On July 23, 2020, The Conference Board and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP hosted a panel discussion on the 2020 proxy season highlights and trends, including the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 proxy season and offseason engagement. The panelists were Francesca L. Odell, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb, Helena K. Grannis, Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb and Rick E. Hansen, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, General Motors Company. The panel was moderated by Paul Washington, Executive Director, ESG Center, The Conference Board.
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On May 18, 2020, partners Michael Albano and Jennifer Kennedy Park participated in a webcast hosted by The Conference Board entitled “Reopen Ready: Managing Governance and Legal Risks in the New Normal.” Michael Ullmann, Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Johnson & Johnson, also participated on the panel.
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On December 2, 2019, The Conference Board and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP hosted a panel discussion on key corporate governance considerations for the 2020 proxy season. The panelists were Sandra L. Flow, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb, Mary E. Alcock, Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb and William Ultan, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali. The panel was moderated by Paul Washington, Executive Director, ESG Center, The Conference Board.
Continue Reading Cleary Gottlieb Participates in Panel Discussion on Outlook for the 2020 Proxy Season

On September 21, 2019, Cleary Gottlieb partners Ethan Klingsberg and Jim Langston, along with moderator Paul Washington, executive director of The Conference Board, Anu Aiyengar, Head of North American M&A at J.P. Morgan and Anthony Kim, Partner at Centerview Partners, discussed M&A risks for boards and management teams arising in connection with:

  • internal forecasts
  • the roles of insiders
  • fundless, LP and lesser-known sponsors


Continue Reading M&A Risks for Boards and Management Teams in 2019-20 – Takeaways from Conference Board Panel Discussion among Cleary Gottlieb, J.P. Morgan and Centerview M&A Advisors

On July 18, 2019, The Conference Board and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP hosted a panel discussion on the 2019 proxy season highlights and trends, including the considerations companies have been evaluating during engagement with investors. The panel also discussed the continuation of significant governance issues for companies, such as in the areas of board composition, diversity, environmental issues and the interrelationship between shareholder issues and those in the news cycle. The panelists were Pamela Marcogliese, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb, Elizabeth Bieber, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb and Theresa Molloy, Vice President, Governance and Shareholder Services, Prudential Financial. The panel was moderated by Paul Washington, the new Executive Director of ESG Center at The Conference Board.
Continue Reading Cleary Gottlieb Participates in Panel Discussion on Highlights of the 2019 Proxy Season

We were grateful that about 200 of you participated in Cleary Gottlieb’s fifth annual M&A, Antitrust, and the Board Room conference in San Francisco, hosted and co-sponsored by our friends at UC Berkeley School of Law, as well as sponsors Abernathy MacGregor, Finsbury, Gladstone Place Partners, Joele Frank, MacKenzie Partners, and Okapi Partners, and chaired by Cleary partner Ethan Klingsberg and Berkeley Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon.
Continue Reading Key Takeaways: M&A, Antitrust, and the Board Room in 2019: Challenges and Conundrums for the West Coast

On October 11, Silicon Valley Bank’s NYC Office is hosting a forum on the M&A exit.  Our partner Ethan Klingsberg, who regularly serves as counsel to serial acquirors, as well as companies in connection with major liquidity events, will be joined by CEO/CFOs from top private companies to lead the discussion. The invitation and

On September 18, 2018, The Conference Board and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP co-hosted a panel discussion on the key findings from the Conference Board’s Job of the Corporate Director Series. Participants in the panel discussion included Victor Lewkow and Jared Gerber, partners at Cleary Gottlieb, and John Wilcox, Chairman of Morrow Sodali.

On July 10, 2018, The Conference Board and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP hosted a panel discussion on the highlights of the 2018 proxy season and the key topics, including shareholder proposals trends, including with respect to environmental and social issues; the most surprising moments in the 2018 proxy season; the effect of the Staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin 14I; board composition, refreshment and diversity; shareholder engagement; and significant institutional investor developments. Participants in the panel discussion included Pamela Marcogliese, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb, Elizabeth Bieber, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb, Jason Alexander, Managing Director, Okapi Partners and Bill Ultan, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali.
Continue Reading Cleary Gottlieb Participates in Panel Discussion on Highlights of the 2018 Proxy Season