Matthew Small is Blackboard's Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. As head of Blackboards Legal and Contracts Departments, he is responsible for all the companys legal, regulatory and contractual matters. His primary focus is on mergers and acquisitions, public finance and securities, corporate governance, intellectual property and employment law.Before joining Blackboard, Mr. Small practiced law at the law firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Testa, Mr. Small planned, structured and negotiated a broad range of technology company transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, venture fund formation, public offerings, joint ventures and complex licensing transactions.Mr. Small graduated magna cum laude from the University of Denver, and received his JD and MBA degrees with honors from the University of Connecticut.