The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy sponsors many events throughout the year. These activities are built around our outstanding core, affiliated and adjunct faculty, as well as visiting scholars and seasoned professionals. BCLBE often collaborates with other Berkeley Law centers, the Haas School of Business, the Economics Department and other campus wide organizations in presenting its seminars, workshops and policy roundtables. Most events are open to students, faculty, the greater UC community as well as the public. Upcoming and completed events, including video links are listed below. For 2013 events and older, click here.

Upcoming Events 

Business Law Certificate Ceremony

Wednesday, May 8, 2014 
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating this year's J.D. and LL.M. graduates, who will receive the Business Law Certificate in recognition of their completion of a rigorous course of study in preparation for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, to business-oriented NGOs, and to government entities.

To learn more about the Business Law courses and Certificate programs click here.

Fundamentals of Banking Law

October 8 - 10, 2014 
Bancroft Hotel

Fundamentals of Banking Law returns to the West Coast with its concentrated two-and-a-half day introduction to the mysteries of banking law. Taught by a highly experienced faculty of practitioners, professors, and former regulators, this course features a close-knit, interactive format and is limited to the first 50 enrollees. Offered since 1998, the course is back under the sponsorship of BCLBE. Fundamentals of Banking Law is designed for private and public sector attorneys, examination and regulatory staff, bank and compliance professionals, and consultants. 

Fundamentals of Banking Law will also be held at the Boston University School of Law from May 21 - 23, 2014. For more information, click here.

Recently completed

BBLJ's Second Annual Women in Business Law Panel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
5:30 pm, Goldberg Room - Pre-Panel Dinner and Networking Reception
6:30 pm, Warren Room - Panel: "Making the Business World Work for You"

Join the Berkeley Business Law Journal and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy for our annual Women in Business Law Panel. The evening will begin with a networking reception in the Goldberg Room at 5:30pm where dinner will be served, followed by a symposium in the Warren Room featuring a panel of successful female lawyers who will share their unique perspectives on the challenges confronting women in business law and how to succeed in this still largely male-dominated field.

Smart Course Planning:
What to Take in Business Law and Why

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 - 1:45 pm

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Join BCLBE for an information session about the business law courses at Berkeley Law presented by the business and tax law faculty. The session will review the Fall 2014 classes and highlight new course offerings. Eric Talley will also present the results of recent surveys of practicing attorneys on what courses are essential to develop effective skills as young lawyers and to position students to succeed in landing their first job and excelling in it. The program will also review the Business Law Certificate requirements. 

Note: You do not have to be pursuing a business law concentration to benefit from this overview. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

BBLJ/BCLBE Symposium: 
Shareholder Activism

KeynoteLarry Sonsini, Chairman, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Friday, April 4, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 5.75 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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Panel 1 - Shareholder Activism: Bird's Eye-View 
Panel 2 - Hot-Button Issues: How Should We Interpret the Current State of Play?
Panel 3 - Future of Shareholder Activism: Where Do We Go From Here?

Activist shareholders acquire significant stakes in publicly traded companies for many reasons: making short-term profits, increasing companies' profitability over the long-term, and changing companies' policies in order to comport with the shareholders' social and environmental goals. Not surprising, given these disparate motivations, activist investors are perceived by various stakeholders as threats to be avoided, part of the current landscape and powerful forces motivating social responsibility. The symposium will allow regulators, attorneys, academics, and business leaders to share their unique views on this important aspect of modern business and law.

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Social Enterprise Law Symposium:
Financing Social Enterprises: From Start-up through Exit

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 3:30 - 7:00 pm
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 2.0 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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Panel 1 - Early-Stage Financing & Mission Preservation
Panel 2 - Exits

The Boalt Social Enterprise Group and the Impact Law Forum are excited to present a ground-breaking symposium on social enterprise law and finance! The symposium will explore cutting-edge legal issues faced by social enterprises in different stages of growth. We'll hear from social enterprise attorneys, investors and entrepreneurs about the challenges of preserving mission through various stages of capital-raising and discuss creative solutions to overcome them. Panel 1: Preserving mission through start-up and early stage financing; Panel 2: Overcoming challenges later stage financing and “exit” present to mission-driven enterprises. A networking reception for students, practicing attorneys, and entrepreneurs will follow. 

Regulation and the Future of Money:
Mobile Payments and Virtual Currencies

Thomas Brown, Paul Hastings
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 - 1:45 pm
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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Bitcoin is just one of the technologies that are rapidly disrupting how people store and move value. Mobile communications and cryptography, in particular, are changing how we define value and authenticate transactions. Regulation, for better or worse, is playing and will continue to play a substantial role in how this industry evolves. Thomas Brown will bring his decades of experience to describe the evolution of payment systems innovations from credit cards to the new world of mobile payment systems and virtual currencies. Join us to find out what is and will be in your electronic wallet.

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Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal 

Pircher, Nichols & Meeks 2014 Joint Venture Challenge Award Ceremony

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 4:30 - 6:00 pm

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy hosted a celebration of the results of the Pircher, Nichols & Meeks 2014 Joint Venture (JV) Challenge. The judges presented their analysis of the JV Challenge problem and announced the winners. The first place team receive a $2,000 price and the runner up team received a $1,000 prize. Judges were Phil Nichols and Stevens Carey, partners at the sponsoring firm, and Josh Myerberg, Executive Director, at Morgan Stanley's San Francisco office. The JV Challenge was organized by BCLBE, with support from Pircher, Nichols & Meeks and Leo Pircher '57.

Compliance Risks and Pitfalls in China

Gregory Wajnowski, GE Energy
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 - 1:45 pm
CLE credit available.

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The recent GlaxoSmithKline bribery scandal and other recent scandals in China underscore the need for companies doing business there to understand and manage the risks associated with common business practices that are prohibited by US and Chinese law. Wajnowski took us through some risks and common practices and explained how to compete effectively while still being compliant.

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Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Center for Chinese Studies

The Future of Japanese Corporate Governance

Zenichi Shishido, Hitotsubashi University
ModeratorRichard Buxbaum, UC Berkeley School of Law

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Boalt Hall 110; 12:45 - 1:45 pm

CLE credit available.

The firm is an incentive mechanism where the autonomy of human capital providers and the monitoring power of monetary capital providers incentivize each other to maximize their own payoff. In post-war Japan, internal governance developed so strongly that it was be called “company community”, while external governance was restricted by cross-shareholding. After the Japanese economic bubble of the 80’s, when conflicting interests between human capital providers and shareholders free cash-flow became obvious, the system began to malfunction. Since the mid-90’s, cross-shareholding has been declining and shareholder activism has been rising.

Now an increasing number of executives are ready for open dialogue with institutional investors. Japanese-style external governance will, however, be neither American-style institutional activism, nor British-style engagement. Japanese-style engagement will be even less confrontational than the British “behind-closed-doors”, and institutional investors will play the role of an internal catalyst inducing management’s initiative from within.

Israeli Start-Ups in the International Arena

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Boalt Hall 105; 6:00 - 8:30 pm                

Many Berkeley students find the Israeli business and hi-tech world to be fascinating. They want to learn about it in a theoretical way, but they also strive to work and intern in Israeli companies and start-ups, many of which have offices located locally in the Silicon Valley. Come hear about the experiences of Israeli start-ups in the Bay Area from several perspectives. We will explore the timeline of a typical start-up, from incubation to growth to decisions to go public or exit. We will also draw on the perspectives of those supporting the start-up explosion through mentoring, advising, and investing. Following the panel, students will have the opportunity to network with several Israeli start-ups from around the Bay Area. For more information contact Shir Davidovicz.

Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Center for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Financial Regulation in the Post-Reform Era: Putting Dodd-Frank in Context

Eugene Ludwig, Promontory Financial Group
Monday, February 24, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 - 1:45 pm               
CLE credit available

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 From the Civil War to the savings & loan meltdown, U.S. financial regulation has been shaped by cycles  of crisis and reform. What do changes like the Dodd-Frank Act mean for the evolution of the American regulatory model, and for global priorities like financial inclusion and development? Eugene Ludwig, founder and CEO of Promontory Financial Group, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, and former vice chairman and senior control officer of Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank, will place these changes in the context of earlier reforms, including the interstate banking, financial holding company, and community reinvestment policy changes of the 1990s.

Systemic Risk and the Financial Crisis: Protecting the Financial System as a “System”

Steven L. Schwarcz, Duke University School of Law
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 - 1:45 pm                
CLE credit available.

How should the law help to control systemic risk—the risk that the failure of financial markets or firms harms the real economy by increasing the cost of capital or decreasing its availability? Many regulatory responses to systemic risk, like the Dodd-Frank Act in the United States, consist largely of politically motivated reactions to the global financial crisis, looking for wrongdoers (whether or not they exist). But those responses are misguided if they don’t address the reality of systemic risk. Systemic risk is a form of financial risk. The primary goal for regulating financial risk is microprudential—maximizing economic efficiency by correcting market failures within the financial system—and indeed some of those market failures can be factors in triggering systemic risk. Systemic risk regulation should therefore try to correct those market failures. But systemic risk more directly represents risk to the financial system itself. Any framework for regulating systemic risk should also include the larger “macroprudential” goal of protecting the financial system as a “system.”

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Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal