All sessions will take place at Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Session times are subject to change.
Registration, continental breakfast
Welcome and Overview
Diane Swonk, Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist, Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc., Chicago
9:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Lifecycle of Managing Shareholder Activism: The Corporate Process Examined
A two–session hypothetical examining the legal, financial, and investor communication challenges presented by shareholder activism.
When the Activist Comes Knocking
Mark D. Gerstein, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago/New York City
William D. Anderson Jr., Managing Director, Global Head of Activism/Raid Defense, Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York City
Bryan J. Blankfield, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Matthew Sherman, President, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, New York City
Erin Glezen Stone, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
When the Challenge Goes Public
R. Scott Falk, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago
Daniel H. Burch, Chairman & CEO, MacKenzie Partners, Inc., New York City
David A. DeNunzio, Global Chairman, Mergers & Acquisitions, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, New York City
Michael F. Lohr, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Boeing Company, Chicago
Robert J. Minkus, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago
Lunch – sponsored by
A Conversation with the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance
Keith F. Higgins, Director, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC, Washington, D.C.
Robert C. Shrosbree, Executive Director, Legal, Corporate & Securities, General Motors Company, Detroit
William L. Tolbert Jr., Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, D.C.
Key Disclosure Issues for 2014 Including Shelley Parratt's "Top Ten"
Martin P. Dunn, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Shinn Greisch, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Northern Trust Corporation, Chicago
Keith F. Higgins
Thomas J. Kim, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, D.C.
Shelley E. Parratt, Deputy Director, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC, Washington, D.C.
A Roundtable Discussion on the Pitfalls of Emerging Technology and Other Ethical Issues
Wendy J. Muchman, Chief of Litigation and Professional Education, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Chicago
Wendy L. Rubas, Vice President and General Counsel, Northwest Community Healthcare, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sherrese M. Smith, Paul Hastings LLP, Washington, D.C.
Anne E. Thar, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago
Reception – sponsored by
Optional Breakfast Roundtable Discussion (Sponsored Event, Limited Seating – Registration Required)
From the Transformative to the Turbulent: Deal Communications in the New Age of Media and Financial Markets
Thomas B. Johnson, President, and Ian D. Campbell, Vice Chairman, The Abernathy MacGregor Group
Accounting and Auditing Developments
Developments in the Relationships Between Audit Committees and Auditors
Remarks by James R. Doty, Chairman, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Washington, D.C.
John W. White, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York City
James R. Doty
Michael J. Gallagher, Managing Partner, Assurance Quality, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York City
Michele J. Hooper, President and CEO, The Directors' Council, Wilmette, Illinois
Mark Kronforst, Chief Accountant, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC, Washington, D.C.
10:45 a.m.–12 p.m.
M&A Insights and Trends
Trevor S. Norwitz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York City
Mark A. Harris, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago
Elizabeth Clough Kitslaar, Jones Day, Chicago
Thomas J. Murphy, McDermott Will & Emery, Chicago
Jeffrey N. Neuman, Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel, Honeywell International Inc., Morris Township, New Jersey
Boxed Lunch Break
Delaware Law Pitfalls for Deal Lawyers and In–house Counsel
The headline case for any given year usually involves a high–stakes takeover, the resolution of which often involves complex facts and high theory. But the day–to–day risks for counsel may be more likely to arise from non–compliance with lesser–known legal requirements that occur in acquisitions, stock issuances, and option grants. This panel will highlight some of the requirements that have become recurring pitfalls in deals and discuss practical ways to identify, avoid and, if necessary, fix the problems.
Jeffrey R. Wolters, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware
C. Stephen Bigler, Richards, Layton & Finger, PA, Wilmington, Delaware
Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Palo Alto, California
Michael T. Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel–Corporate, Aon plc, Chicago
Updates in Securities Litigation and Enforcement
Merri Jo Gillette, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Chicago