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2013 Millstein Forum – Keynote Speaker: Sheila Bair

The following are cryptic notes and a photo taken at the 2013 Millstein Forum held June 24 & 25 at Columbia Law School. Be sure to check out the Forum’s photo gallery. I was probably paying more attention to my table-mates than the speaker but decided to post my note and an extensive interview conducted by Bill Moyers. BofA wasn’t […]

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2013 Millstein Forum: Beyond Shareholder Primacy

The following are cryptic notes and a few photos taken at the 2013 Millstein Forum held June 24 & 25 at Columbia Law School. Be sure to check out the Forum’s photo gallery.  Moderator: Harvey J. Goldschmid, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Former Commissioner, Securities Exchange Commission. Panelists: (more…)

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2013 Millstein Forum: Dual-Class Structures, Pro and Con

Sorry to be late and abbreviated in getting out my coverage of this great forum. Be sure to check out the Forum’s photo gallery, which contains many more and much better shots than what I took between notes and conversations. The second panel discussed the growing issue of dual-class stock structures. While there was considerable […]

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FAMulous Basis for Achieving Alpha

No, this article isn’t about becoming famous though the internet, the Sisters of the Sororitas, or Famulous Eateries in Bangkok. Rather, I just spent an hour on a Webinar with GMI Ratings on their Forensic Alpha Model (FAM), designed  to help investors predict stock returns using forensic-accounting and governance-related measures of issuer risk. Yes, it was […]

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Selected Tweets From ICGN 2013 in New York

Unfortunately, I got sick in New York, so missed the entire second day of ICGN 2013. Several weeks later, I am still recovering and am way behind in my other work, so any real comments I have on the conference will be long delayed. In the meantime, here are a few selected tweets. They aren’t […]

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My Notes from Ceres Conference 2013

Let’s just label these notes as “for entertainment purposes only.” Attending the conference was a real pleasure. Unfortunately, I was too busy catching up with people to take more than impressionistic notes at a few of the discussions. Prepare to be frightened about global climate change and our irresponsibly slow pace addressing the catastrophic consequences […]

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The Jobs Act: Challenges and Opportunities

As the United States continues to rebuild its economy, the JOBS Act will impact businesses and financial markets. Legal practitioners, scholars, and students must be proficient in the legal and business aspects of the JOBS Act. This symposium will facilitate discussions of potent topics related to the future of securities transactions regulated under the JOBS […]

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Corporate Directors Forum – Day 2

This is the last in my series on the Corporate Directors Forum 2013. See materials, slideshow, Corporate Directors Forum 2013: Bonus Session, and Corporate Directors Forum 2013 – Day 1, Part 1, and Corporate Directors Forum: Day 1, Part 2. The program was subject to the Chatham House Rule, so there will be little in the way of attribution below but I hope to provide […]

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Corporate Directors Forum: Day 1, Part 2

Below are some relatively quick notes I took at the Corporate Directors Forum 2013, held on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, January 27-29, 2013. See materials, Corporate Directors Forum 2013: Bonus Session, and Corporate Directors Forum 2013 – Day 1, Part 1. The program was subject to the Chatham House Rule, so there will be little in […]

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Corporate Directors Forum 2013 – Day 1, Part 1

Below are some relatively quick notes I took at the Corporate Directors Forum 2013, held on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, January 27-29, 2013. See materials. The program was subject to the Chatham House Rule, so there will be little in the way of attribution below but I hope to provide some sense of the […]

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Corporate Directors Forum 2013: Bonus Session

Below are some relatively quick notes I took at the Corporate Directors Forum 2013, Bonus Session, held on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, January 27, 2013. For a list of conference materials, see the Forum’s official site. My site, Corporate Governance (CorpGov.net) is unaffiliated. The program was subject to the Chatham House Rule, so […]

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SVNACD Event – Corporate Boards: Strategy, Not Just Operations Review

Bob Frisch is the managing partner of Strategic Offsites Group. He has more than 29 years of experience working with executive teams and boards worldwide on their most critical strategic issues. He has published three articles on teams and decision making in the Harvard Business Review: “Who Really Makes the Big Decisions in Your Company” (12/11), “When Teams Can’t […]

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SVNACD Event: M&A Pitfalls for Directors

M&A activity is on the rise, and recent decisions by the Delaware Chancery Court make the stakes for directors higher than ever. The businesspersons and lawyers on this panel offered plenty of insights about the life-cycle of a current M&A transaction from initial market check to consummation and then follow-up litigation, pointing out the all-too-frequent […]

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Video Friday: Larcker on ISS

Many institutional investors rely on a proxy advisory firm to assist them in voting the company proxy and fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to vote in the interest of beneficial shareholders. The largest and most influential proxy advisory firm is Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). The recommendations of ISS are not inconsequential. Academic and professional research suggests […]

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Gilead Sciences (GILD): Report from the AGM

Gilead Sciences ($GILD) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. I previously blogged about how I voted. Last week, I attended their annual meeting on 5/10/2012 to present John Chevedden’s proposal #4 to allow shareowners to act by written consent. This is an important governance feature allowing shareowners to take action in times of emergency between […]

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Weathering a Crisis: Weil in Silicon Valley

On May 8, 2012, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Silicon Valley office hosted a one day symposium on Weathering a Crisis for corporate leaders and general counsel. Panel discussions focused on how to effectively handle a crisis before it becomes public; how to navigate the media while preserving your company’s public image; and how to implement sound […]

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Shareholder Activism: Stanford Rock – Part 2 of 3

This was the second in a three part overview of shareholder activism, beginning with the history and an overview of the key players in the space; continuing with a behind-the-scenes look at non-contentious shareholder engagement and how its impacting companies and the market; and ending with an overview of proxy fights, PR wars and activist […]

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Board Evaluations: Rigorous Process or Kabuki Theater?

In recent years, virtually all boards acknowledge that an annual board evaluation is required by “best practices.” How that evaluation should be done, by the board members themselves or by outside “experts” still remains an open matter. And whether these evaluations, either internal or external, are in most cases useful in improving board performance or […]

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LA Trustees Roundup 2012: Corporate Governance

As Laura Berry mentioned at the conference, this is an event to recharge your batteries. It is great to learn what others are doing. Of course, the list of things I need to do grows exponentially every time I attend one of these gatherings of mostly California public pension funds. Disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer: Nothing I […]

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Corporate Directors Forum 2012 Part 7: Laster Inspires Multi-forum Nightmare – Small Claims Shareowner Flash Mobs

These are some relatively quick notes that I’m sharing from the Corporate Directors Forum 2012, held at the University of San Diego, January 22-24, 2012. This post diverges to a flight of fancy inspired by a problem raised by judge J. Travis Laster at the Forum… a flight of fancy that borders on nightmare. In part 8 I promise […]

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