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President
Brian Song
BakerHostetler

Brian W. Song is a Partner in the New York office of BakerHostetler. Brian has broad experience as a general commercial litigator, but focuses his practice on securities litigation and white collar criminal defense. Brian began his legal career in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served on active duty from 2003 to 2007. Brian has continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve and currently serves with the 3d Legal Operations Detachment, U.S. Army Legal Command.

 

Brian has been an active AABANY member since 2012.  In 2014, Brian founded AABANY’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.  He also previously served as a co-chair for NAPABA’s Military & Veterans Network.  Prior to becoming President-Elect last year, Brian served as a Director on AABANY’s Board.  Brian is also actively involved with the Council of Urban Professionals, completing their ten-month fellowship program in 2014. He is a 2019 Fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Brian was presented with the “Best Under 40 Award” by NAPABA in 2016.

 

Brian leads BakerHostetler’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee in New York as a co-chair and is a member of the Recruiting and Hiring Committee. Brian also sits on the Firmwide Diversity Committee.

 

Brian received his B.S. from the Johns Hopkins University and his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. Brian also received an L.L.M. in Securities Law and Financial Regulation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center.



President-Elect
 
Sapna Palla
Wiggin and Dana LLP

Sapna is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Intellectual Property Practice. Her practice focuses on an array of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, drug delivery systems and medical devices, with an emphasis on Hatch-Waxman patent infringement cases. She has over 15 years of experience in patent litigation and experience in various jurisdictions including the Federal Circuit and federal courts in Delaware, District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Virginia, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of New York, Southern District of Florida, Northern District of California and the District of Maryland. 

Sapna counsels a variety of US and international clients regarding US intellectual property law by providing them with infringement, validity, enforceability and clearance opinions, and by advising them in licensing and antitrust matters, conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations in connection with acquisitions and licensing deals. Sapna also counsels clients about Indian patent law.

Sapna frequently writes and speaks on a range of topics including developments in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices patent law, patent reform, biosimilars regulations and intellectual property law in Asia, and developments in e-discovery. Her programs have been presented by Practicing Law Institute and WestLegal Ed and she has been published and quoted in leading publications, including ForbesPharmaceutical Patent Analyst and Bloomberg/BNA.

Sapna teaches as an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law addressing antitrust and patent topics. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert J. Hurley of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

 

Immediate Past President
James R. Cho

James R. Cho is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. He joined the office in 2008 and currently serves as Chief of Bankruptcy Litigation in the office’s Civil Division. James has litigated dozens of cases across a wide subject area, including defending multi-million dollar medical malpractice and personal injury claims and challenges to federal statutes, regulatory schemes and administrative decisions, and prosecuting cases pursuant to the federal False Claims Act, health care regulations, environmental statutes and civil forfeiture statutes. James has tried numerous cases to verdict and regularly represents the United States in appellate cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

James is also active in the recruitment and diversity efforts at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. James serves on the office’s hiring committee and actively recruits minority attorneys. He regularly mentors fellow Assistants and interns in the office.

Prior to joining the government, James worked in private practice with Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he litigated labor and employment matters.

James is active in numerous bar associations. He previously served as president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York from 2018-2019, and president of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY) from 2010 to 2013.

 

James is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law where he teaches a course on Government civil litigation. James graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan and cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.


 

Vice President of Programs and Operations
David Sohn
Kings County District Attorney’s Office

David Sohn is an Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office since 2015.  David currently prosecutes general crimes as part of the Young Adult Bureau and previously prosecuted domestic violence, elder abuse, and general street crimes as part of the Domestic Violence Bureau and the Orange Zone Trial Bureau. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, David was an antitrust litigator, representing indirect purchaser plaintiffs while at an international law firm. David also formerly interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. David earned his B.A. from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from The George Washington University Law School.


David is an active member of AABANY since moving to New York in 2012 and served as former Membership Director, former Co-Coordinator of the AABANY Mentorship Program, and former Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. David is also the current Alternate Regional Governor for the Northeast Region on the Board of Governors for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  He is also an active member of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York and served as Senior Chair of KALAGNY’s Gala in 2017.


Vice President of Programs and Operations
Tiffany A. Miao
BakerHostetler

 

Tiffany A. Miao is an associate at BakerHostetler and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including securities and corporate-governance litigation.  She has represented boards of directors for start-ups and Fortune 100 companies in shareholder class actions and internal investigations, hospitality and entertainment companies involved in commercial disputes, and multinational consumer goods corporations over false advertising allegations.  Tiffany is also dedicated to pro bono and public service work. She has authored amicus briefs in support of DACA recipients and victims of on-campus rape, and she represents individuals through the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in their petitions for legal name change.

Tiffany clerked for the Honorable James Orenstein in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.  She graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Intellectual Property Media & Entertainment Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board.  Tiffany received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Prior to practicing law, Tiffany was a chef and restaurant manager in Los Angeles, California.  Tiffany has been an active member of AABANY since 2014.  She previously served as Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee and the Young Lawyers Committee.


Development Director
Margaret T. Ling
Big Apple Abstract Corp.

Margaret T. Ling has been a real estate attorney since 1986. Her real estate experience commenced with a private real estate practice for almost a decade. Prior to practicing as a real estate attorney, Margaret was a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Constance Baker Motley of the United States District Court–Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, Margaret focused on immigration law before transitioning into real estate law.

For over the past twenty years, Margaret has been in house counsel in the title insurance industry. Her experience is multi-faceted and includes positions as Senior Underwriting Counsel positions where she was responsible for all legal title underwriting.

Margaret has also held positions at New York Title Underwriters. As New York Agency Underwriting Counsel at Stewart Title Insurance Company and Ticor Title Insurance Company-The Fidelity Title Group, Margaret provided underwriting and legal support for over 300 New York State Title Agents and Direct Operations. As New York Claims Counsel at First American Title Insurance Company, Margaret was responsible for processing and resolving in house files on behalf of its agents while coordinating and monitoring retained counsel on all litigation files.  

Margaret received her B.A. in History Cum Laude from Barnard College – Columbia University, and her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the Appellate Division, and the Second Department.

Margaret currently serves as Development Director and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee at the Asian American Bar Association of New York, where she formerly served on the Board of Directors. In 2013, Margaret was awarded the “Most Valuable Player Award” for her outstanding dedication and service to AABANY. She is an Alumna of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy which is sponsored by the American Bar Association. Margaret is also the current AABANY Delegate to the New York State Network of Bar Leaders, and the Co-Chair of the Asian Practice Committee at the New York County Lawyer’s Association.

Her other Bar Association memberships include the National Asian Pacific Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association; the Nassau County Bar Association where she is a member of the Real Property and Diversity Committees; the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York; and the Asian Pacific American Lawyer’s Association of New Jersey.

Margaret currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Real Estate Professional Association and on the Board of Directors for The Asian Columbia University Alumnae Association.

Margaret is also an active member of the following organizations: Asian Real Estate Association of America-New York East Chapter where she was formerly a founding Board member; New York Chinese Banker’s Association; National Association of Asian Professionals; National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; and the National Diversity Council.

As a proud New York Law School Alumnae, Margaret serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Law School Alumnae Association. Margaret recently founded The New York Law School Asian Alumnae Group. She was the 2010 recipient of the New York Law School Award for Distinguished Service in Diversity and Progress. 

When Margaret is not practicing law, she is passionate about golf. She is a member of the United States Golf Association; active member of the New Jersey PGA Golf Foundation; and an active Volunteer Golf Coach with the First Tee Program of Metropolitan New York-Plainfield Country Club Chapter. For the past ten years, Margaret has been an active PGA Tour Volunteer Chairman for the PGA Barclays Fed Ex Cup Golf Tournament; The Northern Trust Fed Ex Golf Tournament and the 2017 Presidents Cup. Margaret is also involved with the LPGA and since 2012, has been on the Pro Am Team for the LPGA Shoprite Acer Classic. 

 

Director of Technology
Francis Chin
Brooklyn Law School

Francis H. Chin is AABANY’s Director of Technology, as well as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee, coordinating AABANY's CLE programs. Mr. Chin has been an information technology administrator at Brooklyn Law School since 1999. Mr. Chin is also on the boards of the Asian American Law Fund of New York and the NYU College of Arts and Science Alumni Association. He helps organize the Hon. Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition at the national and regional levels. Mr. Chin joins in producing APA historical trial reenactments led by Hon. Denny Chin. While attending law school, Mr. Chin co-authored the McGraw-Hill computer text HTML Publishing on the Internet, one of the first commercial website manuals. After graduation, he was of counsel to Llorens and Meneses in New Jersey, practicing real estate, business formation, and immigration. He was technology counsel at Netmatrix (now part of Epiq Systems), focused on e-discovery and knowledge management. Mr. Chin received a bachelor's in computer science from New York University, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and a certificate in transnational law from Duke University School of Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

 

Treasurer
William Hao
Alston & Bird

William Hao is counsel in Alston & Bird’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization Group. William is experienced in a wide range of bankruptcy, litigation, and out-of-court restructuring matters. He represents secured creditors, hedge funds, trade creditors, lessors and lessees, and other parties-in-interest in distressed situations and in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings such as avoidance actions, claims litigation, and the assumption and rejection of contracts and leases. William also has extensive experience representing parties in securitizations and other structured finance products in distressed situations and in commercial litigation. William regularly advises clients on bankruptcy issues in connection with finance and M&A transactions.


William is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, New York City Bar Association, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. William is also a co-chair of the Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York.


 

Membership Director
Beatrice Leong
Kleyman & Associates P.C.

Beatrice Leong received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and her bachelors from SUNY Binghamton, where she doubled majored in English Literature & Rhetoric and Asian & Asian American Studies. At UConn Law, she was a volunteer at the local Family Court, helping low income persons obtain pro se divorces, requests for child support and other family matters. She was also elected as President of two student clubs, the UConn Law chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Society. She has practiced exclusively in the field of divorce and family law since her admittance to the New York State bar. Beatrice is an Associate Attorney at Kleyman & Associates P.C., a firm that specializes in Matrimonial and Family Law.  She was formerly an associate attorney at Parmet & Zhou LLC.


Beatrice is an active member of AABANY and frequently volunteers at pro bono events. She also serves as a Co-Chair of the Government Service and Public Interest Committee of AABANY.


 

 

Secretary
Gurinder Singh
Altice USA (a4 Media)

Gurinder J. Singh is an experienced tech-savvy transactional attorney with a demonstrated history of advising clients in structuring and negotiating complex, large scale commercial and technology contracts and strategic transactions, including leading international mergers & acquisitions.

Ms. Singh currently serves as Senior Counsel at Altice USA responsible for a4 Media, an advanced media and data business. Prior to joining Altice USA, Ms. Singh launched and ran a legal tech business called LeanLex, an online platform for running and closing legal deals. She self-funded LeanLex’s development by maintaining her legal practice through which she served as outside general counsel to various businesses, including two years exclusively serving as Head of Legal for a Tier 1 automotive supplier and also providing legal operations consulting services to various clients, including McKinsey & Company. Ms. Singh began her legal career at one of the largest law firms in Michigan called Miller Canfield.

In addition to serving as Secretary of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), Ms. Singh currently also serves as the Program Vice President of Finance & Investments of the Don H. Liu Scholarship Program and is a Director of the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY). Prior to these roles, Ms. Singh recently served as Vice President of Operations & Strategic Development at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).

Ms. Singh graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) College of Engineering with a Bachelors in Science and Engineering in Industrial and Operations Engineering and later received her Juris Doctor cum laude degree from the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.



Executive Director

Yang Chen

Email: yang.chen @ aabany.org

Yang Chen is the Executive Director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), a position he has held since August 2009. Mr. Chen is AABANY's first Executive Director. He has been active in AABANY for many years, having served on the Board and numerous committees, including the Judicial Affairs (now Judiciary) Committee, of which he was a chair. Mr. Chen served as AABANY's President in 2008. Before becoming AABANY's Executive Director, Mr. Chen was a partner in the firm of Constantine Cannon, a law firm specializing in antitrust and complex commercial litigation. He was among the group that founded the firm in 1994, which started as Constantine & Associates. Before joining Constantine Cannon, Mr. Chen was an associate in the New York office of McDermott, Will & Emery and before that he was associated with Breed, Abbott & Morgan (now Winston & Strawn). Mr. Chen is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Binghamton University.

 


AABANY Directors

Jasmine Ball

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jasmine Ball is a corporate partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and member of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Workouts Group. Ms. Ball regularly represents debtors, investors, creditors and other parties in distressed mergers & acquisitions, workouts, debt and equity financing and refinancing, complex restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Ball is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2014–2018), where she is praised for her “strong management skills and critical thinking” and noted as “particularly good” and “thoughtful and smart.” She is listed as a Notable Practitioner for Restructuring and Insolvency by IFLR 1000 (2018). Ms. Ball was among the winners of Turnaround Management Association’s 2018 “International Restructuring of the Year”, Global M&A Network’s “Turnaround Atlas Awards 2018 Corporate Turnaround of the Year” and M&A Advisor’s 2017 “Restructuring Deal of the Year ($1B to $5B)” for her role as aircraft counsel to CHC Group in its successful Chapter 11 proceedings as well as Turnaround Management Association’s 2016 “Transaction of the Year: Large Company Award” for her role in advising Altegrity in its Chapter 11 proceedings and successful restructuring of more than $1.8 billion in funded indebtedness.

Ms. Ball was also a recipient of Turnaround Management Association’s 2014 “Transaction of the Year: Mega Company Award” for her role in advising American Airlines and AMR, as special aircraft counsel, in their highly successful Chapter 11 proceedings. Ms. Ball has been named a 2015 recipient of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” awards and recognized as an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” (2013) by Turnarounds & Workouts.

Ms. Ball has authored or co-authored articles on many bankruptcy-related topics and is a frequent speaker on industry panels. She is an author of the Collier Business Workout Guide (Matthew Bender, 2018) and a contributing author to the Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries (Matthew Bender, 2016). Ms. Ball has presented at the International Air Transport Association, Airline Economics’ Aviation and Finance Leasing School, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the American College of Investment Counsel, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, among others.

Ms. Ball is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Ball is Co-Chair of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) New York Chapter and serves on the Advisory Board of Practical Law Bankruptcy. She is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and on the TMA New York Academic Relations Committee, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is active in various Asian legal associations, including Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Asian American Bar Association activities.

Ms. Ball received her B.S. from Princeton University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was an executive editor of the Journal of International Law.

 


Dai Wai Chin Feman
Parabellum Capital LLC

Dai Wai Chin Feman is a director at Parabellum Capital, where he focuses on commercial litigation finance. Prior to joining Parabellum, Dai Wai was a litigation partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Dai Wai has been a member of AABANY since law school. He is a Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and formerly served as Secretary and Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee.


 

Jung Choi
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Jung Choi is Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SBD), a diversified global provider of hand and power tools and related accessories, engineered fastening systems and products, services and equipment for oil & gas and infrastructure applications, commercial electronic security and monitoring systems and healthcare solutions.  She is a key member of the senior legal team with responsibility over public company reporting and securities regulation, corporate governance and all compliance matters.  In addition, she serves as the head counsel to the engineered fastening business, and supports SBD’s Global Privacy Office.

Prior to joining SBD, Jung worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on its mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases, where she was responsible for public company reporting, capital markets transactions, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.  Jung began her legal career as a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York and Hong Kong. Jung received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, cum laude, from Yale University. Prior to law school, Jung was a research fellow for the East Asia Regional Security Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC. Jung has been an active member of AABANY since 2012.

Suzanne Kim
Rutgers University School of Law

Suzanne A. Kim is Professor of Law at Rutgers University Law School. She has served on the Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor's Commission on Diversity and Transformation. A member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, Professor Kim also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Rutgers University-Newark P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship. Professor Kim is an elected fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the executive committees of various sections of the Association of American Law Schools. She is on the Board of Advisors of the nonprofit organization Unchained at Last and has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns.

Professor Kim has practiced law with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and received the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kim was a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School in what is now the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship program.

 

Chris Kwok
JAMS

Chris M. Kwok serves as the Co Chair of the Issues Committee and Asia Practice Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York. He received his B.A from Cornell University with a major in Government and minor in Asian American studies, and his J.D from UCLA Law School, where he served on the staff of the Asian American Pacific Islander Law Journal.  Formerly, he was the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator at the U.S. Equal Employment Commission in the New York District office. He is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, specializing in Labor & Employment law. 


Naf Kwun
Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP

Naf Kwun is a partner in the corporate and litigation group of Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP, where she focuses on commercial litigation and corporate transactions. Naf regularly advises financial institutions, public companies, and other corporate clients as well as individuals in connection with a broad array of matters, including litigated disputes in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels, commercial real estate litigation and transactions, financial services, and labor and employment.
 

Naf received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, and her B.A. in Philosophy, with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003.  Prior to joining the firm, Naf served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Patricia M. DiMango, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Prior to law school, she founded a tutoring and education consulting business.

Naf has been an active member of AABANY since 2011.  She has co-chaired the Vetting Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee (2016-2018), the Newsletter Committee (2012-2018), and the Women’s Committee (2013-2015).  She has also served as VP of Programs and Operations (2016-2018); Treasurer (2015-2016); Recording Secretary (2014-2015); and Editor-in-Chief of AABANY's quarterly newsletter, The Advocate (2014-2018).  In addition, Naf serves as Secretary of the Asian American Law Fund of New York.


Edward Lee
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Edward J. Lee is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Ed’s practice focuses on both friendly and hostile mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and complex capital markets transactions. He also frequently advises companies and their boards of directors on takeover defense and shareholder activism situations.  He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across many industries, including aerospace, technology and digital, pharmaceutical, automotive, telecom, industrial, media and advertising, energy, private equity, and financial institutions.

 

Ed received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

In each of 2015-2018, Ed has been named a “Rising Star” by Expert Guides in the Corporate / M&A category.  IFLR1000 has recognized Ed as a leading lawyer and as “highly regarded” within the M&A practice. Recently, Ed was one of only six mergers and acquisitions lawyers recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars under 40.  Ed is a frequent speaker on M&A and shareholder activism, including co-chairing PLI’s Shareholder Activism conference in 2018.

Ed is actively involved in city and national civic and professional organizations.  He is a David Rockefeller Fellow, Class of 2017-2018, and a member of the Legal Advisory Group for the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council.  Ed is also currently a member of the Council of Korean Americans, and a member of the Leadership Advisory Council of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.  Ed serves on the Board of Directors of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology Alumni Association.

 

Ed lives in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter.


Marianne Chow-Newman
Hearst Corporation

Marianne Chow Newman joined The Hearst Corporation in 2014, where she is a Counsel in the international corporate team in the Office of General Counsel.   She is based in New York and is one of the lead advisors to Hearst’s magazine licensing and brand development businesses in over 25 countries and helps oversee all contractual, intellectual property and other corporate legal matters relating to Hearst’s joint venture businesses in Germany, Spain, Russia and South Africa.  Marianne has also worked on international and domestic M&A transactions, and is the lead counsel and acting secretary for Hearst’s aviation data business. Prior to joining Hearst, Marianne was a senior corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a member of the Finance Group and primarily represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in financing transactions, including acquisition and other leveraged financings and asset-based facilities.  Marianne received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 2007. Prior to law school, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Yokohama, Japan and earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University in 2003 where she majored in International Relations and minored in Japanese.  Outside of work, Marianne currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), one of the co-founders of AABANY Leadership Development Program, the Chief Administrative and Regulatory Officer of the non-profit organization Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc., and a member of the NAPABA Steering Committee for the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy.


 

Terrence Shen
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Terrence L. Shen, a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, represents public and private companies, financial institutions, investment funds and government entities in connection with corporate finance and securities transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In his corporate finance and securities practice, Mr. Shen advises on debt and equity public offerings and private placements, leveraged finance transactions, financial restructurings, recapitalizations and securities regulation. In his mergers and acquisitions practice, he counsels clients in structuring, negotiating and realizing public and private acquisitions and divestitures, private equity investments and joint ventures. Mr. Shen also advises public companies on regulatory compliance, reporting and disclosure requirements, investor communications, corporate governance and investigations. He has practiced both in the U.S. and internationally.

Mr. Shen draws on his prior work as an investment banker and his experience in business and financial analyses to provide legal advice that reflects his clients’ commercial perspectives and helps them meet their business objectives.

 

Manisha M. Sheth
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Manisha M. Sheth is Co-chair of the firm’s Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice.  Ms. Sheth is a seasoned trial lawyer with twenty years of experience in both private practice and government prosecutions.  Prior to returning to Quinn Emanuel, Ms. Sheth served as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for the Division of Economic Justice at the Office of the New York Attorney General, and was also a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Sheth has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, involving issues such as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, securities fraud, antitrust, and other business frauds and torts.  She has litigated cases involving a broad array of industries, including finance, insurance, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and energy. Ms. Sheth has also conducted internal investigations and represented clients facing civil or criminal investigations by the government, both at the federal and state level, involving issues relating to antitrust, securities and market manipulation, false claims, tax fraud, consumer fraud, and other economic or business frauds.  In government service, Ms. Sheth has prosecuted criminal and civil cases at the federal and state level. She also has served as lead trial counsel on over a dozen civil and criminal trials in federal and state court, including jury and bench trials.

As the Executive Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Sheth led the Division of Economic Justice which consists of 250 attorneys and staff in six affirmative litigation bureaus: Antitrust, Investor Protection (Securities), Internet & Technology, Taxpayer Protection, Consumer Frauds & Protection, and Real Estate Finance.  She developed enforcement priorities for individual bureaus and the Division as a whole. Ms. Sheth was the lead attorney on several high-profile investigations and litigations, including a trial against former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg, a trial against FedEx Ground, and settlements of RMBS and LIBOR investigations.

 

Irene Tan
AIG

Irene Tan is the Head of Strategic Initiatives and Associate General Counsel for General Insurance Legal at AIG.  She received her B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management from Cornell University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.  Irene has been an active member of AABANY since 2011. She previously served as AABANY’s Membership Secretary and co-chair of the Career Placement, Membership, Student Outreach and Young Lawyers Committees.


Andy Yoo
Pearson K-12 Learning

Andy Yoo is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Pearson K-12 Learning, a leading provider of educational materials and services into schools. He has significant experience working in the education sector ranging from K-12, Higher Education, and Adult professional/vocational training and employability. His work focuses on Publishing, Educational Technology, Copyright and Trademark, Online Learning, Learning Platforms, Educational Research, Digital Content Distribution, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Strategic Partnerships, Litigation and In-House operations. He is also passionate about and head of the Diversity and Inclusion efforts within the Pearson Legal Function.  In order to increase diversity in the legal profession, he serves on the Board of the Pipeline to Practice Foundation and is active with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and Diversity Lab.

Prior to Pearson, he was associated with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and  in-house at Viacom.  Andy graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University and received his law degree from NYU where he was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif.

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