Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy

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.

The 2015-2016 Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy Annual Bulletin is now available.  Learn more about BCLBE’s curriculum, programming, faculty and scholarship as Berkeley Law establishes itself as the leading center for the study and practice of business law on the Pacific Rim. 


Venture Capital Speaker Series
The VC Lawyer – Paul Vronsky
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

A conversation with Paul Vronsky, General Counsel of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

This event is co-sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer, the BCLT, and the BBLJ.

BCLT Career Fair – Intellectual Property and Technology Careers
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Boalt Hall, Steinhart Courtyard; 12:30-2:00pm

BCLBE is proud to cosponsor the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology’s (BCLT) 2016 Career Fair. Students will have an opportunity to visit technology attorneys from a number of leading law firms. For more details on the BCLT Career Fair, click here.

Kirkland & Ellis Hot Topic Talk
Monday, February 22, 2016

A special event with attorneys from Kirkland & Ellis. More information coming soon.

This event is co-sponsored by the BBLJ.

Recent Post on The Network: Business at Berkeley Law:
Event Recap: Berkeley Sustainable Business & Investment Forum, Part 1
By Jenna Alia, J.D. Candidate 2017

Recent Post from The Deal Professor, Steven Davidoff Solomon:
David Boies’s Dual Roles at Theranos Set Up Conflict


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News and Publications

The following media is now available:

Video  Private Equity Speaker Series 
William Sorabella, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
David Feirstein, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Video  M&A Speaker Series 
Journalist Panel: NYT, Fusion, WSJ

Video  Shareholder Activism Speaker Series 
Tariq Mundiya, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Video  Venture Capital Speaker Series
Ted Wang, Fenwick & West LLP

A full list of recordings can be found here»

BCLBE is excited to introduce its new Executive Director, Adam Sterling, a Berkeley Law and Haas School of Business alum with an impressive track record of organizational leadership and startup law experience. Mr. Sterling will help position BCLBE  as the premier hub for corporate and capital markets law on the Pacific Rim and lead a number of innovative new BCLBE initiatives. To read more about Mr. Sterling, click here.

In a trio of articles recently published in the New York Times, Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon examines placement agents, the DuPont-Trian case, and the effects of France’s new two-vote share system. In the first, Davidoff Solomon addressed the merits of placing agents as they continue to thrive amid controversy. In the next he explores how the details of the DuPont-Trian case will come to influence how shareholder activism matures as an industry. Most recently, Davidoff Solomon analyzes the ramifications of the French Parliament’s passage of a law creating a dual-class system for holding shares and how such a system would effect industry in the United States.

Corporate mergers bring about a 90 percent chance of shareholder lawsuits. Most cases settle for minor disclosures—and large attorneys’ fees. A new article co-authored by Steven Davidoff Solomon offers a novel way to assess the value of these disclosures, while lowering litigation costs to benefit shareholders.

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