Seminars

MWL partner Kevin Learned was a guest speaker at the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Government Contracting Workshop on August 10, 2016. Kevin spoke on Small Business Certifications, including the 8(a), SDVOSB, WOSB/EDWOSB and HUBZone programs of the Small Business Administration.  The AACC is dedicated to improving the economic development for Asian Pacific American owned businesses in VA/DC/MD.

You can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Small-Business-Certifications.pptx

 


 

MWL partner Bill Welch was a guest speaker at the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) Capacity Building Session on August 4, 2016. Bill spoke on Teaming and Subcontract Agreements in Federal government contracts.  The GTSC is a nonprofit, non-partisan association of innovative, agile small and midsized company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security sector.

You can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Teaming-Agreements-and-Subcontract-Agreements.pptx

 


 

If you missed our March 2015 seminar on Recent GovCon Issues, you can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Rubino-MWL-Presentation.pptx

Here’s a synopsis of the seminar:

MWL partners Pat McMahon and Bill Welch joined Paul Calabrese, Rubino & Company, Chartered for a Government Contractor Roundtable.  In this seminar, the panelists shared their legal and accounting perspectives involving client experiences in dealing with DCAA & Agencies on recent GovCon issues.

 


 

On August 19, 2014, MWL partner Pat McMahon co-moderated a panel discussion entitled “Joint Ventures in the Federal Marketplace: Principles, Strategies and Pitfalls”, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Payroll Network. Pat’s co-moderator was Katy Bilek with Republic Capital Access, and the panelists included Anthony Ruiz (Assistant District Director / 8(a) Business Development, Small Business Administration), Eileen Anderson (CFO, InfoPro, Incorporated), Darryl Washington (President & CEO, DKW Communications) and Sukumar Iyer (President & CEO, Brillient Corporation).

 


 

MWL partner Pat McMahon was a guest speaker at the 13th ATA Conference being held in Philadelphia, PA on July 3-5, 2014. Pat spoke on Federal government procurement matters of interest to small and emerging growth companies.  ATA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist and promote literary, cultural, educational, religious, social, economic, health and community activities of the people of Telugu origin as well as to promote exchange programs for students, scientists, and professionals of Telugu origin between the United States of America, Canada and India and other countries.

You can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ATA-Conference.pdf

 


 

If you missed our March 2014 seminar on Flow-Down Clauses in Federal Government Contracts and Subcontracts, you can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Flow-Down-Clauses-in-Federal-Government-Subcontracts.pdf

Here’s a synopsis of the seminar:

MWL partners Pat McMahon and Bill Welch joined Paul Calabrese, Rubino & Company, Chartered for a Government Contractor Roundtable.  Pat and Bill presented on Flow-Down Clauses in Federal Government Contracts and Subcontracts, and Paul presented on DCAA Audits.  If you are a federal government contractor, you know that the prime contract contains clauses that are required to be included in any subcontract the prime contractor issues.  In this seminar, Pat and Bill discussed the concept of “flow-down” clauses in federal government contracts and subcontracts.  What is a mandatory flow-down clause, what is an optional flow-down clause, and what’s the difference?  Surprisingly enough, the optional flow-down clauses are vastly more important in your subcontract than the mandatory flow-down clauses.  Pat and Bill discussed the most important flow-downs and how they should work in your subcontract.  What can happen if your subcontract does not contain the necessary or proper flow-down clauses?  Pat and Bill also talked about how and where these clauses should be included in your subcontracts.

 


 

If you missed our October 2013 seminar on Bid Protests, you can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Bid-Protests-2013.pdf

Here’s a synopsis of the seminar:

MWL partners Pat McMahon and Bill Welch joined Paul Calabrese, Rubino & Company, Chartered for a seminar on Cost and Pricing Data and Bid Protests.  Pat and Bill presented on Bid Protests, and Paul presented on Cost and Pricing Data.  The seminar was co-hosted by Rubino & Company and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  Pat and Bill reviewed small business size protests and protests at the GAO, including protests at the Court of Federal Claims.  They focused on current bid protest rules and recent bid protest activity of interest to small and mid-sized federal contractors.

 


 

Here’s a synopsis of July 2013 seminar on The Challenges of Small Deals – a Buyer’s Perspective:

Chand Gupta (BCF Solutions), Chris Hamilton (Hamilton Advisory), Mitch Martin (The McLean Group) and George Vensko (Helm Point Solutions), participated in a candid panel discussion moderated by MWL partner Kevin Learned, which focused on the unique challenges buyers face when executing small transactions (< $10 million) in the defense and government sector.  Our panel of industry experts provided insights (and shared some war stories) as to why these acquisitions can present a unique set of challenges when compared to larger deals.  Although the panel focused on transactions in the federal services space, much of the content applied to commercial transactions as well.  We received excellent feedback from our 80+ attendees, with one attendee saying (paraphrasing): “I have attended a lot of seminars on M&A transactions, and this was the best one I have ever attended from a practical, real-world point of view.”

 


 

If you missed our February 2013 seminar on Bid Protests, you can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Bid-Protests.pdf (or get an updated version here)

Here’s a synopsis of the seminar:

Have you ever thought about protesting a lost government contract?  Has your award ever been protested and did you let the Agency defend it by themselves?  Have you ever questioned the size of a winner of a small business award or has your size ever been challenged?  What are your rights to protest?  When and where can you protest an award?  What issues can you protest?

 


 

If you missed our November 2012 seminar on Non-competition and Non-solicitation Provisions:  Issues in Drafting/Negotiation and Enforcement, you can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Noncompete-and-Nonsolicit.pdf

Here’s a synopsis of the seminar:

In this seminar we will analyze non-competition and non-solicitation provisions in the contexts of M&A transactions, employee/consultant relationships and subcontracting agreements. We will address issues that arise in the drafting and negotiation of these provisions, as well as issues related to enforcement and litigation, with a particular emphasis on issues impacting federal service contractors who operate in the DC/MD/VA region.

 


 

If you missed our July 2012 seminar on Subcontract Agreements:  Negotiation and Drafting Issues, you can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Subcontract-Agreements.pdf 

Here’s a synopsis of the seminar:

In this seminar we will provide you with all the information you need to negotiate a sound Subcontract Agreement, whether from the perspective of a prime contractor or a subcontractor.  We will conduct a mock negotiation of selected provisions of a federal services Subcontract Agreement, covering the most frequently negotiated provisions and those most likely to result in future disputes.  We will also briefly summarize the role of Non-Disclosure Agreements and Teaming Agreements in the subcontracting process.

 


 

If you missed our May 2012 seminar on Small Business Affiliation Rules:  Teaming Agreements and Size Protests, you can download the presentation here:  http://www.mwllegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Small-Business-Affiliation-Rules.pdf 

Here’s a synopsis of the seminar:

Teaming to win small business set-aside work can be perilous to the small-business prime contractor for various reasons.  One reason that is often overlooked is the potential impact that a teaming relationship can have on the small-business prime contractor’s size.  Size, of course, essentially defines eligibility in competitions set-aside for small businesses.  Failure to understand and follow the long-standing SBA rules pertaining to size determinations can lead to disqualification and denial of contract award.  This seminar addresses some of those rules and their application to federal Small Business Set-Aside contracting.