2020 Schedule

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.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

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

9-10:15 a.m. - Crisis Management in 2020

  • Managing the board process during a crisis
  • Roles of internal and external counsel
  • Navigating the inevitable investor relations and media communications challenges
  • Best practices for addressing challenges faced by boards and their advisers
  • Structuring and carrying out internal investigations: one size does not fit all

Session Chair
David A. Katz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York City

Panelists
Timothy R. Baer, Managing Partner, TRB Partners LLC and Retired Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Target, Minneapolis 
Meredith B. Cross
Joele Frank, Managing Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, New York City

10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30-11:45 a.m. - Corporate Governance 2020: The Latest from Delaware and Beyond

  • Addressing board diversity and refreshment
  • CEO succession under the microscope
  • The board’s role in cybersecurity and data privacy issues
  • Delaware update

Session Co-Chairs
David M. Lynn, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, DC
Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, VA

Panelists
Rani Doyle, Executive Director, EY Center for Board Matters, Washington, DC
Lawrence Hamermesh, Professor Emeritus, Widener University Delaware Law School, Wilmington, DE
Michael C. Marsh, Akerman LLP, Miami

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Luncheon

12:45-1:30 p.m. - A Conversation with Leo Strine

Moderator
Eileen T. Nugent, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York City

1:30-1:45 p.m. - Break

1:45-3 p.m. - Recurring Disclosure Challenges

  • Managing officer and director departures and alleged misconduct
  • Dealing with developments in investigations and litigation
  • Correcting errors in disclosures
  • Challenges after the earnings release and before the filing of the periodic report

Session Chair
Thomas J. Kim, Institute Vice Chair, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC

Panelists
Steven E. Bochner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto
Alexander F. Cohen, Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, DC
Jay H. Knight, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville
Lori Zyskowski, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York, NY

3-3:15 p.m. - Break

3:15-4:15 p.m. - Capital Markets: Private Company Financing

  • SEC update: concept release on harmonization of offering exemptions
  • Trends in late-stage financing structures
  • Equity programs, tender offers, and secondary markets 
  • ICO transactions and Reg A   

Session Chair
Allison Berry Spinner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto

Panelists
Dawn Belt, Fenwick & West LLP, Mountain View, CA
Jeremiah Gordon, General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer, CapitalG, Mountain View, CA
Jennifer A. Zepralka, Chief, Office of Small Business Policy, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC, Washington, DC

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

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Capital Markets for Reporting Companies

  • Dual-class structures and recapitalizations for IPOs
  • Market stand-offs, lockups, and hedging
  • Director, officer, and employee trading - 10b5-1 plans, Rule 144 issues, blackout periods, and insider lists
  • Preparing for follow-on offerings and block trades, and developments in debt offerings

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

Panelists
Monifa Clayton, Senior Corporate Counsel, Pinterest, San Francisco
Lona Nallengara, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York City
Sarah K. Solum, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Menlo Park, CA

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Reception Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

7-8 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable - Practically Speaking: Insuring Transactions & Monetizing Claims - Presented by Charles River Associates
Panelists
Jordan Kraner, Principal, Charles River Associates, Forensic Services
Drew Levin, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, Insurance Counseling and Recovery Group
Ken Mathieu, Vice-President, Charles River Associates, Forensic Services
Mary Ann Todd, Partner and General Counsel, BDT & Company
Limited space available, RSVP is required.
Please email peter.skrabacz@law.northwestern.edu to RSVP

7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

8:15-9:15 a.m. - Updates from SEC Senior Staff: Division of Corporation Finance

William H. Hinman, Director
Shelley E. Parratt, Deputy Director

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

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Alan B. Levenson Keynote Address

Jay Clayton, Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC

10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30-11:45 a.m. - Accounting is Having a Busy Year

  • Corp Fin: new acquisition disclosures, non-GAAP challenges, 3-13 waivers, realignment
  • FASB: revenue, leases, CECL, goodwill impairment, segments, reference rate reform
  • PCAOB: CAMs, inspection transformation, the new board at work
  • Technology: robotics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain

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

Panelists
Mark Kronforst, Partner, Professional Practice, Ernst & Young LLP, Washington, DC
Shelley E. Parratt
Sagar Teotia, Chief Accountant, SEC, Washington, DC
Amie Thuener, Vice President, Principal Accounting Officer, Google/Alphabet Inc., Mountain View, CA

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Luncheon

12:15-1 p.m. - The Future of AI and the Law: Is Your Next Associate Going to be a Robot?

Kristian J. Hammond, Bill and Cathy Osborn Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

1-1:15 p.m. - Break

1:15-2:30 p.m. - State of the M&A Marketplace in 2019 and What's Ahead in 2020

  • The Trulia decision four years later: deal litigation in the Delaware courts
  • Deal certainty in acquisitions of private companies
  • Why hasn’t rep and warranty insurance caught on with strategic buyers?
  • Delaware appraisal update
  • The Rent-A-Center saga

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

Panelists
Andre G. Bouchard, Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, Wilmington, DE
Eva Davis, Winston & Strawn LLP, Los Angeles
Jennifer F. Fitchen, Sidley Austin LLP, Palo Alto

2:30-2:45 p.m. - Break

2:45-3:45 p.m. - Proxy Developments

  • Proxy statement developments: new disclosures and trends
  • Shareholder proposals: trends, guidance, and impact of the SEC’s new process
  • Shareholder engagement: responding to shareholder campaigns and dealing with activist investors
  • The role and regulation of proxy advisers: SEC guidance and practical takeaways

Session Chair
Lillian C. Brown, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC

Panelists
Michele M. Anderson, Associate Director for Disclosure Operations, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC, Washington, DC
Krystal Gaboury Berrini, PJT Camberview, San Francisco
Brian V. Breheny, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC
Colleen M. McIntosh, Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel, CVS Health, Woonsocket, RI

3:45-4:15 p.m. - Houlihan Lokey Ice Cream Social

4:15-5:15 p.m. - ESG Hot Topics

  • Preparing and managing ESG disclosures: an inside counsel perspective
  • ESG ratings: why we should care about them and what we can do
  • Trends in E&S shareholder proposals: private ordering in E&S disclosures
  • Thinking about ESG holistically: integration into long-term strategy and board oversight

Session Chair
Keith F. Higgins, Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston

Panelists
Marija Kramer, Managing Director, ISS ESG, Rockville, MD
Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President & Director, Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management, LLC, Portland 
Linda Park, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA
Kristen Sullivan, Partner and Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Stamford, CT


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

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

Moderator
Linda Chatman Thomsen, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Washington, DC

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

9:30-11 a.m. - Ethics: Lessons Learned from a Silicon Valley Startup

  • Lawyer serving as director of client corporation
  • Confidentiality and whistleblowing
  • Talking to the press

Session Chair
Mary K. Foster, Former Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago

Panelists
Keir D. Gumbs, Associate General Counsel, Corporate Transactions and Deputy Corporate Secretary, Uber Technologies Inc., San Francisco
Arian M. June, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Washington, DC
Scott Morgan, General Counsel and Secretary, Splunk Inc., San Francisco

11-11:15 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - SEC Enforcement and Related Civil Litigation

  • Increased enforcement focus on accounting, financial reporting, and disclosures
  • Enforcement of Regulation FD and insider trading
  • Special challenges in transnational investigations
  • Latest developments in federal court litigation

Session Chairs
George S. Canellos, Milbank LLP, New York City
Dixie L. Johnson, King & Spalding LLP, Washington, DC

Panelists
Stephen M. Cutler, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York City
Michael D. Mann, Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, Washington, DC
Joan E. McKown, Jones Day, Washington, DC

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

Panelists
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