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March 3, 2017

Jyotsna Balakrishnan Appointed Co-Chair of Emerging & Growth Business Practice Group

SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. has appointed partner Jyotsna Balakrishnan as co-chair of the firm’s Emerging & Growth Business practice group. Jaffe CEO Bill Sider made the announcement.

Jaffe’s Emerging & Growth Business practice group is focused on representing entrepreneurs, start-up companies and growing businesses in all areas of formation, development, financing, intellectual property protection, and complex business transactions. Balakrishnan will work along with co-chair Sara Kruse, and be responsible for serving as a leader in the areas of education, collaboration and business development for the group

Balakrishnan has extensive experience in representing start-ups and growth-stage companies in financing (seed, debt, bridge and growth capital) and strategic transactions. Her expertise includes working closely with founders on setting proposed terms for raising capital and formulating financing strategies. She also advises and counsels companies on corporate governance matters, employee incentive plans as well as negotiating and forging a variety of business transactions, including joint ventures and distribution agreements, as well as buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions.

Balakrishnan earned a Master of Laws degree with a focus on corporate and securities laws from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a recipient of the J.N. Tat Endowment Scholarship. She graduated with honors from the National Law School of India, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees.