Shareholder Activism

Unlocking Shareholder Value

JANUARY 24, 2019
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 Description
8:00-8:40
AM
Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:40-8:45 Opening Remarks
Christopher P. Skroupa, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Skytop Strategies
8:45-9:25 Panel Discussion
Globalization of Activism: The Emerging Trendline
Moderator:

Josh Black, Editor-In-Chief, Activist Insight
Panelists:
Jonathan Doorley, Partner, Brunswick Group
Taylor Ingraham, Managing Director, ASC Advisors LLC
Charles A. Koons, Managing Director, Activism & Contested Situations, Morrow Sodali
Samir Manji, Chief Executive Officer, Sandpiper Group
Fred Pletcher, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
9:25-10:05 Panel Discussion
Activist Defense: Best Practices for Responsive Actions

Moderator:
Keith E. Gottfried, Partner & Head of Shareholder Activism Defense, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Panelists:
Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Alfredo Porretti, Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Steve Pully, Member, Board of Directors, Titan Energy
Matthew Sherman, President & Partner, JOELE FRANK
10:05-10:35 Networking Break
10:35-11:15 Panel Discussion
Fortifying Board Defense: Ensuring Boards are Informed When an Activist Engages
Moderator:

Panelists:
Christopher P. Davis, Partner, Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen
Jeremy Fielding, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kekst
Jason Frankl, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., EVP, General Counsel, Law & Regulatory Affairs, Aetna
11:15-11:30 Topic TBA
Presenter:

Shahed Larson, Partner, Brunswick Group
11:30-12:05 Discussion
Activism’s Next TARGET: The Canadian Cannabis Industry
Discussants:

John Kaden, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Navy Capital, LLC
Patricia Olasker, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
12:05-12:45 PM Panel Discussion
Board Dynamics: Expectations for Diversity and Professional Qualifications
Moderator:

Stephen L. Brown, Senior Advisor,Board Leadership Center ,KPMG LLP
Panelists:
Jeroen van Kwawegen, Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann
Jared L. Landaw, Chief Operating Officer, Barington Capital Group, L.P.
Patricia Lenkov, Founder & President, Agility Executive Search, LLC
12:45-1:00 Topic Briefing
Best Practice in Board Talent Recruitment and Retention
Presenter:

Barbara J. Hart, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowey Dannenberg, P.C.
1:00-1:40 Panel Discussion
M&A Takeovers: The Latest in Addressing Underperforming Companies

Moderator:
David Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Panelists:
Andrew Siegel, Partner, Joele Frank
Walied Soliman, Chair, Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Pamit Surana, Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal
1:40-2:30 Networking Luncheon
2:30-3:00 Interview
ESG Activism: A Review of Large & Small Cap Engagements

Interviewer:
Lex Suvanto, Managing Director, Financial Communications & Special Situations, Edelman
Interviewee:
3:00-3:35 Panel Discussion
Advance Notices and Public Rejections: The Game Book for Issuers and Activists

Moderator:
Panelists:
Bruce H. Goldfarb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Okapi Partners LLC
Phillip Goldstein, Founder, Bulldog Investors
Eleazer Klein, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel
Kai Haakon E. Liekefett, Partner & Chair of Shareholder Activism, Sidley Austin LLP
Dan Zacchei, Managing Director, Sloane & Company
3:35-4:00 Networking Break
4:00-4:25 The Big Debate
David A. Katz, Partner, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
Eleazer Klein, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel
4:25-5:05 Panel Discussion
Regulatory Concerns: The Current Political Atmosphere and its Effect on Boards & Activists

Moderator:
Panelists:
Douglas A. Rappaport, Partner, Akin Gump
5:05-5:45 Panel Discussion
The Changing Face of Business and the Road Ahead

Moderator:
Panelists:
Joseph Berardino, Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal
5:45-6:15 Panel Discussion
The Necessity of Activists: Fostering a High Performance Company
Moderator:

John Glenn Grau, President and CEO, InvestorCom
Panelists:
Michelle Applebaum, Independent Board Director, Northwest Pipe Company
6:15 Closing Remarks
6:15 Program Adjourns, Networking Reception Begins

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