Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Activist Investor Conference: NYC January 21-22, 2010

Shareholder activism has intensified due to highly publicized corporate failures and controversy over executive compensation in light of poor corporate performance. Newly proposed rules to facilitate shareholder participation in board decisions will ensure that the trend continues. All stakeholders in corporate performance should attend this informative and timely event to learn about the latest trends, strategies and outcomes of shareholder activism.

Corporate managers, investors, proxy advisors and legal representatives from all sides will present a 360 degree view of activist investment strategies and their impact on corporate performance and returns. The event examines topics vital to both investors and corporate boards. In addition, the conference will provide plenty of opportunity for networking with peers and experts.


Thursday January 21, 2010

Managing the Impact of the Economic Climate on Investor Relations

Elizabeth Saunders, FD

The Purpose of the Proxy Access Initiative

David Rosewater, Schulte Roth & Zabel

Phil Goldstein, Bulldog Investors

Anne Sheehan, CalSTRS

Chris Young, RiskMetrics

Case Studies of Sucessful Corporate Defenses

David Katz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

The Activists' Toolkit

Steve Wolosky, Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky

Mark Harnett, MacKenzie Partners

Eric Rosenfeld, Crescendo Partners

Case Study: The First-Time Activist - Dialectic Capital's Sucessful Proxy Campaign at California Micro Devices

John Fichthorn, Dialectic Capital

Bryant Riley, Riley Investment Management

Assessing the Vulnerability of a Board of Directors

Keith Gottfried, Blank Rome

Bob Butler, Veritas Communications

Jared Landaw, Barington Capital

Paul Schulman, The Altman Group

What do Proxy Contests Achieve? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Hybrid Boards

Chris Cernich, Proxy Governance

Defining Corporate Governance

Steve Davidoff, The New York Times DealBook

Timothy Brog, Locksmith Capital

Frode Jensen, Holland & KNight

Rachel Posner, Georgeson

Friday January 22, 2010

The Changing Regulatory Landscape

Jeffrey Morgan, National Investor Relations Institute

John Glenn Grau, Investorcom

Richard Swanson, Arnold & Porter

Executive Compensation Strategies - Balancing Corporate Management Goals and Investor Concerns

Justin Levis, Council of Institutional Investors

Hye-Won Choi, TIAA-CREF

Paul Hodgson, The Corporate Library

Matthew Lepore, Pfizer

Case Study: Shamrock Capital Advisors' Successful Proxy Campaign at Texas Industries

Dennis Johnson, Shamrock Capital Advisors

Strategies and Tactics for Responding to Investor Activism

Steve Balet, Okapi Partners

Sara Antol, Tollgrade Communications

Jeffrey Shapiro, Lowenstein Sandler

Matthew Sherman, Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Case Study: The Successful Defense by Target Corporation against the Proxy Campaign by Pershing Square
Capital Management

Mark Harnett, MacKenzie Partners

Joele Frank, Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

For additional information about the conference and to register
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