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

Hosted by Ethan Klingsberg of Freshfields and
Steven Davidoff Solomon of the University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley Spring Forum

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Conference Schedule

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

April 27, 2022
1:00 pm
The Berkeley Forum for M&A and the Boardroom Opens
1:05 pm
Welcome Remarks
1:10 pm
FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips on antitrust and M&A in 2022 and follow-up discussion
Speakers:
Noah Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Jan Rybnicek, Partner, Freshfields
1:40 pm
Break
1:55 pm
Fireside chat with UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) General Counsel, Sarah Cardell, on the CMA’s approach to M&A by U.S. tech and life sciences companies
Speakers:
Sarah Cardell, General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), United Kingdom
Rod Carlton, Partner, Freshfields
2:20 pm
Reactions to Commissioner Phillips and GC Cardell and discussion of the impact of antitrust on the startup and tech M&A ecosystem
Speakers:
Sarah Cardell, General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), United Kingdom
Jeremiah Gordon, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, CapitalG
Kristen Limarzi, Partner, Gibson Dunn
Jan Rybnicek, Partner, Freshfields
2:50 pm
Break
3:00 pm
Changing Impact of U.S. National Security Considerations on M&A, Joint Ventures, and Alliances — Featuring Current and Former U.S. National Security Personnel
Speakers:
Peter Harrell, Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness, National Security Council, White House
Aimen Mir, Partner, Freshfields
Frank Partnoy, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
3:30 pm
Break
3:40 pm
SEC Commissioner Allison Lee, with former SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson, on disclosure and securities law issues for pre-IPO companies, followed by reactions from Silicon Valley insiders
Speakers:
Adam Eltoukhy, Vice President, General Counsel, Samsara
Robert Jackson, Former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Scott James, General Counsel, DCVC
Allison Lee, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Sarah Solum, Partner, Freshfields
Jen Yeh, Vice President, General Counsel, Checkr
4:35 pm
Break
4:50 pm
Fireside chat with the Honorable Lori Will, Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, on troubling signs from recent M&A caselaw
Speakers:
Mary Eaton, Partner, Freshfields
Lori Will, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
5:20 pm
Closing Remarks on Twitter, Poison Pills, and Deals in the Age of Social Media
Speakers:
Steven Davidoff Solomon, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Ethan Klingsberg, Partner, Freshfields
5:35 pm
Cocktail Reception

Speakers

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Sarah Cardell

General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), United Kingdom
Headshot for Rod Carlton

Rod Carlton

Partner, Freshfields
Headshot for Georgia Dawson

Georgia Dawson

Senior Partner, Freshfields
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Mary Eaton

Partner, Freshfields
Headshot for Adam Eltoukhy

Adam Eltoukhy

Vice President, General Counsel, Samsara
Headshot for Jeremiah Gordon

Jeremiah Gordon

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, CapitalG
Headshot for Peter Harrell

Peter Harrell

Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness, National Security Council, White House
Headshot for Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Headshot for Scott James

Scott James

General Counsel, DCVC
Headshot for Ethan Klingsberg

Ethan Klingsberg

Partner, Freshfields
Headshot for Allison Lee

Allison Lee

Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Headshot for Kristen Limarzi

Kristen Limarzi

Partner, Gibson Dunn
Headshot for Aimen Mir

Aimen Mir

Partner, Freshfields
Headshot for Frank Partnoy

Frank Partnoy

Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Headshot for Noah  Phillips

Noah Phillips

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Headshot for Jan Rybnicek

Jan Rybnicek

Partner, Freshfields
Headshot for Steven Davidoff Solomon

Steven Davidoff Solomon

Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Headshot for Sarah Solum

Sarah Solum

Partner, Freshfields
Headshot for Lori Will

Lori Will

Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Headshot for Jen Yeh

Jen Yeh

Vice President, General Counsel, Checkr

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