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Teaching Communication Skills In Transactional Simulations, Eric J. Gouvin, Katherine M. Koops, James E. Moliterno, Carol E. Morgan, Carol D. Newman 2019 Western New England University School of Law

Teaching Communication Skills In Transactional Simulations, Eric J. Gouvin, Katherine M. Koops, James E. Moliterno, Carol E. Morgan, Carol D. Newman

Faculty Scholarship

This Article describes the role of communication exercises in transactional law and skills education, and provides several examples of such exercises. After a discussion of fundamental differences between communication in the context of litigation and transactional law, the Article discusses exercises designed to improve written communication skills, including the use of e-mail, in the context of transactional law. It follows with a similar discussion of exercises focusing on oral communication skills, including listening, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and presentations. The Article concludes with examples of exercises combining oral and written communication skills in the context of simulated transactions.


Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Rise Of Hedge Fund Activist Shareholders And The Duty Of Loyalty, Soo Young Hong 2019 J.D. Candidate, Fordham University School of Law, 2019

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Rise Of Hedge Fund Activist Shareholders And The Duty Of Loyalty, Soo Young Hong

Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

Shareholder activism has been a growing problem in the corporate world, creating numerous dilemmas for the board of directors of companies. Activist shareholders can unsettle a company, pressuring the directors to make decisions according to the course of business the activists would prefer, and thus interfering with the traditional role of directors as the decision-makers of a company. With this new development in the business world, legal scholars have been debating if this activism needs to be controlled and, if so, what measures can be taken to reach a balance. This Note examines the traditional corporate principles such as the ...


The Eighteenth Annual Albert A. Destefano Lecture On Corporate, Securities, & Financial Law At The Fordham Corporate Law Center: Corwin V. Kkr Financial Holdings Llc— An “After-Action Report”, The Honorable Joseph R. Slights III, Matthew Diller 2019 Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery

The Eighteenth Annual Albert A. Destefano Lecture On Corporate, Securities, & Financial Law At The Fordham Corporate Law Center: Corwin V. Kkr Financial Holdings Llc— An “After-Action Report”, The Honorable Joseph R. Slights Iii, Matthew Diller

Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

No abstract provided.


List Voting’S Travels: The Importance Of Being Independent In The Boardroom, Maria Lucia Passador 2019 Research Fellow of Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and Visiting Researcher of Columbia Law School in New York City, New York

List Voting’S Travels: The Importance Of Being Independent In The Boardroom, Maria Lucia Passador

Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

The life of the law, especially with regard to corporations, is strongly influenced by experience and practice. The board, a living element of corporate law, is therefore one of the most noteworthy aspects to be studied, given its relevant implications and role as the lifeblood of scholarly debates.

This Article offers a novel contribution to the assessment of list voting, a fairly unique Italian system that has been increasingly appreciated by institutional investors. A hand-picked dataset that stretches from 2005 to 2015 shows a positive correlation between minority-appointed directors in the boardroom and dividend payouts. Furthermore, the findings shed light ...


Small Business Fintech Lending: The Need For Comprehensive Regulation, Lenore Palladino 2019 Senior Economist and Policy Counsel at the Roosevelt Institute and a Lecturer at Smith College

Small Business Fintech Lending: The Need For Comprehensive Regulation, Lenore Palladino

Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

The 28.7 million small businesses in the United States—99% of all American businesses—are the backbone of the American economy. Historically, small businesses relied on community banks for their credit needs. Over the last decade, however, small businesses increasingly have turned to “fintech” lenders—nonbank lenders that are largely unregulated. Nonbank consumer lending is governed by consumer protection statutes, but nonbank small business lending is outside of any clear regulatory framework that would protect borrowers from potentially predatory practices. This Article argues that the optimal regulatory regime is a combination of both state authority over fintech lenders and ...


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A Novel Agency Design With Familiar Issues, Thomas Arning 2019 J.D. Candidate, Fordham University School of Law, 2019

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A Novel Agency Design With Familiar Issues, Thomas Arning

Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

This Note examines the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with a specific focus on its single-director structure. The balance of authority between agencies and the three branches of government has been a point of contention for generations, especially since the early twentieth century. This area of the law became even more contested following the financial crisis in 2008. As part of the response to the perceived abuses that led to the global recession, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, ultimately opting to give it a single director as opposed to a board structure. Proponents of this regime ...


Crowdfunding In Arkansas? Yes, You Can!, Carol Goforth 2019 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Crowdfunding In Arkansas? Yes, You Can!, Carol Goforth

Arkansas Law Notes

Following enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (also known as the JOBS Act) in 2012, the SEC expanded the options for issuers seeking an exemption from the registration requirement for the sale of securities under federal law, while simultaneously preempting inconsistent state law. One such innovation was Regulation Crowdfunding, generally referred to as Reg. CF, which currently allows compliant issuers to raise up to $1,070,000 in any 12-month period by seeking relatively small investments from a large number of investors.


A New Look At Criminal Liability For Selling Dangerous Vehicles: Lessons From General Motors And Toyota, Steven B. Dow, Nan S. Ellis 2019 University of California, Hastings College of the Law

A New Look At Criminal Liability For Selling Dangerous Vehicles: Lessons From General Motors And Toyota, Steven B. Dow, Nan S. Ellis

Hastings Business Law Journal

Automobile safety is one of the most serious public health issues facing our country. In addition to the costs in terms of personal injury and death, automobile accidents cost society billions of dollars in lost productivity and medical costs. In 1966, there were over 50,000 deaths from automobile accidents. By 2015, this number had fallen to approximately 35,000 deaths and 2.4 million injuries resulting from automobile accidents. By some measures, this is a remarkable reduction that might lead us to conclude that automobile safety is no longer an important public policy concern. This article argues that automobile ...


A Peek Under The Hood: Why Lawmakers Should Strengthen The Current Dmca Exemption For Security And Safety Research Into Car Software, Holden Benon 2019 University of California, Hastings College of the Law

A Peek Under The Hood: Why Lawmakers Should Strengthen The Current Dmca Exemption For Security And Safety Research Into Car Software, Holden Benon

Hastings Business Law Journal

In the last five years, society has witnessed advancements in automobile technology that Henry Ford himself could not have dreamed. Vehicle software now allows cars to drive themselves; indeed, as of December 2017, close to four dozen vehicle manufacturers have received permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles for autonomous testing. Many of the advancements in automobile technology involve copyright law, the primary body of law that protects computer source code. Essentially, each line of vehicle source code is protected the same way a film script is protected. Just as camera directions in the script are hidden from movie-goers ...


Negotiating The Lender Of Last Resort: The 1913 Federal Reserve Act As A Debate Over Credit Distribution, Nadav Orian Peer 2019 University of Colorado Law School

Negotiating The Lender Of Last Resort: The 1913 Federal Reserve Act As A Debate Over Credit Distribution, Nadav Orian Peer

Articles

“Lending of last resort” is one of the key powers of central banks. As a lender of last resort, the Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) famously supports commercial banks facing distressed liquidity conditions, thereby mitigating destabilizing bank runs. Less famously, lender-of-last-resort powers also influence the distribution of credit among different groups in society and therefore have high stakes for economic inequality. The Fed’s role as a lender of last resort witnessed an unprecedented expansion during the 2007–2009 Crisis when the Fed invoked emergency powers to lend to a new set of borrowers known as “shadow banks”. The decision proved ...


Bad Behavior: Health Insurance Mega-Mergers, Jacqueline C. Lien 2019 University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Bad Behavior: Health Insurance Mega-Mergers, Jacqueline C. Lien

Hastings Business Law Journal

2015 marked the beginning of a long battle for two major health insurance companies. On July 3, 2015, health insurance giant and third largest health insurance company by revenue, Aetna, announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire the fifth largest health insurance company, Humana, for $37 billion. Following a similar timeline, on July 24, 2015, second largest, Anthem, negotiated an even bigger merger with Cigna, the fourth largest, for $54.2 billion. Officials from all four companies lauded the benefits of the mergers, stating that the synergies between the respective companies would result in enhanced health care access ...


Corporate Law And The Myth Of Efficient Market Control, William W. Bratton, Simone Sepe 2019 University of Pennsylvania Law School

Corporate Law And The Myth Of Efficient Market Control, William W. Bratton, Simone Sepe

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

In recent times, there has been an unprecedented shift in power from managers to shareholders, a shift that realizes the long-held theoretical aspiration of market control of the corporation. This Article subjects the market control paradigm to comprehensive economic examination and finds it wanting.

The market control paradigm relies on a narrow economic model that focuses on one problem only, management agency costs. With the rise of shareholder power, we need a wider lens that also takes in market prices, investor incentives, and information asymmetries. General equilibrium theory (GE) provides that lens. Several lessons follow from reference to this higher-order ...


A One-Size-Fits-All Approach To Corporate Governance Codes And Compliance By Smaller Listed Firms: An Examination Of Companies Listed In Hong Kong And Singapore, Christopher C. H. CHEN 2019 Singapore Management University

A One-Size-Fits-All Approach To Corporate Governance Codes And Compliance By Smaller Listed Firms: An Examination Of Companies Listed In Hong Kong And Singapore, Christopher C. H. Chen

Research Collection School Of Law

This article examines the impact of aone-size-fits-all corporate governance code on smaller listed firms, which shouldhave fewer resources to hire more qualified independent directors for theirboards and board committees. After examining data from a sample of companieslisted in Hong Kong and Singapore, we find some limited support for these resources-basedarguments. While smaller firms do not necessarily have a lower proportion ofboard members who are independent directors, some evidence suggests that smallerfirms do pay less to independent directors and that these directors have toserve on multiple board committees. Although many larger firms also share theproblem of overloading their independent directors, the ...


Corporations And Businesses - Finding Info, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library 2019 Cleveland State University

Corporations And Businesses - Finding Info, Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law Library

Law Library Research Guides - Archived

No abstract provided.


Books And Olive Oil: Why Antitrust Must Deal With Consolidated Corporate Power, Carl T. Bogus 2019 Roger Williams University

Books And Olive Oil: Why Antitrust Must Deal With Consolidated Corporate Power, Carl T. Bogus

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

Following an epic battle in the marketplace between Apple and major book publishers, on one side, and Amazon, on the other side, the United States Department of Justice and thirty-three states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and the publishers, alleging that they had conspired to fix the prices of ebooks. Both the district court and a divided panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided the case in the government’s favor. This Article argues that government regulators and the courts took the wrong side in the dispute and did so because of fundamental ...


Innovating Inclusion: The Impact Of Women On Private Company Boards, Jennifer S. Fan 2019 University of Washington School of Law

Innovating Inclusion: The Impact Of Women On Private Company Boards, Jennifer S. Fan

Articles

Eight percent—that is the percentage of women who serve on the boards of directors of private high technology companies. Private companies, particularly high technology companies, have transformed citizens’ daily lives, while the unprecedented availability of private capital has allowed those companies to remain private longer. This rise, however, has also obscured some of the weaknesses of private companies, which are not subject to public disclosure and regulatory oversight: rampant sexual harassment, the lack of women leaders in technology companies, the relative absence of female venture capitalists, and the dearth of female board members, to name a few. Yet thus ...


Explaining Choice-Of-Entity Decisions By Silicon Valley Start-Ups, Gregg Polsky 2019 University of Georgia School of Law

Explaining Choice-Of-Entity Decisions By Silicon Valley Start-Ups, Gregg Polsky

Scholarly Works

Perhaps the most fundamental role of a business tax advisor is to recommend the optimal entity choice for nascent business enterprises. Nevertheless, even in 2018, the choice-of-entity analysis remains highly muddled. Most tax practitioners across the United States consistently recommend flow-through entities, such as LLCs and S corporations, to their clients. In contrast, a discrete group of highly sophisticated tax professionals, those who advise start-ups in Silicon Valley and other hotbeds of start-up activity, prefer C corporations.

Prior commentary has described and tried to explain this paradox without finding an adequate explanation. These commentators have noted a host of superficially ...


Being True To Trulia: Do Disclosure-Only Settlements In Merger Objection Lawsuits Harm Shareholders?, Eric L. Talley, Giuseppe Dari‐Mattiacci 2019 Columbia Law School

Being True To Trulia: Do Disclosure-Only Settlements In Merger Objection Lawsuits Harm Shareholders?, Eric L. Talley, Giuseppe Dari‐Mattiacci

Faculty Scholarship

A significant debate within mergers and acquisitions law concerns the explosive popularity of the “merger objection lawsuit” (MOL), a shareholder action seeking to enjoin an announced deal on fiduciary duty grounds. MOLs blossomed during the Financial Crisis, becoming popularly associated with “shareholder shakedowns,” whereby quick-triggered plaintiff attorneys would file against – and then rapidly settle with – acquirers, typically on non-monetary terms containing modest added disclosures in exchange for blanket class releases and attorney fee awards. This practice unleashed a torrent of criticism from lawyers, commentators, academics, and (ultimately) judges, culminating in a doctrinal shift in Delaware law in the January 2016 ...


Codification Of The Economic Substance Doctrine: Substantive Impact And Unintended Consequences, Rebecca Rosenberg 2019 University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Codification Of The Economic Substance Doctrine: Substantive Impact And Unintended Consequences, Rebecca Rosenberg

Hastings Business Law Journal

Section 7701(o) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”) imports the judicial doctrine of economic substance into statutory language. The economic substance doctrine provides that certain tax benefits can be denied if they go beyond congressional intent, even if all of the literal requirements of the Code and its regulations are met. The doctrine is perpetually controversial and has been the subject of recent litigation. This article argues that codification changed the economic substance doctrine (rather than just copying it into statutory form) and produced unintended consequences, many of which have gone unnoticed. The article analyzes the ...


Competing To Cut Carbon: State Policies, Conflicts With Federally-Regulated Energy Markets, And Recommendations, Arshak Zakarian 2019 University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Competing To Cut Carbon: State Policies, Conflicts With Federally-Regulated Energy Markets, And Recommendations, Arshak Zakarian

Hastings Business Law Journal

Wholesale power markets currently face challenges from changes in federal regulations and advancements in technology, which have significantly changed the composition of energy generation sources across the United States over the last two decades. States have relied increasingly on policy to increase the presence of clean energy sources in their power mix, such as nuclear energy, due to its reliability and environmental benefits. Natural gas, wind, and solar have seen unprecedented growth in the last five years due to declining fuel source and technology costs. Utilities companies and private companies have invested significantly in infrastructure and technology research, attempting to ...


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