Symposia, Lectures, and Roundtables

A Range of Exciting Programs

The Center’s programs bring together scholars, practitioners, regulators, and judges to study how best to improve the functioning of a market-based economy. Among the programs regularly held are:

The Brooklyn Journal for Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law annual symposium draws academics, government officials, and practitioners to the Law School to discuss timely issues in the field. The inaugural symposium of the Center will reflect on the Consumer Protection Bureau after its first year of operation.

The Barry L. Zaretsky Roundtable Series honors the late Professor Barry L. Zaretsky, a beloved mentor, distinguished scholar of bankruptcy and commercial law, and a dedicated classroom teacher. His work inside and outside the classroom bridged the worlds of theory and practice in these fields. The roundtable program joins a distinguished panel of practitioners, judges and academics to discuss cutting-edge bankruptcy and commercial law topics. Students also join the conversation, spurring further exploration of difficult questions in this area.

The Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture commemorates the life and work of Abraham Pomerantz, a 1924 graduate of the Law School. He is considered by many to have been the "dean of the class action bar." Pomerantz pioneered suits by small shareholders against officials of big corporations and specialized in so-called derivative suits, in which the company receives the award and passes it on to all stockholders. The biennial lecture focuses on topics of corporate securities law and related issues of professional responsibility that brings nationally-recognized scholars to the Law School to debate a timely topic. The law firm of Pomerantz LLP, of which Abraham Pomerantz was the founding partner, provides continuing support for this series.

Past Event

Barry L. Zaretsky Roundtable Discussion - Bankruptcy M&A

Thursday, March 1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Law School
Feil Hall
Forchelli Conference Center, 22nd Floor
205 State Street
Brooklyn, NY

By Invitation Only

About the Discussion
Mergers and acquisitions of solvent and insolvent firms happen all the time, in bankruptcy and out. The question for discussion is whether, and how, financial distress changes the practical and legal environment. Should corporate law be the model in bankruptcy? Or should bankruptcy law and bankruptcy courts pay special attention to distress situations? Specific concerns include runs, information asymmetry, adequacy of representation, conflict of interest and equitable value distribution. This roundtable will provide a forum for academics and practitioners with expertise in bankruptcy and corporate law to explore such thorny topics as: (1) empty creditors; (2) lockups and plan support agreements; (3) blocking and control positions and how they are allocated; (4) creditor disclosure; and (5) vote designation.

The program is being presented in conjunction with the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law Symposium: The Market for Corporate Control in the Zone of Insolvency, to be held the next day. For information on the symposium, visit.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation and the American Bankruptcy Institute

Past Programs and Events

  • About the Lecture
    Corporate governance has evolved dramatically over the past 50 years. As shareholders have played an increasingly important role, corporations have responded with mechanisms designed to constrain activist influence. The most recent innovations have been firm-specific efforts at private ordering – the new governance – rather than expansive regulatory restrictions.

    This lecture will focus on these innovations, which range from proxy access and majority voting to board-adopted bylaws designed to constrain shareholder action. The interplay among these innovations poses issues about the appropriate balance of power between shareholders and directors and raises still unanswered questions about the legal limits, if any, that should apply to the adoption and use of these mechanisms.

    Jill E. Fisch
    Perry Golkin Professor of Law and Co-Director,
    Institute for Law and Economics
    University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Jill E. Fisch is the Perry Golkin Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she teaches and writes on corporate law, corporate governance, and securities regulation. Professor Fisch’s scholarship has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Cornell Law Review. Recent research focuses on corporate governance, money market fund regulation, and securities fraud litigation. Professor Fisch is also engaged in a series of experimental projects that analyze retail investor decision-making and financial literacy.

    Prior to joining Penn, Professor Fisch was the T.J. Maloney Professor of Business Law at Fordham Law School and Founding Director of the Fordham Corporate Law Center. She has also served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and the Georgetown University Law Center. She has lectured on corporate and securities law in China, Japan, Norway, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

    Professor Fisch practiced law as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a director of the European Corporate Governance Institute. She chaired the Committee on Corporation Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the sections on Securities Regulation and Business Associations of the Association of American Law Schools. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.   

    Charles M. Elson, Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance, Professor of Finance, and Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware

    Robert J. Jackson Jr., Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Columbia Law School

    James A. Fanto, Gerald Baylin Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation, Brooklyn Law School

    Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation and the Brooklyn Law Review

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  • Corporations file public documents and through them tell stories about their governance and choices. These documents and statements are vetted and framed to attain the desired effect. Yet, the reality is not always as it seems, and the outcomes are not always within the control of the companies making the disclosures.

    This lecture will address the theory of “publicness,” a term that encompasses the shift in corporate governance from shareholders, officers, and directors to a larger set of actors beyond those on Wall Street. An understanding of publicness and its impact requires thoughtfulness about non-traditional corporate actors, including the media, bloggers, Congress, regulators, and the citizens of Main Street. The lecture will explore the role that non-regulators can play in constraining the choices of corporate actors – through both the pressure for increased regulation and an insistence on publicness itself.

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  • Modern securities markets move at record speed, but fast-moving markets also can be dangerous. Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the co-director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego Law School, discussed his research on snap decisions and how securities regulation should take into account the speed of decision making.  

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    Read Portnoy's article in the Brooklyn Law Review.

  • The symposium examined new methods of leveraging enforcement by both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice and analyzed whether more vigorous law enforcement techniques have been effective or have created new problems.  

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Symposium: The Market for Corporate Control in the Zone of Insolvency

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Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation

James Fanto
Professor of Law

Edward Janger
David M. Barse Professor of Law &
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Scholarship

Associate Director:
Miriam Baer
Professor of Law