Business Law Bonus

Business Law Bonus is a series of member-benefit CLE programs covering all things business law!

Basics of Corporate Venture Capital

August 7, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Please join experienced practitioners for a nuts and bolts session on corporate venture capital (CVC) deals. The program will cover the strategic drivers and business context for CVC; the legal documentation used in preferred stock financings, convertible promissory notes, SAFEs, and warrants; and corporate governance issues in CVC deals. Session is designed for in-house and firm lawyers with limited CVC experience.


  • Sandi Knox (moderator), Sidley Austin LLP, Palo Alto, CA
  • Lawrence Dempsey, Hi-Crush Inc., Houston, TX
  • Jana Kovich, Latham & Watkins, Chicago, IL

Presented by: Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee

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The Rise of Foreign Direct Investment Regulations and How It Will Affect Private Equity/Venture Capital Transactions

August 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern

To protect domestic industries national governments have a general tendency to tighten the rules for control of foreign investments.  In certain vital industries transactions will be subject to review by national authorities that may prohibit or restrict certain transactions.  These additional constraints will considerably affect M&A transactions.  In this program we review and compare the European Union Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regulation and the United States Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) rules.  Furthermore, national legislation and cases, such as the United Kingdom and Canada, restricting or prohibiting transactions will be discussed


  • Katrien Vorlat (moderator), Monard Law, Belgium, Brussels
  • Shawn Neylan, Stikeman, Canada, Toronto
  • William McIntosh, Brodies LLP Solicitors, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Richard Sofield, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington DC
  • Charles Livingstone, Brodies LLP Solicitors, Edinburgh, Scotland

Presented by: Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee

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Negotiating Effective Fraud Carve-Outs in M&A Deals

August 25, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Fraud carve-outs and disclaimers of reliance are increasingly the subject of post-closing M&A related litigation. The panel will discuss the current state of the law governing, fraud carve-outs, non-reliance clauses and related remedies provisions, as well as provide practical drafting tips for buyers and sellers negotiating contractual limitations on fraud claims.  The panel will also provide the litigator's view on avoiding fraud-related post-closing disputes.   


  • Lisa R. Stark (moderator), K&L Gates LLP, Wilmington, DE
  • Helen Ogbara Reeves, Dentons LLP, New York, NY
  • Lisa J. Hedrick, Hirschler Fleischer, Richmond, VA
  • Joanna Diakos, K&L Gates LLP, New York, NY

Presented by: Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

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Governance & Litigation Finance:  What Board Members Should Know

September 15, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

Board members are increasingly concerned with the oversight of litigation by the company, since even a worthwhile cause of action can involve substantial expenses and risks for the company. Litigation finance is a potentially valuable tool for companies to help reduce the costs and risks of litigation, and board directors should be aware of its usefulness and how it works. Our program will educate attorneys who advise boards of directors about using litigation finance as a source of non-dilutive capital, and its potential appeal due to its nonrecourse funding agreement.  We will also discuss some case examples illustrating its usefulness, and how courts have dealt with issues of privilege and confidentiality.


  • Howard Brod Brownstein, The Brownstein Corporation, Conshohocken, PA
  • Amy T. Geise, Omni Bridgeway, Houston, TX
  • Stephen P. Davidson, Aon Transaction Solutions, New York, NY
  • Kara E.F. Cenar, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., Chicago, IL

Presented by: Corporate Governance Committee and Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

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Accreditation Information

The ABA will seek credit for this program in the states indicated on this page.  The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Visit for general information on CLE at the ABA.


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