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Symposium Looks at Why Venture Capital Projects Succeed... or Fail
"Location, Luck, or the Law: Why Some Venture Capital Communities Flourish" to be held March 17
March 10, 2006
Wondering where the next Silicon Valley will be? It's a topic that will be considered when the Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal hosts its inaugural s ymposium on March 17 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. "Location, Luck, or the Law: Why Some Venture Capital Communities Flourish" will feature expert panelists from the legal practice, business sector, and academia presenting their insights on why venture capital flourishes in some cities and fails in others. The sessions will be held in the college's Barrister Club at 25 West 11th Avenue.
Speakers will analyze both domestic and international corporate laws, and focus special attention on Ohio corporate law and state-sponsored opportunities for new businesses. The symposium will provide attorneys with helpful tools to counsel clients on issues such as alternative investments, venture capital, emerging companies, and initial public offerings.
Among the speakers is Chancellor William B. Chandler II of the Delaware Court of Chancery, who will address the nature, personality, and history of the court and the unique role it plays in shaping corporate governance principles—and how that role is influenced by other factors.
Irene Lynch-Fannon, professor of law at University College, Cork, Ireland, will present the keynote speech in which she will highlight Ireland's venture capital community, which started from nothing and is thriving today.
- Richard Booth, professor of Law, University of Maryland;
- D. Gordon Smith, professor of law, University of Wisconsin;
- James A. DiBoise, partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati;
- Kenneth G. Hardy, professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario, Canada;
- Joseph W. Bartlett, of counsel to Fish & Richardson P.C.;
- Paul Evans, professor of economics, The Ohio State University;
- William L. Indest, Ohio Venture Capital Authority;
- and Derrick Collins, who teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital and Private Equity Investing at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business, and is a General Partner of Polestar Capital Partners, L.P.
The Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal (EBLJ) is the newest academic journal at the Moritz College of Law. The journal provides an opportunity for students to explore the intersection of business and the law. Created and managed by students, this semi-annual journal explores the legal issues facing entrepreneurs, small business owners, and venture capitalists.