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Fredrikson shareholders, Mercedes McFarland Jackson and Asmah Tareen, recently graduated from the third cohort of a board training program established by Women Corporate Directors’ Minnesota Chapter. Jackson and Tareen participated in workshops and networking events designed to prepare BIPOC women for board presence among for-profit companies.

Jackson specializes in debt finance transactions and advises clients on compliance matters under financing and corporate governance documents. Jackson has represented corporate borrowers, private equity groups and financial institutions in connection with secured and unsecured commercial lending transactions, including acquisition financings, senior, second-lien and mezzanine financings, secured bond offerings, debt restructurings and debtor-in-possession financings.

Tareen helps clients implement strategies to develop, protect, acquire and commercialize technology products and services. Tareen works extensively with clients in the medical device, life sciences, software, IT, retail, renewable energy and agricultural industries. With more than 20 years of experience, Tareen has a keen understanding of the business and operational issues faced by her clients. She brings a practical and collaborative approach to helping entrepreneurs, start-ups and private and public companies accomplish their business goals through IP portfolio development and management, strategic transactions, licensing, development, collaboration, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements.

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) is a unique global community that has served as the place where the most powerful and influential women in the world have convened for more than 20 years. WCD provides excellent opportunities for women directors to connect with and learn from each other on a local, regional and global level.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 350+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.

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