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Samuel G. Rubenstein

President, Panacea Capital Advisors, Inc.

Sam Rubenstein is the Founder and President of Panacea Capital Advisors, Inc., a venture capital and strategic advisory firm located in Bethesda, Maryland.  In this capacity, he regularly serves as a strategic advisor, mentor, counselor, coach and confidant for entrepreneurs and senior management as well as a trusted partner to owners and investors.  Mr. Rubenstein has served, and continues to serve, as an investor-sponsored director and as an independent director for dozens of U.S. private businesses.

Mr. Rubenstein has more than 25 years of experience advising financial services companies, investors, entrepreneurs and U.S. middle-market businesses with identifying, structuring, negotiating, documenting and executing M&A and other corporate development transactions, debt and equity financing transactions, strategic alliances and distressed investment transactions.  In total, he has negotiated and managed more than 600 separate financing transactions with an aggregate transaction value exceeding $6 billion.

Prior to forming Panacea Capital Advisors in 2011, Mr. Rubenstein served for more than a decade as a senior executive officer and the general counsel of MCG Capital Corporation, a publicly traded investment company.  During his tenure at MCG Capital, its portfolio grew from about $300 million to nearly $2 billion.  At MCG Capital, Mr. Rubenstein’s responsibilities included structuring, documenting and negotiating financing and fund raising transactions as well as corporate governance matters with respect to MCG Capital and its portfolio of controlled companies.

Prior to joining MCG Capital, Mr. Rubenstein was an attorney and partner in private practice with two separate multinational law firms, where his practice focused on corporate and commercial investment transactions as well as the regulation of financial services companies.

Mr. Rubenstein received his J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center and his BBA in Data Processing and Honors Business from the University of Texas.