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TAG Corp Dev Presents: The Year of the IPO: From Uber to Lyft, what’s driving 2019 to be a banner year for Tech IPOs



The Tech IPO market activity has reached an all-time high with $17.1B raised in the first half of 2019, 75% more than the previous annual record. NASDAQ alone saw 97 new IPOs. We’ll discuss why and how 2019 became the year of the IPO. Then we will dive into the IPO process itself and discuss how proper planning, well in advance, is key to navigate challenges that will inevitably arise.

The Executives from four of the most recent successful Atlanta IPOs with a current cumulative market cap of over $6 billion, Change Healthcare, Cardlytics, EVO payments, and Greensky, will discuss their collective experiences navigating the IPO process and what they believe anyone considering an IPO should know before starting the process in order to prepare for success. The TAG Corporate Development Society is presenting this fascinating panel at Atlanta Tech Village moderated by the Managing Director of new listings of NASDAQ. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Atlanta Tech Village - Community Room
3423 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30305


Loretta Cecil, Executive Vice President & General Counsel - Change Healthcare
Loretta Cecil serves as the Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Change Healthcare, one of the world’s largest healthcare IT companies.  Entering her thirty-seventh year as a practicing attorney, Loretta is responsible for the day to day management of Change Healthcare’s team of legal, compliance, and public affairs professionals. Loretta previously was Senior Vice President, Governance Relations, McKesson Corporation, and General Counsel, McKesson Technology Solutions.   Before joining Change Healthcare and McKesson, Loretta also held several senior positions at both AT&T Corporation and NCR Corporation.  In June 2012, Loretta was named Atlanta Business Chronicle’s first–ever Outstanding General Counsel, Large Corporation, for the American Association of Corporate Counsel.

Loretta received her law degree with Honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.

David Evans, Chief Financial Officer - Cardlytics
David Evans is the Chief Financial Officer & Head of Corporate Development at Cardlytics where he oversees accounting and financial planning & analysis as well as investor relations, capital formation initiatives, strategic alliances and mergers & acquisitions within the company. David brings 15 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and engineering. Prior to Cardlytics, David directed investment banking coverage efforts at Wells Fargo Securities on behalf of clients in the financial technology sector, where he was responsible for originating, negotiating and executing mergers & acquisitions, equity and leveraged finance transactions. David earned a BSE in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Kevin Hodges, EVP and Chief Financial Officer - Evo Payments
Kevin is responsible for the EVO’s expanding global financial operations. Prior to joining EVO, Kevin held various senior financial positions at Global Payments Inc., serving as Vice President of Global Finance, Vice President of International Finance and External Reporting, and Director of Corporate Development and Strategy. Mr. Hodges received his Masters of Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University and his Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hodges is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Rob Partlow, EVP and Chief Financial Officer - Greensky
As the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Greensky, Robert Partlow is responsible for all areas of finance, accounting, budgeting, treasury management, and planning business unit profitability. Mr. Partlow’s career spans over 25 years in Accounting, Tax, Capital Markets, and Portfolio Management for both public and private entities. Mr. Partlow received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Virginia.

Eklavya Saraf, Managing Director - NASDAQ, New Listings & Capital Markets (Moderator)
Eklavya Saraf is a Managing Director of New Listings at NASDAQ. In this role, Eklavya is responsible for managing NASDAQ’s efforts to attract U.S. listings. He has over ten years of experience in the capital markets industry. He works with early stage companies to maximize financing and visibility opportunities afforded by NASDAQ’s resources for companies going public. Eklavya works very closely with venture capital and advisors to today’s private companies to educate them on the liquidity options NASDAQ can provide.

Members - $30
Non-Members - $50
ATV Companies - Contact rebecca@tagonline.org to register

Parking/Driving Directions:
Atlanta Tech Village is located in the heart of Buckhead at the corner or Lenox and Piedmont Road
Paid Parking is available weekdays after 4:00 PM and all day on weekends
Easy and close parking options are found down the street, as detailed here


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