Reverse Merger Workshop

  • Tuesday, January 10th, 2012. 3pm.

    This workshop will focus on how companies should prepare their IP for a successful partnering transaction.

    Discussion topic:

    Reverse Merger into a Public Shell. To what extent can this be an effective tool for growing companies to economically access the public capital markets. The processes, the costs, the pitfalls and execution issues will be examined.


    Jeff Margolis Founder and President, Aurora Capital LLC.

    President and founder of Aurora Capital LLC, Mr. Margolis founded Aurora in October 1994. Aurora Capital Corp. was registered with the SEC and became a member of the FINRA (formerly NASD) in May 1995. Aurora Capital LLC succeeded to the business of Aurora Capital Corp. on September 16, 1998. In 2004, Jeff began expanding the firm’s capabilities and founded Atypical BioCapital Management LLC (Atypical Bio(tm)) and Atypical BioVentures Fund LLC, a life science fund management company and venture fund respectively. Atypical Bio(tm) also manages a micro cap and small cap public life science portfolio for a fund-of-funds. The Atypical Bio(tm) group is an affiliate of Aurora. Prior to founding Aurora, Jeff was at D. Blech & Company Incorporated from 1992 until 1994, an investment banking firm specializing in biotechnology companies. Before joining D. Blech & Company, Mr. Margolis worked for nearly a decade for the Fundamental Brokers Group, an international affiliated group of fixed income securities brokers. His last position with the firm was chief financial officer. He holds the following securities industry registrations: (i) general securities principal (Series 24), (ii) registered representative (Series 7), (iii) state agent (Series 63), (iv) financial and operations principal (Series 27), (v) municipal securities principal (Series 54), (vi) options principal (Series 4).

    David N. Feldman Managing Partner, Richardson & Patel, & Fox PLLC.
    David N. Feldman is a Partner of Richardson & Patel in its New York City office. His practice focuses on corporate and securities matters and general representation of public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and high net worth individuals. He also actively advises on mergers and acquisitions and private equity, debt, venture capital and other financings.

    David is considered one of the country’s leading experts on alternatives to traditional initial public offerings, including reverse mergers, in which a private company becomes publicly traded through a merger with a publicly held “shell” company. His book on the subject, Reverse Mergers and Other Alternatives to a Traditional IPO, Second Edition (Bloomberg Press) was originally published in 2006, has been translated into Chinese and the second edition was released in December 2009. In 2011, labeled the book the “seminal text” on reverse mergers.

    A Wharton School graduate, David is the former Chair of Wharton’s worldwide alumni association board. He is a frequent public speaker, seminar leader and counsel on issues unique to small and midcap companies. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV and National Public Radio and been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Law Journal, The Deal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CFO magazine and others. David is also a contributor to An Issuer’s Guide to PIPEs (Bloomberg Press, 2009) and PIPES: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity, Revised and Updated Edition (Bloomberg Press, 2005). David’s blog,, is visited by thousands of professionals each month. David is also a regular contributor on entrepreneurship to’s small business site at

    David serves on a number of charitable boards as well as those of public companies. He has previously been a member of or associated with the law firms of Feldman LLP, Feldman & Ellenoff; Pryor Cashman LLP; Reavis & McGrath (now Fulbright & Jaworski); and Rivkin Radler LLP.

  • Sponsored by Aurora Capital Founder and President Jeff Margolis and Co-Hosted by David Feldman, Partner, Richardson Patel LLC.