I've canvased the globe in my professional life, spending 17 years in the sophisticated world of international corporate law. This experience informed my understanding of how cultural nuances inherent to international business relationships combine with the universal economic sensibilities that drive success. This synergy forms the basis of SL Consulting's market analysis and investment projects.
I have the expertise to help you work smarter, not harder. I have a passion for turning big problems into manageable solutions.
University of Chicago Law School
Joseph E. Green Scholar — University of Chicago Law School Scholarship
Bachelor of Arts
Magna Cum Laude, Double Major in Philosophy and Religion
AAA Honors Certificate in Philosophy, Visiting Scholar Program
Oxford Blues Varsity Women's Basketball
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
OIL & GAS / ENERGY
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
GLOBAL EXCHANGE OFFERINGS
FORIEGN PRIVATE INVESTMENT
GOVERNANCE & REGULATIONS
SL Consultants, Senior Legal Consultant - Present, Asheville, NC
SL Global Partners, Founder and Managing Partner- 2016 to 2019, Washington, DC
Arent Fox LLP, Senior Attorney, Corporate - 2015 to June 2016, Washington, DC
Vinson & Elkins, LLP, Senior Associate, Corporate - 2005 to 2014 Washington, DC / Dubai, UAE / Shanghai, China / London, UK
LEGAL AREAS OF EXPERTISE
International Capital Markets: Closed numerous domestic and international debt and equity securities offerings, including SEC-registered offerings, private placements under Rule 144A and Regulation S, shelf offerings, tender offers and exchange offers on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and international securities offerings on a number of foreign exchanges.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Represented public and private companies in global and domestic acquisitions and divestitures
Global Corporate Regulation: Advised private and public companies on general corporate governance matters, applicable regulations and best practices. Advised domestic and international issuers on their ongoing compliance obligations under U.S. securities laws, including the drafting of periodic reports under the ‘34 Act and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. International- Worked out of the Dubai, Shanghai and London offices assisting clients in cross-border transactions and regulatory compliance.
“Material Adverse Change (MAC) Clauses in M&A Transactions,” (co-authored with Star Wenjie Zhang), The China Dealmaker, May 2010
“Innovation and New Opportunities: Sukuk in the West,” Chapter 28 in Islamic Wealth Management: A Catalyst for Global Change and Innovation, Euromoney Books 2009
“Examining Alternative Investments & Private Equity,” presented at Islamic Finance World Conference, Toronto, May 2007
"Sukuk Structures in the Western World," presented at The World Islamic Banking Conference: European Summit, London, July 2008
“Racial Discrimination: The Record of South Africa”, HRDC, United Nations Economic and Social Council (2001)
"Big Law and The Wizard of Oz: Who's Behind the Curtain of Your Big Firm (and the Bill)?" published in Lawyer.com, February 2017
LEADERSHIP & SERVICE
Women's Truth & Justice Foundation: Co-Founder and Managing Director of Delaware non-profit corporation providing free and reduced-cost legal services to underrepresented women involved in legal matters in the courts of the District of Columbia and surrounding suburbs.
Board of Directors of Samaritan's Inn, a not-for-profit addiction treatment facility serving the homeless and other underrepresented populations in the Washington, DC Area (2014-2015).
Human Rights Advocacy: Co-led team of attorneys and law students to Mumbai and Chennai, India to document and prosecute cases of illegal slave labor and human trafficking, Winter, 2006 and Spring 2002, as featured in Duke Magazine (May/June 2002) and the Texas Bar Journal (Sept. 2006). Also, served on a team with a United States attorneys program to train international lawyers in in various areas of trial advocacy in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2007).
University of Chicago Human Rights Center, “Scholars at Risk” Program: Aided an intervention project on behalf of persecuted academics abroad and developed a curriculum for the University on intellectual freedom, Winter/Spring 2001
Human Right’s Documentation Center (HRDC): Co-wrote a country report on South Africa published for the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, Spring/Summer 2001
Served as a member of the Vinson & Elkins legal team in China (Shanghai and Beijing offices), which grossed the highest transactional M&A volume in China in 2010, including the largest investments by a Chinese company directly into U.S. energy.
Inaugural Board Member of The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), tasked with consulting and drafting the first set of regulations governing the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX) or currently, the NASDAQ Dubai.
Served on transactional team awarded 2007 Most Innovative Islamic Finance Deal of the Year ranked by Euromoney.
Inducted into the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College Honor Roll.