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A discussion of the legal and strategic considerations for today's business planning

Produced by the MBA Association at the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Investment Law Society at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Friday, March 20 | 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sandhu Conference Center at Chapman University
Parking is available in the Lastinger Parking Structure

Breakfast and lunch will be served
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Students and professionals serving or planning to serve today’s businesses and entrepreneurs must approach modern day business building with a flexible mindset and diverse understanding of contemporary business practices designed to accommodate limitless growth and expansion. This Symposium will take students and professionals from the formation of a modern business to the various exit strategies available at the end of the business’s lifecycle, along the way considering various topics such as methods for capitalization, survival, expansion, and mergers and acquisitions. The goal of this Symposium is to expand the knowledge currently possessed by students and professionals of modern business building so that business and legal practitioners may better serve their client’s contemporary needs. 

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5 general MCLE credits.

+ - Hosted by

Dean Reggie Gilyard

Dean Reggie Gilyard

Gilyard is the Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. Dean Gilyard was formerly a Partner and Managing Director in the Los Angeles office of The Boston Consulting Group – a $4B+ global management consulting company which advises the world’s largest companies and public institutions. Dean Gilyard led BCG’s Education practice in the US, focused on not-for-profit institutions.

Dean Tom CampbellDean Tom Campbell

Dr. Tom Campbell was appointed Dean of the Fowler School of Law in February, 2011. He came to Chapman in January 2009 as a visiting Presidential Fellow and Fletcher Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. He has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Law Review.

+ - Schedule

8:30-9:30 a.m. -  Registration/Breakfast

9:30-10 a.m. - Introduction

10-10:45 a.m. -  Phase 1: Formation

10:45-noon - Phase 2 - Initial Capitalization

Noon-1 p.m. -  Lunch (Keynote Speaker)

1-2 p.m. -  Phase 3:  Survival

2-3:15 p.m. - Phase 4: Growth/Expansion

3:15-3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30-5 p.m. - Phase 5: Exit Strategy/Sale

5-8 p.m. -  En Banc Cocktail Reception

+ - Keynote Speaker: David A Janes

janesMr. David A. Janes is Chairman of Janes Capital Partners (JCP), an investment banking firm specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions in Aerospace & Defense. Prior to forming JCP in 1997, Mr. Janes was the CEO of California Manufacturing Enterprises (CME), an aircraft parts manufacturing company he co-founded in 1977. During his business career, Mr. Janes maintained an active participant in the Naval Reserve and, in 1994, retired as a two-star admiral. Over his 36 years of service, he has held numerous commands, including his most recent assignment as Commander Military Sealift Pacific and Far East. He also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Naval Reserve for Nationwide Automation of Reserve Personnel Management.

Mr. Janes has held various positions in industry associations, has been active in numerous civic organizations in Orange County, and is the chairman of Chapman University’s Board of Trustees. Prior to serving as a trustee, Janes was a member of Chapman’s Board of Governors, and he continues to serve on the Board of Counselors of Chapman’s Argyros School of Business and Economics. He is also chairman of the Board of Regents of Brandman University.

Most notably, Mr. Janes has contributed a great deal of personal attention to bringing the school’s Janes Financial Center to fruition. The Bloomberg terminals housed in the Janes Center provide our students with access to one of the most extensive databases of global financial information available in the world. Equipped with 12 Bloomberg terminals, the Janes Financial Center at Chapman University has the distinction of having the most terminals of any business school in Southern California.

+ - Panelist




James Carreon



Martin Florman


Buchalter Nemer

Rudy Shepard


Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Thomas Crane

Attorney & Law Professor

Rutan & Tucker (Retired)

Daniel Lubeck

Private Equity

Solis Capital

Grant Van Cleve

Venture Capital

Tech Coast Angels

Jessica Frandson


Twist Band Inc.

Jerry Palmer

Investment Banking

Ascent Partners

Jeff Kabot


MezzCap Partners

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