Shareholder Activism

Unlocking Shareholder Value

NOVEMBER 19, 2019
CONVENE
810 7TH AVENUE
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
5:45-7:30 PM Preconference Networking Dinner & Reception
Time November 19, 2019
7:30-8:00 AM Registration Breakfast
8:00 Opening Remarks
8:00-9:00 VIP Breakfast and Delegate Q&A session (delegate confirmation required)
Topic TBA
VIP Speaker and Host TBA
9:00-9:15 Networking Break
9:15-9:45 Exclusive Interview
A Look Over Our Shoulder: Last Season’s Insights, This Season’s Revelations
Special Anchor:

Exclusive Guest:
9:45-10:20 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 (unconfirmed)
Bruce Goldfarb, President and CEO – Okapi Partners
Gianna McCarthy, Director, Corporate Governance, New York State Common Retirement Fund
Clifford Press, Managing Member, Oliver Press Partners, LLC
10:20-10:40 Boards and Proxy Advisors, Topic Introduction
How Boards Should Leverage Proxy Advisors: Recent Developments and Case Stories
Interviewer:

Interviewees:
Irving S Gomez, Chief Governance Counsel, Assistant Corporate Secretary, and Director, Intel Corporation (unconfirmed)
10:40-10:55 Networking Break
10:55-11:25 Director Panel
Boards and Business Strategy: Best Practices in Preventing an Activist Intervention
Discussion Leader:

Lex Suvanto, Managing Director, Financial Communications & Special Situations, 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
Gilbert Palter, Chairman and CEO, Egads Group
Steven Pully, Co-Founder, Speyside Partners, and Director, multiple boards
11:25-11:55 The Activist Perspective
Scoring a Win: Insights on Successful Activism
Interviewer:

Corrie Driebusch, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Interviewee:
Jonathan Litt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Land and Buildings
11:55-12:30 PM Panel Debate
Transparency Between Board and Shareholders: Independent Shareholder Monitoring
Moderator:

Stephen Weiss, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Short Hills Capital Partners LLC
Panelists:
Patricia Brammer,  Corporate Governance Officer,Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
David Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Simon M. Lorne, Vice Chairman & Chief Legal Officer, Millennium Management LLC
John Glenn Grau, President and CEO, InvestorCom
Eric Rosenfeld, President & CEO, Crescendo Partners
12:30-1:40 Networking Luncheon
1:40-2:10 Interview
The U.K. and Europe: Insights on Effective Activism
Interviewer:
Interviewee:
Liad Miedar, Managing Partner, Gatemore Capital Management
Joseph Oughourlian, Founder, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager, Amber Capital
Andrew Wallach, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Spring Owl Asset Management
2:10-2:40 Forces of Change: Recognizing Them and Taking Timely Action
Moderator:
Joseph Berardino, Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal
Panelists:
Michael Fein, Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Operations, Kingsdale Advisors
Daniel Gagnier, Frounder & President, Gagnier Communications
2:40-2:50 Keynote Presentation
Institutional Investor Sentiment on ESG Data: What’s Missing?
Presenter:

Ken Bertsch, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors
2:50-4:20 Roundtable Discussions 1&2 and Workshops 1&2 (A compendium of findings to be shared following the conference)
2:50-3:35

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:

Panelists:
Charles Elson, Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
Jim Schnorf, Investment Committee, Eastern Illinois University

Roundtable Discussion 2
Panel Discussion
ESG Issues:  How Shareholders, Institutional Investors and Activists are Engaging
Moderator:
Margot Uszakiewicz, Independent Investor Relations/Proxy Voting Consultant
Panelists:
Rhonda Brauer, President,  RLB Governance LLC
Eric Rosenfeld, President & CEO, Crescendo Partners

3:35-4:20

Workshops 1&2

Workshop 1
Activists on Boards: How to Activist “Proof” Your Company
Presenter(s):

Charles Elson, Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
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:
Marilyn Alexander, Board Director, Torchmark
Cindy Burrell, President, Diversity in Boardrooms
George P. Long, III, Managing Chief Counsel, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Cynthia Plouché, Independent Board Trustee, Northern Funds/Northern Institutional Funds, Northern Trust Corporation

4:20-4:35 Networking Break
4:35-5:05 Tactical Smarts: How Shareholders and Management Address Short-Term Risks
Moderator:

Ed Mullane, Editor, Acuris-Activistmonitor
Panelists:
Phillip Goldstein, Founder, Bulldog Investors LLC
Samir Manji, Chief Executive Officer, Sandpiper Group
5:05-5:35 M&A Activism: Outlook for the Upcoming Proxy Season
Moderator:

Panelists:
Kal Goldberg, Partner, Finsbury
Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Sabastian Niles, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Graeme Roustan, Active Investor
5:35-6:05 Closing Keynote
The Future of Proxy Advisors: The Debate on Influence and Outcome
Presenter:
6:05 Conference Adjourns
6:05-7:05 Networking Reception

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