Los Angeles | The Private Directors' Role in M&A Activities

Thursday, September 12, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM PST
Law Offices of Polsinelli
2049 Century Park East, Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90067



Mergers and acquisitions involving privately held companies entail a number of key issues including legal, business, operations, administration, human resources, benefits, intellectual property and financial issues. Your Board Directors are essential to a smooth transaction as they can significantly assist the company in three major areas:

  1. Sourcing the deal
  2. Proving oversight on the due diligence process and guidance to prepare the company for the deal
  3. Structuring the deal

Please join us for a stimulating panel discussion by experts in small company M & A. The panel will explore the role of your Board Directors in any M & A transactions and how management can tap into general and specific knowledge they can provide. Some of the areas we will cover are

  • The valuation
  • The timing
  • The due diligence process
  • Need for a good team-legal, banking, and tax
  • The role of intellectual property
  • The letter of Intent
  • The acquisition agreement provisions
  • Sensitive issues such as employee and benefits issues

Our panel consists of Ryan J. Bernath, a Senior Managing Director at B. Riley FBR, Angy Chin, President BIC Group LLC and Paren Knadjian, Tax expert and Practice Leader - M&A and Capital Markets, Knost, CPA's. The panel will be moderated by Jill C. Baldauf, Associate Dean, Office of Alumni Relations, UCLA Anderson School of Management.

We hope that you can join us the morning of September 12th at the Law Offices of Polsinelli located at 2049 Century Park East, Suite 2900. There will be a networking opportunity from 7:30 am to 8:00 am, and the program will start right after with an end time of 9:30 am. Breakfast will be served. Valet parking is available for a fee at the venue.


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Ryan Bernath
Senior Managing Director
B. Riley FBR

Ryan J. Bernath is a Senior Managing Director at B. Riley FBR, having joined the firm in 2010 as a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Department. Mr. Bernath brings to the firm approximately 20 years of investment banking experience, having executed a wide range of mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance transactions for large-cap and middle market companies.  At B. Riley FBR, Mr. Bernath has senior leadership in covering high-priority industry verticals such as Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Business Services, and Electronics and Electronics Manufacturing Services.

Prior to joining B. Riley & Co., Mr. Bernath was a Senior Vice President in Investment Banking at Barclays Capital in Los Angeles, where he was a senior member of the firm’s Business Services investment banking group. Prior to Barclays Capital, Mr. Bernath was a Senior Vice President with Lehman Brothers, where he spent time executing transactions in the Business Services and Financial Institutions Groups. Mr. Bernath began his investment banking career in New York with Putnam Lovell Securities (now Jefferies Putnam Lovell).

Mr. Bernath received his M.B.A with Honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance.


Angy Chin

Angy is the CEO & President, BIC Group LLC, AC Consulting, Signature Analytics in  Los Angeles. Angy loves coaching entrepreneurs to become better leaders to achieve greater success in life and company. She is an expert in talent management, strategic planning, startup, process/profit improvement, recapitalization, restructuring, private equity (PE) deals, and IPO. Angy is known for building great teams and delivering results. She has been involved in numerous turnaround situations and M & A activities, most notably Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Robeks Corporation and Clipper Corporation. Her educational achievements include a MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago, a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Graduate Certificate in M & A from Rice University. She completed the UCLA Public Company Board of Director certification as well the SEC certification in IPO's and SEC reporting.


Paren Knadjian
Tax expert and Practice Leader - M&A and Capital Markets
Knost, CPA's

Paren is the practice leader of the M&A and Capital markets group at KROST. He comes with over 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt financings. In that time, Paren successfully completed over 50 transactions acting as both a buy-side and sell-side advisor, as well as a broker/dealer.

Paren also has 15 years of experience as a C-Level executive in several high-tech companies. He has been the CEO/COO of two Software as a Service (SaaS) companies in financial services and new media, and he has been the CFO of several companies in healthcare,marketing, e-commerce and film& television. He co-founded two companies that were successfully sold to trade buyers.



Jill Baldauf
Associate Dean, Office of Alumni Relations
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Jill Baldauf is a global marketing and brand strategist with a history of achievement in both the public and private sectors.

JIll rose through the ranks of Blue Chip advertising agencies like Benton & Bowles, Grey, Ogilvy and DDB leading global brands like Ivory, Hardee’s, Nestle, Mars, Hasbro, and Bank of America, increasing brand awareness and sales for products in all the campaigns that she worked on.  With a skill set focused on both building brands and influencing consumers using both marketing and fundraising strategies, Jill has positively impacted and improved more than 8 LA-based non-profits and increased their Advancement and marketing efforts.  

When Jill aged out of the “glamourous” agency business,  she re-evaluated her tool kit and decided to turn her efforts towards improving non-profits full time.

In 2014, Jill was recruited by Dean Judy Olian and Senior Associate Dean Al Osborne to take on the role of Associate Dean, Alumni Relations.  The position was a perfect fit for her marketing skills and passion for UCLA Anderson. Since taking on the role, Jill has significantly increased engagement to our 37, 000 alumni through using a segmentation strategy to targeted alumni through global events, programming, career services and outreach.