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"Oracle's Acquisition of BEA Systems: An Overview of Hostile Takeover Tactics and Responses" with James Cole, Jr., Corporate Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


March 1, 2010 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 280A

Stanford Law School, Room 280A

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The Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance invites you to join us for a luncheon presentation with James Cole, Jr., Corporate Partner at Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz. Mr. Cole will discuss Oracle's hostile acquisition of BEA Systems, including Oracle's unsolicited offer, the role of Carl Icahn as a large shareholder, and the BEA Board's strategy for responding to the offer. Against this backdrop, Mr. Cole will also discuss the function of the M&A lawyer in hostile takeovers, and why law students might consider a career in M&A.

James Cole, Jr. joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1996 and became a partner in 2003. His practice focuses primarily on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities law matters. His practice has included initial public offerings, corporate governance and legal compliance. He has advised a broad range of public and private companies in a variety of industries involving transactions in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Argentina.

He received his B.S. in Finance with honors from the University of Illinois in 1990. He received his J.D. from The University of Chicago in 1995, where he served as a comment editor of the University of Chicago Law School Roundtable. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Cole is a member of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Board of Directors and Prep for Prep Board of Trustees. He also is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the National, New York State and American Bar Associations. Mr. Cole is also an alumnus of the Partnership for New York City’s David Rockefeller Fellows Program.

Pre-registration requested; lunch will be served. For more information, please contact

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Please stay tuned for rescheduling.