for more than 100 years since its founding in 1910 (as Seidman & Seidman).
  • As an independent member of BDO International Limited, the firm can leverage the resources of more than 80,000 people in 1,591 offices across 162 countries.

Firm Overview

BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through more than 60 offices and over 650 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of more than 80,000 people working out of 1,591 offices across 162 countries.

BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms. For more information please visit https://www.bdo.com/

Which U.S. cities are most popular amongst start-ups?

After a slump amid the Great Recession, more and more start-ups are emerging and entrepreneurship has been on the rise since 2011. From creating jobs to boosting the economy, with this rise comes a number of benefits. People often associate entrepreneurs and start-ups with Silicon Valley, if not New York City or Boston, because a disproportionate share of venture capital investments flow to start-ups based in those cities. However, other metropolitan areas have been experiencing some under-the-radar growth.

Over the past year, 26 metropolitan areas across the country experienced a boost in growing start-ups, and the areas that saw the most substantial growth were Atlanta, Indianapolis and Portland, according to the Kauffman Foundation’s recently released its 2017 Index of Growth Entrepreneurship. The findings reveal not only how entrepreneurship is growing across the U.S., but where.

To rank the cities, the researchers took three factors into account: start-up growth rate, share of scale-ups and high-growth company density. Both start-up growth rate and share of scale-ups are employment-based measurements, and share of scaleups refers to companies that grew to 50 employees or more in less than 10 years of operation. High-growth company density, which is the only revenue-based measure of the study, looks at the proportion of “high-growth” companies — private companies that have at least $2 million in revenue and a minimum 20 percent growth over a three-year period — in a certain area.

So, wonder which cities have been bustling in the start-up scene? Look no further. Here are the top 10 cities with the most entrepreneurial activity, according to this year’s Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship.

1. Washington, DC

Washington, DC, has the best cumulative score across start-up growth rate, share of scale-ups and high-growth company density. Compared to the other 39 largest U.S. cities, the D.C. area has the highest density of high-growth companies. In other words, it’s the area with the largest proportion of businesses that earn more than $2 million in annual revenue and have seen 20 percent revenue growth over the past three years. In a recent survey of start-ups in D.C., 217 respondents said they planned to hire more than 1,000 people collectively in 2017.

2. Austin

Coming in second is the southern city of Austin. However, this is not very surprising, because Austin is recognized for being an entrepreneurial hub and also came in second place in last year’s Kauffman Index. The number of employees at an Austin company grows an average of 85 percent in the company’s first five years of operation. Austin also has the second-highest density of high-growth companies.

3. Columbus

Moving up a slot from last year, Columbus, Ohio, takes the bronze for the most entrepreneurial activity, according to the index. That’s largely because start-ups grow an average of 96 percent in their first five years, in terms of employment. While it’s not a usual suspect when it comes to the start-up scene, Columbus has the highest share of scale-ups of any city, at 2.5 percent. That means that around 25 out of every 1,000 Columbus firms founded in the past 10 years have scaled to at least 50 or more employees since they launched.

4. Nashville

Music isn’t the only thing Nashville should be famous for. Turns out, it’s also a bustling start-up city. Moving up a rank since last year, the southern city has a 95.6 percent start-up growth rate: The number of employees at a Nashville company grows an average of 95.6 percent in the company’s first five years. That’s on top of a 2.09 percent share of scale-ups, meaning about 209 of every 10,000 businesses in this area grows to 50 employees within its first decade.

5. Atlanta

Yet another southern city to make it into the index’s top 10 is Atlanta. In fact, just in the past year, Atlanta has seen major entrepreneurial action, moving up a whopping 10 slots from 2016, when it ranked 15th. That’s because employment at Atlanta new companies grows by an average of 112.6 percent in their first five years. The city also has a fairly large high-growth company density at 191.4 — that’s the number of companies out of 100,000 with annual revenues more than $2 million (and growing by 20 percent over a three-year period).

6. San Jose

Not a shocker, but important to note: San Jose is number six on this year’s list of the top 10 cities, moving down three slots since last year. While there’s still plenty going on in this area in terms of start-ups and venture capital investment, the city may have seen a drop because of a relatively low high-growth company density of 94.4 (out of 100,000). Its proportion of fast-growing companies with annual revenues of at least $2 million was lower than many other cities on the list.

7. San Francisco

Another not-so-shocking Bay Area addition to the list is San Francisco. This metropolitan area (which includes Oakland and Fremont, Calif.) saw the largest proportion of venture capital-backed business exits over the past year compared to other major cities, meaning there are a large number of what Kauffman identifies as “growth companies” in San Francisco and the East Bay. According to the study, venture exits include IPOs, acquisitions and buyouts. Meanwhile, the area has the fourth-highest rate of start-up growth, with an average employment growth rate of 106.9 percent within a start-up’s first five years.

8. Boston

Basically the Silicon Valley of the East Coast, Boston has also long been recognized as a very entrepreneurial city. That’s why it’s no surprise that it made the cut for this year’s top 10. Although it’s moved down two spots since 2016, Boston ranks fourth in terms of cities with the highest density of venture capital-backed business exits. Major companies that got their start in the city of Boston include Liberty Mutual, Marshalls, Samuel Adams and Timberland, to name a few.

9. Minneapolis

Shuffling from 16th place last year to ninth place this year, Minneapolis has the highest rate of start-up growth of any major U.S. city, with an average employment growth rate of 121.3 percent within a start-up’s first five years. The city is also home to the University of Minnesota, whose venture program has helped launched more than 100 companies in the past decade (82 percent of which are still in business), and last year alone helped give life to 17 new businesses.

10. Indianapolis

Also seeing a big improvement since 2016, Indianapolis moved up 10 places from 20th to 10th on the Kauffman list over the past year. Especially when it comes to tech, Indiana is seeing some major activity. According to a recent report by PwC, in 2016 alone, the state saw a total of 23 deals with a combined total of $51.5 million in fundraising just by new technology companies. When you extend beyond just tech, these numbers are even larger. Plus, according to Kauffman, about 220 of every 10,000 businesses in Indianapolis grows to 50 employees within its first decade.