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Law and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Beach

March 9, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 1:30 pm

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Law and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Beach

Located in UCLA’s back yard, the Silicon Beach economy is exploding. This inaugural conference will explore the legal and policy issues faced by more than 500 tech startups, incubators and accelerators as well as companies like Snap. Attend the conference to understand the issues critical to this burgeoning hub of entrepreneurship in West LA and the beach cities of Santa Monica, Playa Vista and Venice.

The Silicon Beach Conference will address three important areas all with a focus on the businesses we see here:  governance, financing and acquisitions. Our governance panel will look at various structural approaches, including dual class stock structures.  The financing panel will explore the SEC’s pro-IPO initiatives as well as the emerging Initial Coin Offering debate. Finally, the panelists will look to the LA and Silicon Beach acquisitions market and how to support and grow M&A in Silicon Beach.


8:30 am

8:50 am to 9:00 am
Introductory Remarks
Joel A. Feuer, Executive Director, Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law

9:00 am to 10:00 am
Silicon Beach Acquisitions: Legal and Business Issues

Andrew Erskine, Orrick
David M. Hernand, Paul Hastings
Brandon Quartararo, Intrepid Investment Bank
Moderator: Iman Anabtawi, UCLA School of Law

10:15 am to 11:15 am
Corporate Governance and Founder Control

David J. Berger, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Ken Bertsch, Council of Institutional Investors
Caroline Cherkassky, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles
Christopher Shoff, Latham & Watkins
Moderator: Stephen Bainbridge, UCLA School of Law

11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Financing of Start-Ups and Emerging Growth Companies

Philippa M. Bond, Proskauer
Adam T. Ettinger, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Nick Hobson, Cooley
Lona Nallengara, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: James Park, UCLA School of Law

12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Keynote: A Conversation with Entrepreneur Brian Lee



UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity qualifies for 3 hour(s) of general MCLE credit. CLE materials can be found below:


Mergers and Acquisitions for High Technology Companies, Fenwick & West LLP
18 Key Issues in Negotiating Merger And Acquisition Agreements For Technology Companies, Forbes

Corporate Governance and Founder Control

Unequal Voting Rights in Common Stock, Ken Bertsch
Dual-Class Stock and Private Ordering: A System That Works, David J. Berger, Steven E. Bochner, and Larry Sonsini
Understanding Dual Class Stock Part I: An Historical Perspective, Stephen Bainbridge
The Untenable Case for Perpetual Dual-Class Stock, Lucian A. Bebchuk and Kobi Kastiel


The Disappearing Small IPO and the Lifecycle of the Small Firm, Steven Davidoff Solomon and Paul Rose
Update on Emerging Growth Companies and the JOBS Act, Ernst & Young


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This event is sponsored by Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy and UCLA School of Law. It is a private event, open to UCLA faculty, students and invited guests. For questions, please email lowellmilkeninstitute@law.ucla.edu.


March 9, 2018
8:45 am - 1:30 pm