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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

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Berkeley Spring Forum

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Conference Schedule

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

Day 1

April 27, 2022
(All times Pacific)
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

Noah Phillips, Commissioner Federal Trade Commission

Jan Rybnicek, Partner Freshfields

Video transcripts can be provided upon request. Please email [email protected]

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

Sarah Cardell, General Counsel Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), United Kingdom

Rod Carlton, Partner Freshfields

Video transcripts can be provided upon request. Please email [email protected]

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

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

Video transcripts can be provided upon request. Please email [email protected]

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

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

Video transcripts can be provided upon request. Please email [email protected]

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

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 & Head of US Capital Markets Freshfields

Jen Yeh, Vice President, General Counsel Checkr

Video transcripts can be provided upon request. Please email [email protected]

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

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

Lori Will, Vice Chancellor Delaware Court of Chancery

Video transcripts can be provided upon request. Please email [email protected]

5:20 pm

Closing Remarks on Twitter, Poison Pills, and Deals in the Age of Social Media

Steven Davidoff Solomon, Professor University of California, Berkeley

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

Video transcripts can be provided upon request. Please email [email protected]

5:35 pm

Cocktail Reception

Speakers

Headshot for Sarah Cardell

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

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 & Co-Head of US Corporate/M&A
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 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 Lori Will

Lori Will

Vice Chancellor
Delaware Court of Chancery

Headshot for Jen Yeh

Jen Yeh

Vice President, General Counsel
Checkr

Sponsors

Contributing Organizations