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Fashion and Retail Law 2019: Trends and Developments

Speaker(s): Akiko Okuma, Ava Farshidi, Deanna Clark-Esposito, Douglas A. Hand, Giuliano Iannaccone, Howard S. Hogan, Jay Dubiner, Jeffrey M. Diamond, Jeffrey S. Hellman, Jennifer Bellah Maguire, John Maltbie, Joshua A. Sussberg, Joshua Stein, Lisa G. Clyde, Michael Neuman, Nina L. Kampler, Stacey M. Brandenburg, Yen D. Chu
Recorded on: Jun. 7, 2019
PLI Program #: 251359

Ava Farshidi is Assistant General Counsel at David Yurman, a luxury jewelry company based in New York City. Her work ranges across different practices including general corporate matters, commercial contracts, real estate, employment, and compliance. She also oversees David Yurman’s sustainability committee and received her Corporate Sustainability Certificate from NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to her role at David Yurman she served as Assistant General Counsel at Rebecca Minkoff. She has several publications on emerging issues in the fashion law industry, including Evaluating the FTC Guidelines Through the Career of  Fashion Blogger, 9 Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law 185 (2018) and The New Retail Experience and Its Unaddressed Privacy Concerns: How RFID and Mobile Location Analytics are Collecting Customer Information, 7 Case W. Res. J.L. Tech & Internet 15 (2016). Ava has spoken at numerous conferences on issues in the fashion industry and was the recipient of the Luxury Law Rising Star Award in London in 2017.

Howard S. Hogan is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Co-Chair of the Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products group.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Hogan has handled numerous complex cases in a variety of federal and state courts in several different substantive areas including general commercial, securities and employment matters, and internal investigations.

Mr. Hogan’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling, including trademark, copyright, patent, false advertising, right of publicity, licensing, and trade secret matters.  Mr. Hogan has represented various corporations and individuals in a broad range of industries, including financial services, sports, fashion, cosmetics, entertainment, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and online services.  A significant portion of Mr. Hogan’s practice involves computer, Internet, and new media-related issues.  He has represented and counseled a wide variety of companies on these issues, whether they are Internet-focused companies or traditional brick–and–mortar companies.  Many of Mr. Hogan’s matters have tested the application of traditional legal principles to the Internet and new media, such as in connection with issues of Internet jurisdiction, online contracting, and the application of trademark and copyright law to search engines, social media, and online sales.  Mr. Hogan also regularly counsels clients in connection with the application of privacy law to online commercial activities and data breaches, and has assisted clients with several substantial trade secrets and information security matters. 

Mr. Hogan is a frequent lecturer and writer on intellectual property and technology-related issues.  For example, Mr. Hogan is the co-author, with Gibson Dunn partner Lois Herzeca, of Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers, a treatise published by the Practising Law Institute (2013).  Mr. Hogan is also co-author of the trademark and domain name chapters of the treatise, Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace, published in 2011 by Bloomberg BNA in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and updated annually.  Mr. Hogan has also been a speaker at meetings of the International Trademark Association on "Competitors’ Use of Keyword Advertising and Search Engine Optimization"; the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas on "Data Customization and Privacy – Can They Coexist,?"; the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law on "Recent Developments in Survey Evidence"; and Comic-Con San Diego on entertainment law issues as part of the "Comic Book Law School" program.  Mr. Hogan has also provided commentary on intellectual property issues for CBS News, Bloomberg TV, and National Public Radio, and he has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Law360, Electronic Commerce & Law Report, The Recorder, and Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr. Hogan devotes significant time to assisting not-for-profit organizations with different issues.  In 2008, the Meals on Wheels Association of America honored Mr. Hogan with its ‘Friend of the Year Award’ for his assistance to MOWAA’s efforts to end senior hunger, and Mr. Hogan has served on the Boards of Directors for the Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, among others. 

From 1999-2000 Mr. Hogan was Law Clerk to the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  In 1994, Mr. Hogan helped to initiate the AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps, where he served as a Team Leader until 1996 and received the organization’s Outstanding Leadership Award in 1995.  Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Hogan was an associate with the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.

Mr. Hogan received his B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1994 in International Relations, Law, and Organization, Phi Beta Kappa with a European Studies Certificate.  In 1999 he received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Commentator and Research and Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board.  Mr. Hogan is also an alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where he spent the 1992-93 academic term as a visiting student.

Mr. Hogan is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia, and has been admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the D.C. Circuit and the Federal Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland, and the Eastern District of Texas.

Jay Dubiner is currently the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Authentic Brands Group, LLC in New York. ABG is a brand ownership and licensing company that owns over 50 celebrity/entertainment, sports and lifestyle brands such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Shaquille O’Neal, Prince, Nautica, Juicy Couture, Jones New York, Spyder and Aeropostale. ABG’s brands generate over $9.5 billion of retail sales worldwide.

Prior to joining ABG, Mr. Dubiner served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Vince Holdings Corp, where he was one of the key members of the management team to execute Vince’s spin off from Kellwood Corporation and subsequent IPO and listing on the NYSE.

Before Vince, he spent many years as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Warnaco Inc., a multibillion-dollar public, NYSE listed, global apparel, retail and consumer products company. During his tenure at Warnaco, Mr. Dubiner was a key member of the team that negotiated the successful public merger of Warnaco with PVH Corp.

Mr. Dubiner also served and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & General Counsel at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. where he ran the company’s legal and corporate development department.

Jay first moved in-house from private practice to become Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning for the internet/digital content division of the Universal Music Group.

In addition to Mr. Dubiner’s in-house corporate positions, he has worked at some of the country’s finest law firms in New York, including several years as an associate in the M&A department at Paul Weiss Rifkind & Garrison and as Of Counsel at Paul Hastings. In private practice, Mr. Dubiner focused on the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions primarily in the entertainment, media, publishing, apparel, consumer product and internet businesses.

Mr. Dubiner holds an LLM from New York University, School of Law, a JD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a BA(Honors) from York University.

Jeffrey Hellman is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at PVH Corp.  PVH Corp. is a global apparel company whose brand portfolio consists of nationally and internationally recognized brand names, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s, Olga and Speedo.

He works on mergers and acquisition transactions (including acquisitions of The Warnaco Group, Inc. and Tommy Hilfiger B.V.), joint ventures, financings and securities offerings and handles corporate governance, securities law, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation matters.

He also serves as pro bono counsel to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to college students planning to pursue careers in the fashion industry, a member of the Board of Directors of Comprehensive Development, Inc., a non-profit organization that partners with New York City public high schools to prepare young adults for successful futures, and an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School.

Mr. Hellman holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.S. Economics, Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Maltbie has served as the Director of Intellectual Property, Civil Enforcement for Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. since October 2012.  In that role, he oversees the intellectual property civil litigation and enforcement activities for some of the world’s most famous luxury brands, including, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Céline, Marc Jacobs, Emilio Pucci, Kenzo, Berluti, and Loewe.  Prior to joining Louis Vuitton, John was an intellectual property associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP, among others, where he represented clients, including, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Nike, adidas, Paramount Pictures, and Pernod Ricard, with respect to intellectual property issues ranging from trademark prosecution and licensing to brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting.  John has written a number of articles and chapters concerning intellectual property and was recognized by the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2012 as an “Associate to Watch” for Intellectual Property.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Josh Sussberg is a partner in the Restructuring Group of Kirkland & Ellis. Josh represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, sponsors and investors in all aspects of restructuring distressed companies. Josh has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business each year since 2011. Josh was named an “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts in December 2018, recognizing 15 lawyers nationwide who are leaders in the bankruptcy field. Josh was also recently recognized by The Deal as the 2018 “Consumer/Retail Lawyer of the Year.” Josh has a broad range of transactional and litigation experience across a number of industries including retail, energy, manufacturing, media, and transportation. Josh has also represented clients in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters. Some of Josh’s recent retail matters include Toys”R”Us, Z Gallerie, Charming Charlie, BCBG Max Azria, and Barneys.

Joshua Stein is the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC, a boutique commercial real estate law firm that he formed in Midtown Manhattan after 20+ years as a partner at a leading global law firm. His firm celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020. His practice focuses on acquisitions, development, financing, hotels, leasing (particularly ground leases), and loans. He acts regularly as an expert witness and occasionally as an arbitrator or mediator. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Association for Real Property and Infrastructure (ARPI), and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Since 1997, he has chaired the Practising Law Institute’s annual two-day seminar on commercial real estate financing. He chaired the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section for the year ending in May 2006. He has written five books and more than 300 articles on commercial real estate law and practice, many available at His name regularly appears in published lists of leading lawyers, such as the Chambers guides, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from Columbia, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a managing editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Nina Kampler has over 35 years of industry experience as a lawyer, broker, restructuring advisor, leasing expert and business consultant. She formed Kampler Advisory Group in 2012 to provide opportunistic value-added advisory services to the retail and real estate industries. Nina deploys her unique combination of legal and analytical skills, deep market knowledge, vast network of curated relationships, keen ability to discern trends in the consumer goods industry and real estate marketplace, and her rich familiarity with the retail real estate landscape throughout the USA, to resolve corporate and retail challenges.

From 2010 through 2012, she was Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s Retail Services Group, managing the New York Tri-State retail brokerage platform and heading the Urban Retail Group in the Americas, integrating the high-street retail practice in the US with the practice groups in Europe. 

Prior to CBRE, Ms. Kampler served as Executive Vice President for Hilco Real Estate from 2004 to 2010. She directed their strategic retail and corporate solutions group and led retail business development. Ms. Kampler collaborated with major national and international companies to implement real estate portfolio restructuring strategies. She includes Starbucks, Tumi, and GEOX among her clients. 

Previous to that role, she spent 16 years at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, serving as their Vice President, Retail and Real Estate Counsel.  In that capacity, she negotiated all store and corporate real estate transactions throughout the U.S. and Canada.  She also held the position of acting General Counsel for Club Monaco.

Earlier in her career Nina practiced law at Coudert Brothers and Richards & O’Neil, law firms in New York.

Ms. Kampler is a member of the ICSC US Law Conference Committee and the Advisory Board of LeasePilot. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Georgetown University School of Law Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute as well as the Board of Governors (founding member) of the National Retail Tenants Association. She has also served as Associate Dean of the School of Retailing of the University of Shopping Centers at Wharton. She is a frequent panelist, lecturer and guest columnist for many organizations, including ICSC, ICSC Law Forum Europe, Shopping Center Roundtable, NYU Stern School of Business MBA program, Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit, American College of Real Estate lawyers, PLI, New York State and New York City Bar Associations and other industry conferences and publications.

Nina is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a B.A., summa cum laude, and an M.A. in International Politics.

Yen D. Chu is currently Senior Vice President, General Counsel and leads the legal department of Equinox Holdings, a luxury lifestyle fitness and wellness company with a portfolio of brands or business interests in Equinox Fitness, Equinox Hotels, SoulCycle, Blink Fitness, PURE Yoga, Furthermore (digital magazine), and Precision Run.  She oversees a team with responsibility for Equinox’s various businesses involving dispute resolutions/complex litigation, digital/technology transactions, employment/labor matters, intellectual property portfolio, privacy/data protection matters, financial/commercial transactions, and marketing/sponsorship/retail initiatives.  

Prior to Equinox, Yen spent over a decade at Ralph Lauren Corporation in various roles of increasing responsibility.  As Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, she oversaw all public company and Board of Directors governance and global regulatory compliance matters, including SEC/NYSE/securities, anti-bribery/FCPA, consumer product safety, and trade/customs compliance.  In addition, as chief corporate counsel, Yen and her team were responsible for global transactions, including corporate licensing and distribution transactions as well as the legal aspects of corporate social responsibility and philanthropic matters.

Yen began her career at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she spent almost a decade focused on corporate representation and capital markets transactions, representing a variety of private equity firms, financial institutions, and public and private companies.

Yen is a graduate of Columbia Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and was the national Justice Harry A. Blackmun Scholar. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Law School Association.

Akiko is the VP, General Counsel and Secretary at Vince, a luxury clothing brand publicly traded on NYSE.  Prior to being at Vince, Akiko was an associate focusing on capital markets practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Deanna is the Managing Attorney of the Clark-Esposito Law Firm, P.C. in New York City.  Her firm provides legal services for retailers, fashion designers and the companies that support them, including importers, exporters, illustrators, test labs, and transportation providers, among others, with a focus on international trade (import/export), contractual matters, social compliance, cross border issues, including production/supply chain management, and minimizing risks in global business.

Deanna is the author of Bloomsbury Fairchild’s fashion law textbook entitled, "A Practical Guide to Fashion Law and Compliance" (2018), which is available online and in stores.

Deanna joined the faculty as an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in 2010 and has taught International Business Law and International Business Transactions.  She is the President of the NY Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade and is an Executive Member of the Fashion Group International (FGI).  Deanna participated in the Sustainable Fashion Forum and Fashion Forward panel at LA Textiles 2018, was a panelist at NYCLA’s Dec. 2018 CLE program on Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Fashion Industry, and was a panelist at the Federal Bar Association’s Fashion Law Conference.  More on Deanna can be found at and on Twitter @fashcompliance.

Giuliano Iannaccone is a highly experienced and resourceful legal counselor, author and industry spokesperson who represents large multinational companies, emerging businesses and individuals engaged in a wide range of industries on a spectrum of cross-border and domestic business transactions. He provides services ranging from general counsel (handling virtually every detail of a client’s legal needs) to responsibility (either alone or in coordination with a client’s in-house legal team) for his clients’ most complex and critical transactions. In all cases, he emphasizes a proactive, results-oriented approach that focuses on the client’s business strategy and goals.

He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice, and serves as chair of both the International and Retail Groups.

Giuliano also co-chairs the firm’s renowned Italy Practice, providing Italian clients with legal advice and services in both English and Italian, and also guides U.S. companies interested in doing business in Italy. He has helped many non-U.S. clients and their U.S. subsidiaries successfully establish and expand their operations in the United States.

Giuliano is proactive, results-driven and intensely client-focused, ensuring that their needs are met and that matters are staffed as efficiently and effectively as possible. Giuliano thrives in high-pressure situations and is able to step into highly complex matters at any stage. His clients value his ability to manage multiple matters with complicated moving parts, and the confidence and sense of calm he brings to the resolution of their issues. As a native Italian, Giuliano literally speaks the language of many of his international clients and understands their culture. Together with his extensive business experience, these qualities enable him to quickly and seamlessly enter a legal situation and represent his clients in a manner that is outcome-focused, reflects their values and honors their brands. Giuliano enjoys what he does, and his clients can feel it.

Giuliano has represented clients in industries spanning luxury, fashion, footwear, lingerie and legwear, beauty and cosmetics, furniture and lighting, houseware, art, jewelry, toys, sporting goods, hi-fi, architecture and design, photography, public relations, food and beverage, wine and spirits, hospitality, publishing, e-commerce, logistics services and technology, real estate and construction, alternative energy, industrial machinery, equipment and tools, and not-for-profit. 

Leading media outlets such as Reuters, Forbes, Women’s Wear Daily, among others, often turn to Giuliano for analysis on a range of issues that are making headlines, particularly in the retail and luxury goods sectors. He is the co-author of L’esercizio d’impresa negli U.S.A., Profili legali e fiscali (Doing Business in the U.S.A., Legal and Tax Aspects), Data Ufficio, 2003. He is also the co-author of Stati Uniti d’America: guida al diritto e alla fiscalità d’impresa (United States of America: Business Law and Tax Guide),IPSOA/WoltersKluwer, 2012. He has also authored articles for leading retail industry publications.

Jeffrey Diamond is the leader of the firm’s transactional practice. He has had extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of commercial and residential real estate matters including retail, office and industrial space leasing, sales and purchases, financing, development and construction. He has represented the boards of numerous luxury and other cooperatives and condominiums in New York City.

Mr. Diamond has acted as counsel to landlords and tenants in leasing supermarkets, apparel stores, movie theaters and other retail locations, both in urban street locations and in shopping centers and malls. He represented one of the leading national clothing store chains in the lease of its flagship location in Rockefeller Center. He has handled the sale of a retail chain of approximately 120 stores, the financing of numerous properties in Manhattan and elsewhere and the negotiation of construction contracts for a wide range of projects.

Mr. Diamond graduated from Cornell University in 1974, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction. He studied at the University of Cambridge in 1974 and 1975 and received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University in 1978.

Mr. Diamond is presently a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial Leasing Committee and the Cooperative and Condominium Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Ticor Title Guarantee Company, a subsidiary of Chicago Title Insurance Company.

His interests outside of the office include sports, songwriting and playing guitar, reading and generally expanding his knowledge of the world. He enjoys the stimulating challenges that his legal practice presents every day and the many close relationships that he has developed with clients and others over the years.

Jennifer Bellah Maguire is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office and is co-chair to the firm’s Investment Fund Group.  Ms. Bellah Maguire’s practice focuses on private equity fund formation and mergers and acquisitions, including public company transactions and divestitures.  Chambers Global:  The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized her as a leading lawyer from 2012-2019 in the area of Private Equity:  Buyouts and from 2012-2013 in the areas of Investment Funds:  Private Equity:  Fund Formation.  Currently and for the past several years, Chambers USA has recognized Ms. Bellah Maguire as a leading lawyer in the areas of Private Equity:  Fund Formation and Buyouts, in California Corporate M&A:  Private Equity and in Southern California Corporate M&A.  Expert Guides named Ms. Bellah Maguire to its 2017 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, which recognizes top female legal practitioners advising on business law.  Ms. Bellah Maguire was shortlisted for the Chambers USA ‘Women in Law’ Awards in the Corporate M&A Lawyer of the Year category, 2012.  She has also been named as one of the “Most Influential M&A Advisors” (2013) and ranked among “The Best of the Bar” for Corporate Transactions (2007) by The Los Angeles Business Journal.  Ms. Bellah Maguire has been selected by her peers for inclusion in 2006-2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Securities/Capital Markets Law and was named to the Who’s Who Legal list of Private Fund Lawyers for 2011, 2018, and 2019.  The National Diversity Council recognized Ms. Bellah Maguire on the 2016 Top 50 Women Lawyers list highlighting the most extraordinary female leaders in the industry.

Ms. Bellah Maguire holds a bachelor of arts from Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, and studied for one year at Sorbonne University in Paris, France.  She was awarded a Watson Foundation Fellowship following college.  She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as an Associate Editor for the California Law Review.  She speaks and writes French fluently and practiced in the firm’s Paris office.  Prior to joining the firm, she served as law clerk for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Bellah Maguire speaks frequently on corporate and securities topics.  Ms. Bellah Maguire is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Otis College of Art and Design and a founding member of the board of the Los Angeles Ballet.

Lisa Clyde is the Global Head of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a position held since July 2013. She was previously the head of the Retail Investment Banking Group. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2005, Clyde was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Consumer and Retail Investment Banking Group. Clyde spent eight years at Morgan Stanley and, prior to that, four years in Salomon Brothers' Retail Group.

Clyde has worked in investment banking for 25 years covering clients globally in the retail and consumer sectors.  Selected merger & acquisition transactions include the sale of Nautica to Authentic Brands, the sale of Jimmy Choo to Michael Kors, the sale of Leslie’s Poolmart to L Catterton, the sale of Yankee Candle to Jarden, the sale of Converse to Nike, Michael Kors’ acquisition of Michael Kors Far East Holdings, 7-Eleven’s acquisition of Sunoco’s Retail Assets, Nike’s acquisitions of Hurley and Umbro, TJX’s acquisition of Sierra Trading Post, VF Corp’s sale of its Intimates division, Fast Retailing’s acquisition of J Brand, and the Sally Beauty sponsored spin.  Selected initial public offering transactions include Yeti, Aritzia, At Home, Planet Fitness, Restoration Hardware, Bloomin’ Brands, Ollie’s, Skylark, Arezzo, and Lululemon Athletica. Selected debt financing transactions include Walmart, TJX, J. Crew, Nike, Avon, Sally Beauty, Estee Lauder, Tapestry and Ralph Lauren.

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Clyde has served on the firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. She also chaired the Diversity Council for Global Corporate and Investment Banking. Additionally, she has served on for six years and chaired the firm’s Managing Director Promotion Committee.

Clyde received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles. Clyde is a Board member of New Alternatives for Children. She is a member of C200, an invitation-only global senior women’s organization.  She lives in NYC and is married and has one son.

In 2017, Clyde was named by the National Retail Federation as one of the Top 25 People Shaping Retail’s Future. In 2007, she was named by Dealmaker magazine as one of the top "40 under 40" dealmakers on Wall Street.

Michael Neuman is the Vice President, Legal Affairs for Marquee Brands, which includes Ben Sherman, Bruno Magli, Body Glove, BCBG Max Azria, Dakine, Martha Stewart, and Emeril Lagasse. He is the only member of the Marquee Brands legal team and is responsible for all IP, licensing contract drafting and negotiation, M&A (in conjunction with Neuberger Berman), employee matters, and day-to-day legal, corporate, and finance functions.

He spent four years at Sequential Brands Group (NASDAQ:SQBG), where he was the fourth person hired after a restructuring and relocation and was present for a period of explosive growth as Sequential grew from two to eighteen brands.  Prominent brands owned include Jessica Simpson, Gaiam, And1, Avia, Ellen Tracy, and Joe's Jeans.

Mr. Neuman practiced briefly in the area of plaintiff driven securities litigation. He worked as the general counsel for three years at a hedge fund start up focused on purchasing debt in bankruptcies.


Cardozo Law School - 2007 

Mr. Hand is one of the pre-eminent fashion lawyers in the country. He has been featured and profiled in numerous media outlets and publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, the American Bar Association Journal, Women’s Wear Daily and The Business of Fashion. Douglas is a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), on the Advisory Board of the CFDA’s Incubator and a member of the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild. Douglas is also an adjunct professor of Fashion Law at both NYU School of Law (where he also sits on the Fashion & Luxury Council) and Cardozo School of Law (where he also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment (FAME) Law Center). He is on the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Foundation Board of Directors as well as FIT’s Couture Council. Douglas is also a member of the Joe’s Blackbook Foundation Advisory Board.

Douglas began his legal career in the New York and Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling, representing domestic and international clients in public and private transactions. Notable deals include representing Citicorp in its merger with Travelers and representing Fiat S.p.A. in its strategic alliance with General Motors.

A former NCAA athlete in three sports and an avid fan, Douglas has been a contributor and speaker at conferences on the sports and entertainment sector and its intersection with the business of fashion.

He sits on numerous advisory boards in the fashion industry as well a charitable institutions including The Kitchen (a supporter of interdisciplinary art that has incubated such established “experimental” artists as David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Bill T. Jones) and Courier’s Kids (an organization dedicated to bringing tennis to inner-city youths).


  • NYU School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • NYU Stern School of Business, M.B.A., 1997
  • Vassar College, B.A. (with honors) 1992

Stacey Brandenburg advises clients on privacy, data security, and a range of emerging issues such as acquisition and use of alternative data. A veteran of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP), Stacey regularly represents companies in FTC and State AG investigations, involving consumer protection laws such as Section 5 of the FTC Act or state UDAP laws, the FTC’s endorsement and testimonial guidelines, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).

Stacey also works closely with clients prospectively to develop compliance programs that help them navigate new issues while balancing legal considerations with business needs. For example, she regularly advises on how to make appropriate consumer-facing privacy and advertising- related disclosures. Stacey also actively counsels on the acquisition and use of alternate forms of data, including webscraping, drone, and consumer data.

Stacey is an adjunct at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she teaches about privacy issues raised by new technologies, including social media, big data, wearables, and the constitutional issues relating to government access to information.

After Stacey received her law degree from the NYU School of Law, where she was a Truman Scholar, she clerked for Judge Ronald Buckwalter in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Stacey earned her B.A. in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar.