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Manager Account Executive

Location:
Scarsdale, New York, 10583, United States
Posted:
March 14, 2011

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RICH AKUETEY

** ******** ****

Scarsdale, New York 10583

(914) ***-****

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

VERTRUE INCORPORATED, Norwalk, CT 4/05-

present

Vice President, Legal Counsel

In-house business lawyer for internet marketing company. Key

responsibilities include providing creative, practical and timely

legal advice and guidance to senior business managers to help them

make decisions and navigate in a highly competitive, regulated and

fast changing business environment; spotting, analyzing and monitoring

legal developments (federal and state) affecting the business and

communicating the implications for the business to senior management;

and developing, implementing and monitoring compliance plans. Key

areas of focus include commercial transactions (primarily mergers and

acquisitions and commercial contracts), corporate law, consumer

privacy and data protection legal requirements, intellectual property

and employment law. Provide all corporate secretary functions.

Structure, draft, negotiate and create forms for a broad range of

commercial agreements, including merger, asset, stock and joint

venture agreements, confidentiality agreements, letters of intent,

credit agreements, marketing agreements, intellectual property

licensing agreements, real estate leases and employment and

consulting agreements. Manage outside counsel on matters relating to

mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and litigation. Lead in-house

lawyer for company's going private transaction in 2007. Supervised

the preparation and filing of '34 Act filings and compliance with

federal securities laws prior to company going private.

KRAMER LEVIN NAFTALIS & FRANKEL, New York, NY 10/01-

4/05

Corporate Associate

Represented corporate clients, banks, private equity funds and

investment banks in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, equity

and debt investments, financings and joint ventures. Responsibilities

included providing advice and guidance on corporate and securities

laws, structuring transactions and drafting and negotiating merger

agreements, purchase agreements, subscription agreements, credit

agreements, indentures, investment agreements, stockholders

agreements, warrant agreements, registration rights agreements,

limited liability company agreements, partnership agreements, joint

venture agreements and other transactional documents. Lead associate

on all transactions.

SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT, New York, NY

9/97-10/01

Corporate Associate

Represented corporate clients and private equity funds in mergers and

acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. Rotated through the

Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance and Bankruptcy departments.

Responsibilities included drafting and negotiating purchase

agreements, merger agreements, joint venture agreements, stockholders

agreements, credit agreements and other transactional documents;

preparing and reviewing various SEC filings; and conducting legal due

diligence and researching corporate and bankruptcy law issues.

EDUCATION

Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY

J.D May 1997

Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Columbia Law Review

Activities: Research Assistant to Professor James Liebman

Bernard M. Baruch College, New York, NY

BBA in Marketing, magna cum laude, June 1986

PRIOR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

ZIFF-DAVIS PUBLISHING, New York, NY

11/90-8/94

Senior Account Executive

Marketed software support databases to Fortune 500 companies.

Negotiated contracts with software companies and worked with software

developers to customize databases for clients.

ONE-CALL VIDEO, New York, NY

8/87-9/90

Owner/Manager

Founded and managed home delivery video business

BAR ADMISSION New York



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