ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

September 10, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts

On September 8-10, Mr. Buckholz, Mr. Downes, Mr. Gerlach, Ms. O’Neill and Mr. Rockwell participated in the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Annual Meeting, held in Boston.

On September 8, Mr. Downes spoke on a panel titled “60 Minutes, Panama Papers, CDD Financial Institution Rules; Developments Affecting Attorneys,” which covered issues related to law enforcement obtaining business entity-beneficial ownership information and client due diligence, following the 60 Minutes episode on money-laundering and the Panama Papers disclosures.

Mr. Gerlach chaired a meeting of the Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Initiatives Subcommittee, which discussed key issues and other considerations in conducting due diligence in financial technology acquisitions.

On September 9, Mr. Buckholz spoke on a panel titled “Capital Raising Today: Evaluating Your Offering Alternatives.” Mr. Buckholz discussed Securities Act integration concepts.

Ms. O’Neill participated in a mock negotiation of the acquisition of a privately held company by strategic buyers titled “M&A Negotiating Nuggets—An Illustrative Negotiation of Key Provisions in the Acquisition of a Privately Held Company.”  She also led the meeting of the Women in M&A Task Force later that day.

On September 10, Mr. Rockwell participated in a panel titled “Revisiting Regulation S: A Primer for International Offerings,” which provided an overview of Regulation S and a discussion of current developments to international dealings.

Ms. O’Neill spoke at the M&A Committee Market Trends Subcommittee Meeting on the new Deal Points Study that she is chairing on Carveout Transactions.

Ms. O'Neill also spoke at the meeting of the Women’s Business Law Network Subcommittee. The panel covered topics relevant to law students considering careers in M&A, such as the representation of women in the legal profession and in M&A law why women should consider careers in M&A and how to pursue a successful career in the field.