Announcing the Formation of Financial Advisory Firm STM Advisers LLC and Its First Completed Transaction, on Behalf of the AAAS

Scientific, technical, and medical publishing experts Joseph Esposito, Michael Clarke, and David Lamb are pleased to announce the formation of STM Advisers LLC (“STMA”), the first financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishing, academic publishing, and scholarly communications. STMA represents clients in both acquisitions and divestitures as well as valuations and assistance with financings.

“The STM market is in the midst of a Cambrian explosion of digital products and services,” noted STMA partner, Joseph Esposito. “In addition to the growth of online publications, there are new digital workflow tools, analytics platforms, discovery systems, education products, peer review support services, and much more. Navigating this landscape and assessing its opportunities is complex. The market has been without a specialized resource.”

STMA recently represented one of its first clients, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, in its acquisition of Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) from the Journal of Joint and Bone Surgery, Inc. (JBJS). The AAAS has issued a press release describing this transaction:


“PRE represents the first acquisition of a digital product by the AAAS,” noted Kent Anderson, Publisher of Science. “PRE provides a new platform for furthering our mission while allowing us to diversify our offerings. STM Advisers helped us evaluate the opportunity, develop a valuation, perform due diligence, negotiate terms, and expeditiously close.”

AAAS’s acquisition of PRE closed July 1st. STMA initiated the transaction and assisted AAAS not only in the negotiations but also in valuation and refining the business case for the acquisition. STMA is continuing to assist AAAS with post-transaction transition and planning for PRE’s redevelopment.

In addition to its capabilities for its commercial clients, STMA is particularly attuned to the mission-driven requirements of the many prominent nonprofit participants working in the STM market and the need to carefully assess each acquisition or divestiture to ensure fidelity to mission and fiscal responsibility. In this vein, and continuing the practices of its principals, STMA views content licensing arrangements as high-value, mission-critical transactions for the many learned societies that collaborate with third-party publishers for journal publication, and is actively developing its practice in this area.

Services provided by STM Advisers include:

Acquisitions of companies, journals, lists, and startups. STMA helps clients canvass and identify prospective acquisitions as well as guide them in effectively participating in auction processes being managed by intermediaries. We conduct due diligence, assist in valuation, and structure and negotiate acquisitions.
Sales and Divestitures. On the sell-side, STMA helps clients assess the market value of their companies or constituent properties, and bring these assets to market. We leverage our operational experience to optimally position a business being sold, and our rolodex ensures that the opportunity is discreetly considered by all appropriate counterparties.
Financings and Valuations. We provide consulting services to companies raising capital, and we draw on our experience and transaction database to provide fair market valuations.
Strategy. At the heart of our practice is a deep appreciation and understanding of the industry we serve and the market forces shaping corporate and institutional decisions. STMA undertakes high level management consulting engagements even when it is not clear that a transaction will be the responsible answer.

STMA is based in Manhattan with offices in Washington, D.C., and Westchester County.


Founded in 2015 by Joseph Esposito, Michael Clarke, and David Lamb, STM Advisers LLC combines deep sector expertise with the perspective gained through many mergers and acquisitions to help our clients prudently complete acquisitions, divestitures, licensing arrangements, financings, and related transactions. The firm specializes in advising commercial and nonprofit clients in the fields of scientific, technical, medical, and academic publishing and in scholarly communications and related disciplines. See:


Joseph Esposito

Joe Esposito is a management consultant specializing in strategy in the areas of digital media, publishing, and education technology. His clients include for-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as: the American Chemical Society; the American National Standards Institute; the American Institute of Physics; the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO); JSTOR; the university presses of California, Chicago, Harvard, Michigan, and Duke; Encyclopaedia Britannica; Hewlett Packard; Microsoft; Pacific Metrics; and many others. Joe served as CEO of three companies – Encyclopaedia Britannica, Tribal Voice, and SRI Consulting – all of which he led to successful exits. He has been the recipient of grants from the Mellon, MacArthur, and Hewlett Foundations, all concerning research into new aspects of publishing. Joe graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University. Contact: joseph(at)stmadvisers(dot)com

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke is a veteran of the STM scholarly publishing industry, working with a wide spectrum of commercial and not-for-profit clients as President of Clarke & Company. Most recently he was EVP of Product and Market Development at Silverchair Information Systems. Previously, Michael has held executive positions at American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He began his career at the University of Chicago Press, developing some of the industry’s first online publications. Michael holds a master’s from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s from the University of Colorado, where he was Phi Beta Kappa Society. Michael is a concurrently a principal at Clarke & Company, the locus of his non-transactional consulting activity. Contact: michael(at)stmadvisers(dot)com

David Lamb

David Lamb has spent his career advising companies in publishing and digital media. As president of GSL Publishing Associates for fifteen years he handled the sale of consumer publishers including Motorbooks, Avalon, Publishers Group West, Timber Press, and Sterling Publishing. His buy-side clientele has included Chronicle Books, Workman Publishing, Egmont, ProQuest, and HarperCollins. David previously was a Managing Director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson where he had transaction responsibility covering all communications industry sectors and a role in $ 8 billion of completed transactions. David began his career as Director of New Media at IDG subsidiary Link Resources, and he owned and operated self-publisher Vantage Press from 2009 to 2012. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College. David is concurrently president of Lamb Group LLC, a financial advisory firm serving consumer book publishers. Contact: david(at)stmadvisers(dot)com


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science ( as well as Science Translational Medicine(, Science Signaling (, and a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances ( AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. See


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Head of Silicon Valley IP Transactions Group Joins Greenberg Traurig

This week, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP added Joshua H. Walker as a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice. Walker was previously the leader of Simpson Thacher’s IP Transactions Group in Palo Alto, and will now be practicing in Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley and Austin offices.

“Josh’s addition to Greenberg Traurig is a true embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit so strongly encouraged at the firm,” said Chuck Birenbaum, chair of the firm’s offices in Northern California. “He is one of the first lateral hires recruited via Facebook messenger, where Josh reached out to Ian Ballon directly to learn more about the firm’s atmosphere and what it’s like to split time between two offices.”

“I have known and respected Josh for years through Stanford. When Josh messaged me on Facebook for advice about what it would be like working in two cities, I immediately suggested he meet some of my colleagues in Silicon Valley and Austin because I knew that Josh would be a great fit at the firm,” said Ian Ballon, a shareholder in the firm’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices. “His legal experience, combined with his business experience, including previously serving as a founder and general counsel at a successful technology start-up, will certainly enhance our IP Practice in both Austin and Silicon Valley.”

Walker handles all aspects of IP transactions and strategy, from patent and cyber/trade secret to copyright and trademark. He has extensive experience in IP M&A, strategy, licensing, and other complex technology transactions, particularly open source and IP risk analysis (e.g., data rights and privacy, patent valuation, complex open source compliance and remediation). Walker’s client base includes leading technology companies and financial institutions.

Walker is also considered a pioneer in using hard IP data to help improve transactional, litigation, and business outcomes. A co-founder of the first law and computer science lab in the United States, at Stanford University, Walker previously architected and led the successful spin-off of leading “big data analytics” platform, Lex Machina, Inc., which provides legal intelligence to companies, law firms, and governments all over the world.

“As a highly regarded technology, IP, and open source lawyer, we look forward to having Josh join our team,” said Bill Goines, managing shareholder of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “His technical, legal, and business background will not only greatly complement the group, but also benefit our clients.”

“Clients increasingly need us to be entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary, to combine legal art with business acumen, and to solve problems,” said Walker. “Having known Ian and Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property Practice for over a decade, I am confident that this is the right place to meet that client need, and I am keen to put my shoulder to the wheel.”

Walker earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his A.B., magnum cum laude, from Harvard College.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice

With more than 180 intellectual property attorneys and agents, Greenberg Traurig provides a broad range of patent, trademark, and copyright protection and strategic counseling. Greenberg Traurig was named a “National Tier 1” Law Firm for IP Litigation, Patent Law, Trademark and Information Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2013 “Best Law Firms Rankings” in November 2012. The firm was also named a “National Tier 2” Law Firm for Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2013 “Best Law Firms Rankings” in November 2012.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the “Power Elite” in the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard report, which assesses the nature and strength of law firms’ client relationships. For additional information, please visit

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Rental Property Buying Questions – 5 Key Questions That You Have to Remember to Ask!

This article will give you five essential rental property buying questions that you should ask whenever you are considering buying property for investment purposes. Failure to ask these questions could end up with you wasting time attempting to do a property deal that was never really a deal to begin with, or it could end up with you losing huge amounts of money.

How long have you owned the property? – Novice property investors and developers regularly fail to ask this question and therefore end up spending hours researching and haggling on a property deal that was never really going to happen in the first place. The reason this is such a key question is because once you know the answer to it, you are 60% towards working out whether the person selling can afford to sell to you cheaply enough for it to be worth your while. For example: if the person in question has only owned the property for two years it is unlikely they will have enough equity in their property to be able to sell you their property at 15% plus, below market value. On the other hand, if the sellers have had their property for over 10 years there is a good chance that it will be worth almost double what they originally bought it for; therefore, there is a much larger likelihood that they can absorb a 15% plus, below market value offer.

Why do you want to sell? – This question will help you to access their motivation for selling. If they just want to sell because they think house prices have gone up recently and they want to cash in on this fact, then you are probably not going to be able to buy their property at a good price. Alternatively if they need to sell quickly because they have got themselves into financial difficulty or their job has relocated to a different area and they need to move with it, then you might be able to negotiate a good discount.

How quickly do you need to sell? – The answer to this question will again be a key indicator as to how motivated they are. If they say that they are not in any great rush and they will sell as soon as they get a good price, then you will probably not get a good deal. If they say they need to sell this month because they have already put in an offer on another property and it will fall through unless they are able to sell their property within the next month, then you might be able to negotiate a good below market value deal.

Is there any debt secured on the property and what sort of debt do you have secured and unsecured? – This question might seem a little intrusive, but it is essential. If they have a property that is valued at £200,000 and they have a mortgage on it of £150,000 and they have £25,000 of secured or unsecured debt that they wish to pay off, then if you already know that the maximum you can offer to make the deal stack up for you is £165,000, then you know straight away that this deal is probably not going to happen. If you had not asked this question, then you would probably have wasted your time and money pursuing a deal that was never realistically going to happen.

Would you like to be a tenant in the property after we have bought it? – People that need to sell because they have got themselves into financial difficulty often don’t actually want to move. This is especially true of families who have kids who are happy at local schools. If they would like to still live in the property you potentially have the makings of a ready made tenant and once you know this fact, it can help you think of ways to create a win win situation, a lot easier.

The list of five rental property buying questions above is by no means exhaustive and there are many other things you need to know and find out about; however, the above list should give you a nudge in the right direction and help you to make more financially sound decisions.

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Seven Dickinson Wright Attorneys Recognized in Nevada Business’s Legal Elite 2015

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (PRWEB) June 09, 2015

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that seven attorneys from the firm’s Las Vegas and Reno offices have been included in Nevada Business’s Legal Elite 2015.

This year’s list features 300 attorneys on the Northern and Southern Nevada lists, one-third of whom represent the north end of the state. In addition, nearly 50 Best Up and Coming attorneys are included. In order to be included, attorneys passed several levels of scrutiny. After nominations closed, ballots were reviewed for eligibility and each voting attorney was vetted through the State Bar of Nevada to confirm their good standing.

The following Dickinson Wright attorneys were included in Legal Elite 2015:

Southern Nevada

Michael Feder, Commercial Litigation, Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property

Jennifer Ko Craft, Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property, IP & Entertainment Transactions

Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Commercial Transactions, Gaming & Liquor

Northern Nevada

Kathleen Brady, Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property

John Desmond, Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property

Anjali Webster, Appellate, Commercial Litigation

Best Up & Coming Lawyers

Ketan Bhirud, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and eight other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

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Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) April 28, 2015

MRI Software, a global leader of property and investment management solutions, has added to the MRI VaultWare syndication partner program, giving mutual clients the ability to enhance and automate advertisements within the MRI VaultWare Apartment Marketing and Reservation System. When an MRI VaultWare client opts to add MRI VaultWare’s functionality to their advertisement, apartment hunters are provided with the ability to check current apartment availability, request to hold a specific available apartment, and even find out if they are qualified to rent from the community with MRI VaultWare’s integrated pre-qualification feature.

MRI Vaultware Apartment Marketing and Reservation solutions provide consumer-centric apartment marketing, leasing, and market analysis capabilities focused on delivering an ideal online shopping experience that results in streamlined operations, highly qualified leads, and more leases. The software features automated content updates, including current pricing availability pulled directly from their property management or revenue management system, which results in consistent content across the client’s MRI VaultWare-powered online advertisements. In fact, more than 15 million apartment hunters use MRI VaultWare to help them find their perfect apartment every year.

Zumper is a mobile-focused Internet Listing Service (ILS) that allows free apartment and house marketing for every US building, property manager, and landlord. Over 70% of the millions of renters on Zumper send messages via mobile, with a heavy focus from iOS and Android apps, which have been featured in the App Store and Play Store, respectively. Zumper has over one million monthly searches, with heavy adoption among millennial renters.

“Zumper is excited to add MRI VaultWare to our multifamily listing syndication network,” said Zumper CEO Anthemos Georgiades. “Our free-to-market model allows MRI VaultWare clients to get real-time access to our mobile-focused renters through the MRI VaultWare feed. We look forward to the partnership with MRI VaultWare and their clients.”

Zumper is the latest company to join the MRI VaultWare content syndication network, a robust and high-quality collection of the best and most frequented ILSs in the industry. MRI VaultWare clients can elect to have MRI VaultWare enhance their advertisement by navigating to the “ILS Selection” on the MRI VaultWare Control Panel.

For more information about the MRI VaultWare Reservation System as well as the entire lineup of MRI VaultWare Apartment Marketing solutions, please visit

About MRI Software

MRI Software LLC is a leading provider of innovative software solutions for the global real estate industry. MRI delivers a comprehensive and truly configurable solution, from property-level management and accounting to the most complex, long-range financial modeling and analytics for both the commercial and multifamily real estate markets. As a leading provider of real estate enterprise software applications and hosted solutions, MRI leverages over 40 years of business experience to develop long-term successful relationships with its clients. Originally founded in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., the company has offices in Toronto, London, Sydney, Singapore, and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit

About Zumper, Inc.

Zumper, based in SoMa, San Francisco, is the fastest growing ILS in the country with millions of renters using its search platform, . Zumper, a team of 20, has raised $ 8.2 million in venture capital, most recently a $ 6.5 million Series A round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (February 2014).

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Rental Property Buying Tips – 4 Tips That Can Help to Transform Your Property Investing Business!

This article will give you four tips that can help take you from barely making any profit from property to making huge amounts of money. If these tips are followed they can be the missing ingredient that will catapult your property investing career to the next level.

Don’t be afraid to put in low offers – If you really want to make a profit from property you need to go beyond your comfort zone. Sometimes the only difference between someone that consistently manages to buy property at 25% below market value and someone that can only manage to buy it at 10% below is the ability to put in low offers. You have to be prepared to occasionally squirm when you put in an offer because it is way below market value.

You don’t want to necessarily do this all the time, but you should consider in when there is a property deal where the figures do not stack up. Sometimes property investors know the only way a deal is going to stack up is to offer 35% bellow market value, yet they don’t do it because they either don’t want to be disrespectful to the vendor or they just lack the courage. In effect they make a decision to lose the deal instead of making an offer.

If instead of doing this you make the offer of what you can afford to make the deal stack up and explain a bit to the vendor about why this is all you can afford to offer, then the ball is in their court and it is their decision whether they will take the deal or not, but the deal is still live and on the table. Even if they refuse the deal there and then, still leave the deal on the table because if they don’t manage to sell the property in the next few weeks or months they might well give you a call. You might only end up buying about 5% of the properties that you attempt to, in this way, but that is 5% more than it would have been if you did not put a deal on the table and give the vendor a chance to consider it and say yes or no.

Create Profit – If you can, buy properties that you are able to quickly and inexpensively add value to. This might be properties that you are able to create an extra bedroom in for minimal extra cost or it might mean properties that you can create a driveway that will add thousands onto the value. Whatever the case happens to be, if you can find properties that fit your strategy and that have potential that hasn’t been taken into consideration in the selling price, then you should do what you can to buy them.

Network, network and then network some more – Property investing is not static; it is a constantly changing dynamic way of making money. One of the best ways to keep up with all the changes that are happening in property and to keep on top of any new advances that you should take advantage of, is to network with other property professionals. This doesn’t just mean property investors or developers; it also means, mortgage brokers, solicitors, estate agents and anyone else that is involved with property and making a living from property on a daily basis. This is an effective way to stay on the cutting edge of what is happening in the property World.

It’s a numbers game – When thinking about rental property buying tips, one of the major tips that is sometimes overlooked is that you have got to be prepared to play the numbers game. You have to to look at enough properties to be able to buy the right ones below market value and you have to be able to crunch the numbers to make it work.

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Investment Property

During these times, there is really no wonder if you are going to venture in investment property. A lot of people want to try this out to secure their financial status so that they can fund the education of their children or in preparation for their retirement goals. There are also some people who want to try this out so that they can create a more passive income and they will not just rely on their regular employment. No matter what your purpose could be, investment property is indeed a venture that anyone can try.

But if you want to try this out, you should also know that there are a lot of things that you still need to take into account. As you must have already known, this is not an easy venture. There are still a few important things that you need to take into account so that you will be successful with this venture. When it comes to Investment Property, you should always consider the location of the property that you are going to purchase. And in order for you to do so, you have to consider the purpose of the estate. For instance, if you are going to purchase a townhouse, apartment, or a condo, it is necessary for you to make sure that it is accessible to all the major establishments such as churches, shopping malls, restaurants, and the likes. You should also be certain that transpiration is not a problem as well as the security.

Of course, you should also never forget to consider all the expenses that you may incur when you purchase a house or a condo. You have to make sure that you are aware of the principal and the interest rates that you will have to consider as well as the required annual taxes and the regular maintenance fees. Aside from these obvious expenses, you should also make sure that you will be able to accurately assess the costs that you may incur when maintaining the condition of the foundation, walls, roof, and the likes. All of these should be covered so that you will be able to accurately estimate if you will really be able to afford venturing in investment property.

You should also never instantly agree on the price that will be offered to you. It can be very helpful if you are going to look for discounts. When it comes to investment property, you have to determine if the discount is already deducted on the gross price. This is why it may also be every helpful if you are going to learn how to negotiate with these kinds of transactions.

Then, once you have successfully closed a deal, you can look for a tenant who can really pay the required rent. This is necessary because you do not want to get a tenant who is more of a burden than an asset. You should also be certain that they are responsible enough so that they will really take care of your property.

But if you are really clueless about all of these things, then it can be very helpful if you are going to ask for the assistance of professional agents. They are really experienced with these kinds of transactions and they also know where you can get huge discounts.

There are still some things that you need to consider when it comes to investment property, but these tips should be able to give you a good start.

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Buying UK Property

Every year, more and more people decide that they want to buy into UK property, there have been some slips with the house market not being great but it is getting better and as such more and more people are looking at buying. You can be mislead into thinking that buying property and moving to the UK from abroad is a simple process, however, you shouldn’t just jump into buying somewhere without putting in all the relevant research and thought first.

Make sure you research the market. House prices in UK can vary from region to region. Also UK property prices can fluctuate hugely depending on the current state of the market. You need to make sure you follow these variations and fluctuations to make sure that you do not pay over the odds, at the time of writing this article you are able to find some very good prices but then again it works both ways and you may find some ridiculous prices which you do not want to be paying.

When searching for UK property you will be able to find all the details you need about a house through an estate agent or by asking if you are buying the property privately. Most estate agents give you all the details you need to think about before deciding whether or not to go and view the property in question.

Check your budget! This should be a bit of a no brainer, but it is all too common for a somebody to over evaluate your current money situation and decide to go and buy UK property and then find out further along the road that you do not have enough money to keep up with everything.

While looking for UK property you are able ask estate agents or use the internet, I would definitely suggest having a long look around on the internet before you decide to go viewing loads of houses as you may find the perfect house at a cheaper price. As it is easy to search different estate agents rather than just one when you go into a shop, so you will get more results for what you are looking for. Also you can sit down and search for houses in your own time and at a speed that is right for you rather than having to go and look for UK property in estate agents where you may feel rushed or intimidated. Overall I would say the internet is the best way to go.

You could well be the proud owner of a UK property if you play it right and don’t rush things, it’s the best way to do it. Good luck.

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