Events

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 

Annual Executive and Legal Education Program Offering

Fundamentals of Banking Law

October 8-10, 2014 
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
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Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 19 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

In collaboration with the Boston University School of Law, BCLBE is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics), an intensive 2½ day program designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law, including the critical policies, concepts and regulations that have shaped 150 years of banking law from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present. Agenda>   Website>


Curriculum Lecture Series

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

October TBD, 2014
Boalt Hall TBD; 12:45-1:45pm
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Join BCLBE for an information session about the business law courses at Berkeley Law presented by the business law faculty. The session will review the Spring 2015 classes and highlight new course offerings. The program will also review the Business Law Certificate requirements. Check the BCLBE website for updated information on date and location.


Managing Tax Audits and Appeals

October 23-24, 2014
San Francisco

In collaboration with Crowell & Moring, this two day seminar will discuss current issues that impact the tax audit process. Designed for those with an interest in tax controversies, this seminar will enable corporate and tax executives to expand their knowledge of key features of the audit process and to focus on opportunities to improve an audit’s outcome through proper management at the early stages and during the administrative appeals process. The focus will be on current developments in the audit and appeals process.

Speakers will include attorneys from Crowell & Moring, government representatives, and academics who will address emerging issues relating to National Appeals Office developments, large case audits, transfer pricing audits, and recent legislative changes relating to tax procedure and administration. Preliminary Agenda>

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 10 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

Recently completed

The Corporation - An Alternative View Lecture Series

Can A Corporation Change the World and Make A Profit? A Talk With Vivienne Harr and Eric Harr of Make a Stand, Inc.

September 29, 2014
Boalt Hall 140; 12:45-1:45pm

With the power of social media, eleven-year-old Vivienne Harr launched one lemonade stand into a global movement to combat child slavery. “Make a Stand,” a socially innovative lemonade company, is a leading example of a new wave of hybrid “benefit” corporations dedicated to making charity their sales pitch. The company now sells their fair trade, organic beverages online and in stores all over the world, dedicating five-percent of all gross revenues to leading organizations working to eradicate child slavery worldwide. Twitter gave Vivienne the honor of ringing the bell at their IPO in New York on November 7, 2013—because executives believe Vivienne is a symbol of how Twitter can be used to change the world. Now Make a Stand has launched the Make a Stand app designed to revolutionize giving through crowd funding. 

Vivienne and Eric talked about their company, one of the new wave in social purpose benefit corporations.


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International Law and Business Lecture Series

China's Antitrust Enforcement Program

Nathan (Nate) Bush, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
September 25, 2014
Boalt Hall 105; 12:55- 1:55pm

Enforcement of China's Anti-monopoly Law surged in China. These enforcement trends reflect both the policy goals and the political incentives for regulators in Xi Jinping's China. Nate Bush, a partner in the Singapore and Beijing offices of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, will assess the antitrust challenges facing multinational companies operating in China.

General Counsel Conversation Series

Brett Pletcher, SVP and General Counsel of Gilead Sciences
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Boalt Hall 141; 12:45-1:45pm

This was the kickoff for BCLBE's GC Conversation Series in which students had an opportunity to meet with the SVP and General Counsel of Gilead Sciences and other chief legal officers of businesses to learn more about what the GC/CLO job entails, the comparisons between in-house and outside law firm practice, and how students and young lawyers can prepare for a career in either position.


Centennial Celebration of the Federal Reserve

September 12, 2014
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

This seminar provided an overview of the important role that the Fed plays in the payments system, and looked at innovation in financial technologies that portend a new era in payments, clearing and digital currencies. The Federal Reserve plays a key role in raising awareness, education and pursuing public policy objectives related to the safety and soundness of the payment system, and the development of products and services that are appropriate for users. Read more>


The French Revolution of Close Corporation: A Model for Europe?

Prof. Pierre-Henri Conac, Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, University of Luxembourg
Friday, August 29, 2014
Boalt Hall 141; 12:45-1:45pm

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Professor Conac of the University of Luxembourg discussed French laws related to close corporations, and how two waves of reform over the past 20 years have enhanced competitiveness and flexibility. Prof. Conac provided examples of how other EU Member States have adopted similar reforms or otherwise been inspired by those in France.  He further discussed the dynamics at play in Europe, where the reforms are likely headed, and their limits. Read more>

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Business Law Certificate Ceremony

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

This year, the Business Law Certificate program recognized 38 recipients. Twelve J.D. and twenty-six LL.M. students were awarded the certificate in recognition of their completion of 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.

To view a photostream of the ceremony click here.


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"

The Berkeley Business Law Journal and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy held an annual Women in Business Law Panel. The evening began with a networking reception followed by a panel featuring successful female lawyers who shared 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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BCLBE held an information session about the business law courses at Berkeley Law presented by the business and tax law faculty. The session reviewed the Fall 2014 classes and highlighted new course offerings. Eric Talley presented 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 also reviewed the Business Law Certificate requirements. 


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 was 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 allowed regulators, attorneys, academics, and business leaders to share their unique views on this important aspect of modern business and law.


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 was 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 presented a ground-breaking symposium on social enterprise law and finance! The symposium explored cutting-edge legal issues faced by social enterprises in different stages of growth. We heard from social enterprise attorneys, investors and entrepreneurs about the challenges of preserving mission through various stages of capital-raising and discussed 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 followed. 


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 was 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 brought 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 and revealed 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 received 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
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 
 

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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
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 

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. A panel shared experiences of Israeli start-ups in the Bay Area from several perspectives. We explored the timeline of a typical start-up, from incubation to growth to decisions to go public or exit. We also drew on the perspectives of those supporting the start-up explosion through mentoring, advising, and investing. Following the panel, students had the opportunity to network with several Israeli start-ups from around the Bay Area. For more information contact Shir Davidovicz.


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               
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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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, placed 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                
Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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