The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) is the hub of Berkeley Law's research and teaching on the impact of law on business and the U.S. and global economies.
This year, the Business Law Certificate program recognized 29 recipients. Fifteen J.D. and fourteen LL.M. students were awarded the certificate in recognition of their completion of rigorous, innovative coursework and complementary research designed to address key areas of change in the global economy, business environment, and legal structure. To view a list of this year's recipients click here. To view a selection of photos taken during the ceremony click here.
Sovereign Debt and Sovereign Default: What Next?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Professor Dr. Christoph Paulus, Humboldt University Berlin
Chair: Professor Barry Eichengreen, UC Berkeley, Department of Economics
Professor Paulus currently is working on the structure and role of Collective Action Clauses in connection with the Argentine and Greek debt crises. He wrote on these mechanisms, in the context of longer-term sovereign financial distress. Read more>
International Financial Regulation Workshop
This event is by invitation only. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
The workshop focuses on the challenges that increased global competition poses for financial regulation, and the concerns that growing financial markets raise for the safety and soundness of the U.S. and global financial system. Read more>
Dealing with Losers: Managing Policy TransitionMonday, April 22, 2013
Boalt Hall 141, 12:00-1:55 pm
Law and Economics Workshop
Michael Trebilcock, University of Toronto, Law School
BCLBE completed events, including video recordings as well as links to related materials, can be found on the Events page.
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NEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
On May 15, Prof. Eric Talley was a panelist on ‘Regulatory Enforcement and the Judiciary,’ which examined the litigation engendered by the global financial crisis. The keynote was delivered by Judge Jed Rakoff, an outspoken critic of the use of settlements to resolve litigation against major financial institutions, arguing that they risk privileging the ‘facade of enforcement.’ The roundtable was hosted by the University of New South Wales.
Robert Bartlett's article, “Making Banks Transparent” (65 Vand. L. Rev. 293-386), has been included in this year’s list of the Ten Best Corporate and Securities Articles. The list is selected by an annual poll of corporate and securities law academics from a field of more than 550 articles published and indexed in legal journals during 2012. The entire list is available here.
On April 24, Justin McCrary will discuss the economics of safety and policing at Councilmember Schaaf’s Safe Oakland Speaker Series. McCrary will share findings from his recent study, “The Effect of Police on Crime: New Evidence from U.S. Cities, 1960-2010,” including a cost-benefit analysis of policing.
The Inspector General criticized the lack of public education about the IRS’s plans to garnish tax refunds for taxpayers who don’t purchase health insurance under the new Federal Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014. David Gamage weighs in>
On April 16, Robert Bartlett participated in The JOBS Act: First Year Report Card. This roundtable, hosted by Nixon Peabody in San Francisco, discussed key points such as the effectiveness of the JOBS Act from legal, accounting, and investor perspectives. Bartlett presentation is here.
On April 11, Berkeley Law Chris Hammond '15 and Will Schildknecht '15 won the 2013 Halloum Negotiation Competition. The competition pairs teams to negotiate hypothetical M&A, financing, and technology licensing transactions. Teams are scored on their preparation, strategy and the outcome. The winners outlasted 48 other competitors to take home the championship and accompanying iPad minis. A big thank you to Skadden and Gibson Dunn, which sponsored the two week long competition.
The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) made extensive changes to U.S. patent law. Perhaps the most significant change goes into effect March 16, 2013 when the US changes from the current "first-to-invent" system to the more widely followed "first-to-file" (i.e., first-inventor-to-file) system. Eric Talley discusses the implications for the historic shift in US patent law on KPCC.org. Listen>
Thomas Brown, lecturer at UC Berkeley Law School and partner at Paul Hastings, has submitted a paper to the California State Assembly Banking and Finance Committee. The paper discusses the California Money Transmission Act and its effect on innovation in the payments industry. Read more>
Eric Talley recently joined a panel discussion on AirTalk (KPCC.org) on the implications for corporate governance of shareholder activism. This comes as Apple, PNC Financial Services Group and gun manufacturers are each under pressure from activist investors. The panel examines the strategies of all the stakeholders and the history of investor activism. How do shareholder rights coexist or conflict with corporate interests? Should corporate governance be “shareholder-centric” or “board-centric?” Do these new tactics improve the bottom line? Listen to Talley's take.