February 24, 2020

Annual Meeting 2019 Recap

In September of 2019, the BCLC presented five programs at the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 

On Thursday morning, the BCLC presented the program, “Alternative Entities Top Ten: Liability and Governance Issues for Deal Attorneys and Litigators – Interactive!”  The program discussed “Top Ten” liability and governance issues for both deal attorneys and litigators.  Judge Meghan A. Adams of the Delaware Superior Court and Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, co-chaired the event.  The panel was comprised of Tarik Haskins, Partner, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tennell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Erica Rice, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Boston, MA; Hon. Joseph R. Slights, III, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, Dover, DE; and Vanessa R. Tiradentes, Partner, Gould & Ratner LLP, Chicago, IL.

Later on Thursday morning the Committee presented “When Good Deals Go Bad: Ethical Issues Raised by Failed Transactions”, chaired by Paul J. Masinter of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. in New Orleans, Louisiana and co-chaired by Judge Lita Popke of the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan.  The program explored ethical issues in representing companies following failed mergers and acquisition transactions.  The panel was comprised of Jay Dubow, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA; Jeff Kerbel, Partner, Bennett Jones, Toronto, Ontario; and Sonja Naar, Vice President – Senior Claims Counsel, Attorney’s Liability Assurance Society, Chicago, IL.

On Thursday afternoon the Committee presented “The Supreme Court in Review: Case Affecting Business from the October 2018 Term,” which was a review of Supreme Court decisions affecting business during the most recent Court term, and a look to the projected significant business law cases in the coming term.  It was co-chaired by Hon. Myron T. Steel, former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and Todd Lundell of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. in Costa Mesa, California.  The panelists were:  Deanne E. Maynard, Appellate & Supreme Court Co-Chair, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, DC (former Assistant Solicitor General)  and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Partner, Munger Tolles & Olson, Washington, DC (former Solicitor General of the United States).

On Friday morning the Committee presented “Streamlining Business Cases for Trial: A View from the Bench” which was co-chaired by Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights, III of the Delaware Court of Chancery, Chief Justice James L. Gale of the North Carolina Business Court and Lewis H. Lazarus of Morris James LLP in Wilmington, Delaware.  The program discussed best practices for streamlining business cases for trial.  The panel consisted of Adrienne Gittens, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells, Philadelphia, PA; Stephen Hall, Senior Counsel, Holland and Knight LLP, Boston, MA; Vanessa R. Tiradentes, Partner, Gould & Ratner LLP, Chicago, IL; Hon. Heather Welch, Judge, Marion Superior Court, Indianapolis, IN and Patricia A. Winston, Partner, Morris James LLP, Wilmington, DE.

Rounding out the programs, on Friday morning, the BCLC, together with the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, presented “Sleeping Better at Night: A Guide to Preventing M&A Litigation.”  It was co-chaired by Sarah A. Tomkowiak of Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington DC and Edward A. Deibert of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in San Francisco California.  The program discussed various merger agreement provisions and how they could be interpreted in litigation.  The other panelists were Lisa J. Hedrick, Partner, Hirschler Fleischer, Richmond, VA; Rachelle Silverberg, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, NY and Hon. Joseph R. Slights, III, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, Dover, DE.  The audience for this program was more than 100 attendees, and there was avid audience participation.

Finally, the BCLC co-sponsored five other programs during the meeting.

  • “How the Global Financial Crisis Shaped New York Law” was presented by the Securitization and Structured Finance Committee.
  • “The Tangled Intersection of Mass Torts, Bankruptcy and Regulatory Law: What Can Be Learned From PG&E?” was presented by the Business Bankruptcy Committee.
  • “Prepping Clients and Crystalizing Issues for Resolution of Corporate Divorce & Complex Ownership Disputes through Mediation and Arbitration” was presented by the Dispute Resolution Committee.
  • “Making Difficult and Distressed Corporate Divorce & Complex Ownership Disputes Resolved through Mediation and Arbitration, Inside and Outside of Court Litigation: A Case Study / Mock-Dispute Resolution” was presented by the Dispute Resolution Committee.
  • Navigating the Conflicting Federal and State Laws for Doing Business With Cannabis Companies: was presented by the Business Crimes & Investigation Committee.

Looking forward to seeing you in Boston!