Executive Board Applications – We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Board. The application is attached to the bottom of this email and is due next Tuesday, 2/17 by 5 pm.

President – Leslie Vaughn, lvaughn@alumni.nd.edu
Vice President – Garrett McKuin, gcm644@utexas.edu
Director of Membership – Lizz Dye, lizzdye@gmail.com
Director of Professional Events – Randy Santa Ana, randy.santaana@gmail.com
Director of Development – Auri Jalili, aurijalili@gmail.com

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! TBLS 2nd Annual M&A School, April 10 & 11 – Our biggest event of the year will take place Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Partners and associates from Norton Rose Fulbright will present and entire M&A deal from start to finish. There will also be a networking reception after the Friday session. More information to come!

DUES – If you have not yet paid your dues, they are still $30 and can be left in a clearly marked envelope with your name and email at the TBLS mail box at the communications center in the atrium. Please email txbusinesslaw@gmail.com when you drop off dues so that someone can collect them. As you will see below, several of our events and society shirts are only available for dues paying members.

3/3 Public Finance Partner Presentation – presented by Tom Sage and Adrian Patterson of Andrews Kurth. This will be a round table luncheon and due to limited space will be open only to dues paying members. Additional information and RSVP instructions will be coming in the following week.

3/11 Crash Course in Private Equity – presented by Kirkland and Ellis. This will be a lunchtime presentation by attorneys from Kirkland and Ellis and will be followed by an early evening Happy Hour with K&E’s attorneys.  Additional information and RSVP instructions will be coming in the following week.

Outline Bank – The outline bank is now live! To gain access fill out the Outline Bank form. The outline bank is also available only to dues paying members.

10-Q Newsletter – The first issue of our Newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

Bloomberg Law Write on Competition – Sign up by February 25 to submit an original article (from 1,000 up to 1,600 words) that analyzes legal trends and developments. Up to 5 law students will be selected to receive $5,000 and their articles published in one of the following BNA Law Reports: 

  • Corporate Law & Accounting Report
  • Employment Discrimination Report
  • Health Law Reporter
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal
  • U.S. Law Week

For more information and to sign up go to http://about.bna.com/Write-On-Bloomberg-Law-Contest or stop by the table in the atrium Tuesdays from 11:30-1:30


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1. Activist Investors Take Aim at G.M.

A former member of the Obama administration’s auto task force, Harry J. Wilson, has teamed up with big hedge funds to seek a seat on the auto maker’s board.


Same-sex marriages began in Alabama after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a brief order rejecting a request by Alabama’s attorney general to postpone the implementation of a federal judge’s ruling allowing such marriages. The high court’s move set up a potential clash with the state’s chief justice, who on Sunday night ordered probate judges and state employees not to issue or recognize same-sex marriage licenses. However, at least some county courts were choosing to abide by the federal court ruling and issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

 3. Winklevoss Twins Aim to Take Bitcoin Mainstream

Bitcoin, the virtual currency that was once the talk of the financial world, has been taking a beating over the last year with the price tumbling downward.

Now two of the biggest boosters of the virtual currency, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, are trying to firm up support by creating the first regulated Bitcoin exchange for American customers — what they are calling the Nasdaq of Bitcoin.

 4. Private Investment Firms Win the Right to Keep Money in the Family

(Bloomberg) — Private investment firms in the U.S. that manage the wealth of a single family are winning the right to service in-laws and their relatives.

For the descendants of William E. Simon, Treasury Secretary under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald R. Ford in the 1970s, that means they can keep managing money for Meryl Streep and her foundation within their family office.

5. Citi: Oil Could Plunge to $20, and This Might Be ‘the End of OPEC’

The recent surge in oil prices is just a “head-fake,” and oil as cheap as $20 a barrel may soon be on the way, Citigroup said in a report on Monday as it lowered its forecast for crude.

Despite global declines in spending that have driven up oil prices in recent weeks, oil production in the U.S. is still rising, wrote Edward Morse, Citigroup’s global head of commodity research. Brazil and Russia are pumping oil at record levels, and Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran have been fighting to maintain their market share by cutting prices to Asia. The market is oversupplied, and storage tanks are topping out.

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