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Business Law Section Spring Meeting

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Join with fellow business law practitioners for the Business Law Section’s Spring Meeting, May 12, 2014 (Monday) at the Harvard Club of New York City (35 W. 44th Street). Committee programs are free to Business Law Section members, with a $25 fee for lunch.

The following Committees of the Business Law Section will hold programs in the morning, followed by a Section reception and luncheon:

• Banking Law - West Room I
• Bankruptcy Law - Gordon Reading Room
• Legislative Affairs - Mahogany Room
• Private Investment Funds - West Room II
• Technology and Venture Law - Slocum

Lunch: Cambridge

All Section members are welcome to attend the Committee programs, but space is limited, and pre-registration is required. The meetings and luncheon are scheduled to conclude by 2:00pm. All committees meet concurrently, except for the Legislative Affairs Committee (see below for program start times). The luncheon also features a presentation on using NYSBA's new private, online professional communities.

Cost: Business Law Section members
Committee programs: Free
Reception and Luncheon: $25

Non-Section Member Cost: Committee programs $30, Reception and Luncheon $75.
Not a member of the Business Law Section? NYSBA members can join for $25. Join here. 

Committee Programs

Legislative Affairs Committee
9:00-10:00am (meets prior to Committee programs below to enable participation following to programs)

Report on status of franchise legislation, and discussion of other possible legislative initiatives.

Banking Law Committee
10:30am - Noon

Legislative and regulatory update: Invited federal and state government agency representatives will discuss recent legislative and regulatory developments and be available for questions. Also, the counsel for the New York State Bankers Association will talk to us about the association’s current legislative and regulatory priorities.

Speakers: Ashby Hilsman, Regional Counsel, FDIC-NY, Roberta Kotkin, General Counsel and COO, New York Bankers Association, Gregg Rozansky, Managing Director and Senior Associate General Counsel The Clearing House Association L.L.C., Jonathan Rushdoony, Regional Counsel, OCC-NY

1.5 MCLE credits in areas of professional practice (not applicable to attorneys admitted under 24 months).

Bankruptcy Law Committee
10:00am - Noon

State Court Insolvency Proceedings as an Alternative to Bankruptcy: A Discussion and Comparison of Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors Statutes in New York and New Jersey. Speakers: Jeffrey Testa (McCarter & English, LLP), Scott Bernstein (McCarter & English, LLP – Moderator), Steven Mitnick (Mitnick & Malzberg, P.C.), Douglas Pick (Pick & Zabicki, LLP) and Dave Ringer, CPA (Eisner Amper).

2.0 MCLE credits in areas of professional practice (for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys).

Private Investment Funds Subcommittee
10:30am – Noon

Recent Developments in the Cayman Islands: There have been a number of significant developments in the Cayman Islands, which will impact and benefit private funds established in the Cayman Islands. A number of draft legislative bills have been issued, some already gazetted and all are expected to be enacted into law within the coming weeks. Jo Cunningham, a partner in the Cayman office of Maples and Calder, and Daniel Hunter (Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP)  will address and provide an update and overview on the following:

  •  the proposed Exempted Limited Partnership Law which seeks to promote the freedom of contract between partners, more closely align the offshore and onshore models and further simplify the set-up and management of the exempted limited partnership.
  • the proposed Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Law which introduces an opt-in third party rights regime, eliminating the need for work around mechanics historically used.
  • CIMA's Statement of Guidance and the proposed Director Registration and Licensing Law, 2014 both of which reflect the industry's continued focus on corporate governance and the role of the independent director.
  • the enabling legislation to give effect to the terms of the Model 1(b) (non-reciprocal) IGA recently signed with the US with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

1.5 MCLE credits in areas of professional practice (not applicable to attorneys admitted under 24 months).

Technology and Venture Law Committee
10:30am - Noon

The Technology & Venture Law Committee is presenting a program on Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law and Early-Stage Financings. Yuval Marcus, a partner at Leason Ellis, will discuss patent, trademark and copyright issues and cases, including Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (whether claims to computer-implemented inventions are eligible subject matter for patent purposes; to be decided this US Supreme Court term) and Petroliam Nasional Berhad v. GoDaddy.com, Inc. (whether the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act provides for a cause of action for contributory cybersquatting; cert. petition before the US Supreme Court). Shalom Leaf, the Chair of the Committee, will discuss current developments in angel and venture financings. (This will be a non-CLE presentation.)


Business Law Section Members: Register Online (below), or call the State Bar Service Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8:45am-4:45pm) and mention event code BUSSP14. Please specify (1) which committee event/s you plan to attend (free); and (2) whether you will attend lunch ($25).

Non-Section Members: Please register by phone at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8:45am-4:45pm) and mention event code BUSSP14. Please specify (1) which committee event/s you plan to attend ($30); and (2) whether you will attend lunch ($75). NYSBA Members: Join the Business Law Section for only $25 (online, or by phone when you call to register) to receive the member rate! (FREE committee meetings / $25 for lunch).

Cancellations must be received by Noon on May 8th for a refund.

Questions? Contact BusinessLaw@nysba.org


Harvard Club of New York
35 West 44th Street (btw. 5th & 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10036
Online registration has now ended. Please contact Stephanie Bugos at sbugos@nysba.org for questions. The State Bar Service Center may be reached M-F 8:45am-4:45pm at 800-582-2452.