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Deal Us In is a podcast brought to you by McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors. Deal Us In promotes the advancement of women in private equity and finance through conversations with women leaders and rising stars in the private equity and finance space. These conversations provide both insights and practical takeaways to inform your deal work and enhance the culture of your organization. If you’re ready to drive the industry toward a more inclusive and diverse environment then, it’s time to come to the table.

If you have a recommendation for an inspiring interviewee, a question you’d like us to ask, or topic you would like to hear covered, or if you’d like to tell us about women-focused initiatives in the field, please go to our website at www.dealusinpodcast.com.

This podcast was recorded and is being made available by McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors for informational purposes only. By accessing this podcast, you acknowledge that McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors make no warranty, guarantee or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in the podcast. The views, information or opinions expressed during this podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect those of McGuireWoods or 7 Mile Advisors. This podcast should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state and should not be construed as an offer to make or consider any investment or course of action.

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Deal Us In is a podcast brought to you by McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors. Deal Us In promotes the advancement of women in private equity and finance through conversations with women leaders and rising stars in the private equity and finance space. These conversations provide both insights and practical takeaways to inform your deal work and enhance the culture of your organization. If you’re ready to drive the industry toward a more inclusive and diverse environment then, it’s time to come to the table.

If you have a recommendation for an inspiring interviewee, a question you’d like us to ask, or topic you would like to hear covered, or if you’d like to tell us about women-focused initiatives in the field, please go to our website at www.dealusinpodcast.com.

This podcast was recorded and is being made available by McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors for informational purposes only. By accessing this podcast, you acknowledge that McGuireWoods and 7 Mile Advisors make no warranty, guarantee or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in the podcast. The views, information or opinions expressed during this podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect those of McGuireWoods or 7 Mile Advisors. This podcast should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state and should not be construed as an offer to make or consider any investment or course of action.

    Skeletons in the Closet: Arbitration and Conflict Dispute

    Skeletons in the Closet: Arbitration and Conflict Dispute

    When you’re a dealmaker, there’s always a risk that you’ll find yourself stuck in a complicated arbitration if things go awry. Regulatory issues can sneak up on you, so watch out!
    On this Halloween episode of Deal Us In, McGuireWoods partners and litigation specialists Jodie Lawson and Susan Rodriguez are here to guide you through the haunted maze that is dealing with business disputes.
    Jodie and Susan both advise digging into the specifics of your situation before deciding whether to handle it via arbitration or litigation. They say that a lot of clients think arbitration will be the easiest and cheapest way to solve a dispute, but that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t think you’re getting a treat and stumble into a trick!
    Jodie and Susan also discuss the nightmares that Form I-9s can give you. If a company you’re working with doesn’t have a workforce that is fully authorized to work in the United States — or it hasn’t made sure its employees filled out their Form I-9s correctly — you might be in for a long, conflict-filled road ahead.
    “It can be a real deal-killer: We've actually seen Form I-9 issues kill a deal,” Susan says.
    Tune into this spooky special to find out what skeletons may lurk in the arbitration closet, so you can be a better and safer dealmaker. With the right kind of legal support, you can unmask those legal monsters, and see that they aren’t so scary after all.
    👻 Featured Ghost 👻Name: https://www.mcguirewoods.com/people/l/jodie-herrmann-lawson (Jodie Lawson)
    What she does: Jodie is a partner at McGuireWoods and a high-stakes litigator, representing clients in federal and state court, and arbitrations. She defends Fortune 100 companies and other businesses in cases involving torts, contract disputes, property disputes, and class actions, and fiduciary, energy, and financial services litigation.
    Company: https://www.mcguirewoods.com (McGuireWoods)
    Where to find Jodie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodie-lawson-7a79196/ (LinkedIn)

    👻 Featured Ghost 👻Name: https://www.mcguirewoods.com/people/r/susan-c-rodriguez (Susan Rodriguez)
    What she does: Susan is a partner at McGuireWoods, and co-leader of the firm’s financial institutions industry team, primarily focusing on government investigations and complex civil litigation. She has defended clients in numerous government enforcement actions by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), among others.
    Company: https://www.mcguirewoods.com (McGuireWoods)
    Where to find Susan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-rodriguez-41768492/ (LinkedIn)
    🗝️ Key Points 🗝️Top takeaways from this episode
    Beware of the hidden costs of arbitration — Jodie and Susan say that sometimes attorneys think arbitration will always be the cheapest way to solve a dispute. This can be true, and there are other benefits to handling a conflict this way. However, sometimes litigation is the best route, because of all the fees that come with arbitration.
    Choose your state cautiously (no ouija boards) — Different states have different provisions that might impact whether you decide to go to court or get an arbitrator involved. If you can choose which state your dispute is addressed in, Jodie recommends picking the one that has substantive laws that fit with your specific agreement. But your business or dispute must be connected to the state or dispute in some way. It’s also a good idea to have legal counsel that is familiar with the specific laws in that state.
    Don’t get tricked by this scary form — Dealing with Form I-9, which verifies the employment authorization of people hired to work in the United States, can be tricky. Treat it with care: Susan says making mistakes on this form can be very costly. Make sure any workforces involved in your deal are authorized to work, and have filled out Form I-9 correctly. Or i

    • 37 min
    The Evolving Role of Business Development in Private Equity - How to Carve Your Own Path

    The Evolving Role of Business Development in Private Equity - How to Carve Your Own Path

    In order to fully cultivate the kinds of business relationships that result in lucrative deals, private equity firms are starting to look at designating a person or a team to source the most fruitful deals.
    For Meahgan O’Grady, who joined Palladium Equity Partners as Director of Business Development earlier in 2021, private equity is exciting because of the opportunity to work with founder-owned businesses that can really make waves.
    “It's such a special opportunity to speak with business owners in multiple different types of industries and talk about ways we could help them grow their business,” Meahgan says on this episode of Deal Us In.
    As the leader of the firm’s business development team, Meahgan works with a range of stakeholders, developing and enriching personal connections. She believes women often have a special talent in this arena, and although private equity firms are increasingly seeking the benefits of diverse teams, there’s still a way to go when it comes to helping women achieve their full potential in private equity.
    “Although it has evolved and gotten better by leaps and bounds, there's still room to grow,” she says.
    Meahgan thinks that women can continue to carve out their own niche in this industry by pushing through the difficult times and always advocating for themselves and others.
    Her advice: “Be the change that you want to see, and be that change from within. That's the best way to do it.”
    💡 Featured Guest 💡Name: Meahgan O’Grady
    What she does: Meahgan is the Director of Business Development at Palladium Equity Partners where she sources deals primarily with founder-owner businesses for the middle-market private equity firm.
    Company: https://www.palladiumequity.com (Palladium Equity Partners)
    Where to find Meahgan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meahganogrady/ (LinkedIn)
    🗝️ Key Points 🗝️Top takeaways from this episode
    Find the right tools to make networking easier — As a self-professed introvert, Meahgan recognizes that networking can be difficult, especially when you’re first starting your career. But eventually, she says, it’ll get easier — you just have to push through difficult moments and come up with some personalized methods that make business networking easier for you.
    Don’t be too shy to advocate for yourself — Women in business can have a particularly hard time talking about their own successes and highlighting all the ways they’ve helped their team. But advocating for yourself is crucial for professional development and seizing all the opportunities you deserve, so try to conquer that fear and highlight your strengths and talents.
    Change is best effectuated from within — Women who are involved in private equity leadership need to use their platforms to keep pushing for more diversity — that’s the only way real change will come.
    🔆 Episode Highlights 🔆[1:12] Path to private equity: Meaghan discusses her career path and background, which includes early years at Goldman Sachs and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
    [07:52] Allocating time, finding her path: When Meahgan was breaking into private equity and looking into professional organizations to join and passion projects to work on, she threw a lot of different ideas against the wall to see what stuck. Eventually, she says, you’ll find your niche, but it’s okay to try a few different ideas on for size.
    [11:20] It’s okay to be an introvert in BD: Meahgan says she is an introvert by nature, so professional networking isn’t always the most comfortable space for her. You don’t have to be a super bubbly extrovert to make great connections in the business space!
    [12:30] Step outside your comfort zone: While introverts definitely have a place in private equity and business development, they may have to work a little harder to forge connections. Meahgan says that you’ll probably have to work through some uncomfortable moments when building connections, b

    • 36 min
    Exploring Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19 (Pt. 2)

    Exploring Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19 (Pt. 2)

    Thanks to ongoing vaccination efforts, the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be over in the United States. That means people are going back to working in person in offices — but that doesn’t mean everything is back to business as usual.

    On this episode of Deal Us In, employee benefits and labor attorneys Carolyn Trenda and Dawn Cutlan Stetter continue our two-part conversation about the impacts of the pandemic on the workplace, particularly for women.

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    Exploring Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19 (Pt. 1)

    Exploring Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19 (Pt. 1)

    Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have had to contend with a host of new labor issues.

    For McGuireWoods lawyers Carolyn Trenda and Dawn Cutlan Stetter, who focus on employee benefits topics and general labor law respectively, the pandemic has changed the kinds of questions their clients are asking.

    • 36 min
    Flying Over the Wall: Black Women in Law and Private Equity

    Flying Over the Wall: Black Women in Law and Private Equity

    Women of color face pretty intense challenges when it comes to succeeding in the white male dominated fields of law and private equity.

    But Mirlande Telfort and Dami Oguntade have constantly hustled for success, and it has paid off with their successful careers at McGuireWoods. Though they have experienced challenges, they’ve both used their unique backgrounds to get a leg up in an intense industry, and now advise people in the same position to continue striving and breaking barriers.

    Learn how Mirlande and Dami have made the most of their skills and backgrounds, utilizing the power of strong female mentors and role models and strong will powers to keep moving forward even when the path seems impossible. And if they have to be the trailblazers, they always remember that they’ll be clearing the path for women of color behind them.

    • 40 min
    How to Navigate Male-Dominated Networking Events: Part 1

    How to Navigate Male-Dominated Networking Events: Part 1

    Networking events can be challenging at the best of times, but especially so when you’re the only woman in the room. It can feel like every set of eyes is on you, watching and scrutinizing everything you do and say.

    As 7 Mile Advisors’ Ariail Barker points out in this episode of Deal Us In: “I'm still not seeing myself reflected in a lot of the other banks that I am coming across at networking events. So it does add an additional ‘eek’ factor (for lack of a better word) going into some of these networking events, because it just feels that much more intimidating.”

    • 52 min

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