Shareholder Activism

Unlocking Shareholder Value

JANUARY 25-27, 2021
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 Day 1
5:45-7:30
PM
Preconference Networking Dinner & Reception
Time Day 2
7:30-8:00
AM
Networking Breakfast & Registration
8:00-9:00 Opening Panel 
A Buoyant Bounce Back:  How Activists will Gain More Traction in the Post COVID-19 Reality
Moderator:
Josh Black, Editor-in-Chief, Activist Insight Ltd
Panelists:
Eric Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Crescendo Partners
Phil Goldstein, Principal, Bulldog Investors
Dianne McKeever, Chief Investment Officer, Ides Capital
9:00-10:30 Exclusive Interview:
Modernizing an Outdated Oil and Gas Business Model: An Activist Push for Financial Discipline and ESG Reform
Special Anchor:
Exclusive Guest:
Benjamin Dell, Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Kimmeridge
10:30-10:45 Networking Break
10:45-11:20 M&A Panel 
An Uptick of Unanticipated M&A Activities:  Consolidation, Rescaling and Positioning for the New Wave of Growth
Moderator:
Ed Mullane, North America Editor, Activistmonitor, Acuris
Panelists:
Jason Frankl, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Charles Elson, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Chair of Corporate Governance, University of Delaware
11:20-12:00 Panel Discussion
The Intersection of Distressed Debt and Activism: The Next Wave in Maximizing Shareholder Value 
Moderator:
Panelists:
Steven J. Pully, Director, Multiple Boards; Co-Founder, Speyside Partners
12:00-1:00 Networking Luncheon
1:00-1:30 Director Panel
Boards and Corporate Ratings: Will Board Representation Affect How Companies Get Back to the Future
Moderator:
Panelists:
Jeffrey Korn, General Counsel/Secretary, Crexendo
Zachary George, Co-Founder, FrontFour Capital Group
Carol Nolan Drake, Corporate Governance, ESG and Diversity, and Federal Relations Attorney and Author, Carlow Consulting
1:30-1:50 Networking Break
1:50-2:10 Keynote Presentation
Raising The Bar: What Board Directors Need To Do To Stay A Step Ahead
Presenter:
W Graeme Roustan, ICD.D, NACD Corporate Director Institute, Director, Executive Chairman, Roustan Capital
2:10-2:45
PM
Panel Discussion 
The Impact of Homogenous Boards: Both Lack of Minorities and Lack of Women on Board and Firm Performance 

Moderator:
Panelists:
Jared Landaw, Partner, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Barington Capital Group, L.P.
2:45-3:15 Keynote Presentation
Presenter:
3:15-3:35  Networking Break
3:35-4:05
Panel Discussion
Hit and Misses: Proxy Outcomes During the Covid-19 Crisis
Moderator:
Panelists:
Townsend “T” Belisle, CEO, EP and Creative Director, Haystack Needle, LLC
Kai Liekefett, Partner and Chair, Shareholder Activism Practice, Sidley Austin, LLP
Heidi Welsh, Executive Director, Sustainable Investments Institute
4:05-4:35
Panel Discussion
Private Equity: State-of-Play and Its Impact on Activism
Moderator:
Panelists:
Daniel Yunger, Partner & Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, Kekst CNC
4:35-5:05
Interview
ESG & Covid-19: Could the Last Year Been Avoided
Interviewer: 
Interviewees:
Rhonda Brauer, President and Founder, RLB Governance LLC
5:05-5:35
Closing Keynote
A New Boom: What it Means for a Return to Normal 

Presenter:
5:35
 Conference Adjourns 
5:40-6:40  Networking Reception

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