Halloum Negotiations Competition (Spring)

Congratulations to the two excellent teams who participated in the final round of the 2020 competition!

Betsy Marshall ’22    Naomi Spoelman ’22

2020 Halloum Negotiations Competition Winners

Allison Talker ’22    Joseph Grib ’22

2020 Halloum Negotiations Competition Finalists

About the competition

The Halloum Negotiations Competition aims to develop real world negotiation and business transaction skills and is open only to first-year students. The competition gives students an opportunity to experience being corporate lawyers: making business deals and working cooperatively with individuals both alongside and across the negotiation table. It is a great way to become involved with the Board of Advocates, as participants will be scouted for the competitive Transactional/ADR Team.

“I learned a lot, felt my negotiations skills improve over the course of the competition, and enjoyed having the chance to try something new.”

Typically 48 students participate, requiring approximately 20-30 practitioner judges and 12 student judges. This competition tests the raw talent and skill of the participants. Students work in paired teams of two, with each team representing a side in a complex business deal. Corporate law practitioners from the Bay Area and experienced Berkeley Law Transactional/ADR Team members judge each round of negotiations. We especially welcome students who have no prior negotiating experience!

“I loved the opportunity to concretize some of the knowledge that we’ve learned in class. I also enjoyed the networking opportunities.”

For more information, please contact the Competition Directors at HalloumNegotiation@berkeley.edu.

Joseph Halloum

Berkeley Law alum Joseph Halloum (’10) created and generously funded both the Fall and Spring Halloum competitions, which provide a unique opportunity for students to get a taste of deal negotiations.

Mr. Halloum is a corporate partner in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He represents a wide range of clients in transactions, corporate governance issues and securities law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, activist investor situations, strategic sales and joint ventures, domestic and cross-border transactions, debt and equity financings, and SEC reporting obligations. Mr. Halloum regularly represents companies and private equity firms in the U.S. and cross-border deals. He was recently recognized by the Daily Journal with a 2016 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award.

A Huge “Thank You” to Our Law Firm Sponsors!

The 2020 Halloum Negotiations Competition was made possible with generous support from Goodwin Procter LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. To learn more about careers at our partner firms, please visit their recruiting pages: Goodwin Procter, Kirkland & Ellis, and Skadden.

If your firm is interested in sponsoring the Halloum Negotiations Competition, please contact us

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