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, the Winter Bankruptcy Conference, and the LSE / BYU / UW Corporate Law Roundtable.


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 industry leaders on cutting-edge topics that intersect with private equity and venture capital.


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.


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.

2023-2024 Conferences

6th Annual Winter Deals Conference | Park City, Utah, March 14-15, 2024

This invitation-only event brings together 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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Inaugural Winter Bankruptcy Conference | Park City, Utah, March 12-14, 2024

The Winter Bankruptcy Conference, co-hosted with the University of Chicago Center on Law and Finance, will bring leading scholars and practitioners to Park City, UT to present cutting-edge research on bankruptcy, reorganization, and distressed debt.

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The Private Funds Roundtable: The Future of Private Equity Regulation | New York, New York, November 16, 2023

The Private Funds Roundtable, co-organized by BYU Law with Yale Law School and Duke Law School, gathers leading practitioners, academics, and regulators to discuss the law and policy of private investment funds, one of the fastest-growing and highest-impact sectors of the modern capital marketplace.

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LSE / BYU / UW Corporate Law Roundtable | London School of Economics Law School, November 10, 2023

Leading scholars from around the world gather to present new research and engage on current corporate law topics with important implications for the global business environment.

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In the Spotlight

Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses in Bankruptcy

Professor Gotberg presented to the ABI’s Subchapter V Taskforce at its final hearing during the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ annual conference. She is visiting at the Univ. of Chicago Law School in Fall 2023.

Clayton Cited in SEC Final Rulemaking

Professor Clayton’s latest article, forthcoming in the Harvard Business Law Review and previously submitted as an SEC comment letter, was cited extensively in the SEC’s final rule on private funds.

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. Professor Shobe is visiting at NYU Law School in Fall 2023.