North America: About the authors

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United States introduction
John S Taylor

Director of Research

National Venture Capital Association

John S Taylor is Director of Research at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) which is based in the Washington, DC area. He is responsible for developing and overseeing association data and research efforts. He joined the NVCA in 1996.

Mr Taylor was a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting in Washington, DC and has since held senior product manager and IT positions in both large and small organizations. He has served as a board member of both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations.

He received an MBA degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and a BS degree in chemistry from Dickinson College.

Canada
Nicholas Dietrich

Smith Lyons

Mr Dietrich is a partner in the Toronto office of Smith Lyons. Mr Dietrich's practice is concentrated in corporate and commercial law, with extensive exposure to mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity/ venture capital investment. Most recently, on the private equity side, he has been extensively involved in: the acquisition (including financing) on behalf of a private venture capital fund, of a group of online call centres in the Maritimes; the representation of several pension funds and merchant banks in investments in various high-tech, e-commerce and incubator funds; several acquisitions/ joint ventures in the data processing industry using extensive transition and outsourcing documentation; the representation of a merchant bank in the construction financing of a commercial alcohol production facility; and the structuring and financing of a Canada-US joint venture in the telecommunications industry which required extensive regulatory review and compliance. Dietrich is also responsible on a day-to-day basis for the legal needs of a number of clients in diverse business areas which include aircraft manufacturing, computer software, e-commerce, healthcare, financial services and the distribution and retail sectors. He sits on the board of directors of over a dozen client companies.

Mr Dietrich has appeared on panels and lectured in the past to organizations such as the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Toronto Cash Management Society, The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and The Canadian Institute as well as on behalf of The Law Society of Upper Canada and as a faculty member of the Canadian Bar Association's Annual Institute in Ontario. In addition, he has assisted in preparing materials on international financing for the Practising Law Institute in New York. Mr Dietrich has authored or co-authored or has had abstracted over a dozen published articles in the past 18 months in journals as diverse as International Financial Law Review, Mergers & Acquisitions in Canada, Bowne Digest For Corporate & Securities Lawyers, The M&A Lawyer, CCH Corporate Brief, Corporate Governance Review and Canadian Investor Relations Institute Newsline.

Mexico

Samuel García-Cuéllar

Creel, García-Cuéllar y Müggenburg

Born Mexico City, Mexico, 1942. Admitted 1968, Mexico. Education: Escuela Libre de Derecho (LLB).

Author: "Reestructuración de la Deuda Externa" (Restructuring of Foreign Debt) in the official publication of the Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, IMEF, 1983; co-author of the chapter "Regulatory Environment" in the book "Mexico: Meeting the Challenge", by Euromoney Publications PLC, 1991; co-author: La Importancia de la Reciprocidad en materia de Satélites" ("The Importance of Reciprocity in the Field of Satellite Communications") in Medcom, 1996; co-author: special report on Mexico, in "Telecommunications: an International Legal Guide", by International Financial Law Review, 1996; co-author of the chapter "Mexico" in the book "Advertising Law in Europe and North America", edited by James Maxeiner and Peter Schotthöfer, published by Kluwer Law International, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1999.

Email: s.garcia-cuellar@creel.com.mx

Jean Michel Enriquez

Creel, García-Cuéllar y Müggenburg

Born Mexico City, Mexico, 1970. Admitted 1995, Mexico. Education: Universidad Iberoamericana (LLB); The London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM, 1997); Foreign Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York (1997 - 1998).

Co-author: "La Importancia de la Reciprocidad en Materia de Satélites" ("The Importance of Reciprocity in the Field of Satellite Communications") in Medcom, 1996; co-author: special report on Mexico, in "Telecommunications: an International Legal Guide", by International Financial Law Review, 1996; author of "Recurring Legal Issues for Private Equity Funds in Mexico", in Latin American Law and Business Report, Volume 7, Number 8, 1999; author of "Investing in Mexico through Neutral Investments", in Latin American Law and Business Report, Volume 8, Number 1, January 31, 2000; co-author: "Blanket Lien Mechanism now Available in Mexico" in Latin American Law and Business Report, Volume 8, Number 8, August 31, 2000.

Email: jean.michel.enriquez@creel.com.mx

United States
Gerry Cater

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Gerry is a partner in the Corporate Group of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in London, where he specializes in venture capital and private equity transactions, buy-outs, securities offerings, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. He recently transferred from WCP's Washington, D.C. office to assist in the expansion of the firm's private equity and high-tech practice in Europe.

Gerry represents a number of venture capital and private equity funds in investments in private and public companies. He also represents start-up and emerging growth companies. Most recently, he has worked on matters involving The Carlyle Group, ABN Amro International Venture Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Audiopoint, Interconex/Interdean and Pizza Software Ltd. Gerry received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was Essays Editor of The Yale Law Journal. Prior to joining WCP, he clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. District of Connecticut.

Robert Hoyt

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Bob is a partner in the Corporate Group of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Bob's experience includes venture capital/private equity transactions, start-up and public company counselling and securities litigation. He works with boards of directors on transactions, restructurings, disclosures and investigations.

Bob received his law degree with cum laude distinction and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Comment Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prior to joining WCP, he clerked for Justice Herbert P. Wilkins of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Greg Ewald

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Greg is a counsel in the Corporate Group of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he specializes in domestic and international private equity and venture capital financings, technology transactions and capital market financings. He has extensive experience advising clients on the formationof domestic and international strategic alliances in the technology sector, as well as representing institutional and corporate investors in their private equity and venture capital investments. His experience also includes representing emerging growth companies and mature technology companies.

Before joining WCP, Greg clerked for Judge C. Arlen Beam of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit and Justice George E. Lohr of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also worked for three years as the Coordinator of International Relations for the Tokushima Prefectural Government in Japan and speaks Japanese.