Institute for Law and Economics

Penn Law

Past Events, 2005-2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006

DEAL DAY / DELAWARE PROGRAM in Tel Aviv, Israel

Co-Sponsored by:
University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Law and Economics
Kiryat Ono College of Law
Office of the Delaware Secretary of State

Sessions: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

By Invitation

 

Friday, April 28, 2006

CORPORATE LAW ROUNDTABLE

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation

 

Thursday, April 6, 2006

ILE / WHARTON FINANCE SEMINAR

Roberta Romano
Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Corporate Law

Yale Law School

The States as A Laboratory: Legal Innovation and State Competition for Corporate Charters

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM
211 Steinberg Hall - Dietrich Hall
The Wharton School

Roberta Romano

Roberta Romano is the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law and Director of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. Her research has focused on state competition for corporate charters, the political economy of takeover regulation, shareholder litigation, institutional investor activism in corporate governance, and the regulation of financial instruments and securities markets. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a research associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research, and a past President of the American Law and Economics Association. She is the author of The Advantage of Competitive Federalism for Securities Regulation and The Genius of American Corporate Law and editor of Foundations of Corporate Law. Professor Romano has a B.A. from The University of Rochester, an M.A. from The University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Yale.

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

CHANCERY COURT PROGRAM

Appraisal Jurisprudence and Investment Banker Opinions: Do They Speak the Same Language?

Panel on the Toys ‘R Us Litigation: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Moderator:
Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr.
Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery

Panelists:
Thomas J. Allingham II
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
William D. Anderson, Jr.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
John G. Finley
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Robin M. Rankin
Credit Suisse First Boston

 

Thursday, March 16, 2006

DISTINGUISHED JURIST LECTURE

Hon. Vaughn R. Walker
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California

Technology Mergers in a Shrinking World

Lecture: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Open to the Public

Hon. Vaughn R. Walker

Hon. Vaughn R. Walker is Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He became a federal judge in 1990, after having been nominated by Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Walker studied law at the University of Chicago and Stanford and practiced law in San Francisco, handling antitrust and other business cases, from 1972 until his appointment to the bench. He served on the California Law Revision Commission from 1986 to 1989, having been appointed by Governor George Deukmejian.

As a federal judge, Walker has been described as “a pioneer who understands business law.” He will share insights gained in presiding over the Oracle antitrust trial and other high-profile litigation involving mergers and intellectual property issues in high-tech companies (such as the landmark case that pitted Apple Computer against Microsoft). His lecture will focus on the implications for antitrust merger analysis of the increasing importance of intellectual property (i.e., technology) in commercial activity, and the impact of globalization.

Walker is a member of numerous professional organizations, has authored articles in various legal journals and has lectured on business law and judicial topics in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East for the United States Departments of State and Commerce and professional societies.

In addition to his professional activities, Walker is vice-chair of the Saint Francis Foundation and serves on its investment committee; he collects German expressionist graphics and formerly showed American Saddlebred horses.

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

CHANCERY COURT PROGRAM

The Technicolor Saga: The Trial Judges Tell Their Story

Panel Discussion: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Moderator:
Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr.
Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery

Commentators:
Hon. William B. Chandler III
Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Hon. William T. Allen
Former Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery

 

Friday, February 24 & Saturday, February 25, 2006

PENN / NYU LAW AND FINANCE SYMPOSIUM


Friday:     9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

By Invitation

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

LAW AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURE

Michael J. Biondi, L’83 WG’83
Co-Chairman of Investment Banking
Lazard Ltd

The Banker as Entrepreneur

Lecture: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Open to the Public

Michael J. Biondi

Michael J. Biondi is Co-Chairman of Investment Banking at Lazard Ltd, and a Managing Director of the Firm. He has extensive experience advising companies and independent board committees on domestic and cross-border transactions in a broad array of industries, including media/communications, transportation, utilities, general industrial and retail.

Mr. Biondi’s talk, “The Banker as Entrepreneur,” will focus on his experiences in starting and building the boutique investment bank, Wasserstein Perella & Co., and ultimately selling it for $1.37 billion. More recently, Biondi has played a key role at Lazard as part of the team that assumed control and took the company public.

He joined Lazard from Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where he held a number of senior positions, including Chairman and Co-Chief Executive of the Americas and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking. Prior to that, he was a founding partner of Wasserstein Perella & Co., and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 until its sale in early 2001.

Mr. Biondi began his M&A career as a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

 

Friday, November 11, 2005

LABOR LAW ROUNDTABLE

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

LAW AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURE

Marcia Greenberger
Founder and Co-President
National Women’s Law Center

Founding and Building a New Venture: The Story of the National Women’s Law Center

Lecture: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Open to the Public

Marcia Greenberger

Marcia Greenberger—described by the New York Times as “guiding the battles of the women’s rights movement”—is the founder and Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center. The creation the Center over 30 years ago established her as the first full-time women’s rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C.

A recognized expert on sex discrimination and the law, Ms. Greenberger has participated in the development of key legislative initiatives and litigation protecting women’s rights, particularly in the areas of education, employment, health and reproductive rights. She has been a leader in developing strategies to secure the successful passage of legislation protecting women and counsel in landmark litigation establishing new legal precedents for women, and is the author of numerous published articles. Her leadership and contributions are reflected in the professional honors she has received and the numerous boards on which she serves. Recognized by Working Woman Magazine as one of the 25 heroines whose activities over 25 years have helped women in the workplace, and Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington, D.C.’s most powerful women, she was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2001 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lafayette College in 2000. She was selected to receive the Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Shelter in 2005, an award from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association in 2005, the Woman of Distinction Award from Soroptomist International of the Americas in 2000, the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award by the D.C. Women’s Bar Association in 1996, honored by the Center Law and Social Policy in 1995, and given the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award by the District of Columbia Bar in 1994. She received a Presidential appointment to the National Skill Standards Board, is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program Board of Directors, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Board of Directors, and the National Policy Council of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.

Ms. Greenberger received her B.A. with honors in 1967, and her J.D. cum laude in 1970, from the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Caplin and Drysdale from 1970-72, and in 1972 she started and became Director of the Women’s Rights Project of the Center Law and Social Policy, which became the National Women’s Law Center in 1981.

 

Thursday, October 20, 2005

ILE / WHARTON FINANCE SEMINAR

Raghuram G. Rajan
Economic Counsellor and Director, Research Department
International Monetary Fund

Creating Constituencies for Reform
[Co-authored with Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago]

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM
211 Steinberg-Dietrich
The Wharton School

Raghuram G. Rajan

Raghuram G. Rajan is the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. Prior to holding this post, Rajan taught at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago where he is the Joseph L. Gidwitz Professor of Finance. His research is broadly on the role of institutions, especially financial institutions, in fostering economic development. In 2003, Rajan was awarded the inaugural Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association for contributions to finance by an economist under 40. Rajan is an electrical engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. He earned his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his Ph.D. from MIT.