Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hedge Fund Activism Conference Update

Below is an updated agenda and list of confirmed conference speakers.

IMN’s Hedge Fund Activism and Shareholder Value Summit brings together hedge funds, private equity firms and public pension funds together with corporate executives and board members, investment banks, asset managers, securities litigation firms, corporate law firms, advisory firms, and proxy solicitors for two days of networking and learning on current trends and the future outlook for hedge fund activism.

The Summit aims to inform corporations and institutional investors on innovations and opportunities in this alternative strategy, while providing insight into how active value managers operate.

A few of the topics that will be discussed include:
  • The Activist Playbook For A More Volatile Economy
  • Trends in Hedge Fund Activism: Balance Sheet vs. Operational Activism
  • The CSX Aftermath: The Use of SWAPS and the Second Circuit Court Decision
  • Case Study: Pershing Square vs. Target Corp. 2009 Proxy Contest
  • Challenging The Poison Pill and Other Defenses
  • The Court of Public Opinion And Shareholder Activism
  • The Board of Directors - Why Individuals Matter
  • Proxy Access Electrified: How Investors Can Gain Access to the Corporate Proxy and How Companies Will Prevent It
  • Activism In Asia Update - Approach and Impact
  • Rethinking the Capital Structure of Operational Activism: Steel Partners' Response to the Perfect Storm of 2008
Confirmed Conference Speakers Include:

Damien Park, Conference Co-Chairman

Managing Partner, Hedge Fund Solutions

Michael Flaherman, Conference Co-Chairman
Managing Director, New Mountain Capital

Jared Landaw, Barington Capital Group
Keith Gottfried, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
David New, Dalton Investments
Rachel Posner, Georgeson Inc

Joele Frank, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Matthew Sherman, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Stephen Fraidin, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Robert Ladd, LaddCap Value Advisors
John Siemann, Laurel Hill Advisory Group
Andrew Shapiro, Lawndale Capital Management
Timothy Brog, Locksmith Capital Management
Jeffrey Shapiro, Lowenstein Sandler
Mark Harnett, MacKenzie Partners
Howard Brownstein, NachmanHaysBrownstein
Julien Balkany, Nanes Balkany Partners
Bruce Goldfarb, Okapi Partners
Clifford Press, Oliver Press Partners
Richard Lashley, PL Capital
Jay Winship, Relational Investors
Christopher Young, RiskMetrics Group
Marc Goldstein, RiskMetrics Group
Paul Caminiti, Sard Verbinnen
Daniel Gagnier, Sard Verbinnen
Marc Weingarten, Schulte Roth & Zabel
David Rosewater, Schulte Roth & Zabel
Dennis Johnson, Shamrock Activist Value Fund
Stephen Arcano, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Richard Moore, Fmr. Treasurer, North Carolina
Daniel Léger, Steel Partners
David Baran, Symphony Financial Partners
Donna Anderson, T. Rowe Price
Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego School of Law
Susan Estrich, University of Southern California
David Katz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Arthur Lipson, Western Investments

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