Transactional LawMeet℠

Student competitors during a Transactional LawMeet negotiation session at UCLA School of Law.

Student competitors during a Transactional LawMeet negotiation session at UCLA School of Law.

The Lowell Milken Institute works with student teams from the law school that compete each year in the National Transactional LawMeet®, the premier “moot court” experience for students interested in transactional practice. The Transactional LawMeet allows students to focus on two critical transactional skills:  drafting contract provisions; and negotiating those provisions within the bounds of the client’s instructions.  The Transactional LawMeet is a highly competitive environment for students interested in business law to practice and refine their transactional skills. The Institute pairs each team with an experienced practitioner to coach the team. Coaches refine and guide students’ research, drafting efforts and presentations. Participation in the competitions allows students to receive training and hands on experience that is often lacking in the classroom setting. Students not only learn the law of the subject area, but practice drafting and negotiating their positions. These invaluable experiences provided by the Institute give UCLA Law students a head start on their professional development.

“I feel ten times more prepared going into my summer job and I hope to have the chance to compete next year as well.” Jeffrey Brandt, 2L, 2015 Transactional LawMeet team member.

Coaches include practicing attorneys who were former participants in LawMeets competitions:

Payom M. Pirahesh
PAYOM PIRAHESH is an associate in Sidley’s Century City office and is a member of the Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions practices. Prior to joining Sidley, he was an associate at an international law firm, where he worked primarily on private equity mergers and acquisitions. He has experience with a wide range of transactions including LBOs, auction processes, carve-outs, joint ventures, co-investments, pre-IPO restructurings and distressed sales. He additionally advises on corporate governance matters. At a previous firm, he was seconded to the private equity legal group of a global New York-based alternative asset manager.

Payom earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif. He received a B.S., magna cum laude, in Business Administration from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

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