Speakers & Events


Apr. 12 Ted Mirvis (Wachtell)
Apr. 11 Robert J. Jackson, Jr. (SEC)

SEC Policymaking

Apr. 10 Dhammika Dharmapala (Chicago)
The Impact of Mandated Corporate Social Responsibility
Apr. 9 Nickolay Gantchev (SMU Cox School of Business)
Do Activists Turn Bad Bidders into Good Acquirers?
Apr. 6 Chris Leich, Steve Shay & Room Watson (Ropes & Gray)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Apr. 5 Bill Anderson (Evercore) & Jim Rossman (Lazard)
Activism Defense
Apr. 4 Paul Hilal (Mantle Ridge LP)
Hedge Fund Activism
Apr. 3 Menesh Patel (Columbia)
Does Insider Trading Law Change Behavior?
Mar. 29 Eduardo Gallardo (Gibson Dunn), Amy Park (Skadden)
Poison Pills
Mar. 29 Vinita Sithapathy & Matthew Herman (Freshfields)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mar. 28 Ben Heineman (HLS)
Corporate Governance and the Inside Counsel
Mar. 27 John C. Coffee, Jr.  (Columbia)
The Agency Cost of Activism
Mar. 22 Susan Baker (Trillium), Constantina Bichta (BCAM),
Chris Davis (Ceres), Matt DiGuiseppe (SSGA), &
Guy Rolnik (Chicago Booth School of Business)
Corporate Social Responsibility
Mar. 21 Richard Brand (Cadwalader) & Kai Liekefett (Sidley)
Hedge Fund Activism
Mar. 20 Chris Mann (Sullivan & Cromwell)
Project Finance
Mar. 7 Jesse Fried (HLS)
Short-Termism and Capital Flows
Mar. 1 Einer Elhauge (HLS)
Horizontal Shareholding
Feb. 28 Oliver Hart (Harvard)
Companies Should Maximize Shareholder Welfare
Not Market Value
Feb. 27 Robert Sitkoff (HLS)
When May a Fiduciary Engage in Environmental, Social,
and Governance Investing?
Feb. 26 Johnathan Robertson (TG Capital)

Private Equity

Feb. 22 Guhan Subramanian (HLS)
Feb. 22 Melissa Sawyer, Joe Matelis, Samantha Hynes (Sullivan & Cromwell)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Feb. 21 Joshua Mitts (Columbia Law)
Activist Directors
Feb. 13 John Coates (HLS)
Reverse Termination Fees in M&A
Feb. 6 Cindy Alexander (George Mason)
Does Conviction Matter? The Reputational and Collateral Effects of Corporate Crime
Jan. 31 Sean Doherty (Bain Capital)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Jan. 29 Joshua Angrist (MIT)
Uber vs. Taxi
Jan. 22 Nicole Boyson (Northeastern)
Hostile Resistance to Hedge Fund Activism
Dec. 4 David Katz (Wachtell), Scott Simpson (Skadden)

Nuts and Bolts of Comparative US/EU M&A Law

Nov. 28 Rachelle Silverberg (Wachtell)

New Trends in M&A Litigation

Nov. 27 Charles Wang (Harvard)
Can Staggered Boards Improve Value? Evidence from the Massachusetts Natural Experiment
Nov. 21 Kobi Kastiel (HLS)

The Perils of Small-Minority Controllers
Nov. 13 Rick Climan (Hogan Lovells)

The Merger Agreement As A Contract II

Nov. 7 John Armour (Oxford)

The Promise and Perils of Crowdfunding: Between Corporate Finance and Consumer Contracts

Nov. 7 Eduardo Gallardo (Gibson Dunn), Keith Meister(Corvex)
Commonwealth REIT Consent Solicitation
Nov. 6 Brandon Van Dyke (Skadden), Laura Knoll (Skadden)
The Merger Agreement as a Contract I
Oct. 31 Lucian Bebchuk (HLS)

Controlling Shareholders

Oct. 31 Joel Friedlander (Friedlander & Gorris)
Stockholder Litigation
Oct. 30 Bill Lafferty (MNAT), Bill Savitt (Wachtell), Tariq Mundiya (Willkie, Farr & Gallagher), Josh Targoff (Third Point), Brian Schorr (Trian Partners)
The Current State Of Play?
Oct. 24 Allison Bennington (ValueAct)
Activism and Investor Stewardship
Oct. 17 Randy Baron (Robbins Geller)

In re Dole Food Co. Inc Stockholder Litigation

Oct. 3 Scott Hirst (HLS)
Universal Proxies; Private Ordering in Securities Regulation
Sept. 26 Jeffrey Katz and Annie Hancock (Ropes & Gray), Jesse Boodoo (Mass AG)

OTK v. Kalisman

Sept. 19 Jonah Gelbach (University of Pennsylvania)
The Logic and Limits of Event Studies in Securities Fraud Litigation
Sept. 19 Eugene Soltes (HBS)
White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance Programs
Sept. 18 Richard Holden (UNSW/Harvard)
Network Capital
Sept. 12 Ben Kanovitch (Bredin Prat), Josh Cammaker (Wachtell)
Transatlantic Shareholder Activism
Sept. 12 Addam Gerchen (President, Burford Capital)
Litigation Finance/Appraisal Arbitrage in Delaware



Apr. 20 Stan Ragalevsky (K&L Gates)
Apr. 18 Allen Ferrell (HLS) and Will Powley (MIT)
Litigation Profiles of Firms
Apr. 6 Paul Singer
Hedge Fund Strategies’ Externalities, Positive and Negative
Mar. 31 Michele Johnson (Latham)
Mar. 30 Kevin O’Connor (Point72 Asset Management)
Insider Trading and Risk Management
Mar. 23 Sir Paul Tucker (The Systemic Risk Council)
Hedge Funds and Systemic Risk
Mar. 20 Jonas Svedlund (GE Ventures)
Corporate Venture Capitalists: GE Ventures as a Case Study
Apr. 13 Paul N. Roth (Schulte Roth & Zabel), Michael A. Gerstenzang (Cleary Gottlieb)
Hedge Funds’ Myriad Intersections with the Financial Services Industry
Mar. 9 Stephen M. Vine (Akin Gump)
Why hedge funds look like they do; hedge fund regulation
Mar. 1 Charlie Wang (HBS)
Introduction to Empirical Methods
Feb. 9 Marcel Kahan (NYU)
Introduction to Empirical Methods
Jan. 17 Dr. David Hung (Medivation)
Takeovers in the Target’s Boardroom
Jan. 13 Norman Chambers (NCI Building)
Duress and Distress Transactions
Jan. 9 David Lenhardt (PetSmart)
LBO’s and Going-Private Transactions
Dec. 5 James Stynes (Deutsche Bank), Howard Ellin (Skadden Arps)
Financial Advisors: Can’t Live With Em, Can’t Live Without Em?
Nov. 29 David Katz (Wachtell Lipton), Toby Myerson (Paul Weiss), Scott Simpson (Skadden Arps)
Cross-Border Deals in the EU
Nov. 28 David Katz (Wachtell Lipton), Toby Myerson (Paul Weiss), Scott Simpson (Skadden Arps)
Nuts and Bolts of Comparative US/EU M&A Law
Nov. 21 Bill Lafferty (MNAT), Bill Savitt (Wachtell Lipton), Tariq Mundiya (Willkie, Farr & Gallagher), Josh Targoff (Third Point), Brian Schorr (Trian Partners)
How Shareholder Activists Stimulate M&A Activity
Nov. 14 Lou Kling (Skadden Arps), Eileen Nugent (Skadden Arps), Faiza Saeed (Cravath), Rob Spatt (Simpson Thacher)
Certainty versus Nominal Price
Nov. 8 Rick Climan (Weil Gotshal)
The Merger Agreement As A Contract II
Nov. 7 Brandon Van Dyke (Skadden Arps), Lande Spottswood (Vinson & Elkins)
The Merger Agreement as a Contract
Oct. 26 Greg Taxin (Spotlight Advisors)
Hedge Fund Activism
Oct. 24 John Finley (Blackstone), Susan Hassan (Valor Equity Partners), Marni Lerner (Simpson Thacher)
Contract v. Fiduciary Duty Principles? Deal Protections
Oct. 20 Brian Cheffins (University of Cambridge)
The Transformation of the Public Company
Oct. 13 Rob Jackson (Columbia Law School)
The Value of Takeover Defenses
Oct. 6 Stephen Davis (HLS)
What They Do With Your Money
Oct. 5 Josh Mitts (Columbia Business School)
Securities Disclosures
Paula Price, Bill Mostyn and Warren McFarlan
Director’s Panel
Sep. 28 Ben Heineman
Corporate Governance and the Inside Counsel
Sep. 15 Ted Mirvis (Wachtell Lipton)
The Law and Director’s Duties
Sep. 2 Rakhi Kumar (State Street Global Advisors)
Nature of U.S. Shareholders and Their Goals


Apr. 21 Peter Lattman (The New York Times)

The Future of the Fund Industry

Rob Wagman, President & CEO, Walter Hanley, Head of M&A & Victor Casini, General Counsel (LKQ Corp)

Cross-Border Acquisitions: LKQ

Apr. 18 Oren Sussman (Said Business School)

The Privatization of Bankruptcy: Evidence from Financial Distress in the Shipping Industry

Steven Rosenblum (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz)

Management Buyouts: Dell MBO

Derrick Farrell (Faruqi & Faruqi & Shannon Hopkins, Levi & Korsinsky)

Deal Presentation: Comverge-HIG

Eileen Nugent & David Rievman( Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom)

Inversions: Endo-Paladin

Apr. 7 Solomon Noh (Shearman & Sterling); Jason Dillow (Halcyon Capital Management)

The Roles of Internal and External Counsel With Respect To Key Investment Strategies Employed By Large Hedge Funds

Garrett B. Moritz (Seitz Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP); Joe Podraza (Sprague & Sprauge)

Deal Process Design: The Sale of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Eduardo Gallardo & Brian Lutz, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Hostile Takeovers: Depomed-Horizon

Mar. 31 James McGovern (United States Attorney’s Office); John Nathanson (Shearman & Sterling)

Regulatory Concerns, Including Insider Trading

Mar. 29 Michal Barzuza (Virginia)

Adverse Selection in Corporate Governance Choices

Mar. 10 Paul N. Roth (Schulte Roth & Zabel)

Establishment and Operation of Management Companies and Partnerships

Mar. 8 Arevik Avedian (Harvard)

Corporate Governance and the Creation of the SEC

Feb. 4 Stephen M. Vine (Akin Gump)

Structure of Funds

Feb. 2 Guhan Subramanian (HLS)

Deal Process Design in Management Buyouts

Feb. 1 Kenneth Ahern (USC)

Information Networks: Evidence from Illegal Insider Trading Tips

Dec. 7 Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard (DE Court of Chancery), James C. Morphy (Sullivan Cromwell)

Role Reversal: What Looks Different From The Other Side Of The Bench?

Dec. 2 Ryan McCloud

Dan Loeb vs. Sotheby’s

Nov. 30 William [Bill] Lafferty (MNAT), Bill Savitt (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Tariq Mundiya (Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher), Josh Targoff (Third Point), Domenico De Sole (Tom Ford Brand)

Recent Forms of Shareholder Activism

Nov. 23 David Katz (Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Toby Myerson (Paul Weiss), Scott Simpson (Skadden Arps)

Nuts and Bolts of Comparative US/EU M&A Law

Nov. 18 David Berger (Wilson Sonsini) and Steve Wolosky (Olshan Frome Wolosky)

Shareholder Activism

Nov. 17 Elisabeth de Fontenay (Duke University)

Market Information and the Elite Law Firm

Nov. 17 Mark Roe (HLS)

The Perspective of Mark Roe

Nov. 16 Lou Kling (Skadden Arps), Eileen Nugent (Skadden Arps), Faiza J. Saeed (Cravath), Rob Spatt (Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett)

Certainty versus Nominal Price

Nov. 16 Ted Mirvis (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz)

Boards, Shareholders and Takeovers – The Perspective of Ted Mirvis

Nov. 11 Dan Gallagher

The SEC, the Pay-Ratio Rule, and the Dodd-Frank Clawback

Nov. 11 Deborah Paul (Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Tom Brennan (HLS)

Taxation of Mergers & Acquisitions

Nov. 10 Rick Climan (Weil, Gotshal)

The Merger Agreement as a Contract

Nov. 10 Commissioner Kara Stein (U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission)

The Perspective of Kara Stein

Nov. 9 Andrew Lo (MIT)

The Gordon Gekko Effect: The Role of Culture in the Financial Industry

Nov. 9 Brandon Van Dyke (Skadden Arps), Lande Spottswood (Vinson & Elkins)

The Merger Agreement as a Contract

Nov. 4 Boris Feldman (Wilson Sonsini)

Derivative Suits

Nov. 4 Diane Mulcahy (Kauffman Foundation)

VC Performance and Returns: The Data

Nov. 3 Ben Heineman (Harvard)

Corporate Integrity, Trust and Performance – The Perspective of Ben Heineman

Nov. 2 Greg Varallo (RLF), Patricia Vella (MNAT), Rachelle Silverberg (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Mark Morton (Potter Anderson)

The Metaphysics Of Fiduciary Outs: The Intricacies Of A Concept Run Amok

Oct. 28 Denes Ban (OurCrow)

Equity Crowdfunding

Oct. 27 Rebecca Henderson (HBS)

The Perspective of Rebecca Henderson

Oct. 27 Paul Cappuccio (Time Warner), Annaliese Kambour (Time Warner), Doug Phillips (Time Warner), Priya Dogra (Time Warner)

Spin-offs in Practice: Goals, Rules, and Problems

Oct. 27 Jill Fisch (University of Pennsylvania)

Does Majority Voting Improve Board Accountability?

Oct. 26 Brian Schorr (Trian Fund Management)

Hedge Fund Activism – The Perspective of Brian Schorr

Oct. 26 John Finley (Blackstone), Scott Davis (Mayer Brown), Susan Hassan (Skadden Arps)

Contract v. Fiduciary Duty Principles?

Oct. 21 Mitchell Presser (Freshfields), Paul Schnell (Skadden)
Perspectives on Taxes
Oct. 21 Isaac Corre (Governors Lane)

The Mylan Plays

Oct. 20 Assaf Hamdani (Hebrew University)

Incentive Fees and Competition in Pension Funds

Oct. 20 Glenn Booraem (Vanguard Group, Inc), Matt Filosa (Morgan Stanley), Aeisha Mastagni (CalSTRS)

The Perspectives of Institutional Investors

Oct. 19 Doron Levit (Wharton)

Corporate Control Activism

Oct. 19 Theodore N. Mirvis (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Paul Rowe (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz)

The Death of Enhanced Scrutiny?

Oct. 19 Robert Jackson (Columbia Law School)

Trading and Information – The Perspective of Robert Jackson

Oct. 19 Theodore N. Mirvis (Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz)

The Law and Director’s Duties

Oct. 14 Rachelle Silverberg (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz)

Exclusive-Forum Bylaws and Disclosure-Only Settlements

Oct. 9 Assaf Hamdani (Hebrew University)

Making Independent Directors Work

Oct. 7 Alan Goudiss (Shearman & Sterling)

Zales M&A Litigation

Oct. 5 John Coates (HLS)

Corporate Political Speech – The Perspective of John Coates

Oct. 2 Charlie Penner (Jana Partners)

Activist Director Compensation

Sep. 30 Jeffrey Katz and Jesse Boodoo (Ropes & Gray)

Morgans Hotel Control Battle

Sep. 23 Vicki Sato (HBS), Wendy Lane (Willis Group Limited), David Fubini (HBS), Warren McFarlan (HBS)

The Directors Panel

Sep. 15 Mark Roe (HLS)

Financial Markets and the Political Center of Gravity