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March 19: Corporate governance

UD's Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance to host symposium


4:38 p.m., Feb. 27, 2014--The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware has announced the 2014 Corporate Governance Symposium to be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, in 125 Clayton Hall.

The symposium will cover governance issues of critical importance to institutional investors in an effort to provide attendees with cutting edge governance discussion and debate.

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Institutional investors residing on a panel will begin the event by sharing what matters most to them. Panelists include:

  • Glenn Booraem, principal, Vanguard Group, and controller, Vanguard Funds;
  • Stephen L. Brown, senior director, Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF;
  • Kayla J. Gillan, leader, PwC Investor Resource Institute;
  • Jack B. Jacobs, justice, Supreme Court of Delaware;
  • Rakhi Kumar, head of Corporate Governance, State Street Global Advisors;
  • Robert McCormick, chief policy officer, Glass Lewis and Co.; 
  • Patrick S. McGurn, special counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.; and
  • Carol J. Ward, vice president and corporate secretary, Mondelēz International, Inc.

Charles M. Elson, director of the Weinberg Center and Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair of Corporate Governance, will moderate the panel.

The symposium will also include the presentation of four academic papers on topics that are of critical importance to institutional investors today. The academic papers being presented include:

  • “Shareholder Activism as a Corrective Mechanism in Corporate Governance,” by Paul Rose, the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and Bernard S. Sharfman, visiting assistant professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; discussant, April Klein, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University;
  • “Staggered Boards and Firm Value, Revisited,” by K.J. Martijn Cremers, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Lubomir P. Litov, the University of Arizona Eller School of Management, and Simone M. Sepe, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law; discussant, Jesse M. Fried, Harvard Law School;
  • “Management Influence on Investors: Evidence from Shareholder Votes on the Frequency of Say on Pay,” by Fabrizio Ferri, Columbia University, and David Oesch, University of St. Gallen; discussant, Jill E. Fisch, University of Pennsylvania Law School; and
  • “Philanthropy, Corporate Culture and Misconduct,” by Frederick Bereskin, University of Delaware, Terry Campbell II, University of Delaware, and Simi Kedia, Rutgers University; discussant, Michelle Lowry, Penn State University, and visiting professor, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

To read abstracts of the papers, visit the center’s website.

There is no cost to attend but due to limited space, attendees are asked to register in advance online by March 6. Registrants will receive materials in advance of the program, and Delaware CLE credits will be provided for the panel portion of the program. A complimentary lunch is included.

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