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David  Graff

David Graff

General Counsel
Philadelphia, PA, USA

David Graff has 20 years experience in business finance, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on complex corporate reorganizations and investment vehicle/fund formation for emerging growth companies in the education, online media and digital technology industries. He has served as the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of a publicly traded company, and the Chief Legal Officer and Privacy Officer of two separate portfolios of digital media and technology companies. A versatile executive, Mr. Graff, during his tenure as CLO for Epic Media Group, Inc., both led the creation and spin-off of a new business, Online Intelligence, LLC (which offered trademark protection and anti-fraud services to media and branded content companies) and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Among other accomplishments, David managed the IPO for Edison Schools, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDSN), which raised over $750 million in the capital markets.  He led a team of in-house and outside counsel in the acquisition of Connexus Corporation, a leading digital display advertising network, and has orchestrated several other complex acquisitions in the digital media and technology industry.  Mr. Graff has advised on credit facilities and loans, investment opportunities, joint ventures and workouts for a variety of education industry, and digital start-ups.

A frequent speaker on legal, compliance and regulatory issues affecting the digital marketplace, David is also a principal of Trilogy Films, an independent film, television and digital media company he co-founded with his wife, award-winning director Dawn Porter. Trilogy has developed, produced and directed films, television features, and digital content for HBO Films, the Food Network, Chase Bank, and tablet application developers.

David lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife and two (active) boys, ages 12 and 10.


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