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2018 Schedule

All sessions will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA. Session times are subject to change.

Monday, January 22, 2018

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

9-9:45 a.m. - Alan B. Levenson Keynote Address

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

9:45-10 a.m. - Break

10-11:15 a.m. - Regulatory and Legislative Developments: What's Real vs. Aspirational

  • What has changed and what will remain the same
  • Status of the Dodd-Frank Act rulemakings and the Financial CHOICE Act
  • The SEC's current priorities
  • The likely impact of the changes on corporate governance

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

David Hirschmann, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, Washington, DC
Kevin P. Kennedy, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Palo Alto, CA
Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS, West Sacramento, CA
Elisse B. Walter, Former Chair, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC

11:15-11:30 a.m. - Break

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - In the Courts: Key Cases to Consider

  • Looking at Leidos: the future of disclosure claims
  • Evolving insider trading law after Salman
  • Revisiting disgorgement penalties in light of Kokesh
  • Constitutional questions about the SEC's administrative forum
  • Other key developments in securities litigation

Session Chair
David M. Lynn, Jenner and Block LLP, Washington, DC

Robert E. Buckholz, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York City
Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
Monica K. Loseman, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Denver

12:30-1:15 p.m. - Luncheon

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

1:30-2:30 p.m. - A Conversation with Chief Justice Strine

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

Janet Langford Carrig, Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConocoPhillips, Houston

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

2:45-4 p.m. - Counseling the Board in the New World Order

  • Why board composition matters: diversity, tenure, refreshment, and experience
  • Dealing with activist and dissident directors
  • Managing dynamics for a cohesive board
  • Role of index funds in fueling activists
  • The role of the board in crisis management
  • Advising the board in the face of uncertainty (political, regulatory, and social changes)

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

Allison A. Bennington, Partner and General Counsel, ValueAct Capital, San Francisco
Meredith B. Cross
Genevieve Kelly, Former Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Dole Food Company, Inc., Los Angeles
Paul D. Tosetti, Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles

4-4:10 p.m. - Transition Break

4:10-5:25 p.m. - Proxy Statement and Annual Meeting Developments and Best Practices: Practical Guidance for 2018

  • Executive compensation: hot button issues for investors this year
  • Year one of CEO pay-ratio disclosure: there is more to this than how to calculate it
  • Key governance trends impacting 2018 annual meetings
  • Shareholder proposal developments
  • Proxy contests: trends, statistics, and observations
  • Annual meeting developments and trends: will virtual meetings become a reality?

Session Chair
Keir D. Gumbs, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC

Lillian Brown, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC
Mary A. Francis, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA
David R. Fredrickson, Associate Director and Chief Counsel, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC
Richard H. Grubaugh, Senior Vice President, D.F. King & Co., New York City

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

7-8 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable:
Cyber Breach Aftermath: Civil Litigation, Insurance Claims, and Regulatory Perspectives
(Pre-registration required. Hanover Room)

Jordan Kraner, Principal, Charles River Associates, Chicago
Mark Mermelstein, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Los Angeles
Carrie M. Raver, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Chicago
Ellen S. Robbins, Sidley Austin LLP, Los Angeles

G. Scott Solomon, Vice President, Charles River Associates, Chicago

7:45 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

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

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

9:30-10:45 a.m. - Accounting and Auditing in 2018: Lots for Lawyers to Keep Up With

  • FASB's (and preparers’) top priority: implementation of new GAAP--revenue recognition, leasing, financial instruments
  • Updates on impairments, non-GAAP measures, internal controls
  • SEC comments in 2018: what to expect in the financial reporting arena
  • Expanded auditor's reports are coming:  what preparers should be doing now!
  • PCAOB inspections: drill down on the process and its impact on preparers
  • Tone at the top: the audit committee's role and responsibility

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

Wesley R. Bricker, Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC
Christine Q. Davine, Deputy Managing Partner, Deloitte, Washington, DC
Kyle L. Moffatt, Acting Chief Accountant, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC
Sharon A. Virag, Principal Member, Virag Associates LLC, Avon, CT

10:45-11 a.m. - Break

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Recurring Disclosure Challenges

  • Assessing materiality on a qualitative basis
  • Cybersecurity threats
  • Known trends and uncertainties in MD&A
  • Developments in litigation and government investigations
  • Addressing staff comments
  • Climate change issues
  • Relationship with audit firm

Session Chair
Thomas J. Kim

Brian V. Breheny, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, Washington, DC
Keith F. Higgins, Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston
Shelley E. Parratt
Allison Berry Spinner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA

12:30-1 p.m. - Bento Boxed Lunch Break

1-1:45 p.m. - Del Talk: Understanding Bitcoin: Digital Goods and Services without Companies or Middlemen

New for 2018, this short talk will highlight how cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies are affecting the industry.

Peter Van Valkenburgh, Director of Research, Coin Center, Washington, DC

1:45-2 p.m. - Break

2-3:15 p.m. - Mergers & Acquisitions

  • State of the M&A marketplace
  • The Delaware Supreme Court speaks in Williams v. ETE with a spirited dissent
  • Negotiating the "full disclosure/10b-5" representation
  • Dissecting M&A deal points studies
  • Delaware appraisal decisions and their effect on appraisal arbitrage
  • Negotiating post-closing purchase price adjustments after Chicago Bridge & Iron

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

Andre G. Bouchard, Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, Wilmington, DE
R. Scott Falk, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago
Sharon R. Flanagan, Sidley Austin LLP, San Francisco

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

3:45-4:45 p.m. - Capital Markets: Selected Issues Faced by Late Stage Private Companies

  • Staying private vs. going public: key considerations
  • Late stage financings and related securities law considerations
  • Dual-class stock and other governance considerations
  • Liquidity restrictions and solutions; secondary trading best practices
  • Employee equity and retention challenges; Rule 701 update

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

Gordon K. Davidson, Fenwick & West LLP, Mountain View, CA
Lona Nallengara, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York City
Annemarie Tierney, Vice President, Head of Strategy and New Markets, NASDAQ Private Market, New York City

4:45-4:55 p.m. - Transition Break

4:55-5:55 p.m. - Capital Markets: IPOs, Follow-ons, Bought Deals, 144A for Life, and Everything in Between: Some Practical Q&A

  • Latest trends in IPOs
  • Issues faced in follow-on offerings
  • Capital raising by seasoned companies: recurring questions for shelf takedowns, bought deals, 144As, and private placements
  • What's new from the SEC to help issuers access the capital markets?

Session Chair
Alan F. Denenberg, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Menlo Park, CA

William H. Hinman
Jeffrey D. Karpf, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York City
Nima Kelly, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, GoDaddy Operating Company, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

7:45 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

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

Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director
Valerie A. Szczepanik, Assistant Director

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

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

9:30-11 a.m. - What's New in SEC Enforcement?

  • Big data
  • Cyber-security/hacking and trading
  • Accounting and disclosure/internal controls
  • Investment frauds
  • The enforcement process: what has changed? Penalties?
  • Coordination among the regulators: civil, criminal, international, etc.

Session Chair
Colleen P. Mahoney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC

Stephanie Avakian
Andrew J. Ceresney, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York City
Linda Chatman Thomsen
Richard H. Walker, King & Spalding LLP, New York City

11-11:15 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Navigating Conflicts and Other Ethical Pitfalls 

  • Conflicts in client intake/hiring lawyers
  • Pitfalls in giving opinions
  • Conflicts arising during matters
  • Challenges in disclosure processes

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

Karl A. Groskaufmanis, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Washington, DC
Stanley Keller, Locke Lord LLP, Boston
Phuong Phillips, Chief Legal Officer, Zynga Inc., San Francisco
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

Catherine T. Dixon, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Washington, DC
Sarah Dods, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Corporate Transactions & Governance, Salesforce, San Francisco
Dennis O. Garris, Alston & Bird LLP, Washington, DC

2 p.m. - Program Concludes