SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM

The Emergence of the New Generation Investor
Program Co-Chairs
Marc Weingarten & Eleazer Klein
Partners
Schulte Roth & Zabel
David A. Katz
Partner
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

 

February 16, 2016
Hudson New York
356 W. 58TH STREET
New York, NY

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the latest campaign practices of activists, how they unfold, their outcomes, and how boards and executives work constructively toward improved stock performance

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
PROGRAM AGENDA

Time Description
7:45–8:25 AM Breakfast & Registration
8:25-8:30 Welcome
Christopher P. Skroupa, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Skytop Strategies
8:30-8:35 Opening Remarks
Jared Landaw, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Barington Capital Group, L.P.
8:35-9:00 The Evolution of Activism & Where it’s Headed
Moderator:
David Benoit, Activism Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Panelists:
David Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Marc Weingarten, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel
9:00-10:00 Peer Exchange: Activism Case Studies, Video Vignettes & Group Discussion
Session Leaders:

Barbara Berlin, ‎Director, Center for Board Governance, PwC
Paul DeNicola, Managing Director, PwC
10:00-10:15 Refreshment Break
10:15-11:00 How Activist-Nominated Directors Impact the Future of a Company
Moderator:
Steven A. Seiden, President, Seiden Krieger Associates
Panelists:
Allan Z. Loren, former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Dun & Bradstreet
J. Daniel Plants, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Voce Capital Management LLC
Randy Thurman, Executive Chairman, Presbia PLC
11:00-11:45 Is Activism Good for Sustained Shareholder Value?
Moderator:

Robert J. Jackson, Jr., Professor of Law; Co-Director, Ira M. Millstein Center, Columbia Law School
Panelists:
David Benoit, Activism Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
John C. Coffee Jr., Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Wei Jiang, Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free & Competitive Enterprise, Columbia Business School and Director, Jermome A. Chazen Institute for International Business
11:45-1:00 PM How Can Companies Most Effectively Work Through an Activist Engagement?
Moderator:

David Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Panelists:
Joele Frank, Managing Partner, Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Bruce H. Goldfarb, President & Chief Executive Officer, Okapi Partners LLC
Matthew J. Maletta, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Endo International plc
Gianna McCarthy, Director of Corporate Governance, New York State Office of the Comptroller
Elliot Sloane, Chief Executive Officer, Sloane & Company
Jeroen van Kwawegen, Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP
1:00-2:15 Networking Luncheon & Panel Discussion
The Quest for Shareholder Value: Where Activists are Shopping to Unlock Value
Moderator:

Robert Dunn, Senior Analyst, PCS Research Services
Panelists:
Linda Chen, ‎Vice President, Governance Strategy & Marketing, Equilar
Philip Larrieu, Investment Officer, Corporate Governance, CalSTERS
Jonathan Litt, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Land and Buildings
Brandon Rees, Deputy Director, Officer of Investment, AFL-CIO
Scott Zdrazil, Director of Strategy and Corporate Engagement, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Bureau of Asset Management – Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment Unit
2:15-2:45 Reflections of an Activist Pioneer: A Q&A with James Mitarotonda
Moderator:

Damien Park, Managing Partner, Hedge Fund Solutions
Presenter:
James A. Mitarotonda, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Barington Capital Group, L.P.
2:45-3:30 The Company’s Perspective on Shareholder Activism
Moderator:

Kai Haakon E. Liekefett, Partner, Head of Shareholder Activism Response Team, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Panelists:
Steven Balet, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Steven J. Pully, Independent Company Director
Jim Rossman, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Preparedness, Lazard
Darla Stuckey, President & Chief Executive Officer, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
3:30-3:45 Refreshment Break
3:45–4:30 Think Like an Activist: The Critical Importance of Preparedness
Moderator:

David Rosewater, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Panelists:
Jared Landaw, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Barington Capital Group, L.P.
Sam Lieberman, Partner, Sadis & Goldberg LLC
Damien Park, Managing Partner, Hedge Fund Solutions
4:30-5:30 The Anatomy of an Activist Campaign: Models & Best Practices
Moderator:

Daniel H. Burch, Chief Executive Officer, Mackenzie Partners, Inc.
Panelists:
Timothy Brog, Managing Director, Locksmith Capital Management LLC
Joseph A. De Perio, Senior Portfolio Manager, Clinton Group, Inc.
Richard Mansouri, Managing Director, Sandell Asset Management
Ken Traub, Managing Partner, Raging Capital Management, LLC
Beth Young, Consultant, Corporate Governance Research & Consulting LLC
5:30-6:00 The Big Debate: Pros & Cons of Activism
Presenters:

David Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Eleazer Klein, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel
6:00-6:05 Closing Remarks
Jared Landaw, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Barington Capital Group, L.P.
6:05 Program Adjourns
Christopher P. Skroupa, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Skytop Strategies
6:05-7:00 Networking Reception

SESSION LEADERS
  1. Steven Balet
    Managing Director
    FTI Consulting
    New York, NY
  2. David Benoit
    Activism Reporter
    The Wall Street Journal
    New York, NY
  3. Barbara Berlin
    ‎Director, Center for Board Governance
    PwC
    New York, NY
  4. Timothy Brog
    Managing Director
    Locksmith Capital Management LLC
    Stamford, CT
  5. Daniel H. Burch
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mackenzie Partners, Inc.
    New York, NY
  6. Linda Chen
    ‎Vice President, Governance Strategy & Marketing
    Equilar
    San Francisco, CA
  7. John C. Coffee Jr.
    Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
    New York, NY
  8. Paul DeNicola
    Managing Director
    PwC
    New York, NY
  9. Joseph A. De Perio
    Senior Portfolio Manager
    Clinton Group, Inc.
    New York, NY
  10. Robert Dunn
    Senior Analyst
    PCS Research Services
    New York, NY
  11. Joele Frank
    Managing Partner
    Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
    New York, NY
  12. Bruce H. Goldfarb
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Okapi Partners LLC
    New York, NY
  13. Robert J. Jackson, Jr.
    Professor of Law; Co-Director,
    Ira M. Millstein Center, Columbia Law School
    New York, NY
  14. Wei Jiang
    Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free & Competitive Enterprise
    Columbia Business School
    Director
    Jermome A. Chazen Institute for International Business
    New York, NY
  15. David Katz
    Partner
    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
    New York, NY
  16. Eleazer Klein
    Partner
    Schulte Roth & Zabel
    New York, NY
  17. Philip Larrieu
    Investment Officer, Corporate Governance
    CalSTERS
    West Sacramento, CA
  18. Sam Lieberman
    Partner
    Sadis & Goldberg LLC
    New York, NY
  19. Kai Haakon Liekefett
    Partner, Head of Shareholder Activism Response Team
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    New York, NY
  20. Jonathan Litt
    Founder & Chief Investment Officer
    Land and Buildings
    Stamford, CT
  1. Allan Z. Loren
    Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    Dun & Bradstreet
    New York, NY
  2. Matthew J. Maletta
    Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
    Endo International plc
    Malvern, PA
  3. Richard Mansouri
    Managing Director
    Sandell Asset Management
    New York, NY
  4. Gianna McCarthy
    Director of Corporate Governance
    New York State Office of the Comptroller
    Albany, NY
  5. James A. Mitarotonda
    Chairman, President & Chief Exectutive Officer
    Barington Capital Group, L.P.
    New York, NY
  6. Damien Park
    Managing Partner
    Hedge Fund Solutions
    Philadelphia, PA
  7. J. Daniel Plants
    Founder & Chief Investment Officer
    Voce Capital Management LLC
    San Francisco, CA
  8. Steven J. Pully
    Independent Company Director
    Dallas, TX
  9. Brandon Rees
    Deputy Director, Officer of Investment
    AFL-CIO
    Washington D.C.
  10. David Rosewater
    Managing Director
    Morgan Stanley
    New York, NY
  11. Jim Rossman
    Managing Director, Head of Corporate Preparedness
    Lazard
    Brooklyn, NY
  12. Steven A. Seiden
    President
    Seiden Krieger Associates
    New York, NY
  13. Elliot Sloane
    Chief Executive Officer
    Sloane & Company
    New York, NY
  14. Darla Stuckey
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
    New York, NY
  15. Randy Thurman
    Executive Chairman
    Presbia PLC
    Malvern, PA
  16. Ken Traub
    Managing Partner
    Raging Capital Management, LLC
    New York, NY
  17. Jeroen van Kwawegen
    Partner
    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP
    New York, NY
  18. Marc Weingarten
    Partner
    Schulte Roth & Zabel
    New York, NY
  19. Beth Young
    Consultant
    Corporate Governance Research & Consulting LLC
    Brooklyn, NY
  20. Scott Zdrazil
    Director of Strategy and Corporate Engagement
    Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
    Bureau of Asset Management –
    Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment Unit

    New York, NY

DELEGATES
  1. Nick Albanese
    Director, Event-Driven Equities
    PCS Research / Horizon-Kinetics Research
    New York, NY
  2. John Argenti
    President & Director of Research
    Gordon Haskett Research Advisors
    New York, NY
  3. Vishal Arora
    Research Analyst
    Elliott Management Corporation
    New York, NY
  4. Sharo Atmeh
    Associate
    CamberView Partners
    New York, NY
  5. Scott Augustus
    Director
    BDO USA, LLP
    New York City
  6. Michael Baetz
    Director, Event-Driven Equities
    PCS Research / Horizon-Kinetics Research
    New York, NY
  7. Steven Balet
    Managing Director
    FTI Consulting
    New York, NY
  8. Thomas Ball
    Senior Managing Director
    MORROW & CO., LLC
    Stamford, CT
  9. Jay Beahan
    Principal
    Malibu Coast Partners
    Los Angeles, CA
  10. David Benoit
    Activism Reporter
    The Wall Street Journal
    New York, NY
  11. Joseph Berardino
    Managing Director
    Alvarez & Marsal
    Greenwich, CT
  12. Barbara Berlin
    ‎Director, Center for Board Governance
    PwC
    New York, NY
  13. David Bogoslaw
    Editor
    Corporate Secretary Magazine
    New York, NY
  14. Timothy Brog
    Managing Director
    Locksmith Capital Management LLC
    Stamford, CT
  15. Daniel H. Burch
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mackenzie Partners, Inc.
    New York, NY
  16. Francis H. Byrd
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    Byrd Governance Advisory
    New York, NY
  17. Tiffany Campion
    Senior Attorney – Takeover Defense and Shareholder Activism
    Latham & Watkins
    Chicago, IL
  18. Tom Cane
    Managing Editor
    The Mergermarket Group
    New York, NY
  19. Linda Chen
    ‎Vice President, Governance Strategy & Marketing
    Equilar
    San Francisco, CA
  20. John C. Coffee Jr.
    Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
    New York, NY
  21. Caitlin Cornell
    Associate
    Schulte Roth & Zabel
    New York, NY
  22. Mike Coronato
    Senior Content Manager
    FactSet SharkRepellent
    New York, NY
  23. William C. Crowley
    Co-founder
    Àshe Capital Management, LP
    New York, NY
  24. Jonathan Danziger
    Chief Compliance Officer
    Glenview Capital Management
    New York, NY
  25. Francois Dauphin
    Director of Research
    Institute for Governance of Public and Private Organizations (IGOPP)
    Montreal, Canada
  26. Ari Davies
    Director, Global Markets Intelligence
    Ipreo, LLC
    New York, NY
  27. Paul DeNicola
    Managing Director
    PwC
    New York, NY
  28. Larry Dennedy
    President
    MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
    New York, NY
  29. Joseph A. De Perio
    Senior Portfolio Manager
    Clinton Group, Inc.
    New York, NY
  30. Sean Donahue
    Associate
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    Washington DC
  31. Robert Dunn
    Senior Analyst
    PCS Research Services
    New York, NY
  32. Seth Duppstadt
    Senior Vice President
    Proxy Insight
    New York, NY
  33. Lawrence Elbaum
    Counsel
    Vinson & Elkins
    New York, NY
  34. Jason Frankl
    Senior Managing Director
    FTI Consulting
    Washington DC
  35. Joele Frank
    Managing Partner
    Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
    New York, NY
  36. Dan Friedberg
    Managing Partner
    Sagard Capital
    Greenwich, CT
  37. Joe Germani
    Senior Associate
    Sloane & Company
    New York, NY
  38. Tom Germinario
    Senior Vice President
    D.F. King & Co., Inc.
    New York, NY
  39. Trevor Gibbons
    Senior Vice President
    Edelman
    New York, NY
  40. Brandon Gold
    Associate
    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
    New York, NY
  41. Bruce H. Goldfarb
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Okapi Partners LLC
    New York, NY
  42. Danny Goldstein
    Law Clerk / Associate
    Schulte Roth & Zabel
    New York
  43. Phillip Goldstein
    Principal
    Bulldog Investors
    Saddle Brook, NJ
  44. Keith E. Gottfried
    Partner and Shareholder Activism Practice Leader
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    Washington DC
  45. Mary Phil Guinan
    Assistant Treasurer for Policy
    Office of CT State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier
    Hartford, CT
  46. Peter Halesworth
    Managing Partner
    Heng Ren Investments LP
    Boston, MA
  47. KC Hamann
    Research Analyst
    North Star LP
    Westport, CT
  48. Syed Haq
    Associate
    Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
    New York, NY
  49. Andrew Hill, CFA, CAIA
    Manager Research Consultant
    Towers Watson Investment Services, Inc.
    New York, NY
  50. Joshua Hochberg
    Managing Director
    Sloane & Company
    New York, NY
  51. Justin Hunter
    Attorney
    Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
    Houston, TX
  52. Taylor Ingraham
    Director
    ASC Advisors LLC
    Stamford, CT
  53. Robert J. Jackson, Jr.
    Professor of Law; Co-Director,
    Ira M. Millstein Center, Columbia Law School
    New York, NY
  54. Jeremy Jacobs
    Managing Director
    Abernathy MacGregor
    New York, NY
  55. Wei Jiang
    Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free & Competitive Enterprise
    Columbia Business School
    Director
    Jermome A. Chazen Institute for International Business
    New York, NY
  56. Andy Jones
    Founder
    North Star LP
    Westport CT
  57. David Katz
    Partner
    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
    New York, NY
  58. Eleazer Klein
    Partner
    Schulte Roth & Zabel
    New York, NY
  59. Rosemary Kelly
    Vice President-Institutional Investor Relations
    Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
    Albertson, NY
  60. Arman Kuyumjian
    Partner
    Haynes and Boone, LLP
    New York, NY
  61. Jared L. Landaw
    Chief Operating Officer
    Barington Capital Group, L.P.
    New York, NY
  62. Philip Larrieu
    Investment Officer, Corporate Governance
    CalSTERS
    West Sacramento, CA
  63. Sam Lieberman
    Partner
    Sadis & Goldberg LLC
    New York, NY
  1. Matt LePere
    Associate Director
    The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College
    New York, NY
  2. Kai Haakon Liekefett
    Partner, Head of Shareholder Activism Response Team
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    New York, NY
  3. Jonathan Litt
    Founder & Chief Investment Officer
    Land and Buildings
    Stamford, CT
  4. Tobie Lochner
    Managing Director
    Peregrine Capital
    South Africa
  5. Wanda Lopuch
    Chair of the Board
    Global Sourcing Council
    New York, NY
  6. Allan Z. Loren
    Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    Dun & Bradstreet
    New York, NY
  7. Barbara J. Lundberg
    Managing Director
    Alvarez & Marsal
    New York, NY
  8. Matthew J. Maletta
    Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
    Endo International plc
    Malvern, PA
  9. James MacLachlan
    Senior Investment Consultant
    Equity Manager Research
    Willis Towers Watson
    New York, NY
  10. Richard Mansouri
    Managing Director
    Sandell Asset Management
    New York, NY
  11. Bob Marese
    Managing Director
    MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
    New York, NY
  12. Shaun Mathew
    Attorney
    Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
    Austin, TX
  13. Gianna McCarthy
    Director of Corporate Governance
    New York State Office of the Comptroller
    Albany, NY
  14. Ted McHugh
    Vice President, Financial Communications & Special Situations
    Edelman
    New York, NY
  15. Gilles Mentre
    Managing Director M&A
    Lazard Freres
    Paris, France
  16. Joe Miller
    Business Development
    Merrill Corporation
    New York, NY
  17. James A. Mitarotonda
    Chairman, President & Chief Exectutive Officer
    Barington Capital Group, L.P.
    New York, NY
  18. Lauren Muller
    Director, Corporate Governance Solutions
    Equilar Inc.
    Redwood City, CA
  19. Sabastian V. Niles
    Partner — Activism, Governance, and M&A
    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
    New York, NY
  20. Darren Novak
    Director
    Houlihan Lokey
    New York, NY
  21. Ronald Orol
    Senior Editor
    The Deal
    Washington, D.C.
  22. Christopher Orrico
    Associate
    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
    New York, NY
  23. Lori Owen
    Director IR
    Xilinx
    San Francisco, CA
  24. Leo Palmen
    General Counsel
    APG Asset Management US Inc.
    New York, NY
  25. Sumit Pande
    Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking
    Morgan Stanley
    New York, NY
  26. Damien Park
    Managing Partner
    Hedge Fund Solutions
    Philadelphia, PA
  27. Shaival Patel
    Director, Event-Driven Equities
    PCS Research / Horizon-Kinetics Research
    New York, NY
  28. J. Daniel Plants
    Founder & Chief Investment Officer
    Voce Capital Management LLC
    San Francisco, CA
  29. Leslie Picker
    Reporter
    New York Times
    New York, NY
  30. Steven J. Pully
    Independent Company Director
    Dallas, TX
  31. Brandon Rees
    Deputy Director, Officer of Investment
    AFL-CIO
    Washington D.C.
  32. Adam Riches
    Senior Account Executive
    Activist Insight
    London, England
  33. Lowell Robinson
    Board Member
    EVINELive and HigherOne
    New York, NY
  34. David Rosewater
    Managing Director
    Morgan Stanley
    New York, NY
  35. Jim Rossman
    Managing Director, Head of Corporate Preparedness
    Lazard
    Brooklyn, NY
  36. Kevin Roy
    Director, Global Markets Intelligence
    Ipreo
    New York, NY
  37. Gene Rubin
    Senior Vice President
    Rivel Research Group
    Westport, CT
  38. Paul Schulman
    Managing Director
    MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
    New York, NY
  39. Steven A. Seiden
    President
    Seiden Krieger Associates
    New York, NY
  40. Seth Slivka
    SVP Corporate Development, Advisor to the Executive Chairman of the Board
    Vishay Intertechnology
    New York, NY
  41. Elliot Sloane
    Chief Executive Officer
    Sloane & Company
    New York, NY
  42. Neil Stewart
    Editorial Director
    IR Magazine
    New York, NY
  43. Darla Stuckey
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
    New York, NY
  44. Hitoshi Sugibuchi
    Representative Director
    Sessa Partners
    Tokyo, Japan
  45. Lex Suvanto
    Managing Director, Financial Communications
    Edelman
    New York, NY
  46. Michael Swidler
    Attorney
    Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
    New York, NY
  47. Devin Thomas
    Vice President, Technology M&A
    Morgan Stanley
    New York
  48. Randy Thurman
    Executive Chairman
    Presbia PLC
    Malvern, PA
  49. Takashi Toyokawa
    Senior Editor
    The Mergermarket Group
    New York, NY
  50. Ken Traub
    Managing Partner
    Raging Capital Management, LLC
    New York, NY
  51. Jeffrey Tullman
    Partner
    Kane Kessler, p.c.
    New York, NY
  52. Jeroen van Kwawegen
    Partner
    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP
    New York, NY
  53. David Villeneuve
    Managing Partner
    Invicem Capital
    Paris, France
  54. Victoria Vodolazschi, CFA
    Senior Investment Consultant
    Hedge Fund Manager Research
    Willis Towers Watson
    New York, NY
  55. Marc Weingarten
    Partner
    Schulte Roth & Zabel
    New York, NY
  56. David Whissel
    Chief Executive Officer
    Proxy Mosaic
    New York, NY
  57. Maureen T. Wolff
    President & Partner
    Sharon Merrill
    Boston, MA
  58. Leonard Wood
    Attorney
    Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
    Houston, TX
  59. Beth Young
    Consultant
    Corporate Governance Research & Consulting LLC
    Brooklyn, NY
  60. Dan Zacchei
    Managing Director
    Sloane & Company
    New York, NY
  61. Scott Zdrazil
    Director of Strategy and Corporate Engagement
    Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
    Bureau of Asset Management –
    Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment Unit

    New York, NY
  62. Stephen Zelkowicz
    Analyst
    Wynnefield Capital, Inc.
    New York, NY

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