Law & Business Seminar: Regulatory Entrepreneurship

17 May 2017


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Regulatory Entrepreneurship

Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Pollman, Loyola Law School

This seminar, which is based on Professor Pollman's co-authored paper, Regulatory Entrepreneurship, will examine the concept "regulatory entrepreneurship" - namely, the pursuit of a line of business in which changing the law is a significant part of the
business plan.

Regulatory entrepreneurship is not new, but it has become increasingly salient in recent years as companies from Airbnb to Tesla, and from DraftKings to Uber, have become agents of legal change.

The seminar will explore the tactics that companies have employed, including operating in legal gray areas, growing "too big to ban," and mobilizing users for political support. It will also consider the business and law-related factors that foster regulatory entrepreneurship.

Well-funded, scalable, and highly connected startup businesses with mass appeal have advantages, especially when they target state and local laws and litigate them in the political sphere instead of in court.

About the speaker
Elizabeth Pollman is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on various topics in business law, including entrepreneurship and corporate personhood. Her recent publications on entrepreneurship and issues concerning private companies include Regulatory Entrepreneurship , 90 S. Cal. L. Rev. _ (forthcoming 2017) (with Jordan M. Barry), offering a new theory of companies that have business models focused on changing the law, and Information Issues on Wall Street 2.0, 161 U. Pa. L. Rev. 179 (2012), examining secondary markets for private company stock.

She previously practiced as a transactional lawyer and business litigator at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Before law school, she managed a business development team at a publishing startup in Silicon Valley that was acquired by one of the largest U.S. newspaper publishers.

John Price, Commissioner, ASIC


Registration (GST inclusive)
Full Fee: $77
Sydney Law School Alumni: $66
Sydney Law School Full Time Student: $44
Group 3+: $55

CPD Points: 1



Time: 5.30pm -6.45pm (light refreshments from 5pm)

Location: ASIC, level 5, 100 Market Street, Sydney

Cost: See above

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 06121a57004e2c5f273032310e363b5618492233136a2943