General Interest Meeting

Mark your calendars!  The tentative date for the first meeting of the semester will be held on 9/15 (Tuesday) at lunch-time.  This will be a great time to hear about what the Society is planning for the academic year as well as how to apply to be a 1L Section Rep.  Professor Kent Coit will also be giving a presentation on the Transactional Meet Competition for all interested 2Ls.

Specific times and further details to follow as the semester approaches.

And yes, there will be food.


The Business Law Society will host its annual 2015 TRANSACTIONAL PRACTICE CONFERENCE on Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015. This is BLS’s marquee event.

The conference brings together diverse transactional law practitioners in order to introduce students to emerging issues and career opportunities within this field. It provides numerous networking opportunities and a great learning experience to all those who attend. The two featured panels are Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets & Securities. Catering will be provided for the networking portion of the event. Business formal attire is required.


Business Law Society’s 1L Job Panel

The Business Law Society will be hosting a 1L job panel this Thursday, October 16 in Room 212. Our panel will consist of distinguished 2Ls who worked either in-house or as a summer associate last summer. 1Ls can learn about the application and search process, the recommended timeline, and about the 2Ls’ individual experiences at their various positions.

Panelists will include:

Jess Caamano ’16 — AT&T
Kim Condoulis ’16 — Beacon Press
Mike Lopes ’16 — Mintz Levin
Gracie Aguero ’16 — Electric Insurance Company
Ryan Melvin ’16 — Facebook
David Lieberman ’16 — ikaSystems

Following the panel, BLS will be hosting a social/networking event at the Dugout.

BLS Welcomes New 2014-15 E-Board

The Business Law Society would like to welcome its newly elected executive board for the upcoming school year:

Liza Ponomarenko

Executive Vice President
David Lieberman

Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Kevin Lin

Vice President of Finance
Chase Jansson

Vice President of Operations
Jim Oligino

If you would like to reach out to the BLS, please email us at Our first general body meeting will be Sept. 16, 2014. We hope to see you all in attendance and look forward to an exciting year.

2013 Business Law Conference: Financial Restructuring and Distressed Opportunities Panel

Financial Restructuring PanelThe Financial Restructuring and Distressed Opportunities Panel featured Peter Antonszyk, Mitch Appelbaum, Chris Updike, and  Roy Messing from Proskauer Rose, Wilmerhale, Cadwalder and FTI Consulting, respectively. The Panel was moderated by Frederick Tung, Professor at the Boston University School of Law.

Unlike most transactions, where all parties profit to varying degrees, bankruptcy differentiates itself in that all parties will suffer some loss from settlement. Thus, Messing described a bankruptcy as one part corporate consulting, and one part bar fight. One had to have a thorough understanding of financial statements, and of financial engineering techniques. But, one also had to realize that all parties were engaged in a game of bluffing and maneuvering, and that while no party wished to avoid settlement, all parties wished to gain leverage to achieve the best settlement.

Indeed, all panelists agreed that negotiation skills were paramount, given the high acrimony and emotion in a Bankruptcy proceeding; Antonszyk mentioned Fisher’s “Getting to Yes” as a principle text.  Applebaum iterated that interpersonal skills were also necessary in dealing with the firm that hired you. In many situations a bankruptcy attorney must convince key individuals of the harsh reality of the financial situation. As a bankruptcy attorney represents the estate, rather than the company or individual which hired him, he must also toe the line between the interests of his pay master and of the estate, especially when considering risk.

Finally, the panelists emphasized that Bankruptcy has changed a great deal over the last two decades. Whereas previously the borrowers in a bankruptcy proceeding were almost exclusively banks, the increased availability of non-bank sources of credit, coupled with regulation intended to expedite proceedings, has drastically modified current bankruptcy regimes.


Written by Andrew Kostrzewa