Robert Bartlett

Jobs Act: one year later

Robert Bartlett interviewed by KGO-AM 810, March 15, 2013

“I think that it’s primarily going to change the way securities lawyers draft documents. It was done in an election year when jobs were at the forefront of the economy…. Oddly enough, nothing in the act actually says that to benefit from these provisions, you actually have to have employees, or you actually have to hire them.”

SEC warns Hastings of Netflix over Facebook post

Robert Bartlett quoted in International Business Times, December 6, 2012

“Facebook and Twitter… are a quasi-public domain,” said Robert Bartlett, University of California, Berkeley law professor. “There are good arguments to be made on either side about social media and securities law. Social media is exactly in the gray area.”

Facebook investors file lawsuits over IPO

Eric Talley and Robert Bartlett quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 2012

“If I can demonstrate that something was false, I don’t have to also demonstrate that they should have known it was false,” said Eric Talley.

But by one reading of that rule, investment banks could share analysts’ guidance with clients before the date of the IPO, UC Berkeley assistant law professor Robert Bartlett said. Given these issues, it may turn out that Morgan Stanley and Facebook violated the spirit but not the letter of securities rules, Bartlett said.

Robert Bartlett Explains Rationale for News Corp. Severance Deal

The Daily Beast, July 18, 2011 by Josh Dzieza

Brooks likely also signed a confidentiality agreement, says Robert Bartlett, a professor at Berkeley Law. Not only would it keep her from talking about her employment at News Corp., it would keep her from talking about the settlement agreement that keeps her from talking about her employment at News Corp.

Robert Bartlett Questions Winklevosses’ Latest Legal Move

Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2011 by Jessica Guynn and Carol Williams,0,3506898.story

“If it is the case that the idea for Facebook was truly stolen from them, then they had a claim to pursue. But they chose to settle that claim,” UC Berkeley law professor Robert Bartlett said. “As an armchair psychologist, it seems to me they are motivated by the disappointment and anger that led to their first claim. That anger, I think, had to come to an end when they decided to settle with Facebook.”

Robert Bartlett Updates Winklevoss-Facebook Legal Skirmish

Bloomberg Radio, January 15, 2011 Host June Grasso (Inactive link. Go to H:\Law School in the News\In the News 2011\News Clips for article)

“If the Winklevosses win, then they get none of the settlement consideration…. If they lose, they will get to keep the consideration in the settlement agreement, which based on the most recent evaluation of Facebook, would actually be worth about 150 million dollars plus, of course, the 20 million dollars in cash.”

Robert Bartlett Says Firms Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley

New York Times, January 11, 2011 by Steven M. Davidoff

In one study, Robert Bartlett, a Berkeley law professor, found that the overwhelming majority of companies bought by private equity firms still voluntarily complied with the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley in order to issue debt to finance these acquisitions. In other words, investors liked the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, and companies willingly complied when they did not need to.