Shareholder Activism

Unlocking Shareholder Value

NOVEMBER 19, 2019
CONVENE
810 SEVENTH AVE
NEW YORK, NY

AGENDA

The Skytop Strategies team is dedicated to crafting thought provoking
agendas that are diverse, not only in areas of thought and experience,
but in the broad range of attending speakers.

Time November 18, 2019
6:00-8:00 PM Preconference Networking Dinner & Reception
Time November 19, 2019
7:30-8:00 AM Registration Breakfast
8:00 Opening Remarks
8:05-8:30 VIP and Delegate Q&A Session (All Delegates welcome)

Exclusive Interview
Engagement Euro-Style: Highlights of Risks and Opportunities on the Continent
Special Anchor:
Leslie Picker, Reporter, CNBC
Exclusive Guest:
Gianluca Ferrari, Director, Shareholder Value Management AG

8:30-8:55 Exclusive Interview
A Look Over Our Shoulder:  Insights and Revelations
Special Anchor:
Leslie Picker, Reporter, CNBC
Exclusive Guest:
Jonathan Litt, CEO & Founder, Land and Building
8:55-9:30 Institutional Investor Armchair Chat
Institutional Investors: The Growing Influence of Formerly Passive Investors
Discussion Leader:

Ken Bertsch, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors
Participants:
Michael Garland, Assistant Comptroller, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, Office of New York City Comptroller
Bruce Goldfarb, President and CEO, Okapi Partners
Gianna McCarthy, Director, Corporate Governance, New York State Common Retirement Fund
Jonathan Oestreich, Partner, Grant & Eisenhofer
9:30-9:45 Networking Break
9:45-10:15 Interview
When to Settle, When to Fight: The Expert’s Playbook
Interviewer:
Josh Black, Editor-in-Chief, Activist Insight
Interviewees:

Jenna Levine, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz
Jennifer Longhurst , Partner, Davies
Jeffrey  S. Tullman, Partner,  Kane Kessler, PC 
10:15-10:40 Interview
Delaware 2019: The Shifting Landscape of Investor Rights and Shareholder Activism
Interviewer:
Josh Black, Editor-in-Chief, Activist Insight
Interviewees:
Mark Lebovitch, Partner and Chair, Corporate Governance Litigation Practice, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Greg Varallo, Partner and Head of Delaware Office, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
10:40-11:25 Director Panel
Boards and Business Strategy: Best Practices in Preventing an Activist Intervention
Discussion Leader:

Josh Hochberg, General Manager of Financial Communications, Edelman
Participants:
Michelle Applebaum, Independent Board Director, formerly the #1 Institutional Investor-rated steel analyst, Northwest Pipe Company
Jeff Gramm, Portfolio Manager, Bandera Partners and Author of “Dear Chairman”
Keith Hallam, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP
Cynthia Plouché, Independent Director, Northern Trust Corporation
Steven Pully, Co-Founder, Speyside Partners, and Director, multiple boards
11:25-11:45 The Activist Perspective
Scoring a Win: Insights on Successful Activism
Interviewer:

Corrie Driebusch, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Interviewees:
Corey Lorinsky, Principal, Land & Buildings Investment Management
Walied Soliman, Global Chair; Canadian Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
11:45-12:30PM Panel Debate
Transparency Between Board and Shareholders: Independent Shareholder Monitoring
Moderator:

Stephen Weiss, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Short Hills Capital Partners LLC
Discussion Leaders:
Simon M. Lorne, Vice Chairman & Chief Legal Officer, Millennium Management LLC
John Glenn Grau, President and CEO, InvestorCom
Ken Bertsch, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors
Latisha Simon, Corporate Governance Specialist, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
12:30-1:15 Networking Luncheon
1:15-2:00 Interview
Notes from the War Room: Insights on Proxy Fights in 2019
Interviewer:
Scott Deveau, Deals Reporter, Bloomberg LLP
Interviewees:
Aneliya Crawford, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Mark Grothe, Senior Research Analyst, M&A and Contested Situations, Glass Lewis
Kai Liekefett, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Dan Zacchei, Managing Director, Sloane & Company
Townsend Belisle, Executive Producer, Haystack Needle
2:00-3:10 Roundtable Discussions 1&2 and Workshops 1&2 (A compendium of findings to be shared following the conference)
2:00-2:35

Roundtable Discussions, 1&2

Roundtable Discussion 1
Panel Discussion
Recent Debate Over Separation of Board Chair and CEO Role: Does One Size Not Fit All?
Moderator:
Deborah Rosati, CEO, Women Get On Board
Panelists:
Jason Frankl, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Derek Zaba, Partner and Co-Chair, Shareholder Activism Practice, Sidley Austin LLP

Roundtable Discussion 2
Panel Discussion
ESG Issues:  How Shareholders, Institutional Investors and Activists are Engaging
Panelists:
Rhonda Brauer, President,  RLB Governance LLC
Eric Rosenfeld, President & CEO, Crescendo Partners

2:35-3:10

Workshops 1&2

Workshop 1
Activists on Boards: How to Activist “Proof” Your Company
Moderator:
Townsend Belisle, Executive Producer, Haystack Needle
Panelists:

Jonathan Oestrich, Partner, Grant & Eisenhofer
Steven Pully, Co-Founder, Speyside Partners, and Director, multiple boards

Workshop 2
The Gender Lens: Best Practices in Recruiting, Developing and Retaining Women Directors
Moderator:

Carol Nolan Drake, Founder & CEO, Carlow Consulting LLC
Panelists:
Linda Addison, Independent Board Director
Cindy Burrell, President, Diversity in Boardrooms

3:10-3:20 Networking Break
3:20-4:05 Interview
The U.K. and Europe: Insights on Effective Activism
Interviewer:
Eleazer Klein, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel
Interviewees:
Liad Meidar, Managing Partner, Gatemore Capital Management
Michael Neises, Partner, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Joseph Oughourlian, Founder, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager, Amber Capital
Andrew Wallach, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Spring Owl Asset Management
4:05-4:35 Forces of Change: Recognizing Them and Taking Timely Action
Moderator:
Joseph Berardino, Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal
Panelists:
Alyssa Barry, Vice President, Capital Markets and Communications, Sandpiper Group
Michael Fein, Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Operations, Kingsdale Advisors
Daniel Gagnier, Founder & President, Gagnier Communications
Christopher P. Davis, Partner, Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff and Cohen, P.C.
4:35-4:45 Keynote Presentation
Institutional Investor Sentiment on ESG Data: What’s Missing?
Presenter:

Ken Bertsch, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors
4:45-5:15 M&A Activism: Outlook for the Upcoming Proxy Season
Moderator:
Margaret Brown, Associate, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley
Panelists:
Jason Frankl, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Kal Goldberg, Partner, Finsbury
Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Sabastian Niles, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
5:15-5:45 Panel Discussion
Tactical Smarts: How Shareholders and Management Address Short-Term Risks
Moderator:

Ed Mullane, Editor, Acuris-Activistmonitor
Panelists:
Stephen Brown, Senior Advisor, KPMG
Phillip Goldstein, Founder, Bulldog Investors LLC
Fred Pletcher, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
5:45 Program Adjourns 
5:45-6:30 Networking Reception

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