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BIO

MARK F. KATZ

As a result of more than 40 years as a transactional attorney, I have substantial experience in representing U.S. and foreign clients in mergers & acquisitions, securities offerings and other financings, joint ventures, IP licenses, partnership agreements and a broad range of other commercial, corporate, real estate, employment and international matters. In the course of negotiating these transactions, I have been on both sides of most business issues. My work has involved diverse industries, including technology, finance, real estate, manufacturing, consumer products, retailing, hospitality and pharmaceuticals and I am AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

I am currently in-house counsel for a multinational technology company, where my responsibilities include mergers & acquisitions and technology licensing transactions. Previously, as General Counsel for E*Trade, International I was responsible for M&A, IP licensing, securities and other matters. For the prior 15 years I was a senior partner at Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa & Towle, LLP, a well-respected 30-lawyer Los Angeles firm which was a Gibson Dunn "spin-off."

My career began in New York, with the international law firm of White & Case, after a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. This was followed by the opportunity to work in Singapore with a local Chinese law firm as an international business attorney.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, I received my undergraduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and also participated in its Program in East Asian Studies.

MEDIATION PANELS

I am a member of the following mediation panels:

United States District Court, Northern District of California

Superior Court, Santa Clara County

Superior Court, San Mateo County

In addition to having more than 10 years of "hands-on" experience as a successful mediator, I have participated in extensive mediation training programs, including the Advanced Mediation Training Program conducted by the USDC for the Northern District of California. From 1997-2000, I was also a member of the L.A. Superior Court Mediation Panel.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Panelist, "Mediating International Business Disputes in Singapore and California: Some Practical Tips," presented to the International Committee of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), October 2010.

Panelist, "Cross-Border Litigation: The In-House Perspective," presented at "Lost in Translation: Cross-Border Considerations in California Litigation," 34th Annual Seminar of the California Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Colorado Springs, October, 2009.

Moderator and Panelist, "Practical Tips on Mediating International and Cross-Cultural Disputes," presentation to the International Committee of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the ACC, July, 2009.

Moderator and Panelist, "Conducting Effective Cross-Cultural Negotiations," a series of 10 humorous mock negotiations between U.S. and Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Spanish and Turkish businesspeople. The program has been presented to over 1,000 attorneys since 2006 at meetings of organizations such as the San Francisco Bay Chapter of ACC, the State Bar of California (Annual Meetings), and the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel (SVAGC).

Panelist, "Negotiating for Success: Effective Advocacy in ADR," Presentation to Annual National Meeting of ACC, September, 2005, Washington, D.C.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Co-Chair, International Law Committee, San Francisco Bay Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel 2001-2012

Chair, Sub-Committee on International Sales Agreements, International Bar Association 2003-2005

Chair, Sub-Committee on International Sale of Goods, International Bar Association 1997-2001

Executive Committee, International Law Section of State Bar of California 2003- 2009

Director, DEP Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed personal care products company, 1983-1993

Languages: Fluent in French (and available to conduct mediations in French); also conversant in German