Ballard Spahr Partner Katayun I. Jaffari has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Forum of Executive Women (FOEW).

The Forum of Executive Women is a professional organization of more than 450 businesswomen in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its mission is to expand the impact and influence of women leaders. Ms. Jaffari is one of six women to join the board for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Ms. Jaffari has been an active member of the organization since joining in 2011. As a member of the Women in Executive Leadership and Governance Committee, she led a small committee that developed an education series called "Conversations in the Boardroom," which works to expand women’s participation and effect on boards by presenting topics regarding best practices in the boardroom.

Ms. Jaffari will also represent the FOEW to ION, a national consortium of member organizations that work to increase the number of women appointed to corporate boards and the executive suite.

At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Jaffari is a partner in the Business and Finance Department and handles complex securities transactions for businesses in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, energy, and technology. She advises clients in multibillion-dollar deals and has broad experience in business finance, including public offerings, stock-for-stock mergers, private placements of common stock, and offerings of convertible notes.

Ms. Jaffari also focuses on corporate governance, counseling clients on complying with federal laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). She helps clients develop compliance programs and guides them in matters concerning their corporate governance responsibilities.