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The Tenth Annual Berkeley Spring Forum on M&A and the Boardroom

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Ethan Klingsberg


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Adam Badawi

University of California, Berkeley

Conference Schedule

The conference agenda is below (all in Pacific Time):

Day 1

April 17, 2024
(All times Pacific)
1:00 pm


Adam Badawi, Professor University of California, Berkeley

Ethan Klingsberg, Partner & Co-Head of US Corporate/M&A Freshfields

Angeli Patel, Executive Director Berkeley Center for Law and Business

1:10 pm

Keynote Address

Olivier Guersent, Director-General European Commission – DG Competition

1:30 pm

Fireside Chat


Henry Liu, Director, Bureau of Competition Federal Trade Commission


Julie Elmer, Partner Freshfields (former Lead Trial Counsel, DOJ-Antitrust Division)

2:05 pm

The Impact of Antitrust on M&A


David Altschuler, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Competition/Antitrust Salesforce

Kevin Yingling, Director, Competition Google

Colin Raftery, Partner Freshfields (former Senior Director Mergers, UK Competition and Markets Authority)


Jamillia Ferris, Partner & Head of US Antitrust Freshfields (former DOJ-Antitrust Division)

2:45 pm


3:05 pm

Fireside Chat


The Honorable Collins J. Seitz, Jr., Chief Justice Supreme Court of Delaware


Adam Badawi, Professor University of California, Berkeley

Mary Eaton, Partner & Co-Head of Securities and Shareholder Litigation Freshfields

3:40 pm

The Future of LBOs


Natasha Gopaul, Senior Managing Director & PE General Counsel Blackstone

Michael Guo, Managing Director and General Counsel TPG Growth

Joshua Peck, General Counsel Sixth Street Partners

Mike Wyatt, Managing Director & Head of Global Technology M&A Morgan Stanley


Ethan Klingsberg, Partner & Co-Head of US Corporate/M&A Freshfields

4:20 pm


4:40 pm

Insights on Cybersecurity


Spencer Fisher, Chief Counsel, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency US Department of Homeland Security

Sean Newell, Chief, National Security Cyber Section (NatSec Cyber) US Department of Justice

Jorge G. Tenreiro, Deputy Chief U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Crypto Asset and Cyber Unit


Beth George, Partner & Head of Strategic Risk and Crisis Management Freshfields (former General Counsel of US Department of Defense)

5:25 pm

Book Talk — The Everything War: Amazon’s Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power


Dana Mattioli, Author & Pulitzer Prize Finalist & Reporter Wall Street Journal


Diana Henriques, Pulitzer Prize Finalist & Reporter New York Times

5:55 pm

Closing Remarks & Adjourn to Cocktails


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