Business Law Committees AM 2018

Business Law Section Committee meetings at Annual Meeting

January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)

New York Hilton Midtown - 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

9am-12:30pm    Business Law & Corporate Counsel Sections’ MCLE program (details and registration)

12:30-1:45pm    Reception and luncheon (details and registration)

1:45-5:00pm      Committee meetings (details below -- register online)

BLS Committee meeting registration is separate from NYSBA Annual Meeting registration.

Business Law Section Committee Meetings:

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Block 1
: 1:45-3:15pm

  • Banking Law Committee
  • Business Organizations Law Committee (new committee!)
  • Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee
  • Technology & Venture Law Committee    

Block 2: 3:30-5:00pm

  • Bankruptcy Law Committee
  • Mergers & Acquisition Committee (new committee!)
  • Securities Regulation Committee

The Franchise, Distribution & Licensing Law Committee meeting previously scheduled for this time has been cancelled.

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There is no charge for NYSBA members to attend this Committee program ($25 for non-members, or contact to inquire about attending as a first-time guest). Annual Meeting registration is not required to attend this committee event.

Register online, or register by phone during business hours (8:45am-4:45pm) by calling the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Please reference event code BUSJA18, and indicate which committee meeting/s you plan to attend.

Want to join a BLS Committee as a member? There is no cost to join if you are a NYSBA and Business Law Section member. View BLS committee details 

Committee Meeting Descriptions (alphabetical listing - times indicated):

Full descriptions will be posted as available.

Banking Law Committee (1:45-3:15pm)

Selected Topics in the Regulatory World
1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional practice for experienced attorneys (admitted more than 2 years)

  • Developments in the Business Judgment Rule: This presentation will focus principally on two issues.  First, the decision of the Delaware Supreme Court in In re Investors Bancorp Stockholders Litigation, decided on December 13, 2017. Second, the increasingly rabid encroachment on the business judgment rule by litigation involving the boards of residential cooperatives and condominium. Speaker: Jay Hack, Esq., Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP , New York, NY
  • Changes coming to the Community Reinvestment Act: The Community Reinvestment Act at 40: Warren will discuss the state of the law and its enforcement, with a focus on U.S. Treasury Department proposals to reform and modernize CRA regulation and examination.  Included will be a discussion of the relationship between CRA and anti-discrimination laws like the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act and proposed changes to appropriate assessment area delineation. Speaker: Warren W. Traiger, Esq., Buckley Sandler LLP, New York, NY
  • Dynamic CMS - Quantifying Risk and Mitigating Legal Exposure: The presentation will provide a high level overview of the attorney's role in creating and successfully using compliance management in an ever-changing legal environment. Speaker: Scott E. Wortman, Esq., Blank Rome LLP, New York, NY 

Bankruptcy Law Committee (3:30-5:00pm)

Topic: 2017: The Bankruptcy Year in Review

The program will address interesting bankruptcy cases decided over the past year, from the U.S. Supreme Court to local Bankruptcy Courts.  

Matthew V. Spero, Esq., Rivkin Radler LLP, Uniondale, NY
Adam P. Wofse, Esq., Lamonica, Herbst & Maniscalco LLP, Wantagh, NY

This will be a non-CLE presentation. 

Business Organizations Law Committee (1:45-3:30pm)

A meet-and-greet, discussion of upcoming topics for the newly-reformed Business Organizations Law Committee (formerly the Corporations Law Committee), and update on the Business Law Section’s examination of the New York LLC Law with potential future recommendations for amendment. Attend to meet fellow members (even if you are only curious about joining) and lend your thoughts on how the committee can add value to your practice in 2018. Chair, Matthew Moisan, Esq.

This will be a non-CLE meeting.

Mergers & Acquisitions Committee (3:30-5:00pm)

Topic: Navigating the Cybersecurity Risk in M&A Transactions
1.0 MCLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys (admitted more than 2 years)

This presentation will discuss M&A implications in cybersecurity, including recent headlines, the current regulatory landscape, major risk factors, due diligence, representations and warranties, indemnification, and insurance.

Speaker: David Lallouz, Esq., Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, New York, NY

Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee (1:45-3:15pm)

Topic: A View From the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau Enforcement Section
1.0 MCLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys (admitted more than 2 years)

This presentation is designed to offer the Nonprofit Bar insight into the priorities and work of the Charities Bureau’s Enforcement Section.  Much of the Section’s work occurs outside of the judicial process, in pre-suit inquiries and investigations that are resolved without the need for litigation.  In the absence of publicly filed pleadings or judicial decisions, it is important for the Nonprofit Bar to understand how the Charities Bureau applies its enforcement authority.  This presentation will cover the following:

  • the Attorney General’s oversight and enforcement authority over not-for-profit and charitable organizations and the actions, procedures and remedies available to the Attorney General
  • recent actions concerning fraud, negligence or other wrongdoing within the operations of a NFP or charity
  • the Bureau’s Embezzlement Project and guidance on what a NFP is expected to do when it discovers fraud or other malfeasance
  • Operation Bottomfeeder - the Bureau’s network focused investigation of fundraising fraud, which is targeting charities, fundraisers, consultants and auditors
  • the Bureau’s use of data-driven pro-active compliance initiatives, including the Loan Project
  • the Bureau’s focus on the role and obligations of professional advisors to NFPs, including auditors and counsel
  • Q&A.   

Presenters:  Emily Stern, Esq. and Yael Fuchs, Esq., Co-Chiefs, Enforcement Section of the Charities Bureau, New York, NY

In the business portion of its meeting following the CLE presentation by the Charities Bureau Enforcement Section, the Committee will review a number of significant issues impacting practitioners, and plan for Committee engagement and activity in these areas.

Securities Regulation Committee (3:30-5:00pm)

Topic: Recent Developments in Securities Litigation—2017 Year in Review
1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years) 

William J. O’Brien, Alex Drylewski and Jessica Barcus from the Complex Litigation and Trials group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP will discuss several of the most significant securities litigation decisions from 2017, including the impact these decisions might have on practitioners and courts in 2018 and beyond.

Technology & Venture Law Committee (1:45-3:15pm)

Topic: Regulation of Virtual Currency, Shares and Tokens    
1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys

This program will take an introductory look at Blockchain technology, its characteristics, applications and uses. The program will also introduce virtual currencies, initial coin offerings and token sales, and will provide a basic overview of U.S. federal and state agencies currently working to regulate them from a tax, securities, commodity, anti-money laundering and other perspectives. 

Christopher J.P. Mitchell, Esq. | Law Offices of Christopher J.P. Mitchell, PLLC | New York City
Michael J. Sussman, Esq.  | Michael J. Sussman, PLLC | New York City

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Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13, 2017. For more details, please contact Stephanie Bugos in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or