M. Ridgway Barker, Partner
Ridge Barker is a partner in Withersworldwide’s US corporate division. His practice focuses on a full range of business and corporate transactional matters including IPOs and other registered offerings, SPACs, Rule 144A / Regulation S / Regulation A offerings, private placements, asset securitizations, token analysis and structuring, token distribution, credit facilities, and debt financings, stock and asset M&A transactions, divestitures and spin-offs, recapitalizations, joint ventures, partnership transactions, forward purchase and sale transactions, corporate and family office governance, private equity, and venture capital formation and investment, equity and executive compensation, broker-dealer and investment adviser registration and regulation, public disclosure and reporting, corporate and regulatory compliance, internal and regulatory investigations, and corporate control litigation, among other areas.
Simona Mola, Senior Manager
Simona Mola has two decades of experience in consulting, government, and academia. At Cornerstone Research, Dr. Mola conducts financial and economic analyses in complex commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. Prior to joining the private sector, Dr. Mola was assistant professor at Arizona State University and also served as assistant director and senior policy advisor at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. At the SEC, she led and developed numerous economic analyses for high-profile rulemakings and policy projects related to corporate finance, disclosure requirements, capital formation, corporate governance, and executive compensation. Dr. Mola has expertise with economic issues involving cryptocurrency, blockchain use cases, and token economies. She regularly publishes in the space and has presented in numerous conferences.
E. Patrick Gilman, Partner
Brown Rudnick LLP
Patrick Gilman is a partner in Brown Rudnick’s White Collar Defense, Investigations & Compliance Practice Group. Patrick is a former federal prosecutor in the United States Army and a seasoned trial lawyer with extensive experience before both federal and state trial and appellate courts. Patrick represents corporate and individual clients on all aspects of complex civil and criminal matters, corporate governance including internal investigations, cybersecurity and privacy, FCPA, Anti-Bribery, Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Investigations, OFAC Sanctions programs, developing and implementing corporate compliance programs, and representing companies and CEOs before both the DOJ and SEC. Patrick is a decorated combat veteran with more than 16 years of experience in investigations and litigation, national security law, and disrupting illicit financial criminal networks.