Events

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

 

Upcoming

Advanced Academic Seminar on Compliance and Corruption
 
Tuesday, June 20
Mona Bismarck Foundation | 9-6:30PM
 
Berkeley Law faculty and Hughes Hubbard attorneys will be presenting a one-day academic seminar on compliance and corruption in the context of mergers and acquisitions in Paris, France

Venture Capital Summer Deal Camp
 
Thursday, June 22
IMD Lausanne Campus | 8:30-6:30PM
 
Summer Deal Camp is a one day version of 500 Startups and UC Berkeley’s popular venture capital executive education program. The program is focused on the mechanics of deal making for investors, entrepreneurs, executives, and lawyers, who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments.
 
For more information and a detailed agenda, visit IMD’s page here.
 
Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley, IMD Business School, 500 Startups, Startup@BerkeleyLaw, and The Berkeley-Hass Institute for Business Innovation.

Annual Symposium on Corporate Law at Berkeley
 
Thursday-Friday, October 26-27
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
 
This two-day, five-panel event will explore the development of corporate law, the evolving relationships between corporate stakeholders, M&A and what corporate lawmaking may look like in the future.

Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum 2017
 
Thursday-Friday, November 16-17
University Club, California Memorial Stadium
 
Inaugurated in 2015, the Berkeley Sustainable Business & Investment Forum focuses on the evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices with a focus on long-term value creation.
 
 

Recently completed 

  
Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network
Fireside Chat & Breakfast Mixer
 
Wednesday, May 24
Simpson Thacher, Palo Alto | 9:30-12PM
 
Berkeley Law Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon and co-author Frank Partnoy joined Allison Bennington of ValueAct Capital and Berkeley Law Professor Robert Bartlett to discuss their featured Atlantic article, “Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure.” 

Fifth Annual M&A Roundtable
 
Thursday-Friday, May 18-19
Kirkland & Ellis New York Office | 2-5PM & 9-12PM
 
Participants spent two days with renowned thought leaders from industry, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, academia and government as they addressed current and leading M&A issues. Participants were able to engage in bold discussions — analyzing, brainstorming and evaluating the latest M&A trends in this interactive event. 
 
Presented by Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and Kirkland & Ellis.

Special Event
Vision 2020 Think Tank: Advancement Through Empowerment | Women and Disabilities
 
Thursday, April 27
Morrison & Foerster Offices | 5:30-7:30PM
RSVP to Dr. Sara L. Terheggen no later than April 15. 
 
Please join us as a participant in the next Vision 2020 Think Tank for an engaging discussion on women and disabilities from the viewpoints of government, private sector, politics and the community. This amazing panel will share insights, perspectives and personal experiences on the potential power of women with disabilities.
 
The panel will include Janni Lehrer-Stein, a Disability Rights Advocate who was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve two terms as a member of the National Council on Disability; Kathy Martinez, who is the senior vice president and head of disability and accessibility strategy at Wells Fargo; Ann O’Leary, a partner in the Palo Alto office of Boies Schiller Flexner and a leader in the Bay Area nonprofit community; Alice Wong, a sociologist, research consultant, and disability activist who is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project; and Sara L. Terheggen, a corporate partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP who was recently named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of its “Top 40 Under 40,” and is a California delegate for the Vision 2020 Project.

Special Lunch Talk
The Role of the Silicon Valley Lawyer Under the New Administration
A panel featuring Ira Lam, the General Counsel of Kabam; Kevin Smith, the founder of Vault ; and Sergio Garcia, the General Counsel of Zeltiq.
 
Wednesay, April 19
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
After the panel discussion, there was a reception at the Free House from 2-3PM. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.
 
Lunch will be provided by Gregoire’s.

Special Lunch Talk
Smart Course Planning: What to Take in Business Law and Why
 
Monday, April 10
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Did you know that Berkeley Law now offers over twenty unique business law courses each semester? Participants joined us for an information session on the Fall 2017 business law curriculum and business law certificate  requirements.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 Lunch Talk
Insight From General Counsel at Y Combinator and Memebox
This event featured a conversation with Jason Kwon (’09), Y Combinator Continuity’s General Counsel, and Jeff Kang, General Counsel at Memebox.
 
Thursday, April 6
Boalt Hall 130 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Jason Kwon (’09) is Y Combinator Continuity’s General Counsel. Y Combinator Continuity is Y Combinator’s growth fund that’s dedicated to supporting founders as they scale their companies. YC is a start-up accelerator that’s funded and worked with several successful companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe and Memebox. Before joining YC, Jason was the Assistant General Counsel at Khosla Ventures and an attorney at Goodwin, where he advised start-ups, venture investors and founders in venture financings, M&A deals, strategic transactions, secondary sales, debt financings, governance matters and compensation issues.
 
Jeff Kang is General Counsel at Memebox. Memebox is one of the fastest growing beauty brands in the world and the first Korean company to graduate from Y Combinator.  It has exploded onto the scene with its unique web-based business model, closing $65.95 million in series C funding in 2016.  Before joining Memebox, Jeff was an attorney at Latham & Watkins in the finance and corporate departments, where he represented venture capital investors, major investment banks, and early stage and later stage technology companies. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Korea Law Center.

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series 
Aerial Cities and Flying Taxis | Robert Keefe of AirBus 
This event featured a conversation with Robert Keefe, associate general counsel of Airbus 
 
Thursday, April 6
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Airbus is undertaking three projects to change the way people move in cities. By adding the third dimension, personal aerial vehicles can dramatically decrease congestion, traffic casualties, environmental degradation, and affordable housing crises. But getting these vehicles to fly is an incredibly complex–and intellectually stimulating–challenge. Airbus Silicon Valley, home to the single seater flying taxi project called Vahana, is tackling this challenge head-on, particularly in the realms of FAA Certification, Export Controls, Air Traffic Management, Local Concerns, and Product Liability. Associate General Counsel Robert Keele will discuss how lawyers are helping to make things fly that have never flown before–and (potentially) radically changing the way people live in the process.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ).


 Law Firm Hot Topic 
Project DEFCON | National Security and Deal Risk
A Conversation with Mario Mancuso, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
 
Wednesday, March 22
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Learn how national security concerns impact corporate deals! 

Mario Mancuso is the former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce, Industry and Security and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations and Combating Terrorism. He is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis where he leads the Firm’s International Trade and National Security practice. A former member of the President’s national security team, Mario works with clients on international business transactions and internal investigations around the world, particularly on matters that could implicate the U.S. government’s national security, foreign policy, or other interests.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Kirkland & Ellis.

Lunch Talk
Exits for Social Enterprises 
A conversation with the Chairman Emeritus from Montgomery & Hansen LLP and attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP. 
 
Tuesday, March 21
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-2:00PM
 
John Montgomery, Chairman Emeritus of Montgomery & Hansen LLP, joined Mike O’Bryan and Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster LLP to discuss preserving the impact of exits through M&A for traditional corporations and LLC, M&A for Public Benefit Corporations, IPOs for Public Benefit Corporations, and other exits for social enterprises (DPOs, MBO/ESOPs). 

 Lunch Talk
A conversation with Ted Mermin, co-founder and Executive Director of the Public Good Law Center. 
 
Monday, March 20
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM

 
Rise of the API Copyright Dead?: The Past, Present, and Possible Futures of the Oracle v. Google Litigation
 
Wednesday, March 15
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:55-1:55PM
 

After a decade of bruising legal battles, the courts and software industry norms largely resolved the costly war over the scope of copyright protection for computer software. By the mid 1990s, freedom to develop interoperable devices and software triumphed over broad copyright protection for network features of computer software. Copyright peace prevailed throughout the software industry. But in 2010, Oracle reignited the smoldering embers of that war when it brought suit alleging that Android infringed copyright in the Java application program interface packages (APIs) . . .  This presentation explored the Oracle v. Google litigation, tracing the development of Java and Android and the subsequent (and still ongoing) battle over the scope of copyright protection for APIs. 

This event was sponsored by Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) and Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE)


Special Event
Pircher, Nichols, & Meeks Joint Venture (JV) Challenge
The JV Challenge was a one-day joint venture negotiation competition, and was a great opportunity for participants to gain practical experience in business transactions and finance, enhance their resume, work with peers in the law, business and environmental design schools, and compete for $3,000 in prize money!
 
Monday, March 13
Boalt Hall | 8:00AM-1:00PM
 
Students from Berkeley Law, Haas, and CED were teamed up to negotiate a simulated real estate deal prepared by leading real estate law firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.  Students entered individually and team members were assigned randomly. No prior experience in joint venture structuring, real estate finance, or similar activities was necessary.
 
Open to Graduate Students from Berkeley Law, Haas School of Business, and the College of Environmental Design

Practitioner Speaker Series
The Wild World of Executive Compensation
A conversation with Doreen Lilienfeld, partner at Shearman & Sterling.
 
Monday, March 6
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Attendees learned about one of the most fascinating practice areas in corporate law! 
 
Doreen Lilienfeld is the Practice Group Leader of the Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group at Shearman & Sterling. She joined us to discuss her experience working with senior executives at leading companies around the world, including CVS Health Corporation, IMAX Corporation, Nokia Corporation, and WebMD Health Corporation. For anyone interested in corporate law, this was a talk not to miss! 
 
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Special Event
2017 BCLBE  1L Firm Fair
First-year law students met with attorneys from Cooley, Davis Polk, Gunderson Dettmer, Kirkland & Ellis, Morrison Foerster, Orrick, Simpson Thacher, Skadden, Weil, and Wilson Sonsini.
 
Friday, March 3 
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room | 12:45-2:30PM 

Attendees learned about the differences between law firm practice areas and spoke with practicing attorneys from top law firms! The fair was great preparation for OCI/EIW and was catered by Top Dog!  
 
12:45-1:15PM | Practice area breakdown with CDO | Room 140
 
1:15-2:30PM | Law firm lunch fair | Goldberg Room

Special Event
Big Law in the Big Apple
Attendees learned about career opportunities in New York City with attorneys from Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk,  and Kirkland & Ellis.
 
Wednesday, March 1
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45PM-2:00PM

New York law firms offer many unique opportunities as well as challenges. Attorneys from the New York offices of Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk and Kirkland & Ellis discussed professional and cultural particulars of practicing law in New York. This was a must for anyone thinking of practicing on the East Coast — and anyone wanting to understand how important New York is as a global hub for legal work. 
 
Co-sponsored by the Career Development Office.

FORM + FUND Founder Workshop + Office Hours
 
Workshop | Angel and Seed Financing
 
Wednesday, March 1 
Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-7:30PM
 
Startup@BerkeleyLaw and attorneys from Morrison & Foerster covered the nuts and bolts of angel and seed venture financing for startups.

Movie Night
Betting on Zero
The screening was followed by a discussion with director Ted Braun.
 
Thursday, February 23
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium | 6:45-9:45PM
 
Those in attendance enjoyed an advanced screening of Betting on Zero before it hit theaters!
 
Cosponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Special Event | Faculty Forum   
Anti-Insurance Innovation | Professor Ariel Porat
 
 
Wednesday, February 22
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
 
Ariel Porat is one of the most distinguished legal academics in Israel. He is the Alain Poher Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he visits annually. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and the winner of the EMET Prize (2014). From 2002-2006, he was the Dean of Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Professor Porat joined us and discussed about the concept of anti-insurance – a new contractual legal mechanism that attempts to remove the traditional insurance effect of business contracts. 
 
This event is sponsored by the William T. Barker Insurance Law Instructional Fund.
 

Law Firm Hot Topic Series
M&A In Silicon Valley | The LinkedIn Sale
A conversation with Martin Korman, partner at Wilson Sonsini.
 
Wednesday, February 15
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
One of Silicon Valley’s top M&A attorneys joins us to discuss one of the valley’s hottest deals! 
 
Martin Korman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the head of the firm’s M&A and private equity practice. He’s recognized as one of the nation’s top M&A attorneys and has helped sell and buy a number of Silicon Valley’s top technology companies, including LinkedIn, Sun Microsystems, Genentech, Pixar, and VMware. 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Special Event
Real Estate Joint Venture Challenge | Information Session
 
Monday, February 13
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
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 information session provided students with further details about the competition. 
 
Students from Berkeley Law, Berkeley-Haas, and the College of Environmental Design will be teamed up on March 13, 2017 at Berkeley Law 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 structuring, real estate finance or similar activities is necessary. 

Law Firm Hot Topic Series | Financing Startups
This group learned how startups raise capital with a special focus on crowdfunding and impact investing!
 
Wednesday, February 8
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Alfredo Silva is a partner in the Corporate Group and a member of the Pro Bono Committee at Morrison Foerster.  He is one of Silicon Valley’s most active attorneys and has represented a number of leading companies, including Shutterfly, Novellus, and InvenSense. Fredo was recognized by The Recorder as a 2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track.
 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Morrison Foerster.

FORM + FUND Founder Workshop + Office Hours 
 
Workshop | Basic Intellectual Property Strategy
A conversation about the nuts and bolts of securing your startup’s intellectual property with attorneys from Fenwick & West.  
 
Wednesday, February 1 
Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-7:30PM

Practitioner Speaker Series
Careers in M&A, Antitrust, and Corporate Litigation
A conversation with lawyers Ethan Klingsberg, Dan Culley, and Vanessa Richardson from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
 
Tuesday, January 31
Boalt Hall 132| 12:45-1:45PM
 
This event is cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 
Special Off-Campus Event 
Vision 2020 Think Tank | Women in Politics 
 
Thursday, January 26 
VMWARE Palo Alto | 5:30-7:30PM
 
The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Vision 2020 Think Tank Speaker Series. 
 
This event featured an engaging discussion about women in politics. Attendees heard about the experiences, strategies and efforts that lead to a path in politics and how we can encourage and support more women to participate in the political process. Speakers included Betty Yee, California State Controller, Mary Hughes, Founder of Close the Gap CA, Ruth Bernstein, Senior Principal, EMC Research, Sara Terheggen, California Delegate, Vision 2020 Project.
 
 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 
Practitioner Speaker Series 
Opening a New Market | Prop 64 in California
A conversation with Jay Purcell (’11), attorney at Rogoway Law Group, and Ryan Shaening Pokrasso (’13), co-founder of SPZ Legal. 
 
Wednesday, January 25
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM 
 
This event provided a discussion on the business and legal opportunities of the new cannabis economy in California following the passage of Prop 64. 
 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal .


Practitioner Speaker Series 
Unlocking the Value of Pro Bono 
A conversation with David Brown (’12), Associate Product Counsel at Google, Kei Nishimura (’13), attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Sam Koch (’12), attorney at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel 
 
Monday, January 23 
Boalt Hall 170 | 12:45-1:45PM 
 
During this even young Berkeley Law alums to discussed how they’ve used pro bono to give back and further their careers. 
 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Berkeley Women in Business Law Mentor Mixer
 
Wednesday, January 18
Marianne’s SF | 6:00PM -8:00PM 
 
This event was a collaboration with the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and the Berkeley Business Law Journal, where first year law students interested in business law were matched with female associates from our partner firms. 

General Counsel Series 
The Snapchat Counsel | Dom Perella of Snap 
 A conversation with Dom Perella, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Snap. 
 
Wednesday, January 18
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45PM-1:45PM
 
 
Dom Perella is the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Snap Inc. In his role, Dom oversees litigation and other major legal projects for the company. Dom was previously a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice at Hogan Lovells and was named to the Legal Times “40 under 40” list of D.C. rising legal stars in 2014. 
 
 
 
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. 

Lunch Talk
Judith Anderson (SEC)

Wednesday, January 11

Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM


Form+Fund Founder Workshop + Office Hours | Startup Equity 101 

Wednesday, January 11 
Boalt Hall Warren Room

Attorney Office Hours

Boalt Hall, Warren Room | 4pm to 5:30pm

 

Workshop | Startup Equity 101

Boalt Hall, Warren Room | 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Special Lunch Talk 
Protecting Corporate Whistleblowers 

A conversation with Chris Ehrman, Director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Whistleblower Office, and Sean McKessy, Former Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Whistleblower Office (and current partner at Philips & Cohen LLP). 

Thursday, November 17
Boalt Hall 132 | Early Start Time 11:45AM-12:45PM

 
Christopher Ehrman is the Director of the Whistleblower Office at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  Section 748 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act established a whistleblower program under which the CFTC will pay awards, based on collected monetary sanctions, to eligible whistleblowers who voluntarily provide original information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act that lead either to a “covered judicial or administrative action” or a “related action.”
 
Sean McKessy is the former Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Office, He provides singular insight and unparalleled knowledge of the SEC whistleblower program in his work with Phillips & Cohen clients. Mr. McKessy was the first Chief of the SEC Whistleblower Office and helped establish the processes the office follows and the policies that guide the SEC whistleblower program. His office assessed and reviewed whistleblower tips, evaluated whistleblower award claims and made whistleblower award recommendations to the Commission.
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Special Lunch Talk 
Artists’ Rights in the Era of Youtube | Irving Azoff
A conversation with Irving Azoff, Chairman and CEO or Azoff of Azoff MSF Entertainment 

Tuesday, November 15 
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45PM-1:45PM
No Registration Required 

 
In 2012, Billboard named Irving Azoff the most powerful person in the music industry. During his career he has been an agent or personal manager for dozens of top performers, concert promoter, movie producer, and independent record label owner. Irving joined us to offer insights that few if anyone can match on artists’ rights and how they intersect with current technology and law.
 
Presented by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT). Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) and Sports Entertainment Law Society (SELS).

Special Lunch Talk  
Trauma and the Welfare State: A Genealogy of Prostitution Courts in New York City 
A Conversation with Amy Cohen, Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
 
Monday, November 14, 2016
Boalt Hall 130 | 12:45PM-1:45PM
 
At least since the early twentieth century, informal specialized prostitution courts have tried to double as social welfare agencies. Professor Amy Cohen joins us to discuss how prostitution courts illustrate in particularly explicit ways how public welfare administration and criminal court administration share similar ideas and practices and how these ideas and practices reinvent themselves over time. 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and the Center for the Study of Law and Society.

Lean Data with Mozilla 
A breakfast conversation with product and data executives from Mozilla Corporation 

Thursday, November 10
Boalt Hall 140 | 9:30AM – 10:30AM


A leading team of data scientists, product managers and attorneys from Mozilla Corporation joined us to discuss their unique approach to data collection. It was a fantastic conversation for any aspiring attorneys and/or entrepreneurs working with data and technology. 
 
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal, BCLT, and BIPLA.

Investment Banking from the West Coast 

Monday, November 7
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45PM – 1:45PM

 
Ross Weiner is the general counsel and managing director at Qatalyst Partners. Qatalyst Partners is a global, independent investment bank that provides high impact strategic and financial advice to senior management and boards of established and emerging technology leaders on matters crucial to their growth and success. Prior to Qatalyst, Ross was a director, head of business operations and legal services, and chief compliance officer at Silver Lake Credit and a director and counsel at Credit Suisse.

Litigation in the Business World
A conversation with Steve Coopersmith, Founder and Managing Attorney at The Coopersmith Law Firm 

Thursday, November 3
Boalt Hall 134 | Breakfast Talk (9:30AM – 10:30AM)

Steve Coopersmith is founder and managing attorney at The Coopersmith Law Firm, a leading San Diego-based business litigation firm. Steve has substantial government and commercial litigation experience, including service as a military prosecutor with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He joined us to discuss the complex and fascinating world of business litigation and to reflect on his experience starting his own legal practice. 


Special Event 
Inside Legal | Ryan Horning of the Oakland Athletics 
A conversation with Ryan Horning, Assistant General Counsel at the Oakland Athletics 

Wednesday, November 2
Boalt Hall 132| 12:45-1:45PM

 Neil and Ryan handle legal and operational issues for the East Bay’s professional baseball team. They joined us to discuss life as a lawyer in major leagues sports.

 
This event was cosponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.


Fundamentals of Banking Law

October 31 – November 2, 2016
San Francisco

BCLBE was pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2016 Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics) program. This intensive 2½ day seminar was designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law, including the critical policies, concepts an regulations that have shaped 150 years of banking from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present. For more information, click here.

Form+Fund Founder Workshop + Office Hours | Data Security and 10 Tips for Startup Financial Health
Wednesday, November 2 | Boalt Hall Goldberg Room
Attorney Office Hours (featuring attorneys from Covington)
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room | 4pm to 5:30pm
Workshop | Data Privacy and Security for Startups
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room | 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Practitioner Speaker Series 
The Fund Counselor | Benson Cohen 
A conversation with Benson Cohen (’04), Partner at Sidley Austin 

Monday, October 31
Boalt Hall 140| 12:45-1:45PM


Benson Cohen (’04) is partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin. He represented hedge funds, fund of funds, and private equity funds in their formation, regulation and in buy-side and sell-side deals. Benson also serves on the Boalt Hall Alumni Association’s board of directors and is the current chair of the nominating committee for the New York City Bar Association’s “Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award.” He joined us to discuss his career, practice and views on the legal industry.
This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Sustainable Business and Investment Forum 2016 
 
October 26-27, 2016 

Inaugurated in 2015, the Berkeley Sustainable Business & Investment Forum focuses on the evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices with a focus on long-term value creation. It is a collaboration among the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business, the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy at Berkeley Law School, PepsiCo, Visa, BNY Mellon, CamberView Partners, and Intel. 


Special Event 
Pathways to Private International Law Careers 

Wednesday, October 26
Boalt 100| 12:45-1:45PM 

 
Alexandra Darraby of the Art Law Firm, Enrique Hernandez-Pulido of Procopio, and Marcus Salvato Quintanilla of Jones Day shared their respective career paths and provide advice about what it takes to start a successful international law practice.
 
This event was cosponsored by the Career Development Office and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and the ADP Office.

Venture Capital Speaker Series 
The Corporate Counsels | Sharon Zezima and Brett Hirsch of GoPro 

Wednesday, October 26
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45 – 1: 45pm 

 
Sharon Zezima is the general counsel of GoPro and Brett Hirsch is a legal counsel at GoPro. Previously, Sharon was the general counsel at Marketo and deputy general counsel at Electronica Arts. They joined us to discuss their careers, legal and operational responsibilities, and typical legal issues facing one of the hottest technology companies in Silicon Valley.
 
This event was cosponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.



Special Event 
Smart Course Planning: What to take in business law and why 
 
Wednesday, October 26
Boalt Hall 140| 9:00 – 11:00am 

Did you know that Berkeley Law now offers over twenty unique business law courses each semester? At this event an information session on the Spring 2017 business law curriculum and business law certificate took place. 
 
This Event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

 Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series 

Advising Silicon Valley 
A conversation with Peter Werner, partner at Cooley LLP and head of the firm’s San Francisco Busine and Finance Practice 

Monday, October 24, 2016
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM 

 
Peter Werner is a corporate partner at Cooley LLP, member of the firm’s technology and hiring committees, and head of the San Francisco business and finance practice. He is also one of the curators of Cooley GO, an innovative open-source platform for legal tools, forms, data and guidance. Peter joined us to discuss working with the world’s leading innovators and his own role in helping to innovate the legal practice.   

This event was cosponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Cooley LLP.

Startup@BerkeleyLaw‘s The Evolution of Technology and Internet Connectivity: What Investors and Business Owners Need to Know

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

There is no better time than now to discuss the investment opportunities, rules and regulations, and venture capital trends in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Corporations have invested billions of dollars in into emerging technologies, but where there is reward there is risk. Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE), O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and our panel of experts discussed the current landscape of emerging technologies, hot deal trends in venture capital, and how to navigate through government rules and regulations. Our panelists included leaders from Snapchat, Google’s Nest Division, and the University of California, Berkeley.


Rewire: Re-Envisioning Workshop on Innovation, Regulation, and Entrepreneurship 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Galvanize 44 Tehama Street San Francisco | 4:00PM 
A panel on innovation, regulation, and entrepreneurship took an in-depth look at at licensing, commercialization, and mobility issues in the emerging Platform Economy. We heard from panelists from AirBnB, Lyft, HopSkipDrive, Peers, the California Department of Insurance, the California Public Utilities Commission and more.


VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley 
October 18-21, 2016
UC Berkeley Campus | San Francisco

Deal Camp is a four-day course focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Participants worked with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns. Program participants attended the 500 Startups Preview Day in San Francisco on October 18 and then headed to UC Berkeley for Deal Camp on October 19-21. Deal Camp used a project-based learning approach in which participants took part in a negotiation simulation with real companies which they saw pitch at 500 Startups Preview Day. For more details, click here.

Special Breakfast Talk
 
Social Media and Securities | A Conversation on Regulation and Finance in the Age of Social Media
A breakfast conversation with Marlon Paz, Partner at Seward & Kissel LLP and former senior attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
Friday, October 14, 2016 
Boalt Hall 134 | 9:30-10:30AM
 
Marlon Paz is a partner at Seward & Kissel LLP and regular advises broker-dealers and other financial services firms in matters related to securities regulation, government enforcement, internal investigations and examinations, compliance and white collar crime. Prior to joining Seward & Kissel, Marlon was a senior attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and played a key role during the financial crisis in developing a number of the SEC’s positions on key regulatory matters. Marlon has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine and is also is a member of the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University Law Center.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Startup@BerkeleyLaw Founders Workshops
Workshop | HR, Compensation, and Employment for Startups 101
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 

Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-7:30PM

This event provided the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of compensation and employment issues for startups with attorneys from Orrick.

Venture Capital Speaker Series
 
The Tech Counsel | Dave Kling of Facebook
A conversation with Dave Kling (’97), Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Facebook.
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
 
Dave Kling (’97) is the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Facebook. In his role, Dave provides oversight for all of Facebook’s corporate and M&A work, including management of the Oculus legal team. Prior to joining Facebook, Dave was a partner at Gunderson Dettmer in Silicon Valley. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Gunderson Dettmer.

Practitioner Speaker Series
Navigating Capital Markets
A conversation with Kevin Kennedy (’91), partner at Simpson Thacher.
 
Monday, October 10, 2016 
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Kevin Kennedy (’91) is a partner in Simpson Thacher’s corporate department and co-chair of the firm’s pro bono committee.  He has served as primary outside counsel for a number of Silicon Valley’s leading companies and has represented issuers and underwriters on a variety of securities transactions, especially initial public offerings (IPOs).  Kevin has been named one of California’s “Top 100 Leading Lawyers” by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal and “Lawyer of the Week” by the Financial Times.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
The Advisors 
A conversation with Andrew Thorpe, corporate partner at Orrick, Karen Dempsey, corporate partner at Orrick, and John Palmer, public finance attorney at Orrick.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Andrew Thorpe is a partner in the corporate group of Orrick’s San Francisco office and has represented clients in the technology, fintech, and life sciences sectors. Karen Dempsey is also a partner in the corporate group of Orrick’s San Francisco office and has been involved in a number of significant venture capital and public market deals. John Palmer is a senior associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and has advised a number of leading public institutions, including major school districts, cities, counties and chart schools.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Orrick.

Practitioner Speaker Series
 
Innovating for Social Impact 
A conversation with Joel Beck-Coon (’11), Associate General Counsel of Humanity United, Nancy McGlamery, Principal at Adler & Colvin, and Will Fitzpatrick, Principal at Will Fitzpatrick PC and General Counsel of Omidyar Network.
 
Monday, October 3, 2016 
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
 
Joel Beck-Coon (’11) is the Associate General Counsel of Humanity United, a leading foundation and investor in human rights innovation. Nancy McGlamery is a principal at Adler & Colvin, a San Francisco based firm specializing in nonprofit law. Will Fitzpatrick is the principal at Will Fitzpatrick PC, where he supports philanthropic efforts around the world, including serving as general counsel and secretary of the board of the Omidyar Network. Joel, Nancy and Will joined us to discuss their work and the latest innovations in social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and nonprofit law. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Davis Polk.

San Francisco Happy Hour 
Business Law Happy Hour with new students and Bay Area attorneys!
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 
111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna Street, San Francisco) | 6:00-8:00PM
 
This annual event connected new Berkeley Law students with young attorneys from a number of the Bay Area’s top firms.

Venture Capital Speaker Series
Regulating Silicon Valley | The View from Abroad
A conversation with Helena Malikova, Case Manager at the European Commission, Directorate General for Competition.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Helena Malikova, CFA, is a case manager at the European Commission (EC), Directorate General for Competition. She joined the EC in 2009 at the outbreak of the financial crisis and previously worked at Société Generale and Credit Suisse. Helena has been involved with investigations into the tax arrangements at Starbucks, Fiat, Amazon, McDonald’s and most recently, she was the case manager for the EC’s investigation into Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland. 
 

Scott Carey Speaker Series
The General Counsel | Salle Yoo of Uber
A conversation with Salle Yoo, General Counsel of Uber Technologies.
 
Monday, September 26, 2016 
Boalt Hall 105 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Salle Yoo is the general counsel of Uber Technologies and manages legal and regulatory issues for a $66 billion company with operations in over 250 cities and 50 countries. She joined us to discuss her career, issues of inclusion and diversity in the legal and technology fields, and trends in the shared economy.
 

Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series | WSGR 
Data! Data! Data! Privacy and Internet Strategy in Silicon Valley  
A conversation with Michael Rubin, co-chair of the privacy and data protection practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 
Boalt Hall 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
 
Michael Rubin is a hiring partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the co-chair of the firm’s privacy and data protection practice! He has represented Google, LG, Spotify and SoundCloud in a number of the world’s most critical data privacy cases. Michael joined us to discuss his practice and hot trends in data privacy and protection.
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.


Brexit: Forward Thinking for the Multi-National Corporation 
GC Roundtable
Presented by Davis Polk deep  conversations and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy  
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco | 8:30-11:00AM 
 
Selected general counsels, leading international thinkers and economists from the University of California, Berkeley and experts from Davis Polk, Barclays, Freshfields, Mckinsey and PwC joined us for a breakfast round table to discuss the impact of Brexit and how to best prepare and respond. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by Davis Polk.

BCCN Panel | Building Your In-House Practice 
Building and Managing an In-House Legal Practice 
A conversation with Basha Rubin, CEO and Founder of Priori Legal, Andrew Kim, General Counsel of Netgear, and Robert White, Executive Director of the California Minority Counsel Program. 
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 
Gunderson Dettmer San Francisco | 6:00PM
 
Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network joined us for a conversation on advancing an in-house legal career, building an efficient legal team, and managing external legal resources. This event was only open to in-house attorneys.

Practitioner Speaker Series| Proskauer 
Going Public! A Review of IPOs in 2016  
A conversation with Pippa Bond and Casey McDonald of Proskauer Rose LLP.
 
Monday, September 19, 2016 
Boalt Hall 140 | 12:45-1:45PM
Going public through an initial public offering (IPO) is a major event in the lifecycle of a successful company. 

Pippa Bond is a partner and Casey McDonald is an associate in the global capital markets group of Proskauer Rose. Pippa and Casey have worked on a number of significant public offerings, including for Smart & Final and Guitar Center. They joined us to discuss life as a capital markets attorney and to discuss their ongoing study on IPO activity in 2016. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

BCLBE Special Event | Lawyering for Innovation 
Lawyering for Innovation 
A conversation with Robert Bartlett, Professor of Law, Nancy Heinen (’82), Strategy Consultant & Board Advisor of SV2 – Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Robert Merges, Professor of Law, Duane Valz (’96), VP & General Counsel of Zymergen, and Mitchell Zuklie (’96), Global Chairman and CEO of Orrick.
 
Friday, September 16, 2016 
Booth Auditorium | 1:15-2:45PM
A special Berkeley Law Alumni Weekend panel on Startup@BerkeleyLaw and innovation in the legal practice!

During this event industry leaders, faculty, alumni, and students discussed about the role of law in encouraging entrepreneurship in the startup world. This event was only open to alumni and current students.

How to Socialize with Attorneys 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 

Boalt Hall Warren Room | 6:00-8:00PM
Susan RoAne, nationally recognized communications expert and author of How To Work a Room and The Secrets of Savvy Networking, offered the practical strategies, techniques and tips to meet, mix and mingle in any setting.  
 
This event was co-sponsored by the CDO and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

BCLBE Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series | Weil Gotshal 
West Coast M&A | Buying and Selling in Silicon Valley 
A conversation with Cristiana Blauth Oliveira (’12) and Keith Flaum of Weil Gotshal.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 132 | 12:45-1:45PM
Cristiana Blauth Oliveira (’12) is an associate and Keith Flaum is a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Cristiana and Keith have worked on a number of the largest merger and acquisitions (M&A) in Silicon Valley, including Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, Oracle’s acquisition of NetSuite, and Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. They joined us to discuss life as an M&A lawyer in Silicon Valley and to provide an overview of the Silicon Valley M&A market. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

BCLBE Practitioner Speaker Series | Baker & McKenzie 
The Fixers 
A conversation with the global restructuring team at Baker & McKenzie, San Francisco. 
 
Monday, September 12, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 140 | 12:45-1:45PM

In the United States, and Silicon Valley specifically, we’ve seen numerous multinational technology companies announce spin-offs or global divestitures in order to streamline their portfolio of business, allowing distinct entities to focus on core business with a view to increasing shareholder profits. This event was joined with a group of attorneys helping to lead this charge – Irina Shestakova, Helena Engfeldt (J.S.D. ’13 and LL.M ’09) and Inna Wood (LL.M. ’11) of Baker & McKenzie, San Francisco. 
 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
The Market Maker | Howard Caro
A conversation with Howard Caro, Managing Director of Scenic Advisement 
 
Monday, August 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 140 | 12:45-1:45PM 

Howard Caro
is the Managing Director of Scenic Advisement, a boutique investment bank that represents investors, founders and employees of late-stage private technology companies in the secondary capital markets. Previously, Howard was the general counsel of Founders Fund and a partner at Hogan Lovells and Heller Ehrman. Howard joined us and disscued about an exciting new space in venture capital – the rise of secondary markets for large private technology companies.
 
This event was co-sponsored by Morrison & Foerster and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Scott Carey Speaker Series
Counseling Silicon Valley | Marie Oh Huber
A conversation with Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay 
 
Friday, August 26, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 132 | 12:45-1:45PM

Marie Oh Huber is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay and a board member of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She was previously a Senior Vice President for Agilent Technologies and a corporate counsel at Hewlett Packard. Marie is a pioneer in the Silicon Valley legal industry and has practiced at the forefront of the technological revolution. She joined us and discussed about her career as well as the future of technology and legal practice.
BCLBE Hot Topic Law Firm: Davis Polk 
Business Law at Berkeley and Beyond
An introduction to the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and a conversation with attorneys from the California, DC, and New York offices of Davis Polk
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 
Boalt Hall Room 132 | 12:45-1:45PM



This event provided an introduction to business law programs at Berkeley Law by Adam Sterling, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. As well as an opportunity to hear from top business law attorneys from Davis Polk & Wardell LLP, a leading corporate law firm with offices strategically situated in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Those present from Davis Polk included Martine Beamon (securities and white collar enforcement, NY based), Anthony Fenwick (IP litigation, Silicon Valley based), Chris Hockett (commercial/antitrust litigation, Silicon Valley based), Sarah Solum (corporate/transactional, Silicon Valley based), and Linda Thomsen (securities and white collar enforcement, DC based) .

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal

The 2016 M&A Roundtable
May 18-19,2016
New York City

Renowned thought leaders from industry, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, academia and government united for a frank and spirited discussion about leading M&A issues of the day. Held in Kirkland & Ellis’s New York office,  this event brought together professionals and scholars for a discussion on the challenges of M&A and what the field may look like in the future.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis.


Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network

Breakfast Talk | Ricardo Cortes-Monroy
A conversation between Professor Steven Davidoff-Solomon and Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Nestlé
Friday, May 6, 2016
Palo Alto

BCLBE presented a conversation between Professor Steven Davidoff-Solomon and Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Nestlé. Professor Davidoff Solomon and Mr. Cortes-Monroy addressed a number of hot topics, including the intersection of governance, shareholder activism, and corporate sustainability. The Breakfast Talk will also featured special introductions from Berkeley Law Dean Melissa Murray and Kenton King (’87), partner at Skadden. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Boalt Hall Alumni Center and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


EIW Unlocked!
A conversation with the legal recruiters from Cooley, Davis Polk, Gunderson Dettmer, Kirkland & Ellis, Orrick, Skadden, Weil, and Wilson Sonsini
Friday, April 22, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 110; 12:45-1:45pm

Students participated in an informative Q&A session with the non-attorneys that manage law firm recruiting.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Practitioner Speaker Series
Dissolving Hollywood | Laura Wasser
A conversation with Laura Wasser, leading family law attorney, with special introduction from Berkeley Law Dean Melissa Murray
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Boalt Hall 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Laura Wasser is a Los Angeles-based family law attorney with nearly twenty years of experience. She has represented a number of the country’s top celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds, Christina Aguilera, Heidi Klum, Britney Spears and Shaquille O’Neal. Laura has also represented a number of pro bono clients from the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. To view photos from this event please click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini and the BBLJ.


Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
How To Be a Great Associate | Summer + First Year
A conversation with attorneys from Gunderson Dettmer
Monday, April 18, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132: 12:45-1:45pm

Gunderson Dettmer is the only business law firm of its kind-singularly focused on the global venture capital and emerging technology marketplace. With 200 attorneys in eight offices-Silicon Valley, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Ann Arbor, San Francisco and Beijing, China-the firm represents more than 2,000 high-growth companies from a broad range of industries in every stage of development.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Berkeley Corporate Conference 2016
The Corporate Contract in Changing Times: Is The Law Keeping Up?

April 14-15, 2016
Boalt Hall

In collaboration with Vanderbilt Law School and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz, BCLBE helped host the first-ever Berkeley Corporate Conference. This two-day, four-panel event explored the development of corporate law, the evolving relationships between corporate stakeholders, and what corporate lawmaking may look like in the future. Two days full of insightful panels, this event was great way to both network and learn from some of the best litigators, professionals, and scholars in a variety of fields. For more information, click here. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Vanderbilt Law School, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


Startup@BerkeleyLaw Monthly Workshop & Attorney Office Hours
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Boalt Hall 

Workshop | IP for Startups 101 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Goldberg Room

Attendees learned the basics behind securing a company’s intellectual property with Stephen Gillespie and Chris Joslyn of Fenwick & West.

Attorney Office Hours | 6:00pm-7:30pm
Goldberg Room

Attendees networked with general corporate and IP attorneys from Fenwick & West.


Startup@BerkeleyLaw Presents
Orrick | Anik Guha
A conversation with Anik Guha, Partner at Orrick.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Anik Guha, a Partner at Orrick, joined us to discuss his career in Silicon Valley. Mr. Guha and Orrick have represented a number of Silicon Valley’s top companies, including Jibe, Nest Labs, Pinterest, Upworthy, and top venture capitalists, including Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins!

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


Practitioner Speaker Series
From the Beltway to the Boardroom | Jai Massari
A conversation with Jai Massari, attorney at Davis Polk
Monday, April 11, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Jai Massari is an associate in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group and the Trading and Markets practice. She advises global banks, investors and corporations on the impact of federal regulations, include Dodd-Frank. Jai also works with industry organizations in connection with advocacy efforts on key legislative and regulatory proposals.

This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


2016 Business Law Lunch Fair
Friday, April 8, 2016
Boalt Hall 

Practice Area Breakdown | Warren Room | 12:45pm-1:15pm
Practice Area Breakdown with BCLBE and the CDO.

Firm Lunch Fair | Steinhart Courtyard | 1:15pm-2:30pm

Lunch Fair with Cooley, Gunderson Dettmer, Kirkland & Ellis, Orrick, Skadden, Weil and Wilson Sonsini. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was catered by Top Dog and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Career Development Office.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
The Technology Lawyer – Marie Oh Huber
A conversation with Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay Inc.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
CANCELLED

 
Marie Oh Huber is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eBay and a board member of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She was previously a Senior Vice President for Agilent Technologies and a corporate counsel at Hewlett Packard. Marie is a pioneer in the Silicon Valley legal industry and has practiced at the forefront of the technological revolution. She joins us to discuss her career and explore the future of technology and legal practice.
 
This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Law Center, Orrick and the BBLJ.


Smart Course Planning | Fall 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 100; 12:45pm-1:45pm

 

BCLBE held an information session about the business law courses at Berkeley Law. The session previewed the Fall 2016 classes and highlighted new course offerings.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


M&A Speaker Series
M&A in Silicon Valley | Sarah Payne
A Conversation with Sarah Payne (’01), Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell
Friday, April 1, 2016
CANCELLED

Sarah Payne (’01) is partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Silicon Valley office and advises public and private companies on corporate governance matters, financings and mergers and acquisitions.  She has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” a “Rising Star” and “Lawyer of the Week.”  Sarah has worked on a number of the hottest deals in Silicon Valley, including the IPO of Alibaba.

This event was co-sponsored by Weil Gotshal and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Law & Tech Speaker Series
WhatsApp Inc. | Mark Kahn (’00)
A conversation with Mark Kahn (’00), Deputy General Counsel at WhatsApp Inc.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 105; 12:45-1:45pm

Mark Kahn (’00) presented on a December 2015 decision by a Brazilian court ordering backbone providers to block access to WhatsApp.  Mr. Kahn discussed the various events leading up to the block as well as the actions that WhatsApp took in response.  In addition, he touched on the significant legal and business challenges that a small US-based company faces in navigating multiple, sometimes conflicting, legal regimes.

 

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Global Chairman | Mitchell Zuklie
A Conversation with Mitchell Zuklie (’96), global Chairman and Founder of CamberView Partners
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Mitchell Zuklie (’96) is the global chairman and Chief Executive Office of Orrick and has represented a number of leading companies and investors, including Nest Labs, eHarmony, Kleiner Perkins, Pandora and Oracle.  Mitchell currently serves on the board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.  

This event was co-sponsored by the California Law Review, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and the BBLJ.


Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
So You Want To Be a Deal Lawyer…
A special evening mixer with William Sorabella and Josh Kogan, Partners at Kirkland & Ellis
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Faculty Club; 5:30pm-7:30pm

William Sorabella is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis and his practice focuses on merger and acquisition transactions involving public companies. He has worked on the acquisitions of Burger King, Heinz, and a number of other major companies. Josh Kogan is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and serves on the New York Office’s recruiting committee. He represents private equity funds in major leveraged buyout transactions, mergers, venture capital investments and restructurings.

BCLBE also had a professional photographer on hand to shoot professional LinkedIn headshots for attendees. 

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and the BBLJ.


Shareholder Activism Speaker Series
The Shareholder Whisperer | Abe Friedman (’98)
A conversation with Abe Friedman (’98), Managing Partner and Founder of CamberView Partners
Monday, March 28, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 145; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Abe Friedman (’98) is the Managing Partner of CamberView Partners, the leading shareholder activism advisory firm. Prior to founding CamberView, Abe was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. To view photos from this event please click here

This event was co-sponsored by the CamberView Partners and the BBLJ.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
Leading Silicon Valley | Erika Rottenberg
A Conversation with Erika Rottenberg (’92), former General Counsel of Linkedin, SumTotal Systems, and Creative Labs
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Boalt Hall 170; 6:00pm-7:00pm 

Erika Rottenberg (’92) is the former VP, General Counsel and Secretary of LinkedIn and was previously the SVP, GC and Secretary for the Nasdaq-listed SumTotal Systems and the VP, Strategec Development and GC for Creative Labs. She is also on the board of Wix.com and helped mentor numerous women professionals, pre-professionals, students and practitioners.  Erika joined us to discuss her career and provide advice to students preparing to enter the legal practice.  

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
The All-Star | Murray Indick
A conversation with Murray Indick, Partner at Morrison & Foerster
Friday, March 18, 2016
CANCELLED


Murray Indick
is a partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster and is the co-chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice.  In 2015, he was one of just 12 attorneys from the Bay Area to be named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting.  Prior to Morrison & Foerster, Murray was a partner and general counsel at Blum Capital Partners and partner and general counsel at Prides Capital Partners.  Murray has represented a number of Silicon Valley’s top companies and investment funds and in 2014, served as outside counsel to the Los Angeles Clippers following the NBA’s suspension of Donald Sterling.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick and the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Startup@BerkeleyLaw Legal Workshops + Attorney Office Hours
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Boalt Hall Warren Room

Workshop | Startup Equity 101 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Learn the basics behind founder’s equity, common stock, options, convertible debt and preferred stock.

Attorney Office Hours | 6:00pm-7:00pm
Featuring corporate and IP attorneys from orrick Herrington & Suitcliffe LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
The Global Startup Lawyer

A conversation with Neil Dugal, Corporate Counsel at 500 Startups
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45pm-1:45pm
 
Neil Dugal is a corporate counsel with 500 Startups, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators and venture capital firms. He oversees a wide variety of legal operations for 500 Startups, including financing transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Neil was previously an attorney with Fenwick & West.  

BCLBE & the Berkeley Business Law Journal Present….
The Practitioner Perspective | Women in Business Law
Panel discussion with leading in-house and law firm attorneys
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 6:00pm-7:30pm
 
A conversation with Liz Eraker Palley (’11), attorney at Google: Claire James, attorney at Kirkland & Ellis; Nadia Karkar, attorney at Weil Gotshal: Maria Schindler (’11), director at SRS Acquiom and co-chair of the Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network, and Maggie White, attorney at Gunderson Dettmer. Hosted in collaboration with the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and the Berkeley Business Law Journal, the evening featured wines from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant.
The dinner was part of our new Women in Business Law mentorship program and attended by first year Berkeley Law students and attorney mentors from the BCLBE sponsor firms. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and Career Development Office


Law & Tech Speaker Series
Covington Burling LLP | Bradley A. Chernin

A conversation with Bradley A. Chernin, Corporate Associate at Covington Burling LLP
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 105; 12:45pm-1:45pm
 
A conversation with Corporate Associate Bradley A. Chernin of Covington & Burling LLP. Mr. Chernin gave a presentation on early legal issues faced by technology startups.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal

 


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
Navigating Capital Markets
A Conversation with Kevin Kennedy (’91), Partner at Simpson Thacher
Friday, March 11, 2016
CANCELLED

 

Kevin Kennedy (’91) is a partner in Simpson Thacher’s corporate department and co-chair of the firm’s pro bono committee. He has served as primary outside counsel for a number of Silicon Valley’s leading companies and has represented issuers and underwriters on a variety of securities transactions, especially initial public offerings (IPOs). Kevin has been named one of California’s “Top 100 Leading Lawyers” by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal and “Lawyer of the Week” by the Financial Times.


Practitioner Speaker Series
A Report From The Capital of Corporate Law
A Conversation with Russel C. Silberglied, Director at Richards, Layton & Finger
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

 
Russell Silberglied is a director at Richards, Layton & Finger and practices both bankruptcy litigation and core chapter 11 work. He also advises boards of directors of troubled companies on fiduciary duties and key corporate governance issues. Russ has managed a number of high-profile reorganizations, including Tower Records, F-Squared Investment Management, and Tennenbau, Capital Partners. To see photos from this event, please click here.
 
This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the BBLJ.


Uncle Sam Wants You…To Help Regulate the Financial Sector
Panel featuring Bay Area attorneys
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 5:45pm

Tracy Davis is the Assistant Regional Director, Enforcement at the Securities Exchange Commission San Francisco Regional Office. She supervises staff attorneys and accountants in their investigations of violations of federal securities law. Adam Reeves is the Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern California, San Francisco. He has prosecuted securities fraud, insider trading, FCPA violations and other complex fraud cases since 1999. Meghan Bailey is the Principal Regional Counsel, Enforcement Department at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) She represents FINRA in various disciplinary investigations and hearings. Anna Tryon Pletcher (’05) is Assistant Chief of the San Francisco Office of the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and a lecturer at Berkeley Law. The panel featured special introductory comments by Troy Paredes, former commissioner of the SEC.

General Counsel Speaker Series
The General Counsel – Rashmi Garde
A Conversation with Rashmi Garde (’95), General Counsel of Centrify  
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Rashmi Garde (’95) is the general counsel of Centrify, one of the hottest cybersecurity companies in Silicon Valley.  Prior to joining Centrify, Rashmi was the general counsel at BloomReach, Marin Software, and VMware. Rashmi joined us to discuss her career as a leading general counsel and to reflect on today’s corporate legal environment.

This event was co-sponsored by Skadden and the BBLJ.


Silicon Valley Abroad Symposium
The Berkeley Business Law Journal Annual Symposium
Friday, March 4, 2016
Boalt Hall

This year’s symposium examined the opportunities and challenges facing investors and entrepreneurs looking to expand beyond Silicon Valley as well as international investors and entrepreneurs looking to enter the Silicon Valley market.  California CLE credit was also offered.

Warren Room; 10:30am-12:00pm

Global Innovation:  A Legal Perspective

A conversation with Victoria Dockrell, international corporate counsel for 500 Startups and Abraham Cable, Associate Professor of Law at UC Hastings

Boalt Hall Room 100; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Keynote: Dave McClure and Christine Tsai

A conversation with Dave McClure and Christine Tsai, the founders of 500 Startups. To see photos from this event, please click here.

Warren Room; 5:00pm-6:30pm
CANCELLED

JD+LLM Speed Mixer (Students Only)

An opportunity for current students to connect with future practitioners from across the globe.


General Counsel Speaker Series
Litigation vs. Transaction Panel
Presented by the Boalt Hall Women’s Association
Monday, February 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 5:45-8:00pm

 

The Boalt Hall Women’s Association (BHWA) hosted a panel of litigation and transactional attorneys addressing the differences in their practices, including day-to-day responsibilities and work-life balance.

M&A Speaker Series
The Deal Lawyers
A Conversation with the David Caplan, Partner & General Counsel at Atairos and William Kelly, Founder of Davis Polk’s Menlo Park Office
Monday, February 29, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132: 12:45-1;45pm

David Caplan is a partner and general counsel for Atairos, a new investment firm spun out of Comcast. Prior to joining Atairos, David served as the head of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice.  At Davis Polk, David served as the lead attorney in a number of significant deals, including Aetna in its pending acquisition of Humana, Comcast in it is acquisition of NBCUniversal and Harvard University in connection with the digitization of its library collection by Google.  William Kelly is a senior counsel and founder of Davis Polk’s Menlo Park office.  William has been involved in some of Silicon Valley’s most significant transactions and previously served at general counsel of Silicon Graphics. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and the BBLJ.


Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network – Launch Luncheon
Friday, February 26, 2016
San Francisco, CA

BCLBE and the Boalt Hall Alumni Center celebrated the launch of the Berkeley Corporate Counsel Network, a networking and CLE group for in-house alumni. The event featured introductory remarks from Dean Sujit Choundhry, Nicola Corzine, John Kuo, and Adam Sterling as well as a panel on cybersecurity and corporate governance with leading experts and general counsels including Alexa King of FireEye, Sharon Zezima of GoPro, Betsy Cooper of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and Maria Schindler of SRS Acquiom. For photos of the event, click here.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Silicon Valley Counselor – Steve Bochner
A Conversation with Steve Bochner (’81), Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132: 12:45-1:45pm

 

Steve Bochner (’81) is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and has over 30 years of experience practicing corporate and securities laws for many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent firms.  From 2009 to 2012, Steve was the CEO of Wilson Sonsini and oversaw a significant expansion of the firm, including expanded operations in China, Brussels and Delaware.  Steve is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s board of directors and chair of the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. To view photos from this event, please click here. To read one of  Steve’s forthcoming publications, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and the BBLJ.


Law Firm Hot Topic Speaker Series
The Corporate Emergency Room
A Conversation with Melissa Koss and Natasha Hwangpo, Attorneys at Kirkland & Ellis
Monday, February 22, 2016 
Boalt Hall, Warren Room; 12;45-1:45pm

Melissa Koss is an attorney in the restructuring group in Kirkland & Ellis’s San Francisco office and Natasha Hwangpo is an attorney in the restructuring group in Kirkland & Ellis’s New York City office. Melissa and Natasha represent key stakeholders in complex corporate restructurings and has worked on a number of leading deals, including the restructuring of Caesars Entertainment, UMB Bank, and Coldwater Creek. To view photos from this event, please click here

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


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

BCLBE was proud to cosponsor the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology’s (BCLT) 2016 Career Fair. Students had an opportunity to visit technology attorneys from a number of leading law firms. For students interested in general corporate practices, including M&A, securities, and capital markets, BCLBE will be hosting a career fair on April 8, 2016. For more details on the BCLT Career Fair, click here.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
The VC Lawyer – Paul Vronsky
A Conversation with Paul Vronsky, General Counsel of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Paul Vronsky is the general counsel for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms with high-profile investments in companies such as Amazon, Genentech, and Google. As general counsel, Paul oversees legal matters for KCPB’s investments, fund operations, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining KPCB, Paul was an attorney at Gunderson Dettmer. He joins us to discuss his career and the challenges of managing a high-profile venture capital firm. For photos of the event, click here.
This event was co-sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer, the BCLT, and the BBLJ.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Federal Judge – Judge Jed Rakoff
A Conversation with the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Monday, February 8, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm
The Honorable Jed S. Rakoff is a United States District Judge on senior status for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated to the court in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, was a federal prosecutor for over a decade and is an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. In 2014, Fortune magazine named Judge Rakoff one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. Judge Rakoff joined us to discuss his career and to reflect on today’s most pressing legal issues in the business world and beyond. For photos of the event, click here.
This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ and the California Law Review.


General Counsel Speaker Series
Powering California – Hyun Park
A Conversation with Hyun Park, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PG&E Corporation
Friday, February 5, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Hyun Park is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the PG&E Corporation, an investor-owned utility that provides power to much of Northern California. Previously a partner at Latham & Watkins, and with over 25 years of experience in the legal sector, Hyun oversees a massive legal infrastructure and has dealt with a number of incredibly complex legal issues. Hyun joined us to discuss his career and to reflect on his experience helping to run one of the world’s largest and most unique utility firms.
This event was co-sponsored by the Korea Law Center, Skadden, and BBLJ.


FORM+FUND Conference
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room

WORKSHOP – Startup Law 101
 
9:00-11:00am

Attorney Office Hours
Featuring Corporate and IP attorneys from Gunderson Dettmer
11:00am-12:30am

Keynote Address – Scott Kupor
Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Boalt Hall Room 110; 12:45pm-1:45pm

Scott Kupor is the managing partner and chief operating officer at Andreessen Horowitz. One of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz has taken major positions in leading technology companies, including Twitter, Facebook, and Airbnb. Scott is a graduate of Stanford Law School, has served as an executive-in-residence at Haas Business school, and will be teaching a course at Berkeley Law in 2016. He joined us to discuss his career and the state of corporate governance in Silicon Valley. For photos from this event, please click here.

WORKSHOP -VC Fundraising Dos + Don’ts
Featuring Skyline Ventures and attorneys from Cooley LLP

5:00pm-6:00pm

This event was co-sponsored by Startup@BerkeleyLaw, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and the BBLJ.


Antitrust, IP, Board Processes, and M&A in 2016: Challenges and Conundrums for the West Coast

Friday, January 29, 2016
San Francisco
 
BCLBE and Cleary Gottlieb co-presented a series of roundtable discussions with experts in the fields of Antitrust and IP law. The event featured experts such as Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III, George Cary, Marie Oh Huber, Carl Shapiro, and Steven Davidoff Solomon. The event tackled the challenges and conundrums relating to Antitrust and IP for the West Coast, and led to many productive conversations and ideas that will influence corporate law in future years. For photos of the event, please click here.


The New York M&A Practice
A conversation with Expert M&A, IP and Antitrust Attorneys from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 12; 4:30-5:30pm
 
George Cary (’76), former lead trial attorney at the FTC, is advising Dow on the combination with DuPont. Ethan Klingsberg advised Google on the creation of Alphabet. Daniel Ilan handled the largest set of patent transactions in history. Glenn McGrory is advising France’s Air Liquide on the mega-cross-border takeover of the USA’s Airgas. Paul Shim is advising Allergan on the combination with Pfizer, the largest-ever healthcare transaction. Neil Whoriskey is advising Western Digital on the takeover of SanDisk. The panelists discussed the latest developments in Antitrust, M&A, and Transactional IP from associates and partners at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, a top ranked national and global firm. For photos of the event, click here.
This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Practitioner Speaker Series
The Corporate Clerkship
A conversation with Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

The Honorable Sam Glasscock III was appointed to the Delaware Court of Chancery in 2011 after having served as Master in Chancery for over a decade. The vast majority of companies in the United States are incorporated in Delaware and the Delaware Court of Chancery is the primary court that oversees business law in the United States. Vice Chancellor Glasscock joined us to discuss his career and opportunities for clerkships in Delaware. Click here to view photos from this event.

This event was co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the BBLJ.


Venture Capital Speaker Series
Funding Silicon Valley
A conversation with Jason Doren, General Counsel of SVB Capital, and Stephan Eberle, Assistant General Counsel of SVB Financial Group
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Jason Doren is the general counsel of SVB Capital, which oversees Silicon Valley Bank’s portfolio of managed venture capital and private equity funds and investments. As general counsel, Jason has responsibility for legal, regulatory and government affairs matters related to the bank’s funds and investments. Jason has over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley and co-chairs the NVCA Venture Capital General Counsel group. Stephan Eberle is the assistant general counsel of SVB Financial Group, which oversees all of SVB’s commercial banking business. As a leading attorney for the bank, Stephan has responsibility for global lending efforts, including venture debt, and oversees legal issues for subsidiaries in China, India, Israel and the United Kingdom. Jason and Stephan joined us to reflect on their careers as top attorneys at Silicon Valley’s leading financial institution and discussed key trends in the startup financial market.
This event was co-sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer and the BBLJ.


Cybersecurity Speaker Series
What Do You Know About Cybersecurity?
A conversation with Tyler Gerking (’02), Partner at Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Monday, January 25, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Tyler Gerking
(’02) is a partner at Farella Braun + Martel LLP and has a leading practice advising clients on cyber-liability and data security. He also has a substantial commercial litigation practice focused on recovering money for individual and corporate policyholders under all types of insurance policies. Tyler’s clients have included Seagate Technology, McAfee, Electronic Arts, McKesson, and Novartis. He joined us to discuss how cybersecurity plays a role in the legal practice and to reflect on his career as a successful business and technology attorney. Click here to view photos from this event. 

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
Hiring and Firing in Silicon Valley
A conversation with Steven Friedlander (’90), Founder at SV Employment Law Firm
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Steven Friedlander (’90) is the founder of SV Employment Law Firm, a boutique firm that specializes in employment litigation and counseling for companies, groups and individuals in Silicon Valley. Prior to starting his own firm, Steven was a partner at Cooley LLP. Steven has established expertise in a number of cutting-edge areas, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, and stock options. Our conversation with Steven touched on a number of topics critical to anyone interested in a legal career in Silicon Valley or beyond.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and the BBLJ.


Access Denied
A conversation with Mark Kahn (’00), Deputy General Counsel at WhatsApp
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Mark Kahn, Deputy General Counsel for WhatsApp Inc., will give a talk regarding a December 2015 decision by a Brazilian court ordering backbone providers to block access to WhatsApp. Mark will discuss the various events leading up to the block as well as the actions that WhatsApp took in response. In addition, he will touch on the significant legal and business challenges that a small US-based company faces in navigating multiple, sometimes conflicting, legal regimes.

This event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


M&A Speaker Series
The Global Dealmakers
A conversation with Keith Pagnani and Matt Hurd (’91), Partners at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 134; 9:00-10:00am

Keith Pagnani and Matt Hurd are partners at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and co-heads of the firm’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Group.  They are two of of the world’s top M&A attorneys and have led deals for a number of top firms, including Amgen, CVS, UnitedHealth Group, and Priceline (in its acquisitions of OpenTable and KAYAK).  Keith and Matt joined us from their New York office to discuss the M&A market and reflect on their careers as leading global dealmakers. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Weil Gotshal & Manges and the BBLJ.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
#twittercounsel
A conversation with Benjamin Lee, VP of Legal and Deputy General Counsel at Twitter
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Many corporate attorneys aspire to move in-house and Ben Lee has worked as a corporate counsel at some of the world’s top companies, including Twitter, Google, and AT&T. At Twitter, Ben manages litigation and intellectual property and is exposed to a number of complex and cutting edge legal issues. Ben joins us to discuss his work and provide advice for law students considering a career path that may one-day lead in-house.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the Korea Law Center, and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


A conversation with Leo E. Strine, Jr., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
San Francisco; 11:30am-2:30pm

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy hosted an insightful lunchtime conversation with the honorable Leo E. Strine Jr., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware. This event was co-sponsored by  Weil Gotshal & Manges, Houlihan Lokey, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. For photos of the event, click here.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
The Tech Counsels
A conversation with Andrew Kim, SVP, Corporate Development and General Counsel of Netgear, and Bryan Ko, General Counsel of Logitech
Monday, November 23, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Andrew Kim is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Netgear, one of the world’s largest networking and technology companies.  Bryan Ko is the General Counsel of Logitech, a leading provider of computer and table accessories.  Andrew and Bryan joined us to discuss the ins and outs of managing legal departments at innovative technology firms.  

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick, the Korea Law Center and BBLJ.


Shareholder Activism Speaker Series
Ignore the Crowd – Lessons from an Activist Investor
A conversation with Charles Penner, Partner and Chief Legal Officer at JANA Partners
Friday, November 20, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 100; 12:45-1:45pm

Charles Penner is a partner and chief legal officer at JANA Partners, one of the world’s top activist investment funds with over $11 billion in assets under management.  JANA Partners, covered regularly in the global financial press, has seen remarkable success and has taken key positions in companies like Qualcomm, Walgreens and Safeway.  JANA is led by a charismatic founder known for his devotion to yoga and Bruce Springsteen.  Charles Penner, the top attorney for the firm, joined us to discuss his career and the challenges of navigating complex legal and business issues in the activist investing space.

This event was co-sponsored by CamberView and the BBLJ.


Building Your Legal Career
A conversation with William Voge (’83), global Chair and Managing Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

The legal practice is increasingly global and William Voge, global chair and managing partner at Latham & Watkins, is at the forefront of that movement.  As the leader of a top global law firm, with over 2,100 attorneys in 13 countries, William’s practice is truly unique.  William joined us from Latham’s London office to discuss the business of running a global firm and provided tips on how young attorneys can effectively manage their own careers in today’s evolving legal landscape.

This event was co-sponsored by the CDO, the Office of the Dean, and the BBLJ.


Practitioner Speaker Series
Buying and Selling Silicon Valley
A conversation with Martin Korman, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 100; 12;45-1;45pm

Martin Korman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the head of the firm’s M&A and private equity practice.  He’s recognized as one of the nation’s top M&A attorneys and has helped sell and buy a number of Silicon Valley’s top technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, Genentech, Pixar, and VMware.  Under Martin’s leadership over the past two years, Wilson Sonsini has advised on over 285 M&A transactions valued at more than $68 billion.  Martin has presented at top law schools throughout the country and joined us to provide a critical perspective on Silicon Valley and the M&A market.

This event was co-sponsored by WSGR and the BBLJ.


The Corporation – An Alternative View Speaker Series
Innovating Finance
A conversation with James Silk, Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and Thomas Friedmann, Partner at Dechert LLP.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170: 12:45-1:45pm


James Silk is a partner in the Asset Management Group of Wilkie Garr & Gallagher LLP and has advised clients such as Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds in the world.  Thomas Friedmann is a partner at Dechert LLP and the co-chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Practice.  He is one of the world’s leading experts on funds and exotic asset managers. James and Thomas joined us to provide a unique perspective on one of the finance sector’s most interested practice areas. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Pathways to Consulting Careers with McKinsey & Co.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 12; 1-2pm

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy co-sponsored a conversation with consultants from McKinsey & Co. where they discuss their work and why consulting firms are interested in hiring law school graduates.

This event was co-sponsored by the CDO.


Protecting Whistleblowers
A Conversation with Christopher Ehrman, Chief of the CFTC Whistleblower Office, and Stephen Cohen, Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
Friday, November 13, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 140; 12:45-1:45pm

Christopher Ehrman is Chief of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Whistleblower Office which administers the agency’s whistleblower program which was created by the Dodd Frank Act. The CFTC Whistleblower Office receives submissions of confidential information concerning misconduct in the futures, swaps and other commodity markets.

Stephen L. Cohen is the Associate Director of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. In that position he oversees a broad range of enforcement activities, including investigations involving accounting and disclosure fraud, insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, registered and unregistered securities offerings, market abuses, broker-dealers, investment advisers and other regulated entities.

For photos of the event, click here. This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum
November 10-11, 2015
University Club, Berkeley

BCLBE held an innovative two-day forum addressing the evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation and sustainable business practices with an emphasis on long-term value creation. The event featured keynote speeches from PepsiCo Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Mehmood Khan and Intel’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich, bringing together academic and professional minds alike in an enriching discussion on the ever-changing nature of sustainable business. To view the agenda from the event, click here; attendance to this event was by invitation only. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by  the Haas School of Business and PepsiCo.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Antitrust MVP
A conversation with Joel Sanders (’82), Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Monday, November 9, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Companies are buying each other as fast as they can, creating global behemoths.  In this world of ever bigger companies, antitrust issues loom larger and larger.  Joel Sanders is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and an advisory board member of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.  Knee deep in the antitrust field, Mr. Sanders has advised leading companies in the technology, retail, and defense sectors.  His stature was cemented when he was named an Antitrust MVP by Law 360.  He joined us to discuss his career, the evolution of the antitrust practice, and provided advice for law students and young lawyers about to embark on their own legal careers. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


M&A Speaker Series
The Dealmaker
A conversation with Alison Ressler, Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12;45-1:45pm

From Valeant’s hostile offer for Allergan to the management buy-outs of Dole Foods and Dell, Alison Ressler has seen it all.  Alison is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell and a leading authority on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and capital markets.  She has been named American Lawyer’s “Dealmaker of the Week” multiple times and was named “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2014.  Alison joined us to discuss the art of the deal and current trends in the M&A market.  She also reflected on her remarkable career advising top corporate clients across the globe.

This event was co-sponsored by Weil and the BBLJ.


Shareholder Activism Speaker Series
Creating Value Through Activism
A conversation with Allison Bennington, General Counsel and Partner at ValueAct Capital
Monday, November 2, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Allison Bennington is the general counsel and a partner at ValueAct Capital, a major activist investment fund with over $19 billion in assets under management, and was previously general counsel of Atriax, managing director at Roberson Stephens, and a partner in the London office of Brobeck Hale and Dorr International.  ValueAct is a key player in the financial industry and is consistently in the news for its significant positions in some of the world’s top companies.  Allison joined us to discuss her dynamic career and the challenges of being at the forefront of the financial sector. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by CamberView and the BBLJ.


Game On! Tailgate at Cal with BCLBE
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 10-12pm

The Boalt Hall Alumni Center and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) had a great time full of food, drink and fun at our Cal vs. USC football game on October 31st.  An enjoyable gathering that lasted from 10-12pm, this event was attended by alumni and guests alike.

For photos of the event, click here.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Future of Banking
Panel discussion with professionals and academics
Friday, October 30, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170: 12:45-1:45pm

This event was a conversation with Paul Clark (’80), partner at Seward & Kissel LLP, Peter Morgan, SVP and General Counsel at Charles Schwab Bank, and William Haraf, managing director at Promontory Financial and formerly California’s commissioner of financial institutions and a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Committee. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ, the CDO, and the ADP.


The Future of Antitrust
Panel discussion with professionals and academics
Friday, October 30, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 132: 12:45-1:45pm

This event was a conversation with Jason Yurasek, the JY Firm and outside general counsel for Craigslist, Aaron Sheanin, of counsel at Pearson, Simon & Warsaw, Ausra Deluard (’08), attorney at Jones Day and Sam Weinstein (’02), Research Fellow at Berkeley Law and formerly with the US Department of Justice – Antitrust Division. The panel was moderated by Professor Aaron Edlin, Law and Economics professor at Berkeley Law.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ, the CDO, the ADP, and the ABA Antitrust Division.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Real Estate Lawyer
A conversation with Leo Pircher (’57), Founding Partner at Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm


Leo Pircher
is the founding partner of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, one of the real estate industry’s leading law firms, and an advisory board member of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. Leo founded the firm in 1983 and has established himself, and the firm, as among the most innovative in the country. He joined us to discuss his career, the evolution of the real estate industry, and provided advice for law students and young lawyers about to embark on their own legal careers. Leo is one of Berkeley Law’s most influential graduates and we’re very excited to have him back!

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ and the Department of City & Regional Planning.


Pathways to In-House Careers
A conversation with Matt K. Fawcett, General Counsel, NetApp, Inc.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 105; 1-2pm

Matt K. Fawcett joined us for an engaging lunch presentation on in-house legal departments. The General Counsel of NetApp, Inc., Mr. Fawcett discussed his own career path and, more generally, the role of attorneys who work within the companies they represent and how the in-house market might evolve over the next few years. Mr. Fawcett is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA Law School.

This event was co-sponsored by the CDO.


Targets and Hit Men: An Inside Look at M&A
A conversation with Prof. Steven Davidoff Solomon, the New York Times Deal Professor
Monday, October 26, 2015
O’Melveny & Meyers LA office; 5:30-7:30PM

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

BCLBE and O’Melveny & Myers LLP  held a conversation with Steven Davidoff Solomon, the New York Times “Deal Professor” and Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. Professor Davidoff Solomon is a leading authority on corporate law and has thrice been named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ “Directorship 100,” honoring the most influential people in the boardroom.  He is the author of Gods at War: Shot-gun Takeovers, Government by Deal and the Private Equity Implosion and many other leading articles, books and columns. For photos of the event, click here.

Special thanks to Matthew Close ’96 and his firm, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, for hosting this event.


Practitioner Speaker Series
Life of a Corporate Finance Attorney
A conversation with Philip Jonathan Tendler, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45

 
 
Philip Tendler is a partner in Pillsbury‘s Finance section and is located in the firm’s San Francisco Office. He joined us to discuss the active lawyering and critical thinking skills necessary to being a successful corporate finance attorney, with a particular focus on debt financing. Philip  also discussed market trends and other exciting developments in the debt financing space. For photos of the event, click here.
 

This event was co-sponsored by WSGR and the BBLJ.


Private Equity Speaker Series
The Wild World of Private Equity
A conversation with Ronald Cami, General Counsel at TPG Capital.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45

 


Ronald Cami is the general counsel at TPG Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm, and was previously a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Ron joined TPG Capital in the aftermath of the financial crisis and has overseen a push toward key investments in high-profile emerging growth companies. He joined us to discuss the challenges of leading one of the world’s top private equity firms and the unique legal issues presented by the private equity world. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and the BBLJ.


Tech & Startups Speaker Series
Startup Law 101
A conversation with Timothy Harris, Partner and Head of Corporate Department (Palo Alto) at Morrison Foerster.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

 
Timothy Harris is the Palo Alto Office Head of the Corporate Department at Morrison Foerster and a leading member of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital group. Timothy joined BCLBE to discuss the legal infrastructure of Silicon Valley and touched on critical legal lessons for entrepreneurs looking to navigate the world of venture capital. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick and the BBLJ.


International Speaker Series
Incentive Fees and Competition in Pension Funds: Evidence from a Regulatory Experiment
A conversation with Assaf Hamdani Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Chair in Corporate Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Private retirement savings funds play an increasingly important role around the world, with policymakers normally prohibiting incentive pay arrangements in private pension schemes and other retail-oriented funds. Prof. Hamdani discussed his paper, “Incentive Fees and Competition in Pension Funds: Evidence from a Regulatory Experiment”, and the effects of incentive fees and competition on the performance of retirement savings schemes.


Scott Carey Speaker Series
The Global Lawyer
A conversation with Kenton King ’87, Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Ken King is the partner in charge of Skadden’s Palo Alto office and serves on the advisory board of BCLBE. Ken represents clients in a broad range of corporate and securities law matters and has supported cross-border transactions throughout Europe and Asia. He discussed his career and the evolving landscape of his practice and corporate governance in the technology industry. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Smart Course Planning
What to Take in Business Law and Why
Monday, October 12, 2015
Boalt Hall  Room 110; 1-2pm


BCLBE Faculty held an information session on the Spring 2016 business law curriculum; our team reviewed the Business Law Certificate, highlighted new course offerings and discussed how the business law curriculum will help prepare students for a professional practice, whether in a firm, government or NGO position. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by the BBLJ.


Managing Tax Audits and Appeals
October 8-9, 2015
San Francisco, CA

In collaboration with Crowell & Moring LLP, this two day seminar discussed current issues that impact the tax audit and administrative appeals processes. Designed for those with an interest in tax controversies, this seminar enabled corporate and tax executives to expand their knowledge of key features of the audit process and to focus on opportunities to improve an audit’s outcome through proper management at the early stages and during the administrative appeals process. Speakers included Berkeley Law School professors, government representatives, and attorneys from Crowell & Moring and other firms, who addressed emerging issues relating to OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Proposal (BEPS), transfer pricing audits, large case audits, and recent legislative changes relating to tax procedure and administration.

The event was chaired by Harold J. Heltzer and David Blair. Mr. Heltzer was formerly with the Treasury Department and the Department of Justice. Mr. Blair was also formerly with the Department of Justice and teaches transfer pricing as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.


Annual Executive and Legal Education Program
Fundamentals of Banking Law
October 7-9, 2015
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 20.5 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

In collaboration with the Boston University School of Law, BCLBE was pleased to sponsor Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics) an intensive 2½ day program designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law, including the critical policies, concepts an regulations that have shaped 150 years of banking from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present. Website>

For photos of the event, click here.


 

A Changing Law for a Revolutionary Time: A Discussion of Delaware’s Corporate Law
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
New York, NY

Alumni discussed changes in Delaware’s corporate law with Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon and William Chandler III, former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery.


Tech and Startup Speaker Series
Diversifying Silicon Valley
A conversation with Joelle Emerson, co-founder and CEO of Paradigm.
Monday, October 5, 2015

Boalt Hall Room 170; 12:45-1:45pm


Joelle Emerson is the co-founder and CEO of Paradigm, a strategy firm that helps tech companies build more diverse and inclusive organizations.  Paradigm has worked with a number of Silicon Valley’s top firms, including Pinterest, to develop and implement innovative diversity initiatives. Prior to founding Paradigm, Joelle was an attorney with Equal Rights Advocates.  Joelle joined us to discuss her career and how her company uses qualitative and quantitative analysis to help diversify Silicon Valley. For photos of the event, click here.

This event was co-sponsored by Orrick and BBLJ.


Venture Capital Speaker Series 
Financing Silicon Valley 
A conversation with Stephanie Brecher (’93), General Counsel, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 
Boalt Hall 105; 12:45-1:45pm

New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms, with a focus on the technology and healthcare sectors and an investment strategy that spans all stages of a company’s growth. As the general counsel of NEA, Stephanie leads efforts in deal execution, portfolio management and risk management. Stephanie discussed her career and the highlights of negotiating complex and exciting venture deals. For photos of the event, click here.
 

This event was co-sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer and BCLT


General Counsel Speaker Series
Building Today’s Silicon Valley 
A conversation with Alexa King (’94), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, FireEye
Monday, September 21, 2015 
Boalt Hall 110; 1:00-2:00pm

 
FireEye was named the top cybersecurity firm to watch in 2015 by Cybersecurity Ventures and described as the “Navy SEALs of Cybersecurity.”Alexa serves as FireEye’s top attorney and discussed her role in leading one of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies in one of its hottest industries. She also touched on her career as an in-house attorney and general counsel and the challenges she’s faced in helping to build today’s Silicon Valley. For photos of the event, click here.
 

This event was co-sponsored by BCLT. The General Counsel Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Skadden.


Practitioner Speaker Series
Life of a Startup Attorney
A conversation with Morgan Sawchuk (’11), Fenwick & West, and Jay Purcell (’11), Goodwin Procter.
Monday, September 14, 2015 
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1:45pm 

 
“Always tell me that. And tell yourself that. Because if you believe it, a jury will too.”
           -Ron LaFlamme, HBO’s Silicon Valley
 
Morgan and Jay discussed their careers as venture capital attorneys in Silicon Valley; these bright Berkeley Alums talked about the formation, financing, sale and purchase of startups and other factors relevant to the field of startup law. For photos of the event, click here.
 
This event was co-sponsored by WSGR.


General Counsel Speaker Series
The University Lawyer
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1:45pm

A conversation was held with Charles Robinson, General Counsel and Vice President for the University of California. Charles Robinson serves as the Chief Legal Officer for the University of California, counseling the Board of Regents, President and other senior UC officials. Charles will discuss his career as the UC’s top lawyer and touch on legal issues facing the university today.

The General Counsel Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Skadden.


BCLBE San Francisco Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
San Francisco

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) invited all first year students interested in corporate law to the BCLBE San Francisco Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 9th from 6pm to 8pm at 111 Minna Gallery.

Students had the opportunity to meet young corporate associates from BCLBE’s sponsoring firms and learn more about a number of exciting corporate law practices, including startup and venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets. For photos of the event, click here.


Visiting Scholar Speaker Series
Judgment Contingent Clauses and Asymmetric Information
Avraham Tabbach, Tel Aviv University
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Boalt Hall 215B; 12:45-1:45pm

Asymmetric information offers great challenges to settlements, creating an uneven balance of information that can negatively effect the outcome of a case in a number of ways. Despite this, there may be way to bypass the hurdles caused by asymmetric information: judgement contingent clauses. Visiting scholar Avraham Tabbach presented his work on these such clauses, a method of equalizing the outcome of the settlement regardless of the information imbalance, and how judgement contingent clauses can help overcome any other obstacles asymmetric information can create. Click here to view the flyer. For photos of the event, click here.


Cybersecurity Conference
Securing the Network: How Boards and Executives Should Address Cybersecurity
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Rosewood Sand Hill: 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California

Cyberattacks directly impact companies’ operations and reputations, often resulting in significant financial and legal repercussions.  As such, Boards should take an active role in understanding the associated risks that come with cybersecurity. This event was a two-panel session on cybersecurity today and what directors should do to be more preemptive in evaluating cybersecurity risk exposure. Our panel participants included: Jesse Goldhammer (UC Berkeley School of Information); Micheal Rubin and David Berger (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati); Priya Huskins (Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.); and Steven Davidoff Solomon (UC Berkeley School of Law). Each panel was moderated by partners from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


The 2015 M&A Roundtable
May 18-19,2015
Kirkland & Ellis New York Office

Renowned thought leaders from industry, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and more held a frank and spirited discussion about leading M&A issues of the day. A two-panel event, this discussion addressed the present state of play in mergers, corporate governance, and shareholder activism. Noted speakers included: Delaware Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., District Judge Jed Rakoff of southern New York, and Delaware Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons.

This event was co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.


Business Law Certificate Ceremony
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Boalt Hall, Warren Room; 12:30-2:00pm

 BLCBE celebrated this year’s J.D. and LL.M. graduates who received the Business Law Certificate in recognition of their completion of a rigorous course of study in preparation for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, business-related NGOs, and government entities. For photos of the event, click here.


Shareholder Activism Speaker Series
A Conversation with Jeffrey W. Ubben
ValueAct Capital
Monday, April 27, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1;45pm
 
 

ValueAct Founder and Chief Investment Officer Jeffrey W. Ubben hosted a conversation on the evolution of governance based investing and the growing importance of shareholder engagement in the boardroom. Founded in 2000, ValueAct Capital was an early pioneer of ‘shareholder activism’ and now manages more than $18 billion dollars. Since inception, VAC partners have served on more than 30 boars including representation at Microsoft, Adobe Systems, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

 
 
 

Jeffrey W. Ubben is a Founder, Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Investment Officer of ValueAct Capital. Mr. Ubben is a director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and Willis Group Holdings plc, and a former chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., a former director of Acxiom Corp., Catalina Marketing Corp., Gartner Group, Inc., Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., Mentor Corporation, Omincare, Inc., Misys, plc, Per-Se Technologies, inc. Sara Lee Corp and several other public and private companies. In addition, Mr. Ubben serves as chairman of the national board of the Posse Foundation, is on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and is also on the board of the American Conservatory Theater. For photos from the event, click here.

 

 

The Shareholder Activism Speaker Series is co-sponsored by CamberView Partners.


 

Curriculum Speaker Series
Smart Course Planning: What to Take in Business Law and Why
Monday, April 13, 2015
Boalt Hall 105; 12:45-1:45pm

  BCLBE held an information session about the business law courses and the J.D. Business Law Certificate at Berkeley Law presented by the business law faculty. The session reviewed the Fall 2015 classes and highlighted new course offerings. This session was an opportunity for students to learn how business law courses meet their interests and prepare them for professional practice, whether in a firm, government or NGO position. The program also reviewed the Business Law Certificate requirements.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Lunch Time Talk with Howard Lincoln ’65
Hard Work and Good Luck: My Years Since Boalt
Friday, April 10, 2015
Faculty Club, Howard Room; 12:50-1:50pm

 
BCLBE, BCLT, and Dean Sujit Choudhry proudly gathered with fellow students to meet Howard Lincoln ’65 for a Q&A luncheon. Howard shared his thoughts about how hard work, mentors, luck, and the willingness to rake risks can play a part in one’s career. Howard was a key player in the formation of the ownership group that saved the Seattle Mariners in 1992, Howard Lincoln was named chairman and chief executive officer  on September 27, 1999. Mr. Lincoln retired from his position as chairman of Nintendo of America, Inc., to devote his full efforts to the Mariners on February 14, 2000. he joined Nintendo as it’s senior vice president and general counsel in January of 1983. In February 1994, he was elected to the board of Nintendo of America, Inc., and appointed chairman of the company. Lincoln remains a member of the Nintendo of America Board of Directors. 


Movie Night: Wall Street (1987)
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Boalt Hall 110; 5:30-7:30pm

 BCLBE showcased Oliver Stone’s award-winning film Wall Street, starring Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas. Credited with embodying the frenzied fast-paced nature of Wall Street in the 1980’s and inspiring a variety of trends, this film chronicles a young stockbroker’s speedy rise to prominence and the drastic consequences it has for him. Wall Street presents a timeless and easy-to-understand examination of the complex relationship between insider trading and government oversight in business, as well as calls the audience to question whether or not greed can be a force for good.Watch trailer>


Women in Business Law Symposium
Linda Brewer, Quinn Emanuel
Sonal Mehta, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Laura Oswell, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Sally Wagner, Sidley Austin
Shannon Yavorski, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Rachel Proffitt, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Boalt Hall 132; 5:30-7:30pm
 

The Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ) and the Berkeley Center For Law Business and the Economy (BCLBE) held the annual Women in Business Law Symposium. This panel included top women attorneys who shared their perspectives on the challenges confronting women in business law today and offered their advice and expertise on a variety of topics impacting women in the workplace, including how to succeed in this still largely male-dominated field. 


Peterson Speaker Series
Responsible Investment: Strategies That Evolve Human Rights and Labor Rights

Bennett Freeman, Calvert Investments

Laura Tyson, Institute for Business & Social Impact

Robert Strand, Center for Responsible Business

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wells Fargo Room (C420), Haas School of Business; 12:30-1:30pm

 
As greater connections between the power of the investment community and human rights, emerge, conversations and questions regarding the impacts  of business on human rights grow more central to investment issues. How can shareholder advocacy strategies improve labor rights risks? How hopeful should we be that the investment community can positively effect human rights outcomes? This panel addressed these questions and more in a discussion on the changing nature of the relationship between human rights and investment strategies.

Bennett Freeman heads Calvert Investment’s team of sustainability research analysts and leads Calvert’s environmental, social and governance analysis, shareholder advocacy and public policy initiatives. Besides being a noted economist and policy-maker, Laura Tyson is also a professor of business administration and economics at (and former dean of) the Haas School of Business and London Business School. Robert Strand is the executive director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business and a published scholar on the subject of business ethics.

This panel was co-sponsored by The Center for Responsible Business.


General Speaker Series 
Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges
Kenneth Feinberg, Feinberg Rozen LLP
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 6:45-8:45pm

 

Kenneth Feinberg focuses on unique compensation alternatives to the conventional tort system, such as: the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund; the BP Oil Spill Fund; and his current assignment, the GM Ignition Switch Compensation Fund. He discussed how these unique compensation alternatives differ from other compensation programs, such as One Fund Boston (after the Boston Marathon Bombings), the Virginia Tech Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, etc.


General Speaker Series
Norway’s Socio-Legal Journey: A Qualitative Study of Boardroom Diversity Quotas
Aaron Dhir, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Boalt Hall 215B (Dean’s Seminar Room)
5:00-6:00pm
 

The lack of gender parity in the governance of business corporations has ignited a heated global debate, leading policymakers to wrestle with difficult questions that lie at the intersection of market activity and social identity politics. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with corporate board directors in Norway and documentary content analysis of corporate securities filings in the United States, Aaron Dhir empirically investigated two distinct regulatory models designed to address diversity in the boardroom: quotas and disclosure. Selections from Professor Dhir’s forthcoming book, which formed the basis of his talk, can be downloaded here.

Co-sponsored by Center for the Study of Law & Society


General Speaker Series
The Art and Science of Financial Regulation: An Insider’s View
Troy Paredes, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1:45pm

 

Troy Paredes served the nation as a Commissioner of SEC from 2008 until 2013 – during the financial crisis and its aftermath. In the wake of the crisis, the SEC found itself at the center of a swirling debate over the role of government regulation in the economy. In addition to expanding its enforcement activity, the SEC has pursued extensive efforts to implement new rules called for by over 90 provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, on issues ranging from securities markets to investment funds, corporate governance to financial transparency. Witnessing firsthand the transformation of the nation’s financial regulatory structure, Paredes held a front-row seat in some of the most significant economic and political debates of the time. Paredes will offer a distinctive and insightful account of what it takes to develop sound financial regulation – as well as what can go wrong in the tumble of crisis-driven policymaking in Washington, D.C.  Having left office, Paredes is now a Senior Strategy & Policy Advisor at PwC and serves as Distinguished Policy Fellow and Lecturer of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before joining the SEC, Paredes was a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis.


BBLJ Symposium 2015
Bits Bites Plastic: The New World of Electronic Payments and e-Currency 
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Boalt Hall 132; 12:45-1:45pm

Whether you use Apple Pay and Bitcoin or Snapcash and Titcoin, the growing industry of electronic payment systems continues to attract investors. This symposium enabled attorneys, investors, and academics to weigh in on the dynamic field of electronic payment systems and e-currency. Panelists included: Michael Borrus, XSeed Capital; Robert Claassen, Camp One Ventures, Kaye Scholer; Avin Arumgam, JPMorgan Chase; Thomas Brown, Paul Hastings; UC Berkeley, School of Law; Michael Katz, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.


Private Equity Speaker Series
A Whopper of a Deal: Burger King’s $11B Merger and Move to Canada

William SorabellaKirkland & Ellis LLP

David FeirsteinKirkland & Ellis LLP

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Boalt Hall 132; 12:45-1:45pm
M&A experts William Sorabella and David Feirstein discussed how they structured and negotiated several high-stakes transactions over the past year, most notably the $11B union between Burger King and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to create the world’s third largest fast-food company. The deal required novel structuring and negotiating under tight time deadlines in the context of Presidential and Congressional scrutiny of tax motivated mergers. Sorabella is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Corporate Practice Group. His practice focuses on the representation of principals in merger and acquisition transactions involving public companies. He has twice been named as one of the “Dealmakers of the Year” by The American Lawyer. Feirstein’s practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law matters and corporate governance. He was recognized as a 2014 “Rising Star” by Law360 for Mergers & Acquisitions and by Super Lawyers for his corporate practice. 

The Private Equity Speaker Series is co-sponsored by 
Kirkland & Ellis LLP 


Women in Business and Law Speaker Series

A conversation with 

Doreen E. LilienfeldShearman & Sterling LLP 
Amy S. ParkSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Monday, February 23, 2015
Boalt Hall 132; 12:45-1:45pm
While women have equal or greater representation than men in law school, their ranks thin at the level of large law firms, especially among partners and management. Skadden and Shearman are among the leading firms developing programs to recruit, train, retain and promote women attorneys. Two of their partners will discussed their firms’ efforts in this arena as well as highlighted their own experiences moving up the ladder. Doreen Lilienfeld practices in compensation and benefits issues areas relating to private equity and other M&A transactions. Amy Park’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial disputes in federal and state courts, including complex contract disputes, M&A litigation, and securities and other class action suits.


Executive and Legal Education Program Offering

Effective Advocacy in International Arbitration: From Commencement to Enforcement 
Friday, February 20, 2015
Boalt Hall; 8:00-5:30pm

The program focused on the critical elements of effective advocacy in international arbitra­tion, offering practical guidance and strategies for each step of the proceedings from commencement to enforcement and was aimed at both practitioners with experience in international arbitration and those new to the field. The program was co-sponsored with The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and Law and the California State Bar’s International Law Section. 

M&A Speaker Series

A conversation with 
Michael de la MercedNew York Times
Kevin RooseFusion
Evelyn RusliWall Street Journal 
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1:45pm
Three of the country’s top business journalists – from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Fusion – talked about the increasing importance of media in M&A transactions; the role of the media in corporate America and their personal experiences reporting on the largest companies in the world, including Facebook, Google and Twitter.

The M&A speaker Series is co-sponsored by Weil.


Shareholder Activism Speaker Series

A conversation with Tariq Mundiya
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Tariq Mundiya discussed his representation of Dan Loeb and his hedge fund, Third Point LLC, as they seek to replace corporate boards of directors, as well as Facebook in its IPO litigation and other cases that he has handled as one of the nation’s go-to litigators for shareholder activism and takeovers. 
 
The Shareholder Activism Speaker Series is co-sponsored by CamberView Partners.


The Corporation – An Alternative View Speaker Series

A conversation with Bruce Lymburn
Clif Bar & Company
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1:45pm
Bruce Lymburn serves as general counsel, secretary and director for Clif Bar & Company, where he is extensively involved in the legal and business affairs of the company. With our own Prof. Richard Buxbaum, he developed a corporate governance structure and articles of incorporation that allowed Clif Bar & Company to pursue multiple aspirational “bottom lines” (business, community, environment, etc.). Lymburn drew from his personal experiences to provide an in-house perspective on the operating and legal challenges faced by a successful and fast-growing business with multiple goals.


Venture Capital Speaker Series

An Emerging Company’s Lawyer Career and Tips for Becoming One
Ted Wang, Fenwick & West LLP
Monday, January 26, 2015
Boalt Hall 170; 12:45-1:45pm

Ted Wang represents emerging companies, venture capitalists, venture backed company CEOs and investment banks involved in a wide range of technologies with a focus on consumer Internet, e-commerce and software sectors. His practice ranges from the formation of new start-up companies through venture capital financings to public offerings, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Ted is a leader in efforts to standardize financing documents and is the curator of the Series Seed Documents.
 


M&A and Antitrust Annual Conference
Antitrust, Governance, M&A in 2015 – Challenges and Conundrums for the West Coast
Friday, January 23, 2015
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley; 8:00-12:30pm

By invitation onlyThis conference was divided into three panel discussions: M&A and Antitrust; Private M&A Deal Structure; and M&A Governance and Activism. Panelists discussed current issues and developments in these fields in a format designed to have broad interaction with leading practitioners and other special guests. Key speakers included: Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, Delaware Chancery Court; David Gelfand, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division in charge of Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice; Marie Oh Huber, SVP, GC and Secretary of Agilent technologies; and Ann Mao, SVP, M&A at McKesson Corporation. 

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Co-sponsored by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

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M&A Speaker Series
The View from New York
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room; 4:30-5:30pm

Expert M&A attorneys of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, gave a perspective on M&A practice and reviewed some of the newest developments in the field. Topics of discussion included M&A in the context of Antitrust Uncertainties, Shareholder Activism, and Unsolicited Topping (Aaron Meyers & Ethan Klingsberg), as well as Tech M&A (Glenn McGrory) and Antitrust from inside the Beltway (Kathy BradishJeremy Calsyn, & George Cary). Topics of discussion further included the evolving role of shareholders within corporations (Suneela Jain), and Kindred Healthcare’s hostile-turned-friendly takeover of Gentiva Health Systems (Manoj Nair & Benet O’Reilly). 

The M&A Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Weil.



Women in Business Law Speaker Series
Women in Mergers & Acquisitions Practice
Diane Frankle
, Kaye Scholer LLP
Jennifer Muller, Houlihan Lokey
Prof. Eric Talley, Berkeley Law
Monday, November 24, 2014
Boalt, Koret Room; 12:45-1:45pm


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Video

On November 24, Diane Frankle of Kaye Scholer LLP, Jennifer Muller of Houlihan Lokey, and Prof. Eric Talley, presented a recent study that confirms anecdotal reports that a wide gender gap persists in law firm M&A practices. Frankle and Muller, both accomplished experts in M&A and financial analysis, discussed what M&A lawyers do, strategies law schools and law firms can take to generate more interest in M&A, and how students and young lawyers can succeed in the field.

Co-sponsored by the Boalt Hall Women’s Association

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Movie Night: Barbarians at the Gate
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Boalt Hall 110; 5:30pm

BCLBE introduced Movie Night: Who ever knew business law could be so entertaining? Movie Night debuted with a screening of  Barbarians at the Gate directed by Glenn Jordan and based on the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, about the leveraged buyout (LBO) of RJR Nabisco. Commentary by Profs. Steven Davidoff Solomon and Robert Bartlett. Watch trailer>


Private Equity Speaker Series 
A conversation with Adrian Dollard
Qatalyst Partners
Monday, November 17, 2014 
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium; 5:30-6:30pm

 Watch Video

Adrian Dollard spoke about the role of investment banks in mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as his own experiences as both a lawyer and one of the founding partners at Qatalyst Partners, one of the leading investment banks in the technology space.

Our Private Equity Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.


M&A Speaker Series 
A conversation with Randall J. Baron
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Monday, November 10, 2014 
Boalt Hall 100; 5:30-6:30pm
 Watch Video

Randy Baron is one of the leading plaintiffs’ attorneys with respect to M&A litigation.  He spoke about the role and responsibilities of plaintiffs counsel and the recent surge in M&A litigation.


General Speaker Series
The Bubble Next Time
Erik Gerding, CU Colorado Law
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Boalt Hall 110; 12:45-1:45pm

Bubbles undermine financial laws at the moment when they are most needed – when markets boom, regulators and investors let down their guard, and financial storm clouds gather. Market booms not only encourage policymakers to deregulate or relax financial rules. They also push policymakers to stimulate markets through changing the enforcement and interpretation of legal rules and granting legal preferences to certain financial markets. Moreover, the dynamics of a bubble undermine the incentives of market participants to obey the law. In his new book, Law, Bubbles, and Financial Regulation (Routledge 2014), Professor Gerding examined the ways in which market booms and legal change interact to profoundly destabilize regulation. He offered proposals for designing resilient and adaptive regulatory institutions to make financial reform sustainable. 


General Speaker Series
A conversation with Sean McKessy
Chief of the SEC Whistleblower Office
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Boalt Hall 132; 1:00-2:00pm

Sean McKessy is Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower which was created by the Dodd-Frank Act to administer the SEC’s whistleblower program and to receive submissions of confidential information concerning securities frauds and other securities law violations. Under Mr. McKessy’s leadership, the Office of the Whistleblower has seen submissions grow to more than 3,000 annually from whistleblowers in all 50 states plus 68 countries outside the US. Since the establishment of the whistleblower office in 2011, the SEC has awarded more than $50 million to 17 whistleblowers.

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Venture Capital Speaker Series
A conversation with Bob Gunderson
Gunderson Dettmer
Monday, November 3, 2014
Boalt Hall, Warren; 12:45-1:45pm 

Bob Gunderson serves as principal outside counsel for many of the country’s leading venture capital firms, public and private companies, and investment banks. He is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of venture capital and emerging growth companies and has represented parties to many of Silicon Valley’s most significant financings, IPOs, and mergers and acquisitions. 


Venture Capital Speaker Series
A conversation with William H. Hinman
Simpson Thacher
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 5:30-6:30pm

 Watch Video

 Bill Hinman is one of the leading capital markets attorneys in America.  He spoke about his personal experiences, including his recent representation of Alibaba in the largest IPO of all-time. 


Lunch Time Talk with David Zapolsky ’88 
David ZapolskyAmazon Wednesday, October 29, 2014
International House; 12:50-1:50pm 

BCLT, BCLBE, and Dean Sujit Choudhry gathered with fellow students to meet David Zapolsky ’88 for a Q&A luncheon where he discussed his career development and the role of inside counsel in the tech industry. David joined Amazon.com in 1999 as Associate General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Matters and was promoted to Vice President in 2002. He became Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary in 2012-overseeing the company’s legal, policy, compliance, and regulatory affairs-and senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary in 2013. Prior to joining Amazon.com, David was a partner at the Seattle offices of Dorsey & Whitney and Bogle & Gates.


Annual Executive and Legal Education Program Offering
Managing Tax Audits and Appeals
October 23-24, 2014
San Francisco

In collaboration with Crowell & Moring, this two day seminar discussed current issues that impact the tax audit process. Designed for those with an interest in tax controversies, this seminar enabled corporate and tax executives to expand their knowledge of key features of the audit process and to focus on opportunities to improve an audit’s outcome through proper management at the early stages and during the administrative appeals process. The focus was on current developments in the audit and appeals process. Speakers included attorneys from Crowell & Moring, government representatives, and academics who addressed emerging issues related to National Appeals Office developments, large case audits, transfer pricing audits, and recent legislative changes related to tax procedure and administration. Preliminary Agenda>


Berkeley Law certified that this activity was approved for 10 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


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Curriculum Lecture Series
Smart Course Planning: What to Take in Business Law and Why
October 23, 2014
Boalt Hall 110; 12:45-1:45pm

Watch Video


BCLBE sponsored an information session about the business and tax law courses at Berkeley Law, presented by the faculty. The session reviewed the Spring 2015 classes and highlighted new course offerings. The program also reviewed the Business Law Certificate requirements for JD and LLM students.


Annual Executive and Legal Education Program Offering
Fundamentals of Banking Law
October 8-10, 2014
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 19 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

In collaboration with the Boston University School of Law, BCLBE was pleased to announce the sponsorship of Fundamentals of Banking Law
(formerly Banking Law Basics), an intensive 2½ day program designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law, including the  critical policies, concepts and regulations that have shaped 150 years of banking law from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present. Website>

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The Corporation – An Alternative View Lecture Series

Can a Corporation Change the World and Make a Profit? A Talk with Vivienne and Eric Harr of Make a Stand, Inc.
September 29, 2014
Boalt Hall 140; 12:45-1:45pm

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With the power of social media, eleven-year-old Vivienne Harr launched one lemonade stand into a global movement to combat child slavery.“Make a Stand,” a socially innovative lemonade company, is a leading example of a new wave of hybrid “benefit” corporations dedicated to making charity their sales pitch. The company now sells their fair trade, organic beverages online and in stores all over the world, dedicating five-percent of all gross revenues to leading organizations working to eradicate child slavery worldwide. Twitter gave Vivienne the honor of ringing the bell at their IPO in New York on November 7, 2013—because executives believe Vivienne is a symbol of how Twitter can be used to change the world. Now Make a Stand has launched the Make a Stand app designed to revolutionize giving through crowd funding. Vivienne and Eric talked about their company, one of the new wave in social purpose benefit corporations.


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International Law and Business Lecture Series 
China’s Antitrust Enforcement Program
Nathan (Nate) Bush, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
September 25, 2014
Boalt Hall 105; 12:55- 1:55pm

Enforcement of China’s Anti-monopoly Law surged in China. These enforcement trends reflect both the policy goals and the political incentives for regulators in Xi Jinping’s China. Nate Bush, a partner in the Singapore and Beijing offices of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, will assess the antitrust challenges facing multinational companies operating in China.

Counsel Speaker Series
A Conversation With

Brett Pletcher, SVP and General Counsel of Gilead Sciences
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Boalt Hall 141; 12:45-1:45pm

This was the kickoff for BCLBE’s GC Conversation Series in which students had an opportunity to meet with the SVP and General Counsel of Gilead Sciences and other chief legal officers of businesses to learn more about what the GC/CLO job entails, the comparisons between in-house and outside law firm practice, and how students and young lawyers can prepare for a career in either position.


Centennial Celebration of the Federal Reserve
September 12, 2014
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

This seminar provided an overview of the important role that the Fed plays in the payments system, and looked at innovation in financial technologies that portend a new era in payments, clearing and digital currencies. The Federal Reserve plays a key role in raising awareness, education and pursuing public policy objectives related to the safety and soundness of the payment system, and the development of products and services that are appropriate for users. Read more>


General Speaker Series 
The French Revolution of Close Corporation: A Model for Europe?
Prof. Pierre-Henri Conac, Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, University of Luxembourg
Friday, August 29, 2014
Boalt Hall 141; 12:45-1:45pm

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Professor Conac of the University of Luxembourg discussed French laws related to close corporations, and how two waves of reform over the past 20 years have enhanced competitiveness and flexibility. Prof. Conac provided examples of how other EU Member States have adopted similar reforms or otherwise been inspired by those in France.  He further discussed the dynamics at play in Europe, where the reforms are likely headed, and their limits. Read more> Download presentation here>

Business Law Certificate Ceremony
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 3:30 – 5:00 pm

This year, the Business Law Certificate program recognized 38 recipients. Twelve J.D. and twenty-six LL.M. students were awarded the certificate in recognition of their completion of rigorous course of study in preparation for professional
practice as legal advisors to businesses, to business-oriented NGOs, and to
government entities. To learn more about the Business Law courses and Certificate programs click 
here.

To view a slideshow of the ceremony click 
here.


BBLJ’s Second Annual Women in Business Law Panel
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
5:30 pm, Goldberg Room – Pre-Panel Dinner and Networking Reception
6:30 pm, Warren Room – Panel: “Making the Business World Work for You”

The Berkeley Business Law Journal and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy held an annual Women in Business Law Panel. The evening began with a networking reception followed by a panel featuring successful female lawyers who shared their unique perspectives on the challenges confronting women in business law and how to succeed in this still largely male-dominated field.


Smart Course Planning: What to Take in Business Law and Why 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 – 1:45 pm

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BCLBE held an information session about the business law courses at Berkeley Law presented by the business and tax law faculty. The session reviewed the Fall 2014 classes and highlighted new course offerings. Eric Talley presented the results of recent surveys of practicing attorneys on what courses are essential to develop effective skills as young lawyers and to position students to succeed in landing their first job and excelling in it. The program also reviewed the Business Law Certificate requirements.


BBLJ/ BCLBE Symposium: Shareholder Activism
KeynoteLarry Sonsini, Chairman, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Friday, April 4, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 5.75 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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Panel 1 – Shareholder Activism: Bird’s Eye-View
Panel 2 – Hot-Button Issues: How Should We Interpret the Current State of Play?
Panel 3 – Future of Shareholder Activism: Where Do We Go From Here?

 

Activist shareholders acquire significant stakes in publicly traded companies for many reasons: making short-term profits, increasing companies’ profitability over the long-term, and changing companies’ policies in order to comport with the shareholders’ social and environmental goals. Not surprising, given these disparate motivations, activist investors are perceived by various stakeholders as threats to be avoided, part of the current landscape and powerful forces motivating social responsibility. The symposium allowed regulators, attorneys, academics, and business leaders to share their unique views on this important aspect of modern business and law. Symposium Website>


Social Enterprise Law Symposium: Financing Social Enterprises: From Start-up through Exit 
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 3:30 – 7:00 pm

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 2.0 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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Panel 1 – Early-Stage Financing & Mission Preservation
Panel 2 – Exits

 

The Boalt Social Enterprise Group and the Impact Law Forum presented a ground-breaking symposium on social enterprise law and finance! The symposium explored cutting-edge legal issues faced by social enterprises in different stages of growth. We heard from social enterprise attorneys, investors and entrepreneurs about the challenges of preserving mission through various stages of capital-raising and discussed creative solutions to overcome them.
Panel 1: Preserving mission through start-up and early stage financing;
Panel 2: Overcoming challenges later stage financing and “exit” present to mission-driven enterprises. A networking reception for students, practicing attorneys, and entrepreneurs followed. Symposium Website>


Regulation and the Future of Money: Mobile Payments and Virtual Currencies 
Thomas Brown, Paul Hastings
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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Bitcoin
is just one of the technologies that are 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. Thomas
Brown brought his decades of experience to describe the evolution of
payment systems innovations from credit cards to the new world of
mobile payment systems and virtual currencies and revealed what
is and will be in your electronic wallet. Download presentation here>

Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal


Pircher, Nicols & Meeks 2014 Joint Venture Challenge Award Ceremony
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Boalt Hall Warren Room; 4:30 – 6:00 pm

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy hosted a celebration of the results of the Pircher, Nichols & Meeks 2014 Joint Venture (JV) Challenge. The judges presented their analysis of the JV Challenge problem and announced the winners. The first place team received a $2,000 price and the runner up team received a $1,000 prize. Judges were Phil Nichols and Stevens Carey, partners at the sponsoring firm, and Josh Myerberg, Executive Director, at Morgan Stanley’s San Francisco office. The JV Challenge was organized by BCLBE, with support from Pircher, Nichols & Meeks and Leo Pircher ’57.


Compliance Risks and Pitfalls in China 
Gregory Wajnowski, GE Energy
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 

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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. Wajnowski took us through some risks and common practices and explained how to compete effectively while still being compliant. Download presentation here>

 Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Center for Chinese Studies


The Future of the Japanese Corporate Governance
Zenichi Shishido, Hitotsubashi University
ModeratorRichard Buxbaum, UC Berkeley School of Law
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Boalt Hall 110; 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 

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. Now an increasing number of executives are ready for open dialogue with institutional investors. Japanese-style external governance will, however, be neither American-style institutional activism, nor British-style engagement. Japanese-style engagement will be even less confrontational than the British “behind-closed-doors”, and institutional investors will play the role of an internal catalyst inducing management’s initiative from within. Download paper here>

Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal


Israeli Start-Ups in the International Arena 
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Boalt Hall 105; 6:00 – 8:30 pm

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. A panel shared experiences of Israeli start-ups in the Bay Area from several perspectives. We explored the timeline of a typical start-up, from incubation to growth to decisions to go public or exit. We also drew on the perspectives of those supporting the start-up explosion through mentoring, advising, and investing. Following the panel, students had 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 
Eugene Ludwig, Promontory Financial Group
Monday, February 24, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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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, placed these changes in the context of earlier reforms, including the interstate banking, financial holding company, and community reinvestment policy changes of the 1990s.


 Systematic Risk and the Financial Crisis: Protecting the Financial System as a “System” 

Steven L. Schwarcz, Duke University School of Law
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Boalt Hall 100; 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity was approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

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.” Download paper here>

Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Business Law Journal