MARY MADELINE ROBERTS, ESQ.
CREDENTIALS
EDUCATION

TOP-THREE LAW SCHOOL

University of Chicago Law School

Juris Doctor (J.D.), '14

  • Activities:  Chicago Economics Society, Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab (Finance-Team, Lead), Keystone Leadership Program, Women's Mentoring Group, Alumni Interviewer

  

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Tufts University

A.B. Political Science & Art History, Summa cum laude, ‘11

  • Honors:  Summa cum laude, Dean’s List (every semester), Major GPA: 4.0 (top 2%), Phi Sigma Alpha Honors Society

  • Activities:  Tufts Financial Group, Tufts Art History Society, Tufts Varsity Tennis Team, The Primary Source (writer), Leonard Carmichael Society (volunteer writing tutor)

BAR ADMISSION 

Admitted to practice in New York, 1st  Appellate Division

WORK EXPERIENCE

International Fashion House                 

Senior Counsel  (June 2016-Oct. 2016)                                         

  • Served as primary, lead counsel for an international fashion company 

  • Advised the Company in negotiations with venture capitalists and drafted related agreements for seed financing rounds

  • Reviewed the Company’s financials and internal operations in an effort to help grow and maintain its $10 million valuation, such as by revising its corporate structure and redrafting its operating agreements

  • Oversaw internal operations and financial management for securing further investors and seed-funding

  • Negotiated and drafted licensing agreements with international third-party vendors, distributors and   industry-counterparties

  • Managed and updated IP- and licensing agreements between the Company and international hotel chains, music/record companies, distributors and vendors; as well as managed internal board meetings, protocols and practices

  • Aided in negotiating and preparing internal documents relating to the Company’s recent store opening and forthcoming store openings across the country

 

Bowles Liberman & Newman LLP                  

Associate Attorney  (Aug. 2015 – April 2016)

  • Created/registered limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations for start-ups and PE-funds, and drafted related corporate documents such as operating agreements and certificates of incorporation, so as to ensure internal compliance with applicable rules and regulations

  • Negotiated seed-stage, venture capital financing rounds for start-ups and high-growth companies

  • Represented numerous professional artists, galleries, and dealers in an array of negotiations for which I drafted a variety of related agreements for; formed new art-related entities; drafted releases for TV & theatre productions

  • Launched/structured private equity, luxury asset funds by authoring confidential private placement memoranda (PPMs) for affiliated master, offshore and onshore LPs; draft related subscription agreements and pitch books for advertising interests in private funds; and prepared/filed Reg.-D offering materials using EDGAR

  • Drafted and negotiated transnational purchase agreements, employment contracts, securitized loans and promissory notes, as well as filed U.C.C.-1 financing statements, pursuant to U.C.C. Article 9

  • Structured securitized credit pools and asset securitizations for major financial firms and lenders by isolating and distributing credit risk, and form affiliated trusts and special purpose vehicles to address cash flow concerns and transnational tax issues; and negotiated/drafted collateralized loans and promissory notes

  • For the Litigation Department: drafted demand letters concerning notices of contractual breaches, as well as interrogatories and responses thereto; authored complaints asserting patent-infringement; initiated filings in connection with default judgments; and assisted with document production and analysis in a pending matter involving the corporate merger of an international, food distribution company

The Art Fund Association, LLC

Legal Writer & Editor/Manager  (Aug. 2015 – April 2016)

  • Served in conjunction with my associateship at Bowles Liberman & Newman LLP

  • Drafted and published articles for use by PE- and hedge fund managers concerning federal securities laws and SEC-Rules & Regulations

  • Such articles include one most recently set for publication by Marcum, LLP concerning the inclusion/drafting of prior performance records in pitch books and other offering materials for PE- and hedge funds, in light of the JOBS Act's impact upon: the (a) interpretation of pre-existing FINRA rules surrounding broker-dealer registration requirements; (b) anti-fraud provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940; and (c) solicitation and advertising rules for funds exempted under Rule 506 of Reg.-D

 

Credit Suisse                                                                       Investment Banking Division  (June 2015 – Aug. 2015)                              

  • Offer Extended

  • Represented the Investment Bank in negotiating and executing trades and SWAPs between international counterparties, including major, international financial and banking institutions, PE-funds, asset management firms and hedge funds

  • Aided in ensuring that SWAPs (ISDA-Agreements), OTC-derivatives and FX trades were timely executed and complied with applicable federal securities and banking laws, including Dodd-Frank, EMIR, Basel II & III and ISDA-Regulations

Kirkland & Ellis Corporate & Transactional Lab

Student-Attorney, Finance Team  (Jan. 2013 – Jan.  2014)                             

  • Analyzed the internal corporate costs of new compliance procedures in light of Dodd-Frank, the Volcker Rule and recently issued SEC-Guidance Letters concerning regulations affecting high-frequency trading and cyber-security for major financial institutions

  • Lead weekly conference calls with board members and general counselors of Fortune-500 Companies concerning the maintenance and compliance of their internal oversight measures, monitoring systems and corporate board procedures

  • Compiled an expansive data pool quantifying the potential risks and costs of patent-infringement litigation concerning high-frequency trading systems, as well as authored a related report for J.P. Morgan and leading investment banks assessing threats from patent trolls

 

Kent, Beatty & Gordon, LLP                                                             

Summer Associate Attorney  (June 2013 – Aug. 2013)                                 

  • Permanent Offer Extended

  • Assisted with litigation surrounding credit defaults, SWAPs (ISDA-Agreements), and the manipulation of LIBOR and the REPO-market

  • Authored memoranda concerning the ’33- and ’34-Securities’ Acts, ISDA-Regulations, Dodd-Frank and internal corporate governance issues arising from Caremark claims, Fairness Reviews and board procedures  

  • Aided in drafting and negotiating international contracts between investment banks, corporations and international distribution companies

  • Researched and drafted memoranda for the corporate department concerning the enforcement of contracts, corporate governance issues, wrongful termination and employment-agreements, tortious interference, internal compliance with Dodd-Frank and SEC-Regulations

  • Assisted with pro-­bono disputes involving the international repatriation of cultural artifacts looted during WWII, as well as artists’ right to control both the adaptation of their works and their reputation under Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990

 

Kennedy & Hughes, PLLC                                                   

Summer Associate Attorney  (June 2012 – Aug. 2012)

  • Researched pending tax legislation and recent amendments to the Internal Revenue Code and applicable state tax codes

  • Authored legal memoranda addressing tax-optimizing estate planning and corporate structuring, as well as tax implications for structuring business entities, corporate investments, trusts and estates for long-term fiscal growth

 

State House Representative & Minority Leader           Legislative & Policy Analyst  (May 2010 – Aug. 2010)

  • Wrote letters to constituents concerning the effects of proposed and newly passed legislation

  • Researched and analyzed various policies and proposed bills for the Representative

 

Silvercrest Asset Management Group                           Financial Analyst  (May 2009 – Aug. 2009)

  • Analyzed stocks, bonds, market trends, investment vehicles, short and long-term put and call options and ETF’s

  • Authored client-reports for PE-funds, start-ups and high-net worth clients having a minimum of $25 million in investable assets

  • Aided in reviewing and updating internal documents and procedures for investments in the affiliated hedge fund