March 2019 Roundtable

March 20, 2019
Loeb House

17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

6:45 pm Reception
7:30 pm Dinner

March 21, 2019
Harvard Law School

Wasserstein Hall, Room 2012 (second floor)
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

8:00–9:00 am Registration and continental breakfast
9:00–10:20 am First morning session: A conversation with the Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court
10:20–10:40 am Coffee break
10:40–11:30 am Second morning session
11:30–11:50 am Coffee break
11:50 am–12:40 pm Third morning session
12:40–1:40 pm Lunch
1:40–2:35 pm First afternoon session
2:35–2:55 pm Coffee break
2:55–3:50 pm Final session
3:50–5:00 pm Closing reception
4:00–5:00 pm Issuer-only meeting in Room 3016
Mutual fund and pension fund-only meeting in Room 3034

Roundtable Discussion Topics

The Roundtable will focus on recent developments and current issues in corporate governance, paying significant attention to issues that are likely to arise in the coming proxy season. The Roundtable will begin with a keynote session featuring a conversation with the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, Leo E. Strine, Jr. The Roundtable will then proceed to a review of the 2018 proxy season and a preview of the 2019 proxy season. Subsequently, depending on the interests of roundtable participants, subjects that the Roundtable may discuss are: (1) social responsibility issues, including corporate purpose and culture, social responsibility proposals, ESG metrics and disclosures, and exclusion of “ordinary business” proposals; (2) current regulatory proposals and legal developments, such as those regarding mandatory arbitration, the California Bill on board diversity, proposals for federal corporate law, revision of eligibility requirements for shareholder proposal submissions, and universal proxies; (3) board of directors, including board diversity and composition, decision-making in the age of #MeToo, board independence and evaluation; and (4) engagement between issuers and investors, including such topics as the emerging consensus on governance arrangements, virtual meetings, and proxy access.

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