2019 Schedule

2019 SRI Brochure

Most sessions will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA. Session times and speakers are subject to change.  Any confirmed changes due to the federal government shutdown will be reflected here.

Monday, January 28, 2019

7:45 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9 a.m. - Welcome and Overview

Juliann Cecchi, Assistant Dean, External Partnerships, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago
Meredith B. Cross, Institute Chair, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC

9-10 a.m. - Perspectives from the Practice: A General Counsel Discussion of Securities Law and Other Priorities for 2019

Meredith B. Cross
Thomas J. Kim, Institute Vice Chair, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC

Scott Morgan, General Counsel and Secretary, Splunk Inc., San Francisco
Sara E. Moss, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., New York City
Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, VA
Christopher B. Walther, Chief Legal Officer, Activision Blizzard, Inc., Los Angeles

10-10:15 a.m. - Break

10:15-11:30 a.m. - Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

  • Bitcoin, Ether, ICOs and more: sorting out the key regulatory issues
  • Doing cryptocurrency offerings the right way
  • Where is SEC Enforcement?
  • The major open regulatory issues

Session Chair
Robert H. Rosenblum, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington, DC

Lee A. Schneider, General Counsel, Block.one, New York City
Rebecca J. Simmons, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York City
Linda Chatman Thomsen, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Washington, DC

11:30-11:45 a.m. - Break

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. - Crisis Management: Governance, Disclosure, and the Dos and Don'ts

  • Primary do’s and don’ts in any major crisis
  • How to handle #MeToo crises: lessons learned
  • When the activist comes calling: focusing on the short term, planning for the long term
  • How lawyers can help their clients facing a crisis

Session Chair
Mary Jo White, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York City

Brad D. Brian, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Joele Frank, Managing Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, New York City
David A. Katz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York City
Sara E. Moss

1-1:45 p.m. - Luncheon

1:45-2:45 p.m. - Alan B. Levenson Keynote Address

The Honorable Leo E. Strine Jr., Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court, Wilmington, Delaware

Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance (Retired), California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), West Sacramento, CA

2:45-3 p.m. - Break

3-4:15 p.m. - Capital Markets: Private Company Financing Through IPO, Including Direct Listings

  • SEC update: regulatory and legislative proposals
  • Key considerations and challenges in staying private longer
  • Late-stage financing deal terms and their impact on the IPO
  • Alternative offering techniques
  • Governance considerations and advising the board

Session Chair
Steven E. Bochner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA

Mary Anne Becking, Vice President of Corporate Legal, Dropbox, San Francisco
Richard C. Blake, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, Redwood City, CA
Jeffrey Thomas, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Nasdaq, Inc., San Francisco

4:15-4:30 p.m. - Break

4:30-5:45 p.m. - Capital Markets for Reporting Companies: 25 Things You Need to Know

  • What to think about for follow-on offerings
  • Shelf registration: hidden issues
  • SEC Staff changes to processing registration statements: how they will make a difference
  • Challenges from incorporating Exchange Act disclosures into prospectuses

Session Chair
Jeffrey D. Karpf, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York City

James D. Evans, Fenwick & West LLP, Seattle
Marc D. Jaffe, Latham & Watkins LLP, New York City
David M. Lynn, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, DC

5:45-6:45 p.m. - Reception Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

6:45-7:45 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable: Moving to the Cloud Without Losing the Disinfectant Properties of Sunshine (Pre-registration required)

Jordan Kraner, Principal, Forensic Services, Charles River Associates, Chicago
Cuyler Robinson, Vice President, Charles River Associates, Chicago

Brian R. Buckham, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at IDACORP, Inc. and Idaho Power Company, Boise, ID
Jennifer R. Martin, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Menlo Park, CA

Sponsored and presented by:

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7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

8-9 a.m. - Updates from SEC Senior Staff: Division of Corporation Finance

The plans for this session will be updated based on the operational status of the SEC.

William H. Hinman, Director

9-9:15 a.m. - Break

9:15-10:30 a.m. - Accounting in 2019: You Won't Be Bored: From Artificial Intelligence to Performance Measures to an All New PCAOB

  • New GAAP: from a year with the new revenue recognition standard to leases coming on balance sheet in 2019
  • Five new PCAOB members: their new strategic plan (after public comment)
  • Is your company ready for expanded audit reports with auditor commentary?
  • Corp Fin financial reporting update: Rule 3-13 waivers, performance measures and more
  • Technology, robotics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence
  • Culture, tone, controls and other SEC messages for audit committees and preparers in 2019

Session Chair
John W. White, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York City

Duane M. DesParte, Board Member, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Chicago
Mark Kronforst, Partner, Professional Practice, Ernst & Young LLP
Amie Thuener, Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Alphabet Inc., Mountain View, CA 

10:30-10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. - Recurring Disclosure Challenges

  • Disclosing misconduct by management
  • How to obtain SEC Staff relief from financial statement requirements
  • Updating projections and other forward-looking statements
  • Cybersecurity: lessons learned

Session Chair
Thomas J. Kim

Michael L. Hermsen, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago
Keith F. Higgins, Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston
Stephanie C. Hildebrandt, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Archrock Inc., Houston
Mark Kronforst

12-12:30 p.m. - Luncheon

12:30-1:15 p.m. - Reflections on Public Service

Sally Q. Yates, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta

Dixie L. Johnson, King & Spalding LLP, Washington, DC

1:15-1:30 p.m. - Break

1:30-2:45 p.m. - Mergers & Acquisitions

  • The M&A marketplace in 2018/19
  • Is Delaware a “sandbagging” state?
  • Non-tech buyers buying tech companies
  • Tech M&A: Negotiating the "residuals" clause and the "no IP infringement" representation
  • Delaware appraisal update
  • Do fraud carve-outs from non-reliance clauses work?
  • A closer look at material adverse effect (MAE)-based walkaway rights

Session Chair
Richard E. Climan, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Silicon Valley, CA

Andre G. Bouchard, Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, Wilmington, DE
Melissa A. DiVincenzo, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE
R. Scott Falk, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago
Heather J. Meeker, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Menlo Park, CA

2:45-3 p.m. - Break

3-4:15 p.m. - Corporate Governance, Annual Meeting, Proxy Statement Developments, and Best Practices

  • Key developments and areas of concern
  • Identifying and managing the needs and wants of engaged investors
  • State of play on shareholder proposals
  • Proxy advisory firms: likelihood of real changes in light of legislative and regulatory priorities

Session Chair
Brian V. Breheny, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC

Lillian Brown, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC
Abe M. Friedman, Chief Executive Officer, CamberView Partners, LLC, San Francisco
Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, VA

4:15-4:45 p.m. - Houlihan Lokey Ice Cream Social

4:45-5:45 p.m. - ESG and Sustainability Reporting: Key Issues for 2019 and Beyond

  • What are investors looking for? 
  • So many ways to measure: looking for the “right” way 
  • Where should the information be provided?
  • Disclosure controls and procedures   
  • Other key considerations for boards and management

Session Chair
Elizabeth A. Ising, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC

Erica A. Green, Senior Counsel, Head of Disclosure, Board Governance and Investment Stewardship, Office of the General Counsel, Vanguard, Valley Forge, PA
Courteney Keatinge, Director, Environmental, Social & Governance Research, Glass Lewis & Co., San Francisco
Thomas L. Riesenberg, Director of Legal Policy & Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Washington, DC

5:45-6:45 p.m. - Reception Sponsored by Morrison & Foerster LLP

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

7:45 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

8:15-9:15 a.m. - Updates from SEC Senior Staff: Division of Enforcement and Office of the General Counsel

The plans for this session will be updated based on the operational status of the SEC.

Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director
Michael A. Conley, Solicitor, Office of the General Counsel

Stephen M. Cutler, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York City

9:15-9:30 a.m. - Break

9:30-11 a.m. - Defense Perspective on the SEC's Enforcement Priorities

  • Managing the ever-increasing impact of whistleblowers: demystifying the process and responding to allegations
  • Current flavors of financial reporting investigations
  • Making effective presentations to the SEC staff: beyond the basics
  • Representing entities and individuals: differing considerations, risks, and opportunities
  • Intersection of SEC enforcement proceedings and class-action/derivative litigation: pitfalls and balancing interests

Session Chair
Lorin L. Reisner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York City
Linda Chatman Thomsen

Stephen L. Cohen, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC
Nancy Kestenbaum, Covington & Burling LLP, New York City
Jordan A. Thomas, Labaton Sucharow LLP, New York City

11-11:15 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Hot Topics in Ethics: Cryptocurrency, #MeToo, and More

  • Lawyers as gatekeepers: SEC leans on lawyers to help police the cryptocurrency markets
  • Up-the-ladder reporting obligations in the era of #MeToo and other allegations
  • How lawyers should deal with potentially adverse information in corporate transactions
  • Increased reliance on law firm general counsels

Session Chairs
Meredith B. Cross
Colleen P. Mahoney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC

Martin S. Checov, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, San Francisco
John F. Olson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC
Carole Silver, Professor of Global Law & Practice, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago

12:45-1 p.m. - Boxed Lunch Break

1-2 p.m. - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Securities Law but Were Never Given the Chance to Ask... 

Session Chair
Martin P. Dunn, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, DC

Karen J. Garnett, Proskauer Rose LLP, Washington, DC
Dennis O. Garris, Alston & Bird, Washington, DC
Scott Siamas, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel of Corporate, Securities & Global Governance, Salesforce, San Francisco

2 p.m. - Program Concludes