Global Business Law Program

Leadership for a Complex Economy

Our Initiatives


The modern economy runs on deals, from the complex agreements of the cross-border mergers & acquisitions market to the contractual alliances that produced Covid-19 vaccines to the venture capital investments that drive innovation. This initiative studies advances in modern deal design and connects those developments to policy issues in the U.S. and around the world through events such as the Winter Deals Conference.


Future of Antitrust

Antitrust law is front page news, and a technocratic policy tradition is now challenged by new — and particularly political — alternatives. The Future of Antitrust series focuses on providing a bridge between perspectives in what is now a highly competitive intellectual landscape.


Law & Entrepreneurship

The legal system plays a crucial role in encouraging entrepreneurial action in both startup and mature companies. This initiative, with longstanding roots at BYU Law School, explores that intersection by supporting research and incubating student-led efforts in the classroom.


Private Markets

The rise of private markets poses both opportunities and challenges for corporate leaders and policymakers alike. The Private Markets Initiative contributes to policy development in the US and internationally by gathering scholars, regulators, and practitioners on topics, such as securities regulation, corporate governance, and ESG, that intersect with private equity and venture capital.


Women in Business Law

Gender bias is a persistent issue in the legal profession and business law in particular. This initiative connects students, alumni, academics, and policymakers to support women’s career development in business law through research, events, networking, and mentoring.


Generous support from a variety of partners over the years — including, Bloomberg, Kirkland & Ellis, Potter Anderson Corroon, PwC, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati — has helped these initiatives thrive.


Future of Antitrust: Debriefing the American Innovation and Choice Online Act | Webinar, June 28, 2022, 12 noon (EDT)

In this webinar, panelists from academia and industry will explore the terms of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2992), a bill that would significantly change U.S. antitrust and competition law and policy.

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Future of Antitrust: Tech Platforms in a New Age of Competition Law | Washington, D.C., October 21, 2022

This conference will bring together academics, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss the many efforts underway, both domestically and internationally, to regulate large technology platforms.

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Future of Antitrust: The Past, Present, and Future of FTC Rulemaking | Washington, D.C., February 24, 2022

This conference will gather policymakers, practitioners, and academics for discussions on proposed changes to Federal Trade Commission rulemaking and what they might mean for antitrust enforcement.

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5th Annual Winter Deals Conference | Park City, Utah, March 9-10, 2023

This invitation-only event gathers leading corporate law scholars from around the world to Park City for presentations of new research on the most pressing issues in the modern economy.

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In the Spotlight

Do IPOs of Companies with an Innovative “Up-C” Structure Harm Public Shareholders?

Professors Billings, Hsueh, Lewis-Western & Shobe weigh in on an innovative — and controversial — IPO structure on the Columbia Blue Sky Blog.

Clayton featured in Wall Street Journal on Disclosure Rules for Private Equity Funds

Professor Clayton’s comments to this Wall Street Journal piece draw upon extensive research, set forth in this Comment Letter, with related work recently published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.

How Does Delaware Do It? Judges Alone Don’t Explain Chancery’s Speed

Professor Jennejohn explains how Delaware’s legal ecosystem allows it to handle front-page cases like Twitter v. Musk at a rapid pace on the Columbia Blue Sky Blog.