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WMGMA 2018 Annual Conference Session Spotlight: Ryan Johnson and Wendy Arends

Register today for the 2018 Annual Conference, and don't miss these informational and educational sessions! 

Innovating in a Regulated Environment: Grow Your Practice and Stay out of Jail!  

Ryan Johnson, J.D., Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron  

Thursday, March 15, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

Ryan will discuss how to 1) structure and negotiate deals, joint ventures, acquisitions, (including private equity), strategic alliances and 2) bring innovative products and services to market while avoiding costly regulatory mistakes. Attendees of this session will also learn current deal trends and regulatory "hot topics." 

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how to structure and negotiate deals, joint ventures, acquisitions (including private equity) and strategic alliances  
  • Learn how to bring innovative products and services to market while avoiding costly regulatory mistakes 
  • Learn current deal trends and regulatory "hot topics".

About the Speaker: 

Ryan Johnson, J.D., is a nationally recognized lawyer for innovative health care companies. Ryan has helped many of his clients develop and launch innovative business models designed to improve health care quality, accessibility and affordability. He regularly counsels senior executives, corporate boards and policy-makers on the strategic threats and opportunities arising from emerging technologies and new laws and regulations.  


Can Your Hiring and Compensation Practices Lead to a Criminal Antitrust Prosecution? Recent DOJ/FTC Guidance for HR Professionals Sheds Light on Antitrust Red Flags

Wendy Arends, J.D., Attorney, Special Counsel, Godfrey & Kahn  

Friday, March 16, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued joint guidance for human resource (HR) professionals in October 2016 cautioning that antitrust agencies will continue to investigate and criminally prosecute anti-competitive conduct involving wage-fixing and non-poaching agreements. This session will review the recent antitrust guidance and its complications for healthcare HR professionals and compliance staff, as well as recent enforcement actions. Strategies to reduce antitrust risk in the context of the HR practices will be discussed. Specific examples relating to HR professionals will be highlighted.

Session Objectives:

  • Understand recent guidance by the DOJ & FTC regarding certain hiring and compensation practices  
  • Review statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Healthcare and specific examples from the healthcare industry 
  • Learn how to spot antitrust red flags and be provided tools to reduce antitrust risk 

About the Speaker: 

Wendy Arends is a special counsel in the firm's Madison office where she advises businesses, organizations and trade associations regarding their interactions with local, state and federal government. Her practice focuses on matters involving antitrust and consumer protection, health care, and international trade compliance. Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Wendy practiced for more than four years at a large national law firm in Washington, D.C. where she worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to attending law school, Wendy served in the Clinton administration as a senior advisor in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and and as a scheduler in the Office of the First Lady. Wendy graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the international Law Review. She earned her B.A. in Economics and Political Science, with honors, from the University of Michigan. 

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