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  • Events
    • October 12-13: Business Law Section Fall Meeting

      SAVE THE DATE!

      The Business Law Section's Fall Meeting will be held in midtown Manhattan October 12-13, 2017.

      Details will follow soon. Save the date!


      October 12, 2017

      Afternoon Committee meetings:

      • Banking Law Committee
      • Bankruptcy Law Committee
      • Insurance Law Committee
      • Technology & Venture Law Committee

      Section Dinner - Stay tuned for an announcement about evening entertainment!

      October 13, 2017

      FINANCIAL REGULATION AND DEREGULATION: WHAT’S NEXT 


      Keynote address:
      Maria T. Vullo, Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services 

      The Impact of FinTech Innovations on the Delivery of Financial Services
      The delivery of traditional financial services, such as investment management, lending and money transmission, are being transformed by the advent of computer technology, including the use of blockchain protocols.  This panel will explore the impact of FinTech innovations on these and other traditional financial services.  Panelists will include in-house experts at innovative advisory firms, banks, non-bank lenders, and service providers to the financial services industry. 

      The Future of Financial Services Regulation
      The panel will discuss two aspects of the financial services of the future.  The first is aspirational:  the creation of a leaner and more flexible and targeted regulatory scheme that reduces the burdens on regulated persons and the economy while still guiding behavior in ways that serve the public interest.  The second is inevitable:  the use of sophisticated technology to monitor and control financial activity and enforce regulatory policy.  The panel will describe efforts already under way in these areas and weigh the pros and cons of different techniques.

      Securities Regulation, Deregulation and Enforcement
      Even in an era of federal deregulation, SEC, FINRA and state securities rules continue to change to adapt to new economic trends, business models and legislation. Meanwhile, despite reports of a reduction in penalties by the SEC under the new administration, enforcement agencies continue their work, bringing cases involving new frauds, abusive practices and misuses of the capital markets. The panel will discuss what’s new and what we can expect in coming months.

      Changes in Banking Regulation in the New Administration
      As soon as Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, he signed numerous executive orders charging his appointees to review the regulatory landscape and recommend how to trim regulations.  Some of these executive orders charged the Treasury Department to review and recommend changes to current banking law and regulations.  Many of the proposals coming out of these reviews have been suggested before and several have bipartisan support.  So what has happened since these recommendations came out?  Our panel of lawyers from the federal banking agencies will discuss changes going on at their agencies and the General Counsel of the New York Bankers Association will be giving insight into how the banking industry is reacting to the proposed changes and what the banking industry would like to see by way of reform.


    • Free Program Archives: Crowdfunding and Cybercrime

      MISSED OUR 2016 ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM? 

      Never fear... We recorded it!

      Now available free for Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section members. (If you're not a Business Law Section member... Why not join? Dues are just $25 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


      PART 1: CROWDFUNDING: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS AFTER REALLY TRYING TO RAISE CAPITAL

      All the general business lawyer needs to know about Crowdfunding but is too busy to ask

      Crowdfunding AM16

      Presented by the Business Law Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

      1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys
      Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.

      So your client wants to use Crowdfunding to raise capital . . . A practical presentation in the form of a client conference to explore how businesses can raise capital under the SEC's new crowdfunding regulations. This presentation is designed primarily for the general business law practitioner representing small businesses or small investors.

      > ACCESS THE RECORDING

      Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged (BLS members only). Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

      For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).


      PART 2: CYBERCRIME - BEFORE AND AFTER

      Key Legal and Strategic Considerations and Practical Tips on How Organizations Can Navigate Issues of Civil Liability, Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution.

      Presented by the Corporate Counsel Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

      2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys
      Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.

      > ACCESS THE RECORDING

      Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged (BLS members only). Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

      For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

    • Program Archive: Doing Business in New York

      Recorded October 14, 2016: Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section Fall Meeting, Albany, NY

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      Total Credits: 1.5 in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

      Presented by the NYSBA Business Law Section on October 14, 2016, at the Business Law/Corporate Counsel Sections' Joint Fall Meeting in Albany, "Doing Business in NYS: Challenges & Opportunities."

      Topics:

      • I'm Not Lobbying; or Am I?: An overview of New York State's Lobbying Act
      • You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State

      Also included - a look at NYSBA's Legislative Program and the Department of Governmental Relations (non-CLE bonus segment)

      NYSBA Member price: $50 | Non-Member Price: $75
      Business Law Section or Corporate Counsel Section Member Price: $35

      Not a member of the Business Law or Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $25 (Business) and $30 (Corporate Counsel) per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online: Corporate Counsel | Business Law or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.

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      See also: Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics (Corporate Counsel Section panel recorded October 14/2016)
      1.5 MCLE credits in Ethics, for experienced attorneys - Discount for Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section members


      Bonus segment (Free)
      Keynote Luncheon Address: "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned"
      Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany
      > View Keynote Address

    • Program Archive: 2016 Public Utility Law Institute

      RECORDED PROGRAM: 2016 PUBLIC UTILITY LAW INSTITUTE

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      6.0 Total MCLE Credits: 4.0 in Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 in Ethics and Professionalism (for experienced attorneys only)

      The 2016 Public Utility Law Institute was presented by the Public Utility Law Committee of the Business Law Section on April 7, 2016. Co-Sponsored by: Environmental Law Section and Local and State Government Law Section

      MCLE Topics:

      • Decision on Verizon FOIL Request
      • State and Federal Jurisdiction Issues
      • Clean Power Plan
      • Ethics

      TWO FREE BONUS SEGMENTS! (non-CLE)

      Cost:
      NYSBA Member Price: $200 | Non-Member Price: $300
      Section Member Price: $90 (Member of the Business LawLocal and State Government Law or Environmental Law Sections)

      Details and Purchase >

      Not a member of the Business Law Section? NYSBA members can join for just $25. Join online or call 800-582-2452.


  • Committees

    Committees that Enhance Your Expertise

    Business Law Section committees address unique issues facing attorneys, the profession and the public. Committees allow you to network with other business law attorneys from across the state, and give you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice. Committees are also an outstanding way to achieve professional recognition.

    Banking Law Committee
    Bankruptcy Law Committee
    Corporations Law Committee
    Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee
    Diversity Committee
    Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Committee
    Insurance Law Committee
    Legislative Affairs Committee
    Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee
    Public Utility Law Committee
    Securities Regulation Committee
    Technology and Venture Law Committee

    Join a Committee

    Committee membership is a free benefit of Business Law Section membership. If you are a current Section member, you may join one or more committees by emailing your request to businesslaw@nysba.org.

    If you are not yet a Section member, you may join the Business Law Section here

  • NY Business Law Journal

    View the Latest NY Business Law Journal

    The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. The NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • Community

    New! Business Law Section Private Online Professional Community

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    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Business Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way all the way to national and international experts in many categories of business law. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

    The Community is private for BLS members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $25/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only BLS members can search the site or identify other members.

    As an exciting additional feature of the BLS Community, we have created sub-Communities for our practice area committees. If you are a member of the BLS, you can access all of the committee discussions and information. If you join that committee, you can post on that committee’s sub-Community. You can also elect to get real time or daily summary emails of all new discussion posts on the BLS Community and any sub-Communities you select.

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)

    View FAQs about the Business Law Section Community (PDF)

    > Enter the Business Law Section Community