Exploration of a New Regulatory Paradigm for the Advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

September 8, 2017 | 9:00am-7:00pm | Sheraton Wall Centre

co-hosted by the Centre for Law and Public Utilities, Seoul National University and the Centre for Business Law

Speakers will include:
- Professor James B. Speta, Northwestern University (US)
- Professor Karen Yeung, King's College London (UK)
- Professor Hans-Heinrich Trute, University of Hamburg (Germany)
- Professor Nadya Purtova, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
- Professor Cristie Ford, Allard School of Law (Canada)

By invitation only. 


Law Apps with Gary Cazalet (Melbourne Law School)

September 12, 2017 | 12:30-1:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 121

Gary Cazalet, Senior Lecturer will discuss Law Apps, a law and technology subject that he teaches at the University of Melbourne Law School. In Law Apps, students partner with not for profit organisations to design and build web based applications that provide tailored legal information to the user. Gary will discuss the opportunities and challenges in teaching the subject in a rapidly changing legal world and demonstrate live applications. 

Read more here.

A light lunch will be served. 



Muslims in Israel

September 20, 2017 | 12:00-1:30pm | Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, 2500-700 W. Georgia Street

Mitchell H. Gropper QC, Law Faculty Exchange Program
Co-hosted by Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem & the Centre for Business Law at the Allard School of Law

Qadi (Judge) Ahmed Natour has been an Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Law since 2014 and is the first Muslim professor of law in Israel. He also taught at other universities in Israel, the U.S.A and Palestine. Prior to this, he served for two decades on the High Sharia Court of Appeals in the country. While serving as a Qadi (1985-2013) and President of the Sharia Court of Appeals (1994-2013), Natour made a significant contribution to the development of Sharia law in the courts and to its liberalization, especially in relation to the protection of the rights of women and minors. Natour has academic degrees from the Hebrew University (BA in Arabic Language, Literature and Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studies; MA in Communication and Mass Media), Tel Aviv University (LLB and LLM in Law) and American University in Washington DC (SJD in Law).

Light Lunch included.

Space is limited, please RSVP to by September 13, 2017



Marke Raines Presentation

September 27, 2017 | 12:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 106

Presented by Allard Law External Relations and the Allard Law & Business Society

Marke Raines will discuss his experiences working in London as both a partner at international law firms and as a founder of his own finance law firm.

Mr. Raines is a 1979 UBC law graduate who practised with Stikeman Elliott in Ottawa and Toronto, took his LL.M. at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and then practised in London. Marke was a finance partner at Allen & Overy, London and at Shearman & Sterling, London. He set up his own financial law firm, Raines & Co, in 2011 with some former Clifford Chance finance partners. He teaches securitisation in the LL.M. programme at Queen Mary, University of London and is admitted to practice in Ontario, New York and England and Wales. 

Food will be provided. 


Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism

October 17, 2017 | 12:30-2:00pm | Allard Hall, Room 121

Professor Harry Glasbeek of Osgoode Hall Law School will visit Allard Hall to speak about his new book entitled Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism.

Read more here.

A light lunch will be served. 



Directors’ Risks in Light of Climate Change: What Should Directors Do? What Must Directors Do?

Vancouver: October 18, 2017 | 8:00am-4:00pm | Seasons Room, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W Georgia St. Toronto: October 20, 2017

Please join the Commonwealth Climate Law Initiative and the Peter A. Allard School of Law for the upcoming CCLI conference in Vancouver. This full day event will feature a variety of speakers, panelists, and discussions related to directors' risks in light of climate change.

The conferences will involve leading members of Canada's business, law and investment communities to discuss the liability risks to Canadian directors and companies from failing to take seriously the need to transition to a low-carbon economy, and to think through strategies to ameliorate those risks and to promote strong, facilitative governance and regulatory policies for both companies and investors. Discussions will address (a) boards' and investment trustees' fiduciary obligations to develop climate-resilient strategies; (b) securities disclosure requirements and liability risks; and (c) the best thinking on operationalizing Canada's transition to a low-carbon economy.

These conferences are being developed as part of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI), a joint initiative originally founded in 2016 by three organisations: The University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, The Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability Project, and ClientEarth. Since then, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia joined to become founding Canadian partners.

The Vancouver conference agenda is available here

This event qualifies for 6 CPD credits.

Information about the CCLI conference in Toronto on October 20, 2017 is available here.

Register for the Vancouver conference


Allard Law & Business Society and Centre for Business Law Info Session & Networking 101

October 24, 2017 | 12:30-1:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 121

Join us for tips on networking with business law employers and to find out more about Centre for Business Law programming.
Speakers: Curtis Chance & Ellie Rock, ALBS Co-Presidents and Chiara Woods, Executive Director, CBL.

Lunch will be provided.


Rewriting rules of trade for North America – NAFTA 2018 and beyond

October 30, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm | Four Seasons Hotel, Arbutus Room, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver

Join us on Monday, October 30, 2017 for a conversation about NAFTA renegotiations hosted by the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Canada, Mexico and the United States are engaged in a staggering process of renegotiation of a complex trade agreement. The three parties are trying to redesign the treaty in accordance with three different lists of economic and political priorities. The outcome of these negotiations will have significant impact on trade in North America. How will new NAFTA rebalance trade between the parties? What legal rules of NAFTA will be rewritten? How will disputes be resolved? Find out from our panelists:

Tina Cicchetti (Allard School of Law, class of 2000) practices as an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC). Ms. Cicchetti is also the Vice Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, a former President and a current Advisory Board member of the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, a member of the ICDR Canadian Advisory Committee and a former member of the Regional Coordinating Committee of the North American Chapter of ICC’s Young Arbitrators’ Forum. In 2016, Ms. Cicchetti was appointed by the Canadian government as a member of the NAFTA 2022 Committee and invited by the Attorney General for British Columbia to join an Arbitration Advisory Group on legislative reform and promotion of Vancouver as a seat for international arbitration. She is also a member of the ITA Board of Reporters (Canada).

Andrew Newcombe is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. Professor Newcombe obtained his LLB from the University of Victoria and his LLM from the University of Toronto, where he worked with the International Arbitration and Public International Law groups at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. He currently teaches International Arbitration, International Trade Law, and Contracts. Among numerous publications, Professor Newcombe is the co-author of a leading treatise (Law and Practice of Investment Treaties: Standards of Treatment) and co-editor of Sustainable Development in World Investment Law. He is also Associate Editor (Case & Comment) for the ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal, a contributor to the Investor-State Law Guide, and Canadian treaty editor for Investment Claims. In 2004, Professor Newcombe created ita (investment treaty arbitration), a leading international research website focused on international investment treaty law and arbitration.

Debra Steger is a Full Professor and Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Professor Steger obtained her LLB from the University of Victoria and her LLM from the University of Michigan. Her research is focused on international trade, investment, dispute settlement, international arbitration, and the governance of international organizations. Professor Steger was the first Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization from 1995-2001. She led a major research network as Scientific Director of the Emerging Dynamic Global Economies (EDGE) Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence devoted to responding to the challenges of the emerging economies in the changing global landscape. Professor Steger was also co-leader of the Canada-EU Trade Environment Technology Exchange (TETE), a major international collaborative initiative aimed at managing the interfaces among trade, environment and technology policies and encouraging regulatory cooperation related to the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ljiljana Biuković, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Professional Programs, and Associate Professor, Allard School of Law. Dr. Biuković teaches Contract Law, European Union Law, and Regional Integration in the Americas. Her research interests are in the areas of international economic law and European Union integration. She publishes regularly on topics of legal transplantation of international norms and standards by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations, mega-regional trade and investment agreements, and the development of European Union. At present, Dr. Biuković is a co-investigator in the Major Collaborative Research Initiative research project on Coordinated Compliance of International Trade Law and Human Rights funded by SSHRC. Her work focuses on the interaction between international trade rules and local human rights norms and practices in the context of performance of international trade agreements and cooperation among developing countries. Dr. Biuković currently supervises graduate students in the fields of international trade law and regional economic integration.

Registration: 5:00pm
Lecture: 5:30-6:30pm
Reception: 6:30-7:00pm

Registration required. This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit.



Seminar on the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST)

November 2-3 & 9-10, 2017 | Allard Hall, Room 115 (except for afternoon of November 9: Room 335)

The LLM Program in Taxation at the Allard School of Law is pleased to be offering an intensive seminar course (Law 568) on the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST) this term. This is the first such course that has been offered at UBC, as well as one of the few courses on the important topic of indirect taxation offered at a Canadian university. The course is co-taught by John Bain, national indirect tax leader at KPMG (Toronto), Simon Proulx, indirect tax partner at KPMG (Toronto), and Wei Cui, Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law.

While the initial sessions of the course were held during the week of October 16, interested students are welcome to audit/attend sessions on November 2-3 and 9-10, when John, Simon and Wei will lead discussions on the statutory provisions, case law, and market practice surrounding the federal GST and provincial indirect taxes. No prior coursework in taxation is required for learning the subject of the course; all that is needed is interest in the topic of Canadian law on indirect taxation and willingness to follow the readings and discussions. A short course description can be found here.

Any student interested in auditing these sessions of the course should contact Michael Jud ( to obtain the reading material.

Bios of the instructors:
John Bain is a Partner based in Toronto and leads KPMG LLP’s Indirect Tax Practice in Canada. He is also the Americas Regional leader for indirect tax services in KPMG’s Global Network. John has more than 24 years of commodity tax experience both in Canada and the European Union and advises a wide array of clients on the application of Canadian and global indirect taxes and is principally focused on the financial, private equity and manufacturing sectors. He is a member of KPMG’s Global Indirect Tax steering committee, Past Chair of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada Commodity Tax Committee and a participant in the GST Leaders Forum.

Simon Proulx is a Partner with the Indirect Tax Group of KPMG Canada in Toronto, and a J.D. graduate of U. of Toronto Law School. Simon advises some of the world’s largest insurers and banks on indirect tax compliance, product taxation and the GST/HST/QST impact of complex cross-border transactions. He is also one of Canada’s leading practitioners on the taxation of Fintech and the sharing economy. Before joining KPMG, Simon headed the HST policy group at the Ontario Ministry of Finance, and participated in the negotiation of the Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement between Canada and Ontario. Simon also spent several years practicing income tax with McCarthy Tétrault.

Wei Cui is Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law and a co-author of Value Added Tax: A Comparative Approach (2015), the Chinese translation of which will appear in 2017. He practiced U.S. tax law with Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, launched the China tax practice of Clifford Chance (Beijing), and served as Senior Tax Counsel for the China Investment Corporation (2009-10). His recent research included critiques of the destination-based cash flow tax, a variant of the VAT that has come to be known as the Border Adjustment Tax since being promoted by U.S. House Republicans in 2016.

RSVP & request readings


Finding True North: Pursuing happiness and empowerment on your terms

November 15, 2017 | 6:30pm | Vancity Theatre

The UBC Sauder School of Business and the Peter A. Allard School of Law invite you to celebrate the unique contributions UBC’s commerce and law grads have made to the world around them. UBC Sauder and Allard alumni will share through Pecha Kucha-style presentations how they have pursued happiness and empowerment on their own terms.

Additional information and list of speakers available here



A Conversation with Jack Newton, CEO and Co-founder, Clio

January 10, 2018 | 12:30-1:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 122

Join us for a discussion with Jack Newton focused on technology and the legal profession. Topics will include the origin of Clio and the services its cloud based law practice management software provides, ways in which technology is changing the practice of law, and advice for law students and lawyers interested in the intersection of law and technology. Dr. Cristie Ford will facilitate the conversation, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Lunch will be provided.



Centre for Business Law & Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics Present: Professor Brian Cheffins, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

January 22, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Allard Hall, Room 122

Professor Brian Cheffins will discuss “The Future of the Public Company”. In the United States manager-led public companies with diffuse share ownership and apathetic shareholders have dominated the corporate economy since the mid-20th century. A popular theory currently is that the public company is heading toward extinction. As for those public companies that remain significant economic players, powerful institutional shareholders are supposedly accumulating sufficiently sizeable voting stakes to exercise considerable influence over corporate decision-making. In fact, as Professor Cheffins will argue, the public company will continue to play a dominant economic role for the foreseeable future and share ownership will remain sufficiently diffuse to ensure that corporate executives retain substantial managerial discretion. His seminar will be based on the concluding chapter from Transformation of the Public Company, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Carol Liao, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law and the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics’ inaugural UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar.

Lunch will be served. Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit.



Civil Code Draft and Property Reform in China

February 5, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Allard Hall, Room 121 (Roundtable discussion to follow with representatives from Tsinghua University: 2:30-4:00pm | Allard Hall, Room 415)

Hosted by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies

The Chinese Government has resolved to complete the Civil Code Draft Bill by 2020. What can we expect from the Draft in reforming the property law, which is a critical component of the Civil Code? Professor Weixing Shen will address the debates of the basic principles, different types of usufructuary rights, and most important of all, the creation of new types of property rights for rural land in the Draft. At the same time, in light of the trending of international gurantee system, Professor Shen will also discuss the possible reform of Chinese security interest.

A light lunch will be provided.

Representatives participating in the roundtable discussion:
SHEN, Weixing, Dean, Professor of Law (Property, Health Law and German Civil Law)
CUI, Guobin, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, (IP law & Internet Law)
WANG, Hongliang, Professor of Law (Civil law & Property law)
DENG, Haifeng, Associate Dean, Associate Professor (Environment Law)

Read more here


15th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference

February 8 & 9, 2018 | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia Street

The Annual Review of Insolvency Law (ARIL) offers a collection of articles from today's experts, both academic and practicing. Authors weigh in on the most timely debates, discuss future implications of current rules and trends, and scrutinize the practical implications of recent proceedings. Each person attending the ARIL conference receives the most recent volume as part of their registration fee.

This year's conference will take place on February 9, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. An opening reception will be held on February 8, 2018 in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Pacific Ballroom. Conference attendees are welcome to come to Vancouver a few hours early and see the final oral competition round of the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot being held at the nearby BC Court of Appeal, (800 Smithe Street) which will feature the top two law school teams globally.  

Additional information and details regarding registration can be found on ARIL's website, and the conference agenda can be found here



The Changing Politics of Central Banking: Lecture by Professor Riles, Cornell University

February 15, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Allard Hall, Room 122

Co-hosted by the Centre for Business Law and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies

Lecture by Professor Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies & Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University. 

Central banks are now suffering from a crisis in public confidence and public legitimacy. New populist and nationalist movements have made a target of central banks and central bankers as a source of popular malaise. Consumers and workers anxious about future economic risks are increasing skeptical about the “science” of monetary policy and suspicious that central bankers serve the interests of a few at the expense of the rest. On the right and on the left, new civil society groups are challenging the notion—accepted by most for a generation—that when it comes to the regulation of the economy, expertise confers legitimacy. Addressing this legitimacy crisis is as urgent a macro-prudential matter as any other on the agenda of central banks today.

As an anthropologist and a lawyer who has studied the culture of central banking and the social relationship between financial regulators and other market participants for twenty years, Professor Riles sees this crisis of legitimacy as a problem of a cultural divide. It is a problem of culture as much as it is a problem of law. To address this crisis we need a new concept of financial citizenship and a new collaboration between experts and publics.


Comparing Corporate Law in Canada and the US. Lecture by Camden Hutchison, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law

February 16, 2018 | 12:30-1:30pm | UBC Robson Square

Although American and Canadian corporate law share many similarities, they are also marked by important differences. One major difference is that while the landscape of American corporate law is dominated by the state of Delaware, Canadian law has been influenced instead by federal legislation. Assistant Professor Hutchison's lecture will explore the history of this difference by focusing on two questions. First, why did federal corporate law never emerge in the United States? Second, and equally important, why is there no Canadian Delaware?

Lunch will be provided. Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit.



Fintech Revolution – Competitors or Collaborators to Banks?

February 20, 2018 | 5:00-7:00pm | Le Pavillion, Four Seasons Hotel

Please join us to hear from leaders in the legal and business communities as they discuss the fast-moving world of fintech. Topics will include fintech’s strengths, the democratization of financial services, and the role of regulators in this space. Our panelists will also discuss the relationship between traditional financial institutions and finech, in terms of both competition and collaboration. Lastly, opportunities and risks for consumers and society-at-large will be considered.

Moderator: Cristie Ford, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Business Law, Allard School of Law.


  • Ryan Austin, Deputy General Counsel & SVP Regulatory Affairs, Hyperwallet Systems Inc;
  • Cameron Burke, Managing Director, Technology Sector, PwC Canada;
  • Lynne Charbonneau, Deputy General Counsel, Retail Banking & Wealth Management Legal Department, HSBC Bank Canada;
  • Michael Reid, Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies, McMillan LLP; and
  • Lisa Shields, CEO, FI.SPAN.

Event details:
February 20, 2018
Panel Discussion: 5:00-6:30pm
Reception: 6:30-7:00pm
Le Pavillion, Four Seasons Hotel 791 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC

Cost: $40 + GST, no charge for UBC faculty, staff, and students.

This event qualifies for 1.5 CPD credits.




March 6, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Room 106, Allard Hall

Join the Centre for Business Law to hear from Carla Swansburg and Simon Wormwell of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP as they discuss the impact of technology and innovation on the practice and business of law. Topics of conversation will include:

  • What pressures are law firms facing?
  • Can large law firms be innovative?
  • How will legal practice change in the future?
  • What will these changes mean for legal careers?
  • How can you stay informed and get involved?

Lunch will be provided.

Carla Swansburg, Director , Practice Innovation, Pricing & Knowledge | Toronto
Carla leads teams responsible for practice innovation, training, pricing, knowledge management, enterprise information management, and library and research services. She is responsible for a number of innovation initiatives at Blakes, including the Blakes Innovation Council and managing the Firm's partnership with LawMade, designed to promote legal innovation. She also co-manages Blakes inSource, the Firm's alternative service delivery business. Carla practiced law in the litigation group of another large law firm and then led the in-house litigation team for one of Canada’s largest banks before joining Blakes.

Simon Wormwell, Director , Knowledge & Research Services | Toronto
Simon is responsible for knowledge management at Blakes and related aspects of the Firm's practice support and innovation functions. This includes oversight of knowledge management at the practice level across the Firm. Simon also leads the library and research services in the Firm’s Toronto office. Simon practiced law in the financial services group of a large Canadian law firm for six years. Prior to joining Blakes in 2013, he worked as a knowledge management lawyer in the transactional practice of another national firm for seven years.



Panel Discussion | Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice

March 15, 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm | Four Seasons Hotel, Le Pavillon, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver

Please join us for a panel discussion of central themes presented in Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice by Cristie Ford with a distinguished group of panelists:

  • Amy Cohen, Professor, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University;
  • Donald Langevoort, Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; and
  • Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, Director, Center for Corporate and Securities Law, University of San Diego School of Law.

Description: From social media to mortgage-backed securities, innovation carries both risk and opportunity. Groups of people win, and lose, when innovation changes the ground rules. Innovation can obscure and sideline our normative priorities. It also throws up profound regulatory challenges. Looking beyond formal politics, this book argues that we need to recognize innovation, and financial innovation in particular, as a central challenge for regulation. Read more.

This event qualifies for 1.5 CPD credits.

Panel: 5:30-7:00pm
Reception: 7:00-7:30pm



The Death and Life of the State and Local Tax Deduction

March 23, 2018 | 12:30-2:00pm | David Brine Class of 1973 Seminar Room (Room 115), Allard Hall

Part of the Tax Law and Policy Workshop Speaker Series

Guest speaker: Daniel Hemel, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

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Lunch will be served.


Transforming the Justice System: Changing processes and maintaining principles

April 5, 2018 | 12:30pm | The Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 4th Floor, Vancouver

Presented by the Law Courts Inn as part of the “Lunching with Leaders” discussion series.

Guest speaker: Karen Tan, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, London, England.

Join “Lunching with Leaders” for a CPD accredited round-table discussion on transforming the justice system while maintaining the core principles that underpin it. The courts in England and Wales have embarked on an ambitious £1 billion ($1.7 billion) court reform program that covers all jurisdictions and touches every aspect of the system, from case management processes to online civil claims, to reducing the need of physical court space. Karen Tan is the Senior Behavioural Scientist figuring out how public and professional users will adapt to radical changes when justice is delivered in a modern way. Read more.

Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for non-members, and $15 for students (lunch included). Students interested in attending should contact Diana at



Making Sense of Corporate Law and Social Enterprise

April 23, 2018 | 12:00pm | HA 968, Sauder School of Business, UBC

The Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics is pleased to host a research talk by Dr. Carol Liao, the Centre’s UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar, and an Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law.

The proliferation of businesses self-identifying as “social enterprises” has led to some confusion as to what is and is not permissible under Canadian corporate law. Liao will dispel some legal myths in business, and unpack the growing "Americanization" of privately regulating good business within the backdrop of social enterprise laws that are developing across the world. In recent years, there have been significant lobbying efforts for Canada to implement a corporate legal model similar to the American benefit corporation in order to enhance the development of social enterprise. Yet many of the fundamental legal characteristics of the benefit corporation are already reflected in existing Canadian corporate laws, and in some instances Canadian laws are comparatively more progressive. Liao will offer ways in which Canadian legislators should approach the implementation of laws designed to support social enterprise and values-driven business, to better address Canadian social and legal needs.

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