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.
Compliance Risks and Pitfalls in China
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. Mr. Wajnowski will take us through some of these risks and common practices and explain what companies are doing to ensure that they can compete effectively while still being compliant with applicable laws.
Cross-Border Mergers and Takeovers: A US-German Law and Practice Perspective
Dr. Joachim Rosengarten, LL.M. '92, Hengeler Müller, Frankfurt
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Boalt Hall 141; 12:45 - 1:45 pm REGISTER>
CLE credit available.
Using a hypothetical example taken from an actual recent event, Joachim Rosengarten will present and illuminate the steps required under both system's legal regimes to carry out both friendly and hostile combinations in a transborder context. The case study (which will be available to the audience) illustrates in particular the transactional consequences of the application of German and US law in this context.
Pircher, Nichols & Meeks 2014 Joint Venture Challenge Award Ceremony
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren; 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the Pircher, Nichols 2014 Joint Venture (JV) Challenge. The judges will present their analysis of the JV Challenge problem and announce the winners. The first place team will receive a $2,000 prize and the runner up team will receive a $1,000 prize. Judges are Phil Nichols and Stevens Carey, partners at the law firm of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, and Josh Myerberg, Executive Director, at Morgan Stanley’s San Francisco office. The JV Challenge is organized by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy, with support from Pircher, Nichols & Meeks and Leo Pircher ‘57.
Regulation and the Future of Money:
Mobile Payments and Virtual Currencies
Technology is 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.
Keynote: Larry Sonsini, Chairman, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Friday, April 4, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
CLE credit available.
Activist shareholders acquire significant stakes in publicly traded companies for reasons ranging from making short-term profits on share prices, increasing companies' profitability over the long-term, and changing companies' policies in order to comport with the shareholders' social and environmental goals. Given these disparate motivations, activist investors unsurprisingly are perceived by various stakeholders as threats to be avoided, part of the current landscape, and powerful forces motivating social responsibility. The panelists seek to further understanding of shareholder activism through a one-day symposium which will allow regulators, attorneys, academics, and business professionals to share their unique views on this important aspect of modern business and law.
Smart Course Planning
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 - 1:45 pm
The Future of Japanese Corporate Governance
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.
Israeli Start-Ups in the International Arena
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Boalt Hall 105; 6:00 - 8:30 pm REGISTER>
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.
Financial Regulation in the Post-Reform Era: Putting Dodd-Frank in Context
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”
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.”