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

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

Watch the Symposium on 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