December 15, 2015

Inside Business Law

In addition to the Business Law Section Spring and Annual Meetings, at which all of the Section’s committees generally meet, a number of the Section’s committees meet in Washington, DC, each year at the Section Fall Meeting. Some of the Section’s committees hold a two- to three-day “stand alone” meeting during the fall or winter where the focus is on matters of interest to the host committee’s members. In this issue of Inside Business Law, we provide links to register for several upcoming stand-alone committee meetings that will be held in January as well as the Section Spring Meeting that will be held in Montréal in April. We also provide links to the CLE program materials for the 2015 Business Section Fall Meeting and two stand-alone committee meetings held earlier this fall. Finally, we highlight articles from several recent committee newsletters and two books recently published through the ABA.

Register for an Upcoming Committee Meeting and/or the Section Spring Meeting

2015 Banking Law Committee Meeting

The Banking Law Committee will meet January 7–9, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. The agenda for this meeting is still being developed, but you may register for this meeting here and also review the agenda and program materials from the 2014 Banking Law Committee Meeting. Advance registration for the 2015 Banking Law Committee Meeting ends Tuesday, December 29.

2016 Consumer Financial Services Committee Meeting

The Consumer Financial Services Committee will meet January 9–12, 2016, at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.  Click here to register for this meeting. Advance registration for the 2016 Consumer Financial Services Committee Meeting ends Tuesday, December 29.

2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Meeting

The Mergers and Acquisitions Committee will meet January 29–30, 2016, at the Montage Laguna Beach in Laguna Beach, California. The agenda for this meeting is “under construction,” but the committee’s meeting announcement suggests that attendees will want to arrive on Thursday, January 28, and leave on Sunday, January 31, in order to take advantage of all of the meetings, CLE programming, and other events. You can register here for the 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Meeting.

2016 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting

The Cyberspace Law Committee will hold its annual Institute and Winter Working Meeting January 29–30, 2016, at Shephard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can view the meeting agenda and register for the Institute and Winter Working Meeting here.

2016 Spring Meeting

Registration for the 2016 Business Law Section Spring Meeting, which will be held from April 7 to 9 in beautiful Montréal, Québec, is now open. The Spring Meeting will be held at Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montréal, and Hotel Bonaventure, Montréal, so make sure your passports are up to date so you can take advantage of dozens of CLE programs and a full slate of committee and subcommittee meetings. The Spring Meeting will offer:

  • More than 65 CLE programs prepared and presented by practice-area experts
  • Up-to-the-minute topical sessions covering the latest business law issues relevant to your practice
  • Social events designed to facilitate networking with new contacts and reconnecting with friends
  • Hundreds of committee and subcommittee meetings addressing developments in all areas of business law

Early bird registration can be found here. Nous espérons vous voir à Montréal.

Find CLE Materials from the Section Fall Meeting or a Recent Stand-Alone Committee Meeting

2015 Section Fall Meeting

The Business Law Section Fall Meeting was held November 21–22, 2014, in Washington, DC, at the Ritz-Carlton Washington. The Fall Meeting included committee meetings and CLE programs presented by the Corporate Governance Committee, the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, the Judges Initiative Committee, the Middle Market and Small Business Committee, the Law and Accounting Committee, the Legal Opinions Committee, the Corporate Compliance Committee, the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, the Director and Officer Liability Committee, the Government Affairs Practice Committee, the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Task Force, the Institutional Investors Committee, the Audit Responses Committee, the Corporate Social Responsibility Task Force, the Professional Responsibility Committee, and the Career and Practice Development Committee.

2015 LLC Institute

The LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee held its annual LLC Institute November 12–13, 2015, at Le Meridien Arlington and Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia. Eight CLE programs, on current case law, legal opinions not in Delaware, S-corp LLCs, LLC operating agreements, and other topics affecting these types of entities, were offered at this year’s institute.

2015 Business Bankruptcy Committee Meeting

The Business Bankruptcy Committee met September 27–30, 2015, at the Fontainebleau Miami in Miami Beach, Florida. The meeting featured five CLE programs and more than 20 subcommittee meetings.

Recent Committee Newsletters

Several committees of the Business Law Section have recently published newsletters.

The Legal Opinions Committee published the fall 2015 issue of its newsletter, In Our Opinion, in November. There were several items of note in this issue, including a discussion of the suggested rewording of the “no violation of law” opinion to address more clearly its intended scope and an exposure draft of the proposed Sample California Third Party Legal Opinion Letter for Personal Property Secured Financing Transactions. The newsletter also includes the return of “Litigator’s Corner” with an article that discusses the recent Peterson decision rendered by the Seventh Circuit.

The fall 2015 edition of Commercial Law Newsletter, the joint newsletter of the Commercial Finance and Uniform Commercial Code Committees, was also published in November. The newsletter includes articles on secured lending to series of LLCs, a discussion of changes in Quebec laws relating to perfection of security interests in deposit accounts, a primer on North American rail transactions, and analysis of recent cases interpreting the Uniform Commercial Code or related commercial laws. The newsletter also includes links to a number of resources of interest to the lawyers working on commercial or secured transactions.

In addition, the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee published the November 2015 issue of its newsletter, The LLC & Partnership Reporter, last month.

You can find copies of these newsletters, and see a complete listing of newsletters published by the Section’s committees here. Please note that, in some cases, membership in a committee may be required in order to access its newsletter. Committee membership is free for Business Law Section members. Visit the Section’s homepage to find a complete list of committees, as well as links to their homepages. You can join any committee while viewing that committee’s webpage.

Recently Published Section Books

In speaking or writing about securitization and structured finance transactions, participants use many terms, some of which are familiar but have special meanings in the context of these types of transactions and others of which are unique to this field. The Section’s Securitization and Structured Finance Committee recently published a glossary – Frequently Used Terms in Securitization and Structured Finance Transactions: Jargon, Lingo, and Lore – eBook – with brief explanations of some of the more commonly used terms.

This glossary is a handy reference of easy-to-understand definitions based on the “jargon, lingo, and lore” of securitization and structured finance transactions developed by experts in the field.

Transactional Skills: How to Structure and Document a Deal, written by Stephen L. Sepinuck and John Francis Hilson, became available in October. This book and the accompanying teacher’s manual can be used as a tool for law professors and partners to train students and junior associates in transactional lawyering skills. Premised on the need to integrate doctrinal learning with skills acquisition, the book provides extensive textual explanations followed by realistic problems and exercises, organized in a hub-and-spoke approach.