National Centre for Business Law

NCBL

UBC Law is home to the National Centre for Business Law, which provides a robust, interdisciplinary and empirical research environment for research and scholarship in business law and finance policy, focused on both domestic and international comparative law. The Centre offers outstanding educational programs in business law for J.D., graduate and professional students, enhancing the quality of students' learning experience by increasing engagement with contemporary business law issues. The Centre's goal is to become a focal meeting place to enhance the intellectual exchange among the business law community, including scholars, judges, financiers, business leaders, legal practitioners, in-house counsel, government policy-makers and community members. The Centre provides a forum where challenging ideas are engaged in an honest and open debate to advance the development of business law policy, appropriate for a leading market economy.

For full information on the Centre's goals and priorities, click here.

Upper Year Business Law Concentration, UBC Faculty of Law
Dean's Advisory Committee for National Centre for Business Law
Our Affiliates
Announcements
Events
Publications

Upper Year Business Law Concentration, UBC Faculty of Law

A core focus of the National Centre for Business Law is the enhancement of business law education at UBC Law, particularly through the Business Law Concentration.

Recognized through a notation on students' transcripts and a separate certificate awarded to students completing the program, the Business Law Concentration is an optional program which requires participants to complete six mandatory courses plus an additional six credits from a selection of 20 optional business law courses over the second and third years of the JD program. Students must also complete the Business Law Capstone course (Law 466). The Business Law Capstone allows students to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning goals of the Business Law Concentration as a whole. It is designed to be integrative and interdisciplinary and to incorporate theoretical and practical elements of business law. The final assignment requires students to present to the board members of Entree Gold, Goldcorp, or Teck Resources.

Many of our Business Law Concentration graduates are currently working in various areas of business law at law firms across Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto as well as internationally in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

Please note: The requirements for the program have recently changed. Please click here for the requirements which should guide students' course selection if they are interested in completing the program. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Chiara Woods, Executive Director, National Centre for Business Law at woods@law.ubc.ca. For general course advising, please contact Kaila Mikkelsen, Assistant Dean, Students at mikkelsen@law.ubc.ca.

Dean's Advisory Committee for National Centre for Business Law

The Dean's Advisory Committee for the National Centre for Business Law is comprised of senior members of business, legal practice, accountancy and the judiciary, to provide strategic direction and advice to the Centre. This board consists of Nigel Cave, Ron Ezekiel, Anna K. Fung, QC, Mitchell Gropper, QC, Audrey Ho, Doug Hyndman, The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, CC, QC (Honorary Chair), William Kaplan, QC, Ted Koffman, Michael Korenberg, the Honourable Risa Levine, Sue Paish, James Reid, John Sandrelli, and Harj Sangra.

Thanks to our Affiliates

The Centre would like to acknowledge the support of our Platinum Affiliate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and our Gold Affiliates Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CN, Dentons, Goldcorp, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, McMillan LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Teck, and the TMX Group.

For more information and for sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at businesslaw@law.ubc.ca.

Announcements

2014 Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference

The 2014 Annual Review of Insolvency Law conference will be held on February 20-21, 2014 in Vancouver. Please click here for the agenda and brochure for the conference. Information regarding registration and hotel reservations is included in the brochure.

For more information please contact: Kate Shepherd (annualreview.insolvency@ubc.ca or (604) 762-5601) or Samantha Green (samantha.green@pwias.ubc.ca).

2013 Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar - Professor Margaret Blair

The UBC Faculty of Law welcomes its fourth Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar, Professor Margaret Blair from October 28 - November 7, 2013. Professor Blair is an economist who focuses on management law and finance. Her current research focuses on five areas: team production and the legal structure of business organizations, legal issues in the governance of supply chains, the role of private sector governance arrangements in contract enforcement, the legal concept of corporate "personhood," the historical treatment of corporations by the Supreme Court, and the problem of excessive leverage in financial markets. Professor Blair was appointed to the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise in fall 2010. She joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2004 and is affiliated with the Law and Business Program.

While in residence at Allard Hall, Professor Blair will speak at a Faculty Colloquium on Wednesday, October 30 at 12:30pm at Allard Hall. She will also give the Annual Fasken Lecture at the Four Seasons Hotel (Aspen Room) on Wednesday, November 6 at 5:30pm. Her lectures are titled Corporate Personhood, and the Need for Line-Drawing in Corporate Rights Law. In addition, Professor Blair will teach a two-week intensive course: Topics in Corporate LawCorporate Personhood. This seminar course will explore some of the legal and economic implications of the fact that corporations are treated by the law as separate legal "persons."

The Fasken Visiting Senior Scholar initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of Fasken Martineau LLP, the NCBL's founding platinum sponsor.

2012 Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar - Professor Brian Cheffins

The UBC Faculty of Law welcomes its third Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar, Professor Brian Cheffins from March 25 to April 3, 2013. Professor Cheffins has been the S. J. Berwin Professor of Corporate Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge since 1998. He began his academic career at UBC Law, where he taught from 1986 to 1997. Professor Cheffins has held visiting appointments at Duke, Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford and is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is the author of Company Law: Theory, Structure and Operation (Oxford, 1997; co-winner, Society of Public Teachers of Law Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship), The Trajectory of (Corporate Law) Scholarship (Cambridge, 2004), Corporate Ownership and Control: British Business Transformed (Oxford, 2008), and numerous articles on corporate law and corporate governance

While in residence at Allard Hall, Professor Cheffins will present his paper The History of Corporate Governance at a Faculty Colloquium on Monday, March 25 at 12:30pm at Allard Hall. He will also give the Annual Fasken Lecture at the Four Seasons Hotel (Aspen Room) from 5:00 - 7:00pm on Thursday, March 28 titled Hedge Funds, 'Offensive' Shareholder Activism and Canadian Corporate Governance.  In addition, Professor Cheffins will teach a two-week intensive course: Topics in Corporate Law -  Exploring Corporate Governance. This seminar course will explore topical corporate governance issues and in so doing provide insights concerning the operation of publicly traded companies and the legal rules that govern such firms. Topics to be canvassed will include national systems of corporate governance, corporate governance and the financial crisis, shareholder activism by hedge funds and the corporate governance implications of private equity buyouts.

The Fasken Visiting Senior Scholar initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of Fasken Martineau LLP, the NCBL's founding platinum sponsor.

The National Centre for Business Law Announces Hon. Frank Iacobucci as Honorary Chair of the NCBL Dean's Advisory Committee

The NCBL is pleased to announce that the Hon. Frank Iacobucci has agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of the NCBL Dean's Advisory Committee. Mr. Iacobucci served as Founding Chair of the DAC from its inception in 2006 until fall 2009. Through his commitment and support, he was a significant contributor to the launch and early success of the Centre. Mr. Iacobucci will continue to provide strategic advice and direction to the NCBL in its three inter-related goals of excellence in teaching, research and community engagement.

Mr. Iacobucci has had a distinguished career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He joined Torys as Counsel in September 2004 after retiring as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. As Counsel, Frank advises government and business on important legal and policy matters. His work includes guidance, advice and support to clients of Torys and members of the firm.

The NCBL Dean's Advisory Committee has played a very important role in the growth and success of this important program. Given the importance of the committee, the NCBL structure has been revised to be able to name an Honorary Chair who will support the Committee in developing and implementing the NCBL's vision and strategic plan. The NCBL Dean's Advisory Committee is Ken Bagshaw, Nigel P. Cave, Ron Ezekiel, Anna K. Fung, Q.C., Sharon C. Geraghty, Mitchell H. Gropper, Q.C., Audrey T.Y. Ho, Douglas M. Hyndman, Hon. Frank Iacobucci (Honorary Chair), William C. Kaplan, Q.C., Ted I. Koffman, Michael Korenberg, Madam Justice Risa E. Levine, Jason McLean, Stuart B. Morrow, Sue Paish, James R. Reid, John R. Sandrelli, and Harj Sangra.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Iacobucci back to the NCBL Dean's Advisory Committee in his new role as Honorary Chair. 

2011 Fasken Visiting Senior Scholar - Professor John Coffee

The National Centre for Business Law welcomed its second Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar, John Coffee, Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia Law School from March 8-16, 2012. Professor Coffee is one of the foremost securities and corporate law scholars in the world. While in residence at Allard Hall, Professor Coffee gave a downtown lecture on his article titled The Political Economy of the Dodd-Frank Act: Why Financial Reform Tends to be Frustrated and Systemic Risk Perpetuated. He addressed the "Regulatory Sine Curve" with respect to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the ongoing implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. Geoff Cowper, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP provided comments. On March 9 Professor Coffee lectured at a Faculty Colloquium titled Credit Rating Agencies: A Gatekeeper Who Failed - and Why?.

In addition to the two lectures Professor Coffee taught a one-week intensive course: Topics in Corporate Law - The View from Both Sides of the Border. This seminar course explored the U.S. Multi-Jurisdictional Disclosure System ("MJDS"), U.S. and Canadian securities class actions and the recent attempt of Carl Icahn to acquire control of Lions Gate Entertainment and how its takeover transactions produced litigation in both the U.S. and Canada.

The Fasken Visiting Senior Scholar initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of Fasken Martineau LLP, the NCBL's founding platinum sponsor.

Click here to view past announcements.

Events

Wednesday, September 11, 7:30-9:30am
"The New Canada-Hong Kong Tax Treaty: Issues and Opportunities"
Speakers: Wei Cui (Assoc. Professor, UBC Law), David Duff (Professor, UBC Law), Barry MacDonald (Partner, Tax Services, PwC), Lori Mathison (Managing Partner, Dentons)
Four Seasons Hotel, Arbutus Room (791 W. Georgia)
1.5 CPD Credits
Cost: $75
Details: 7:30-8:00am: Continental breakfast and networking
8:00-9:30am: Lecture and Q&A session

Monday, October 7, 12:30-2:00pm
Visions of the Shareholder in the Post-Crisis Era: Shareholder Power and Shareholder Powerlessness
Speaker: Jennifer Hill, Professor of Corporate Law at Sydney Law School and a Director of the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial Corporate and taxation Law
Location: Allard Hall, Room 123
1 CPD credit

Wednesday, October 30, 12:30-2:00pm
Faculty Colloquium
Speaker: Margaret Blair, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University (Faskens Senior Visiting Scholar)
Location: Allard Hall, Room 122
1 CPD credit

Thursday, October 31, 7:30-10:00am
Legal Ethics Panel: "Conflicts of Interest Today: CNR v McKercher and Beyond"
Speakers: Joost Blom (Professor, UBC Law), Anna Fung (Vice President Legal & General Counsel, TimberWest), Gavin Hume (Associate Counsel, Harris and Company; LSBC representative to the Federation of Law Societies & Chair of the Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct), and Malcolm Mercer (Partner & General Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault - Toronto)
Four Seasons Hotel, Arbutus Room (791 W. Georgia)
2 CPD Ethics Credits
Cost: $100 (Please note: this event is free for UBC Law students, faculty and staff)
Details: 7:30-8:00am: Continental breakfast and networking
8:00-10:00am: Lecture and Q&A session
To register please visit: https://event-wizard.com/CNRvMcKercherandBeyond/0/welcome/

Thursday, October 31, 12:30-1:30pm
(UBC Law IP Law Group/NCBL Co-hosted Event)
If It Feels Good - Do it! Music, Business and SOCAN
Speaker: Vic Gailiunas, Industry Relations Executive, SOCAN
Location: Allard Hall, Room 122
Lunch will be served.

Tuesday, November 5, 12:30-2:00pm
(Centre for Asian Legal Studies & NCBL Co-Sponsored Event)
The Reorganization of Group Corporations in Japan, China and Canada
Speaker: Xiaoping Yang, Ph.D student, Nagoya University, Japan
Location: Allard Hall, Room 122
1 CPD Credit

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30-7:30pm
Faskens Senior Visiting Scholar Lecture - Making the Hard Calls: The Unheralded Role of Corporate Boards of Directors
Speaker: Margaret Blair, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
Four Seasons Hotel, Aspen Room (791 W. Georgia)
1 CPD Credit
Cost: $75 (Please note: this event is free for UBC Law students, faculty and staff)
Details: 5:30-6:30pm: Lecture and Q&A session
6:30-7:30pm: Reception
To register please visit: https://event-wizard.com/corporatepersonhood/0/welcome/

Tuesday, February 4, 12:30-1:45pm
The Law and Finance of Hedge Fund Activism (with an example from Canada)
Speaker: Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, Co-Director, Center for Corporate and Securities Law, University of San Diego, School of Law
Location: Allard Hall, Room 122
Light lunch provided
No registration required

Tuesday, February 4, 5:00-7:00pm (Lecture 5:00-6:00pm; Reception 6:00-7:00pm)
The Art and Science of Procrastination in Decision Making
Speaker: Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, Co-Director, Centre for Corporate and Securities Law, University of San Diego, School of Law
Location: Four Seasons Hotel (791 W. Georgia Street), Chartwell Room
$100 plus GST (Free for UBC Law faculty, staff and students)
Please register: www.ncblevents.com

Friday, February 14, 12:30-1:30pm
Discussion of Prof. Orts’ new book: "Business Persons: A Legal Theory of the Firm"
Speaker: Eric Orts, Guardsmark Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Location: UBC Robson Square (800 Robson Street), HSBC Hall
$75 plus GST (Free for UBC Law faculty, staff and students)
Light lunch provided
Please register: www.ncblevents.com

February 20-21, 2014
2014 Annual Review of Insolvency Law
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver BC
Details: click here
Attendees eligible for CPD credits
For more information please contact: Kate Shepherd (annualreview.insolvency@ubc.ca or (604) 762-5601) or Samantha Green (samantha.green@pwias.ubc.ca)

March 13-15, 2014
2014 NACLE Workshop: Re-Energizing North America: Pipelines and Policy
Faculty of Law, Allard Hall, UBC
Workshop Agenda: Click here

Friday, March 28, 2014 7:30-9:30am
Stateless Income and Its Remedies
Speaker: Ed Kleinbard, USC Los Angeles
Location: Four Seasons Hotel (791 W. Georgia Street), Arbutus Room
$75 plus GST (Free for UBC Law faculty, staff and students)
Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit
Please register: www.ncblevents.com

Events Archives

To view past events please visit the NCBL events archive.

To view video of select events visit the NCBL events video archive.

Publications

For more information on the National Centre for Business Law, email us at  businesslaw@law.ubc.ca.


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