Spring M&A and Governance Forum


The Berkeley Center for Law and Business is proud to announce the 2020 Spring M&A and Governance Forum. The program will explore the new economy and its implications in the year ahead, along with regulatory deal risk and process innovations in M&A, capital raising including direct listings and the future of IPOs, and data security and privacy.
Agenda highlights include: 
  • Annemiek Wilpshaar of the European Commission, together with U.S. antitrust and national security officials, explore the interplay of regulatory regimes with M&A and deal risk;
  • Nobel laureate and U.C. Berkeley Professor Saul Perlmutter on what data science tells us about deal negotiations;
  • Wall Street Journal reporters, Maureen Farrell and Eliot Brown, share insights on their forthcoming book on WeWork;
  • Alex Stamos, former Chief Security Officer at Facebook, explores global oversight of cybersecurity and data privacy by boards and legal departments;
  • The Honorable Kathaleen McCormick, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, contemplates directions in Delaware corporate and case law;
  • Dan Li, Executive Director of Internet & Digital Media Investment Banking at JPMorgan, Barry McCarthy, CFO at Spotify, and Kristin Sverchek, General Counsel at Lyft, explore direct listings, lock-up missteps, dual class twists, and other lessons learned from recent capital markets activity; and
  • The heads of M&A and legal from ASG Technologies, HP Enterprise, Square, and Salesforce, discuss best practices and new technologies for managing M&A in 2020.

The forum is co-hosted by Ethan Klingsberg, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Steven Davidoff Solomon, Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business. 


Thank you to our co-sponsors:








Program Details


Investors, corporate executives, corporate counsel, financial and legal advisors, and academics. This event is by invitation-only. For more information or to request an invitation, please email bclb@law.berkeley.edu.


A convening of over 200 leaders to navigate the ever-changing regulatory and deal-making landscape of innovations of M&A and corporate governance.  


12:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Thursday, February 6th, 2020


W Hotel | 181 3rd Street, San Francisco, California 94103


Valet parking is available at the hotel. 

MCLE Information:

MCLE credit will be provided for California and New York.