Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinar:

Name: 2020 San Francisco Economic Outlook and Bankruptcy Law

Date: November 10, 2020 8:30am – 10:30am PST


The current epidemic of COVID-19 is affecting the world economy. How does that impact the California and the Bay Area? The UCLA Anderson Forecast team provides some analysis and update on what has happened since the last report.

The upcoming UCLA Anderson Forecast / UC Hastings College of the Law conference will be looking at how COVID-19 has impacted bankruptcies and the changes that are affecting business law.

This 3rd Annual Regional Economic outlook in San Francisco will bring together experts representing law firms, public and private sectors, government and academia to discuss what’s coming ahead for the local economy, across the state and the nation.

Registration Link: https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/centers/ucla-anderson-forecast/san-francisco-economic-outlook-for-2020

Past Webinars:

The current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world economy. But how does it impact California and the Bay Area? Watch the UCLA Anderson Forecast team provide their analysis along with UC Hastings faculty on the practice of law adjusting to COVID-19. This webinar serves as a preview to the upcoming UCLA Anderson Forecast / UC Hastings College of Law conference that will take place on November 10, 2020. Speakers: Jerry Nickelsburg (Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast), Leila Bengali (Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast) and Prof Abraham Cable (UC Hastings)

In this episode, Professor Jodi Short, the Associate Dean for Research and the Honorable Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law at UC Hastings talks with Robert Venchiarutti, Richard Posey and Jonathan Lee, from the Money Transmitters Division of the CA Department of Business Oversight. They talk about the role of this division at the DBO, the challenges that the pandemic has posed for their activities, and their recommendations for regulated entities in this field.

In this webinar, Sangeetha Raghunathan, the General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Earnin, and Evan Epstein, Executive Director of Center for Business Law and Adjunct Professor of Law at UC Hastings talk with Manuel Alvarez, the Commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight. They discuss the mission of the DBO; the history, purpose and priorities of the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), including how the proposal also would let the new agency collect data on how minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses are being served by lenders. They talk about the pullback of the Interim Payday Rule and the need for low-income consumers to access small dollar lending, especially during COVID-19. They also discuss the role of fintech during COVID-19 with a focus on offering consumer relief and how can fintech help with issues such as distribution of relief. Finally, both Commissioner Alvarez and Sangeetha provide some advice on how to manage a legal professional career during pandemic.

In this webinar, Jodi Short, Associate Dean for Research and the Honorable Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law at UC Hastings, and Evan Epstein, Executive Director of Center for Business Law and Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings, talk with Erin Schneider, Director of the San Francisco Regional Office the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. They discuss the impact of COVID-19 on enforcement tools, disclosures, compliance systems, the SEC whistleblower program, FCPA and private company enforcement actions.

In this episode, Evan Epstein talks to Kelly Chen, Partner of DCVC (Data Collective), a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, and Alexandra Dombrowski, member of the growth investment team at Target Global, an international venture capital firm headquartered in Berlin, Germany. They discuss the impact of Covid-19 in the deal flow (volume and valuations) for early stage and late stage venture capital investing; the rise of alternative financing methods to avoid down-rounds, dilution or unfavorable terms during crisis; current state of exit (IPO and M&A) markets; the layoffs situation in venture-backed companies; the influence of ESG trends in venture capital investing; the effect of the Wirecard fraud, particularly for the fintech industry in Germany & Europe; and the effects of the China vs USA trade war for the venture capital industry.

Many agencies have announced modifications to their usual enforcement practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. While these modifications may relieve businesses of some immediate pressures, any changes to enforcement practices are likely to upend established routines and complicate understandings about compliance expectations. In this webinar, Prof Jodi Short talks Amy Miller, the Director of the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division and Agriculture Advisor to the Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 9, about how they are thinking about enforcement and compliance during the pandemic and beyond and what this means for regulated entities.

There is a lot of talk about how the pandemic will leave many firms insolvent. In this webinar, Professor Jared Ellias clears up confusion about what bankruptcy law can (and can’t) do for insolvent firms and discuss the unique ways that the pandemic will challenge firms and the bankruptcy system.