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Spring 2013 Conference

International Commercial Transactions:  Sales of Goods and Cross-Border Financing
 

The Center for Business Law hosted leading authorities from the United States, Canada, and Ireland to address current issues in International Sales and Financing.  This conference took place on February 21, 2013, and was co-sponsored by the New England Law | Boston Center for International Law and Policy, Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest.

Benefit Corporations–Is There A Benefit?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In August, Massachusetts recognized benefit corporations with the addition of Chapter 156E to the General Laws. While traditional for-profit corporations must focus on maximizing investor return, benefit corporations can prioritize social and environmental impacts. In addition, increased transparency via extensive reporting and third-party performance assessments is fostered. Yet questions remain as to their differences with existing For Profit and Nonprofit entities. This colloquium  closely examined benefit corporations’ structure, governance, and societal impact, while determining if there are substantial incentives associated with them.

Discussants included Mary Beckman, assistant attorney general and division chief, Nonprofit-Organizations/Public Charities Division, MA Attorney General's Office, and Carter Powers, chief operations officer, Dimagi Inc.

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Spring 2012 Conference

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Is the Code Exploding or Imploding?

This conference took place on February 16, 2012, and was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association.