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Accessing Capital Markets

This in-person event has been moved to a special section in the RBJ to be distributed in October of 2022. Look forward to reading the in-paper section that will provide actionable insights and perspectives for public and private companies looking to gain access to the capital markets to cost effectively fund growth.  An essential element to any business’s strategy, learning the ins and outs of raising capital and the key players are key to your company’s success and future opportunities.  Whether your requirement for capital is in the near term, or further out on the horizon, our panel’s experience will ensure you are better informed as they share challenges, opportunities, and potential pitfalls of raising capital, attracting and managing investors, corporate governance considerations, financial reporting and internal controls, as well as how technology has revolutionized the markets and the process.

Sponsor Representatives:

Joseph DiLeo
Audit Managing Director

Deborah Pawlowski, IRC
Founder and CEO
Kei Advisors LLC

Margaret K. Rhoda
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Ritesh Veera
Co-Head of Investment Banking
Maxim Group

Alexander R. McClean
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP


Sponsor Representatives

Alexander R. McClean, Partner
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Alexander R. McClean, practice group leader, focuses his practice on securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general business and corporate matters. He regularly counsels public companies regarding compliance with disclosure requirements and exchange listing standards. He represents issuers and underwriters in capital market transactions and counsels investment advisors and broker-dealers on regulatory compliance.

Joseph DiLeo, Audit Managing Director

Joseph DiLeo, as Audit Managing Director, leads Deloitte’s Accounting and Reporting Advisory Services (ARA) group in the Upstate NY practice, providing expertise on a variety of technical accounting matters ranging from complex transactions to the adoption of new accounting standards. Mr. DiLeo brings his 25+ years of experience serving companies at various stages of their life cycles – from large public companies to emerging growth companies.  Prior to his current role, he worked in Deloitte’s National Office for over 10 years formulating policies and liaising with regulators and standard-setters; gained significant experience in SEC reporting – particularly related to registration statements, periodic filings, and SEC comment letters; and he specializes in technical accounting and financial reporting matters – notably, revenue recognition, accounting for leases, and financial statement classification matters. Joe also serves as the diversity, equity, and inclusion leader for the Upstate NY practice and is active in local recruiting and community activities.

Deborah Pawlowski, IRC, Founder and CEO
Kei Advisors LLC

Deborah Pawlowski is a proven entrepreneurial business leader with more than thirty years’ experience in investor relations, capital markets, marketing, strategic planning, leadership coaching and management.  Ms. Pawlowski has a demonstrated track record of success with communication deployments of successful strategic shifts, market perception alignments, crisis management, and capital raises. Her experience base comes from both the corporate perspective, while leading the investor relations program at National Fuel Gas Company (NFG), a diversified energy company, and American Precision Industries Inc., a diversified manufacturing company, and as a consultant with more than twenty years as founder of Kei Advisors LLC. She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she received her B.S. in General Engineering. She received her M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Margaret K. Rhoda, Attorney
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Margaret K. Rhoda leverages her experience counseling clients in real estate and capital markets at a large law firm in Chicago to advise publicly held and private companies in federal securities compliance, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and corporate governance matters. She has experience drafting transactional and governance documents, performing due diligence review, and advising companies with respect to regulatory requirements and compliance. Before joining HSE, Margaret practiced at Proskauer Rose LLP in Chicago.

Ritesh Veera, Co-Head of Investment Banking
Maxim Group

Ritesh Veera has over 14 years of investment banking and financial services experience. Mr. Veera has completed a vast array of transactions across different product types including IPOs, Secondaries/ Follow-on Offerings, SPACs, CMPO’s, RD, PIPEs, Privates, Fairness Opinions and M&A mandates. His clients span a broad range of industries including Healthcare, Technology, Industrials, Esports & Gaming, Energy, Consumer, REITs & financial services. Prior to joining Maxim, Mr. Veera was a Vice President at Provident group, a mid-market Investment bank serving emerging growth sectors. Prior to that, he was a VP at Rodman &Renshaw, where he spearheaded the India initiative and was instrumental in originating and closing several deals across sectors. In his tenure, he has managed over $5 billion in corporate finance transaction. He holds an MBA from the Baruch College and holds a BBA from Mumbai University.


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