Shareholder Activism


Berkeley Business Law Journal
Berkeley Center for Law and Business



Activist shareholders acquire significant stakes in publicly traded companies for reasons ranging from making short-term profits on share prices, increasing companies’ profitability over the long-term, and changing companies’ policies in order to comport with the shareholders’ social and environmental goals. Given these disparate motivations, activist investors unsurprisingly are perceived by various stakeholders as threats to be avoided, part of the current landscape, and powerful forces motivating social responsibility. The symposium will allow regulators, attorneys, academics, and business professionals to share their unique views on this important aspect of modern business and law.

Speakers include:

Afra Afsharipour, UC Davis, School of Law

Jordan M. Barry, University of San Diego, School of Law

Diane Frankle, Kaye Scholer

Michael J. Halloran, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Lawrence A. Hamermesh, Widener Law

Adair Morse, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Mark D. Perlow, K&L Gates

Paul Rose, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

Larry Sonsini, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Eric Talley, UC Berkeley, School of Law

Steven Tonsfeldt, O’Melveny & Myers


For more information about the event, our speakers, or the topics that will be discussed please visit the following links.


Speaker Bios



Boalt Hall Warren Room
Berkeley, California 94720
Friday, April 4, 2014
9:00am – 3:00pm

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