Christina Bechhold Russ, Samsung Next Ventures

Samsung Next Ventures

Christina Bechhold Russ is a Principal at Samsung NEXT Ventures, based in New York, focused on early stage investments in software and services, particularly in mobility, consumer IoT and fintech. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member led angel group of young professionals investing in technology startups with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs. Christina is a Regular Contributor for the Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a columnist for, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia, a TEDx speaker, and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.


David Sachs, Stable Asset Management

Stable Asset Management

Heads the US offices for Stable Asset Management, a hedge fund seeding business focused on specialist strategies.

Responsibilities include manager origination, talent acquisition,strategic and business development, investor relations and distribution.

Over 30 years of investment advisory, capital markets and prime brokerage experience including Managing Director and Head of Prime Brokerage at Lazard cm, Senior roles at Barclays Private Bank and Royal Bank of Canada, beginning his career at Bear Stearns in commodity arbitrage.

Graduate of Tufts University with a BA in Soviet and Eastern European Studies.

Michael Sanders, BlankRome


Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders is the lead partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office tax group. He focuses his practice in the area of taxation, offering particular knowledge in matters affecting partnerships, limited liability companies, S-corporations, real estate, tax controversy, and estate planning, including trusts and estates. He also has a large practice in the area of exempt organizations involving healthcare and low-income housing, associations and joint ventures between for-profits and nonprofits, as well as structuring New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) and Historic Tax Credit (“HTC”) transactions. He regularly serves as an expert witness in complex litigation. Michael is the author of Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations (4th Ed., 2013; 2016 Supplement) published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The book was recently cited by the majority opinion in the widely covered U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. He is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center and Georgetown University Law School teaching Income Taxation of Partnerships and Subchapter S Corporations and Tax Treatment of Charities and Other Non-Profit Organizations, and Joint Ventures Involving Tax Exempt Organizations (including healthcare, universities, LIHTC, new markets, HTC, and conservation organizations, respectively). Michael has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading tax attorney, with clients noting that “he stands out for his persistence, accessibility, seasoned judgment and reasonableness, coupled with his creativity in finding solutions.” In 2007, he was selected from a field of the nation’s leading lawyers and judges as a finalist for the Lawdragon 500 based upon his current impact on the biggest issues and deals in the law. Prior to Blank Rome, Michael served as an attorney-adviser to the assistant secretary of tax policy at the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Honors Program). In 2016, Michael was honored by The George Washington University Law School for his 40 years of teaching at the law school.

RECOGNITIONS • Tax Law, listed in Chambers USA • 2006–2019, Litigation and Controversy – Tax and Tax Law in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers in America© • 2007–2009, 2011, 2014–2015, “Top Tax Lawyer” in Washington, D.C., listed in Washingtonian Magazine

ADMISSIONS District of Columbia, 1979 New York, 1964 Supreme Court of the United States U.S. Tax Court United States Court of Federal Claims MEMBERSHIPS American Bar Association American Institute of Certified Public Accountants District of Columbia Bar Association Internal Revenue Service Commissioner’s Exempt Organizations Advisory Group EDUCATION Georgetown University (LLM Tax, 1967) New York University School of Law (LLB, 1964) New York University (BS, 1960, Major: Accounting, summa cum laude)

• 2014, “Outstanding Attorney Award” by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section • 2005, “Light of Jerusalem Award,” by the Israel Bonds Legal and Financial Division • 2004, “Top Ten Lawyer” and “Top Tax Lawyer,” listed in Washington Business Journal PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Michael serves as co-general counsel and a member of the Board of the Children’s Charities Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations that support disadvantaged and at-risk children.

Michael I. Sanders Partner Tax Washington, D.C. 202.772.5808


Krista Santino, Echelon Analytics

Echelon Analytics

Krista Santino is an accounting and finance professional with over 23 years of experience, including approximately 21 years of work dedicated to forensic investigation, litigation consulting, and internal audit. Ms. Santino holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University at College Station. She is a Certified Public Accountant and accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Ms. Santino’s areas of concentration include forensic financial investigations, business valuation, accounting malpractice, intellectual property infringement, purchase price dispute analysis, risk assessment, financial statement analysis, financial modeling and data analysis, and complex litigation damages assessment.

Ms. Santino’s experience includes engagements in the following industries, among others: • Banking/Financial Services • Medical Devices/Pharmaceuticals • Construction • Mobile Devices/Applications • Entertainment • Oil and Gas • High Technology/Internet • Real Estate • Insurance • Software • Manufacturing • Telecommunications

Steve Sapourn, Aloha Capital Management

Aloha Capital Management

Steve Sapourn

Mr. Sapourn is a co-founder and portfolio manager for Aloha Capital. Steve oversees borrower and deal underwriting as well as portfolio management, with a focus on maximizing returns and mitigating risks. Steve’s years of experience in the alternative investment industry dates to 1996 and include founding and serving as chief investment officer for hedge funds managing over $125 million using quantitative trading strategies he developed and implemented.   He has performed various roles including chief compliance officer, chief of operations and portfolio manager for Commodity Trading Advisors and fund of funds.  He has deep expertise in analyzing the risk and reward of investment opportunities.   As portfolio manager for Aloha Capital, Steve has underwritten and serviced over $50 million in loans to sophisticated real estate investors in 10 states.  A real estate investor for over 25 years, Mr. Sapourn, actively invests in commercial and single family residential projects as well lending money secured by real estate to well qualified borrowers.  Steve graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992 and lives in Boulder with his two children Athena and Apollo.