Columbia Law School to Hold 2018 M&A and Corporate Governance Conference in New York City

On April 20, 2018, Columbia Law School will hold its 2018 Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance Conference at Convene in midtown Manhattan. The event is co-sponsored by the law firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

The annual event brings together members of the federal and Delaware judiciary, government regulators, academics, institutional investors, and prominent M&A and corporate governance practitioners. This year’s panelists will include U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen L. Valihura, Delaware Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard, and SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr. Below is the full agenda.

Panel 1: Delaware M&A Developments

The Honorable Andre G. Bouchard; chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery

Eduardo Gallardo; partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jack B. Jacobs; former justice, Delaware Supreme Court

William M. Lafferty; partner, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell

William Savitt; partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Panel 2: Securities Enforcement

John C. Coffee Jr.; Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Barry R. Goldsmith; partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Robert J. Jackson Jr.; commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission

Steven Peikin; co-director, Division of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission

The Honorable Jed S. Rakoff; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Joel Seligman; former president of the University of Rochester

Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


The SEC Office of M&A Speaks: Q&A with Ted Yu, Chief of the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission


Panel 3: Shareholder Engagement and Activism

Bill Anderson; senior managing director and global head of strategic shareholder advisory business, Evercore Partners

Glenn Booraem; investment stewardship officer, Vanguard

Michelle Edkins; global head of investment stewardship, Blackrock

Joele Frank; managing partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Cristiano Guerra; head of special situations research, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

Sabastian V. Niles; partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Lori Zyskowski; partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Fireside Chat with the Honorable Karen L. Valihura, Justice, Delaware Supreme Court


Panel 4: Challenges Ahead for the U.S. M&A and IPO Markets

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera; CNBC chief international correspondent and “Power Lunch” co-anchor

Merritt B. Fox; Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law and NASDAQ Professor for Law and Economics of Capital Markets, Columbia Law School

Hillary Holmes; partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Susan S. Huang; vice chairman and head of M&A – Americas, Morgan Stanley

Edward Lee; partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Jennifer Muller; managing director, Houlihan Lokey

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Pre-registration is required for this event, because seating is limited. For further information, please contact Stephanie Hur at