The Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture Challenge

A great opportunity to gain practical experience in business transactions and finance, enhance your resume, work with peers in the law, business and environmental design schools, and compete for $3,000 in prize money!

This competition takes place each year in March. Students from Berkeley Law, Berkeley-Haas, and the College of Environmental Design will team up to negotiate a simulated real estate deal prepared by leading real estate law firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks. Students enter individually and team members will be assigned randomly. No prior experience in joint venture (JV) structuring, real estate finance or similar activities is necessary.

In early March, teams will be announced and provided with a real estate deal fact pattern and a list of key legal and business issues.  The competition will be held from 8am to 1pm at Berkeley Law. Teams will attend a one-hour overview presentation on real estate JVs, participate in a two-hour coaching session with a lawyer coach, and then negotiate the issues against opposing teams,  in front of a panel of judges with significant JV experience who will evaluate each team’s performance.

Dates and details for the 2018 competition will be available in early 2018.

This competition organized by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, Berkeley-Haas, and the College of Environmental Design.