August 14, 2000

David Brown to Chair Conference on "Growth and Survival Strategies for Internet and Technology Companies"

Partners Vaughan Curtis and Bryan Ives will be Panel Moderators A wave of recent volatility in the “New Economy” has been underscored by the record setting spring NASDAQ and Dow tumbles. Despite technology stocks peaking in early March, it remains the most active and fastest growing sector in the economy. The erratic performance of many major technology companies has spawned a cautious and reflective attitude in the “New Economy.” In response to this need for concrete solutions in this uncertain and tumultuous market territory, Strategic Research Institute-Private Equity Group is hosting its sixth sell-out Internet and Technology Conference Series entitled “Growth and Survival Strategies for Internet and Technology Companies” on September 14-15, 2000 in New York City. David Brown , a partner at Alston & Bird LLP, will co-chair the two-day event. Partners Vaughan Curtis and Bryan Ives will participate in the conference as panel moderators in two separate discussions that focus on practical strategies for the needs of technology and Internet companies. The conference will offer practical strategies for addressing the critical issues such as financing and raising capital, as well as international business opportunities and restrictions facing Internet and technology companies of today. Commenting on Alston & Bird’s participation in the event, conference co-chair
David Brown remarked, “The business needs of the technology industry transcend the conventional business model and demand comprehensive and in-depth strategies that address the enormous growth and legal issues facing the industry. Alston & Bird is determined to stay at the forefront of the technology concerns by addressing aggressively and individually the unique needs of the technology industry.” David E. Brown, Jr. is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Technology, Financial Services and Internet and E-Business Practice Groups in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brown's practice focuses on electronic commerce, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and capital formation transactions, with emphasis on the technology, telecommunications, and financial services industries and emerging growth companies. Mr. Brown is a frequent speaker on topics related to electronic commerce, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation, and is widely published on a variety of related topics, including strategic alliances and M&A. Vaughan Curtis is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office, and has chaired the firm's Corporate Health Care Practice Group since 1993. He also serves on the firm's executive committee. His practice focuses on the representation of e-health and other health care companies, investment banks and venture capital firms which finance and advise such health care companies. Bryan Ives is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. His practice area is Capital Markets and Investments. He focuses primarily on corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, transactional tax planning, venture financing, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

Alston & Bird has built one of the largest Internet and E-Business practices in the nation and the largest in the southeast. The Firm's Internet and E-Business practice includes over 165 attorneys with experience in domestic and international licensing and distribution of information software and content, systems integration and outsourcing, new media, telecommunications, electronic commerce, digital signatures, intellectual property protection and litigation, capital formation at all stages of growth, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures – all as they apply particularly to technology, electronic commerce and traditional businesses.

Alston & Bird has made a long-term commitment to the ongoing development of its Internet and E-Business capabilities. As part of this commitment the Firm has been and remains at the forefront in the application of technology both internally and on behalf of its clients. Recognized for this commitment in 1998, Alston & Bird tied for first place in The American Lawyer’s AmLaw Tech magazine’s ranking of 100 major law firms based on their “technology prowess.”

With offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Charlotte and the Research Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina, Alston & Bird is one of the largest and oldest law firms in the country. Its more than 475 attorneys provide a full range of services to domestic and international clients who conduct business all over the world. In addition to technology and e-commerce, Alston & Bird’s practice areas include: securities litigation and capital markets, financial services, tax and employee benefits, capital markets and investment, finance and public finance, intellectual property, international, trial and appellate, health care, real estate, environmental, antitrust and investigations, bankruptcy, reorganizations and workouts, fiduciary, and labor and employment.
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