Halloum Negotiations Competition (Spring)

View a recording of the 2021 Halloum Final Round:


Sara Clark and Siobhan McGurk (WINNERS)

Dian Guo and Chantelle Wu


**Stay tuned for information about Halloum 2022**

(Competition anticipated March-April 2022)


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 Silicon Valley office of Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer 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 ranked in 2019 and 2020 as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for M&A, recognized with a 2019 California “Trailblazer” award by The Recorder and has been consistently named in ILFR1000. He was also recognized by The Daily Journal with a 2016 California Lawyer “Attorney of the Year” award.

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

The Halloum Negotiations Competition is made possible with generous support from Freshfields, Kirkland, Skadden, and Ropes & Gray.




If your firm would like to learn more about the benefits of sponsoring the Halloum Negotiations Competition, please contact us