Joe Adipietro is a director in the leveraged finance group at Credit Suisse First Boston. As a capital markets professional, Mr. Adipietro focuses on structuring and syndicating bank financings and bridge loans for financial sponsors and corporate clients in a broad range of industries. The types of financing include leveraged buyouts, refinancings and recapitalizations. Mr. Adipietro has been with the firm since 1996, when he joined Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, which was subsequently acquired by CSFB.
From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Adipietro was a banker in the structured finance group at Citicorp Securities, Inc., where he focused on originating asset-based loans for corporate clients. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Adipietro was an associate in the global trade finance group at Citicorp, where he provided cross-border financing to large industrial corporations.
Mr. Adipietro holds a BS from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Christopher Aidun is a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. The firm focuses on representing venture capital and strategic investors in high technology, biotechnology and other growth companies. The firm also represents Global 2000 companies in joint ventures and strategic relationships with technology firms and other companies. Venture capital clients include Lehman Venture Capital Partners, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and GE Capital. Strategic investor and joint venture clients include Pirelli, The Reader's Digest Association and RegistryPro.
Mr. Aidun frequently writes and speaks on venture capital, technology law and strategic partnering issues. Recent articles include "Creating Brand Equity in Top-Level Domain Names" in the New York Law Journal (June 12, 2001), "Current Trends in Venture Capital Financing" in Cyberspace Lawyer (April 2001) and "13 Steps for Achieving Successful Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances" in Start-up and Emerging Company Strategist (February 2001).
Mr. Aidun received his JD from New York University Law School, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar.
The CEO of Mental Charge Media, Naif Al-Mutawa is experienced in both print media and start-ups. Mr. Al-Mutawa wrote a biweekly column for five years in the United States and Kuwait and won a UNESCO prize for children's literature for his first children's book, which he wrote, illustrated and self-published. Since then, his book and its sequel have sold more than 20,000 copies. Mr. Al-Mutawa has also been involved in a venture-backed start-up in Bahrain.
A doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, Mr. Al-Mutawa recently completed his MBA at Columbia Business School. He received his BA from Tufts University in English literature and clinical psychology.
A lawyer with an accounting and finance background, Jim Alterbaum takes a business and entrepreneurial approach to the law. He focuses on corporate, securities, commercial and computer law, serving a number of public, private and corporate clients in diverse fields. His clients include a number of regional accounting firms.
A dynamic speaker who lectures at Columbia Business School, Mr. Alterbaum has appeared on CNBC's "Money Talk" and "Today's Business” and many other talk shows. He is frequently quoted in newspapers and trade publications and has written numerous trade articles. The Nassau County Epilepsy Foundation voted him "Man of the Year" in 1999.
David Anthony is an experienced entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and management consultant focused on emerging and start-up technology ventures. His functional expertise includes new venture evaluation and creation, scientific and market due diligence, intellectual property, international science R&D and private equity finance. His industry expertise includes nanotechnology, media, and university technology-transfer.
Currently, Mr. Anthony is a partner at Unus Ventures, a firm that invests in early-stage nanotechnology companies. The fund identifies leading nanotechnology research that is incubating at universities and research labs and then provides financial and managerial capital required for realizing commercial application. In 1995, Mr. Anthony launched Notorious Entertainment, a developer of multimedia brands, which published the internationally distributed magazine Notorious. He has also consulted with Fortune 500 clients on capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, and entrepreneurship. Mr. Anthony sits on the board of AccessWorld Solutions, an American Foundation for the Blind business unit focused on adaptive media and assistive technology.
He holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College, and a BA in economics from George Washington University.
Christine Bates ’75
Since 1992, Christine Bates has served as the director of Greenough & Company Inc., providing corporate development and strategic marketing expertise to rapidly growing companies. She is actively involved in assessing client business models and helping entrepreneurs build businesses. She joined Greenough & Company from PP Enterprises, the U.S. subsidiary of a major British multinational where she was responsible for recommending investment opportunities in North and South America. Ms. Bates also has experience as an international banker with assignments in Brazil and South Korea for major financial institutions. Before attending business school, Ms. Bates was project director for Artrain, a national traveling arts program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
In addition to her MBA from Columbia, Ms. Bates holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MA in art history from the University of Michigan.
Michael Becker ’93
Michael Becker is the managing director and a cofounder of Broadsword Partners, a New York-based merchant bank involved in private equity and advisory transactions. He has served in senior level positions over a number of years with Wall Street firms, most recently as the director of equities at UBS Warburg, senior vice president at Smith Barney Shearson, and vice president at Kidder Peabody. His responsibilities included institutional and retail equity analysis and raising capital. Mr. Becker has been an active private equity investor for many years.
In addition to receiving an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School, Mr. Becker earned a BS in finance at the University of Arizona.