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Advisor: Eric Vendt

Last name: Vendt
First name: Eric
Company: Whiteford Taylor & Preston
Title: Partner
Email: evendt@wtplaw.com
Phone: 703.280.9261
Address: 3190 Fairview Park Drive Suite 300 Falls Church, VA
State: VA
Zip code: 22042
Website: wtplaw.com
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Region: SoMA



Business and Corporate, Private Equity and M&A

  • Represents small and middle market companies with respect to a broad range of commercial issues including entity formation and planning, corporate governance issues, joint ventures and investments, employee compensation plans and equity arrangements, ownership structures and exit strategies
  • Represents companies with respect to structuring financing, negotiating and consummating mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business combinations, distribution and license agreements, partnership and LLC agreements, and shareholder agreements
  • Represented community hospital in merger with large-scale health care provider system
  • Currently involved in a task force of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association to develop a form model shareholders' agreement

Private Capital

  • Represents companies with respect to corporate finance, including secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities as well as venture capital financing
  • Advises technology start-ups and middle market companies on venture capital and other equity financing strategies
  • Assisted nonprofit promoting music education in its private investment in technology company furthering portion of its charitable purpose

Business Succession Planning

  • Represent business owners in planning and effectuating succession plans through tax-efficient family transfers, sales to key management or other insiders or M&A transactions, drawing on corporate, tax and estate planning strategies to accomplish client oriented objectives
  • Frequently lectures on topics related to business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and partnership and corporate taxation
  • Advises business owners and wealthy individuals in connection with structuring tax-efficient transfers of business interests and other property

Government Contracts

  • Negotiated the $100 million sale of government contractor to a leading provider of technology services
  • Represented government contractor seller in the $100 million dollar sale of company equity to public company
  • Represented public company purchaser of government contractor in $8 million merger acquisition
  • Negotiated the sale of two affiliated companies for $48.5 million in cash and stock, to a so called "blank check" firm targeting the homeland security sector

Taxation & Corporate, Partnership, and Transactions

  • In conjunction with business and corporate work, provides tax counsel to clients concerning entity and joint venture structures, operational and transactional planning, company restructurings, equity issuances and exit strategies
  • Provides tax advice to business owners and wealthy individuals in connection with structuring tax-efficient transfers of business interests and other property
  • Regularly advises clients on the taxation of pass-through entities such as S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Advises clients on the taxation of equity compensation arrangements for key employees, including option, units, phantom stock and "profits" interests in both the corporate and LLC context

Cyber Security / Clean Energy

  • Member of the Clean Energy and Cyber Security industry groups
  • Representation of cyber security companies in connection with corporate governance and transactional matters
  • Advises solar energy start-up in connection with business plan and transactional matters
  • Represent clients in the acquisition of cyber security companies


  • Member: American Bar Association, Member, Business Law Section, Committee of Middle Market and Small Business
  • Member: Advisory Board, IncSpire, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce business incubator
  • Member: Board of Directors, Dominion Christian School
  • Co-Chair: Business Law Section of the Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member: Northern Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member of Personal Financial Planning, Technology and Taxation Committees
  • Certified Public Accountant: Maryland, 1992


  • “Advanced Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning Techniques” – Greater Washington Society of CPAs (November 15, 2012)
  • “You Can’t Fly Under the Radar:  Why Small and Mid-Sized Companies Need to Worry about Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws” – Panel Moderator, ABA Fall Meeting (November 18, 2011)
  • “Business Succession Planning and Estate Planning for the Family Vacation Home” – National Business Institute (August 2011)
  • "Succession Planning & Retirement Plans For Business: Exit Strategies and other Risk Considerations" (September 9, 2010, March 2010)
  • "Government Contracting M&A: 2009 in Review and Trends Going Forward" (December 2, 2009)
  • "Tax & Succession Planning" - Alexandria Dental Society - (November 12, 2009)


  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1995)
  • Bucknell University (B.S. 1991)

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November 7, 2013
Profiles in Growth:
Closing the Business Value Gap

Edwin Miller, CEO and Founder, 9Lenses
Edwin is a growth and turnaround thought leader whose proven skills in leadership, motivation, and business model assessment have had tremendous results in companies around the world. He founded 9Lenses to help executives find and resolve gaps in any aspect of their business. Recently named a “Top 12 CEO to Watch” by the Washington Business Journal, he is renowned for high-energy presentations that motivate executive audiences toward transforming their organizations. 

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Closing the Business Value Gap
November 7, 2013
7:30 am - 9:30 am
DeVry University
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Profiles in Growth:
Closing the Personal Value Gap

For the best personal outcome, owners must identify and bridge the gap between corporate value when they first contemplate an exit and value when the actual transaction takes place—not to mention after the sale. The time to dig a well is before you get thirsty, but in the midst of transferring the company’s ownership, personal planning often gets delayed or lost—a dangerous omission. The panel will examine case studies and share the real-world experiences of business owners and their heirs in the post-sale years.

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November 13, 2013
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Teqcorner Entrepreneur Center
1616 Anderson Rd.
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