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    11.07.12 Panel Discussion: The JOBS Act and the Future of U.S. Capital Formation
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    Wednesday, November 7
    6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Student Lounge
    250 Joralemon Street
    Brooklyn

    Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation and the Business Law Association.

    Join the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation and the Business Law Association for a timely panel discussion with leading practitioners and academics in the securities field as they discuss the JOBS Act and its goal to make it easier for startups and small businesses to raise funds.

    On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS”). The JOBS Act makes wide ranging changes to the laws and rules governing raising capital through securities offerings.

    Discussion topics will include:

    • The creation of a transitional “on-ramp” to encourage emerging growth companies to pursue IPOs;
    • An amendment allowing companies to raise up to $50 million through a “mini-registration” process similar to the SEC’s Regulation A;
    • The new capital raising method of “crowdfunding;” and 
    • Costs and benefits of capital raising for companies, market professionals, investors and regulators.

    Panelists
    James A. Fanto, Professor of Law
    Professor Fanto teaches courses on banking, broker-dealer law, regulation and compliance, corporate and securities law, corporate finance, and comparative and international corporate law and governance. His extensive writings and lectures both in the United States and abroad focus on the law relating to banks, broker-dealers, corporate boards, comparative corporate governance, cross-cultural securities disclosure and merger decision making.  Professor Fanto is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation.

    Anna Pinedo, Partner at Morrison & Foerster
    Anna Pinedo has concentrated her practice on securities and derivatives. She represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries, and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other structured products. Pinedo works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing securities law issues, as well as the securities issues arising in connection with derivatives and other financial products.

    Michael W. Stocker, Partner at Labaton Sucharow LLP
    Michael W. Stocker represents institutional investors in a broad range of class action litigation, corporate governance and securities matters.  He was an instrumental part of the team that took on American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and 21 other defendants in one of the most significant securities class actions of the decade. Most recently, Stocker played a key role in litigating In re Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation, which settled earlier this year.  A prolific writer on issues relating to shareholder advocacy and corporate reform, Stocker’s articles have appeared in many national publications, including Forbes.com, Institutional Investor, Pensions & Investments, Corporate Counsel and the New York Law Journal.

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