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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
8:45 am–12:30 p.m
Dealing with Challenging Securities Problems: The Corporate Process Examined
Through the use of one hypothetical, the morning will provide a three–session examination of challenging corporate and securities law issues with practical advice on how to deal with them
Counseling the Board in a Crisis
A hypothetical situation to illustrate best practices in counseling to the Board in a crisis
Charles W. Mulaney Jr., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago
Susan R. Lichtenstein, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Chicago
Frederick C. Lowinger, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago
Robert F. Wall, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago
10:30 –11:30 a.m.
Disclosure and Crisis Management
Taking the problem set from the prior panel, this session will discuss alternatives for disclosure and crisis management
Joseph P. Gromacki, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago
Ian D. Campbell, Vice Chairman, The Abernathy MacGregor Group, Los Angeles
Charles H. N. Kallenbach, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey
David M. Lynn, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, D.C.
Robert C. Shrosbree, Executive Director, Legal, Corporate & Securities, General Motors Company, Detroit
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Mitigating the Litigation
From the initial problem set, how best to respond to the possibility of DOJ and SEC enforcement actions
Sheldon T. Zenner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago
Patrick Fitzgerald, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago
Merri Jo Gillette, Regional Director of the Chicago Regional Office, SEC, Chicago
Barbara H. Wright, Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co., Charlotte, North Carolina
A discussion with members of the senior staff of the Division of Corporation Finance
Martin P. Dunn, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington, D.C.
Gregory C. Vogelsperger, Chief Counsel, Securities, Finance & Governance, The Boeing Company, Chicago
Delaware Mock Trial: "Don't Ask, Don't Waive" Provisions
Leo E. Strine Jr., Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, Wilmington, Delaware
Mark D. Gerstein, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago
Q&A with Chancellor Strine
Reception – sponsored by
Optional Breakfast Roundtable Discussions (Sponsored Events, Limited Seating – Registration Required)
Doing a Public M&A Deal in Canada – Recent Developments and Key Considerations
John A. Kolada, Blake, Cassels & Graydon (U.S.) LLP, Chicago
Managing Shareholder Activism: Proactive vs Reactive
Matthew Sherman, Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, New York City
Market Overview – A Global Perspective
Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist, Mesirow Financial, Chicago
Challenges in Cross–Border Transactions
D. Mark McMillan, K&L Gates LLP, Chicago
James Dinnage, General Counsel, DuPont Performance Elastomers L.L.C, Wilmington, Delaware
Jean–Pierre Lee, Mayer Brown LLP, Paris
Michelle M. Warner, Corporate Vice President, Law, Corporate, Securities and Transactions, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Avoiding Pitfalls in M&A Transactions
R. Scott Falk, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago
Suzanne S. Bettman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Chicago
Trevor S. Norwitz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York City
Jeffrey R. Wolters, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware
Boxed Lunch Break
When Do You Cross the Line? Counseling vs. Improper Facilitation of Client Wrongdoings (Ethics Credit)
Barry S. Alberts, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago