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Looking for the latest in legal business news? 


Get a breakdown of the top stories in business law from industry leaders on the front lines with Bite-Sized Business Law. Host Amy Martella takes a closer look at the latest corporate happenings through interviews with the attorneys, legal experts, public figures, and scholars behind the news to distill business law’s biggest stories into bite-sized portions. 

 

This is your chance to go further into the world of business law and stay up to date with legal cases and industry trends. 

 

Corporations impact us all, leading changes that extend far beyond business to shape the economy, public policy, technology, and beyond. Looking at the big picture, Amy discusses not only the underlying issues in business ethics and legal cases leading the biggest stories but also sparks thought-provoking discussions on where the law should be headed. 

 

Amy is the Executive Director of the Corporate Law Center at Fordham University School of Law. Her background ranges from big law to government to tech startups, allowing her to offer an insider’s perspective of the issues that shape corporate actions, large and small. Covering crypto regulation to securities fraud, AI’s impact to Elon Musk’s pay package, Bite-Sized Business Law covers it all with guests of varying viewpoints to provide the nuanced analysis needed to tackle complex problems. 

 

 

Whether you're looking for the latest in legal insight on intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, business ethics or legal cases in the business law world, you’ll find it here. Enjoying a thoughtful perspective on the news stories of the moment, Bite-Sized Business Law examines big issues and delivers them in small doses.

 

Bite-Sized Business Law is a project by the Corporate Law Center at Fordham Law. The Center serves as a hub for scholars, professionals, policymakers, and students to engage in the study, discussion, and debate of current issues in corporate law. The Center focuses on aspects of corporate law, corporate compliance, antitrust law, and securities regulation. Through initiatives like the Mergers and Acquisitions seminar and the Securities Litigation and Arbitration Clinic, students actively engage in real-world research and cases, bridging the gap between classroom learning and practical application in the legal field.

 

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The New York State Bar Association has spoken! An April report by its esteemed Task Force examines the legal, social, and ethical impact of AI on the legal profession, as well as how the new guidelines will impact businesses everywhere. In this episode, we interview one of the 16 members of the AI Task Force about his first-hand experience at the helm of developing this new frontier. Jonathan Armstrong is a Partner at Punter Southall Law in London, where his focus on compliance and technology...
Today, we delve into the captivating world of white-collar crime to pose a question that almost no one is asking. This is not your typical true crime story, but rather one individual’s staggering fall from the C-suite to a prison cell. In this episode, we explore the best ways to punish white-collar crimes and debate whether or not jail is an appropriate or effective solution. Here to contribute his expertise is Fordham Law Professor and resident corporate law expert, Richard Squire. He joins...
Dig in to the most compelling business law issues of the moment with host Amy Martella, the Executive Director of the Corporate Law Center at Fordham University School of Law. Bite-Sized Business Law tackles big issues in small doses through interviews with corporate attorneys, industry experts, public figures, and business law scholars. Stay informed and gain deeper understanding with invaluable insight on everything from financial meltdowns to emerging market trends. No issue is too big for...
Is litigation funding driving the next big wave of mass tort cases and if so, what incentives does that create? Samir Parikh and Emily Siegel join the podcast today to help us explore the $15 billion litigation finance industry. Samir, a professor of corporate and bankruptcy law at Wake Forest Law, discusses the opaque nature of some financiers and their influence on mass tort litigation, often prioritizing profit over justice. Emily shares her perspective as a senior reporter at Bloomberg La...
Go inside this most infamous financial crime with guest Stephen Fishbein, who has argued some of the most influential insider trading cases in modern history. Almost everyone, no matter your knowledge base, has an opinion about insider trading. And most peoples’ opinions are that it’s evil. But do you know exactly what insider trading is (not even Congress has defined it) and how you are affected by it? To help us dissect insider trading law and explain why we need to recalibrate our thinking...
Corporate boards use their expertise to advance the best interests of the corporation and its shareholders. But they’re only human. What if we could create a board made up of entirely unbiased, indefatigable members who never falter and never tire? Today we explore the idea of inviting artificial intelligence into the boardroom with Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci, an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Sergio’s well-known paper, “Artificial Agents in Corporat...
American financier, Michael Milken, has been called many things, from the junk bond king to a criminal and a fraud. But he has also been credited as the most important person to alter the financial markets since JP Morgan, with some even estimating that he has created more wealth for shareholders than any financier in modern history. Milken is perhaps best known for his role in the development of the market for high-yield bonds, also referred to as junk bonds, and his conviction and sentence ...
Do shareholder proposals compel corporations to speak in ways that violate the First Amendment? Although shareholder proposals have been studied from numerous angles, the concept of compelled speech is fairly novel. And this question raises several other inquiries, including the nature of corporate purpose and the rationale behind negative speech rights in the first place. Joining us to discuss this fascinating proposition is Professor Sean J. Griffith, the T.J. Maloney Chair in Business Law ...
The perception of defaulted sovereign debt investing has swayed between a masterful strategy and a divisive one that preys on poorer nations. To help us make sense of this, we are joined by one of the godfathers of sovereign debt investing, Jay Newman. Jay has had a remarkable career in international finance, he’s a trailblazer in sovereign debt investing, and now, with his first novel, Undermoney, he has also cemented himself as a captivating author. After learning about Jay’s roots and hist...
It seems that the very purpose of a corporation, to make money over the long run, has been dashed by incentives to perform quarter after quarter. As the American attention span diminishes while our hunger for instant gratification and constant growth intensifies, how should the law evolve? How should corporations adapt? What is the SEC’s role in reigning it all in? During this episode, we are joined by UCLA Law Professor James Park, a leading expert in securities regulation, public companies,...
Insurance is central to our economy and lives, from global catastrophes to athletes’ pitching arms. Unsexy at first blush but completely fascinating upon deeper examination, insurance is an undeniably essential area of the law. Today’s guest has more than three decades of experience in litigating re-insurance and insurance coverage disputes: Michael Goldstein, Senior Counsel at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass. Tune in as we unpack the areas of human life that insurance law touches, clima...
Bitcoin is a controversial subject, but it is no secret that it is becoming an incredible opportunity for investment. Today’s guest, Anthony Scaramucci, was one of the earliest supporters of Bitcoin and has had an incredible career in business as an investment fund manager and in politics as former White House communications director. He joins us today to talk about Bitcoin’s big ETF victory. Tuning in, you’ll hear about Anthony’s impressive background, what led him to start buying Bitcoin, h...
Today on Bite-Sized Business Law, we discuss the very bad day that Elon Musk had recently as a result of the Delaware Court of Chancery opinion that started with a simple question: “Was the richest person in the world overpaid?” This is the first time that a court of law has overturned a board’s decision on compensation. Here to walk us through exactly what happened (and why) is the esteemed Richard Squire, Professor Of Law at Fordham Law School. Join us as we unpack some of the important con...
Back in 2019, the office-sharing company, WeWork, seemed like the next big Silicon Valley success story. WeWork was opening shared office space around the world and was valued at a staggering $47 billion. Since then, the company has suffered one of the most spectacular corporate collapses in recent US history. Following its 2021 IPO, WeWork witnessed a shocking 98% decline in value, ultimately leading it to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November of 2023. So, what led to this do...
Change is coming for corporate America. While many of us expect it to arrive in the form of climate disclosures, the SEC is yet to release the proposals they came up with in 2022. How these rules are written is a key factor in shaping the way businesses respond to climate change and other ESG issues. Joining us to explain where things currently stand is Stanford Law School Professor, Colleen Honigsberg. Along with her legal expertise, Colleen holds a Ph.D. in accounting and is a CPA. Tune in ...
For years, legal scholars have argued that the Federal Crime Code is broken. One key consequence of this is the alarming rise in white-collar and corporate crime — a shocking portion of which goes misreported and misunderstood. Joining us today to shed light on this urgent topic is Miriam Baer, Vice Dean and Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, whose new book, Myths and Misunderstandings in White-Collar Crime, provides an incisive breakdown of the flaws in our statutory system ...
Joining us today is William Moon, a Professor of Business Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, to discuss his essay ‘Beyond Profit Motives’ which he wrote in response to Stephen Bainbridge’s book The Profit Motive. Will reviews Bainbridge’s work, offering an alternative theory of corporate purpose beyond what Will refers to as “ruthless profit maximization for shareholders.” With expertise in business law, corporate governance, offshore finance, and private international law, Will...
Nothing has captured our collective attention quite like the emergence of Generative Artificial Intelligence in the past year. During this episode, we speak to Bradford Newman, partner at Baker McKenzie and Chair of the firm’s North America Trade Secrets Practice and an expert in AI, IP, blockchain, and crypto. Tuning in, you’ll hear how Bradford gained his expertise and learn from his wealth of wisdom on the potential of AI in transforming our world. We discuss the existing rules, the urgenc...
The recent Supreme Court decision on 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis left the nation debating whether the First Amendment grants business owners the constitutional right to turn away certain protected classes of individuals. It also raised other issues about corporate identity and personhood and made us ask: how did we get to the point where courts are treating corporate actors as indistinguishable from natural persons with individual rights? Here to help us unpack these issues is Adam Winkler, th...
Today on Bite-Sized Business Law, we tackle a topic that we’ve only alluded to in previous episodes, which is the funding of mass tort litigation by outside financiers. Dubbed “opaque capital” by one of today’s guests, its use for funding complex mass tort litigations gives rise to some tricky legal, business, and ethical predicaments that we discuss in detail. Joining us for this conversation are legal scholars Samir Parikh and Maria Glover. Samir is the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy...
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