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Weinberg symposium will explore critical corporate governance topics

Weinberg symposium will explore critical corporate governance topics



Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, will deliver the opening address at the 2017 Corporate Governance Symposium in March “Governance Issues of Critical Importance to Boards and Investors in 2017 as the John. L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker. Mr. O’Hanley will discuss SSGA’s focus on effective, independent board leadership and his latest call on boards to consider ESG impacts on long-term value creation.


Corporate Governance Symposium

The Symposium will include a morning panel of representatives from the corporate and investor community, as well as former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, who will discuss the corporate governance issues that most concern them.


The panelists are:

  • Allison A. Bennington, Partner and General Counsel, ValueAct Capital
  • Amy Bilbija, Managing Director, Strategic Governance Advisors
  • Glenn Booraem, Principal & Fund Treasurer, Vanguard
  • Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Joann S. Lublin, Management News Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors
  • Brian L. Schorr, Partner and Chief Legal Officer, Trian Fund Management, L.P
  • Linda E. Scott, Managing Director and Associate Corporate Secretary, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Myron T. Steele, Partner, Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP; and former Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court


Charles M. Elson, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair of Corporate Governance, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and Professor of Finance will moderate the discussion.


The panel discussion will followed by a luncheon, featuring guest speaker Joann Lublin from the Wall Street Journal, who will be talking about her book, Earning It:  Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. In the afternoon session, invited guests will present academic papers on topics that are of critical importance to boards and investors:


  • “Captured Boards”: The Rise of “Super Directors” and the Case for a Board Suite,” by Kobi Kastiel, Harvard Law School (Q&A Participant) and Yaron Nili, University of Wisconsin Law School (Presenter); Discussant: Jeffrey Gordon, Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School


  • “The Golden Leash and the Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty,” by Greg Shill, Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance (Presenter); Discussant: David M. Silk , Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


  • “Affiliated Corporate Donations and Director Independence,” by Ye Cai, Santa Clara University; Jin Xu, Virginia Tech, Pamplin College of Business (Presenter); and Jun Yang, Indiana University; Discussant: Todd Gormley, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School


The Symposium, co-sponsored by the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics Department of Finance, University of Delaware, will be held at Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware on Tuesday, March 7 in Newark, Delaware from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.


There is no charge for the program, and a complimentary lunch will be served. Delaware DE CLE credits will be provided, and CPE credits will be provided by event partner, SallieMae. Click here to learn more and to register to attend.


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